Thanks to a friend in New Zealand, I've managed to do a kit swap and have acquired the Heller Renault TN6C bus ...
... which will be converted into this ...
The picture was taken in 1942, the location is unknown. The bus has been converted into a German medical ambulance, unfortunately this is the only view I have at the moment. It will require a little chop here and there and have a couple of items added and I hope to have it finished for the 'War and Peace' show at Beltring in July.
I managed a couple of hours in the workshop tonight and I have mixed news about the build progress. I received a part built and painted Tn6c from a friend in New Zealand but I've put it to one side, because it's been part built and painted it requires more work to restore than I first thought so, it will be used for another build which I have in mind. I've used a full kit for this build which I found at the bottom of the stash, the chassis had been started some time ago but that's the only work which has been done. I've just about completed the chassis and added a couple of panels, so it won't be long before I can shoot a coat of primer. I'll go as far as I can with the construction but I need to compare the picture of the ambulance to the kit parts, especially at the front where a bit of field modification has been done. I'll put up a couple of pics at the weekend.
Hi nick it cannot have been taken in 1942 as the vehicle on the far right in the background is a jeep . It may have been converted in 1942 and it has a german loading data plate just aft of the front cab door . No notek light fitted but a blackout guard has been fitted to the front headlight . . It was looking good in model zone today . cheers ian
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Cheers Ian. The date was taken from the information on the web site where I found the photo. I've tried to view the jeep in the far rear of the photograph but attempts to enlarge the image just make everything pilelate. It would be helpful to know where the photo was taken.
* Quick update ...
I've just had another look at the web site where I found the photograph and the comments are as follows:
Another curiosity, a Parisien bus back deck Renault TN6 find themselves in Germany under the colors of an ambulance. Behind, a Citroen. Photo taken after the arrival of American troops, we see a jeep right
As promised, the first pics of the build progress. The chassis, wheels cab floor, engine cowl side panels and radiator have been given a coat of Halfords grey plastic primer ...
... the engine was first given an undercoat of Vallejo Model Air (031) and then a top coat of Vallejo Model Air (71006) Camouflage Light Green, it's about as near as I can get to the real colour, the exhaust has been given a coat of Vallejo Model Air (71080) Rust, the engine and exhaust will be detailed and weathered before they're set into the chassis. I mentioned in an earlier post that this build will have to be done and painted in stages so I'll leave the chassis to harden off for a day or so and then give it a coat of Vellejo Air Black, the chassis has to be painted before the engine is set into place. Here's a shot of the engine I found on another site ...
... I hope to be able to replicate the wiring and plumbing as I'll be leaving the panel off and the engine will be seen. When I do attach the engine to the drive train, there is a little problem with the length of the prop shaft, it's a tad short ...
... but nothing too difficult to remedy. I've started prepping the two sides in readiness for attaching to the bus floor, as the seats will not be used in this build, all the attachment holes have to be filled in and sanded before I glue the sides on. This build is now starting to come together but I've emailed a friend of mine in Czechoslovakia who may have further information about the vehicle.
Those of you who have built any of the truck kits, what glue have you used to cement the two tyre halves together? ...
Folks, I need your assistance. I want to detail the engine on the TN6C, in order to do that I need a couple of reference pics. I have one shot ...
... if anyone can point me towards a reference site where I can get further information or indeed if anyone knows where one of these buses is preserved and could take a few references pics for me I would be really grateful. As far as I know, there's nothing on the UK mainland, there was a bus running on some open days at the Tram Museum in Crich, Derbyshire but apparently that was privately owned and the museum have no records as to it's present location. Any ideas?
Hi Nick I have one of these bus kits in my stash, and whilst I was going through some old Scale Models Magazines, came across David Jane's 2 part article in SM Dec 86 and SM Jan 87. It made interesting reading after all these years. One of the things that David picked up on when reviewing the kit is that Heller's big error is having forgotten all about putting a fuel tank in this kit. He describes how to scratchbuild one as the shape is rectangular and reasonably easy to do.
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