I’ve always wanted a Toronto Transit Commission bus, and now they sell them!
This a 1:87 scale model of a 1975 T6H-5307N GM Fishbowl bus in TTC’s CLRV paint scheme. They operated under this paint scheme in the 1980's and early 1990's.
TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) is the government owned and operated transit agency that operates Toronto’s subways, buses, streetcars, and transport for limited mobility people.
CLRV stands for Canadian Light Rail Vehicle and was the model of streetcars introduced in the 1970's that inspired this buses’ paint scheme.
The model itself is about the length of a dollar bill, but the details are really intricate and fine. The owner of Rapido Trains had posted quite a few videos of his operation and factory on YouTube and you can tell that detail and “getting it right” was more a labour of love than just making product. Rapido worked with the TTC to scan a real TTC bus to make this model.
The interior of the bus received as much attention as the exterior. All the stanchions are painted and in the correct place. The seats are correctly coloured and in the proper orientation. And the floor’s lined texture is exactly like the vynyl flooring the actual bus had. It’s remarkable how well this bus was modeled.
The bus number and route numbers are not random. The TTC has many garages around the city, so after every night, each bus on a certain route would return to its own garage. You can get a certain bus number with its own correct destination sign or you can buy a blank numbered bus and included with the model would be stickers of all route destination signs of which you can apply for yourself.
The mirrors and wipers are all individual parts and not part of the body mold. The headlights and brake lights themselves are also its own separate clear plastic piece. The only movable object on this model are the steerable wheels.
Included accessories: mudflaps, extra/different bumpers, a full window, extra mirrors and wiper (should they fall off and disappear), and advertisement brackets, in case you wanted to put some ads on your bus.
Oh, and they included a magnetic stir stick because...
...the thing frickin’ lights up!
I love that they used slightly yellowed LEDs so that the bus has that period correct halogen/fluorscent lights look.
All in all, I LOVE this model. Everything about this model is excellent. The paint, the details, the lighting, and the accessories. If anyone is in Toronto and/or love bus models, this is the one!
Anyone else had Fishbowl buses in their city and remember riding in them?