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British Motor Industry Heritage Trust - Nick Baldwin Collection

World War 2 bus

AEC Regal bus (Copyright AEC)Here you can make a moving bus using a drawing of a 1940s bus as the template.

Print out the template onto 200 gsm A4 white card.

  • 2 sheets of A4 white 200 gsm card per model
  • Scissors
  • 2 paper fasteners (split pins)per model
  • Single hole punch
  • Stapler and staples
  • Colouring crayons

The bus design is from the Second World War. It’s worth colouring in the bus before cutting out to prevent the card being crumpled and use crayons rather than felt tips as they are too wet and make the card soggy. Design your background to show where your bus is travelling. This could be a collage of magazine pictures or a drawing.


Download the 'Bus template'.

  1. Cut the bus template out plus three strips from the short side of the A4 card, approximately 2 cms in width
  2. On one strip punch a hole 2 cms in from one end, and another 5 cms from the other
  3. Punch a hole 2 cms from one end on second strip
  4. Fix two strips together in a ‘L’ shape and fastener with a split pin
  5. Fix the bus cut-out onto the end of the strip with one hole and fix with tape
  6. Staple third strip of card onto card sheet as shown on template and thread ‘L’ shape strips through
  7. Punch a hole at the top of the card and use the top split pin to secure the lever to the card.>

By moving the lever backwards and forwards the bus travels backwards and forwards too!

By moving the top part of the lever backwards and forwards
The bus will also move backwards and forwards.
This is using a lever that slides.

Bus Template


Always make sure that children know how to use scissors and staplers in a safe way or supervise if unsure.

Any cutting involving a blade should be done on a safety cutting mat and by an adult, although children should be allowed to see what happens from a safe distance. All cutting equipment should be kept in a safe place and not left unattended.