Communications during WWI was still in the dark ages and carrier pigeons
were frequently used. When I found a kit of the old Airfix London bus a
few years ago, I got intrigued by the image of a traveling pigeon loft.
All of the kit parts are molded in
marashino cherry red so anything that isn't red is scratched from bits
and pieces of styrene, wire of various sorts, PE fiddly bits, and paper.
The interior of the lower deck will be an office/storage/napping space
and the upper deck, of course, is where the pigeons live. The diorama
will include three figures: driver, signal corpsman, and courier with a
bicycle. Having lots of fun with it so far...
In November '04 I visited the Imperial War Museum in London and took
heaps of photos of their preserved 'B' Type bus, especially of the
underside. Other projects put the bus on hold but I returned to it in
the winter of '05, adding bit'n'pieces to the underside and chassis and
completely reworking the rear axle. I was able to figure out the
mechanical braking system and all its rods, levers, turnbuckles, etc.
were scratchbuilt along with the brake drums for the rear wheels. A bit
of painting and some preliminary weathering and the underside was