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Old 01-25-2019, 08:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am finishing up a dance hall building that was in my hometown in the 1950s. I want to place a '50s style tour bus beside it. The only thing I can find is a Volkswagen bus and that just won't work. I'm looking for a Greyhound style bus to repaint. Any ideas, on the cheap side?
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That kind of depends on what scale you need. I have seen a number in scales up to 1/24. However I have never seen one in 1/20 scale. Check craft and hobby stores and also on Ebay.
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Perhaps a search for something like - greyhound bus scale model "1:24"
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Imagine a 1/20 scale Greyhound Scenicruiser - now that would be a beast!
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"Probably one of the most iconic forms of public transportation during the Fifties and Sixties was the Greyhound Scenicruiser. Produced in a joint effort between the Greyhound Bus Company and General Motors, the Scenicruiser was designated at GM as a model PD-4501 when it made its debut in 1954. The unit was a PD series (for parlor diesel), 45 for the seating capacity and 01 because it was the first 45-passenger bus of its kind. Greyhound trademarked the name Scenicruiser before the bus was introduced to the public. General Motors was not the only manufacturer to produce the deck-and-a-half bus design; other bus makers such as C.D. Beck, Flxible, ACF-Brill and Kerrville Bus Company all produced deck-and-a-half buses with limited success. In fact, ACF-Brill and GM's truck division were both developing 35-foot prototypes at about the same time in the late Forties. However, none of these other manufacturers sold anywhere near the 1,001 units General Motors sold exclusively to Greyhound. The Scenicruiser was almost 11 feet tall and 40 feet long."
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Ya know, one that big you probably could do radio control with an actual diesel motor ...
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I have done several searches with numerous words and the closest I can come for that era, is in 1:43. I'm not sure what it would cost to have someone do a 3D model, but that may be my next step. It is disappointing when you visualize something, but just cannot bring it to life.
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It is disappointing when you visualize something, but just cannot bring it to life.
It is; I do understand that concept. Wish I had an idea to offer.

Well, here's an idea, there appears to be a Greyhound Bus Museum in Hibbing, Minnesota. They don't seem to have a functional website, but perhaps they might know someone who knows something?
https://ironrange.org/attractions/greyhoundbusmuseum/
1201 Greyhound Blvd.
HIbbing, MN 55746
218.263.5814


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Entering the exhibit space, visitors pass through a tunnel that comes alive with auto sounds of 1914 and continues on with a Hupmobile that could not be sold and the men and machines that created Greyhound Bus Lines. Using pictorial displays, hundreds of artifacts and memorabilia, audio visual presentations plus a movie of the “Greyhound Story – From Hibbing to Everywhere,” the museum traces the history of the bus industry.





Open late-May through September and in the off-season by special request. Hours are: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday Noon-4 p.m.
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BUT we still don't know what scale model that you need.
I found a couple of 'tinplate' Greyhound Scenicruisers that by chance happened to be 1/32 scale suitable for my railway.
Not exactly on the 'cheap' side, but so much less than a maker of lovely looking resin Scenicruisers from South America.
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You might consider the two British busses in diecast or plastic; they are in 1:24 scale. Using a hacksaw or modifying your requirements might be the way to go.

You could also search some of the automotive scale model collector forums or magazines. Again, they appear to be mostly British in focus.
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That is a great idea. I'll let you know if I get any leads. Thank you.





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It is; I do understand that concept. Wish I had an idea to offer.

Well, here's an idea, there appears to be a Greyhound Bus Museum in Hibbing, Minnesota. They don't seem to have a functional website, but perhaps they might know someone who knows something?
https://ironrange.org/attractions/greyhoundbusmuseum/
1201 Greyhound Blvd.
HIbbing, MN 55746
218.263.5814
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