Ten years ago my friendly Hobby Shop had a very nice Brekina VW Typ 2
(split window, first generation Volkswagen Luxury Bus) in the store window.
It was decorated for Austrian POst, which is a nonsense,
as I cant believe the Postal administration ever bought a luxury version with sliding canvas top.
Anyway, I had almost exactly the same bus in 1:1 scale long ago, so I immediately grabbed it.
As luck had it, a few days later I noticed a motorized VW railbus by Lemke at evilbay.
A plain jane, van without passenger windows, dark red.
When it arrived, I found that Lemke apparently had used a Brekina body and only added a drive of his own design.
Would have been an easy swap.
However, I made an all out effort to install working headlights (SMLEDs) and a tiny decoder.
Works reasonably well, as good as such a lightweight vehicle may work on a layout with deferred maintenance....
Picture shows The Beauty and The Beast - my smallest and my largest piece.
The Beast is the experimental UP coal burning turbine #80.
No way to hide the decoder.... fully visible through the windows.
No, I have no watchmaker experience.... I am more sure footed with heavy tools, torch and sledgehammer.
Building models is a compensation for my job, and quite a challenge for my big fingers and bad eyes.
Will try to shoot another picture of the Post Bus with something beside it to show its size....
Turbine has been stowed away, but I will find something else.
In the meantime, I uploaded a picture of my real luxury bus. Even the color is the same!
It was a 1954 model, the very first of this version, with the "barn door" engine access opening and many differences to later models.
It has found a new home near London, and I hope it's still ok.
Last time I heard from its owner it was in show condition.