Budgie, Motorway coach restoration


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This Budgie motorway express Coach came my way in a sorry state, although the paint on the roof is original the red has been badly painted and has got over the glass and wheels.

I decided a full restore would be done on this one and after the first stripping only removed the top coats of paint, the picture below shows the orange undercoat used, this paint was putting up a fight and took a few dips in caustic soda to remove completely.

Once stripped and primed the red paint was sprayed on and left for a few days, the roof was going back in black so masking the red areas was carefully done using Tamiya model masking tape, the black was sprayed away from the tape edges to build up depth then finished all round.

The finished body shell once tape removed, nice sharp lines between the two colours.

Using the Tamiya masking tape and care when spraying along the edges will guarantee great results everytime.

The glass took a lot of cleaning and the base plate needs a clean up and re-painted silver, notice the unique use of paper clips on the base plate suspension, not sure if this was how it was originally done or has been adapted this way but have to admit it works.

After a clean and paint the wheels got back their tyres and the parts put back together, no rivets on this one so easy to restore dismantle and assemble, the headlights act as the front retaining lugs and if you look at the picture below you can see a small lug near the front of the rear wheel arch, there is one of these each side and with care just click back in.

The coach just needs decals now which have proved hard to source, even the logo has been elusive to find so may have to adapt something to work, the coach is a BMMO CM5 designed by the Birmingham & Midland Motor Omnibus Company (BMMO) so the decals must be for the Midland Red, if anyone had a copy of the early 1960′s logo please let me know.

Due to an E-mail I received about the colour, the dark red is actually correct for the period of this coach and although a bright red was used, the later poppy red was not introduced across the fleet until 1969, so both would be correct on this vehicle, the picture below was my inspiration.

For another restored model done in the same colour Click Here


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