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All aboard the Lego Bus!

Lego's latest set is a classic Routemaster-style London Bus. Made of 1686 pieces, measuring 7 inches (18cm) high, 13 inches (34cm) long and 4 inches (10cm) wide, it took roughly 4 hours to build.

Part of the "Creator" series, this double decker will set you back £110, $140 or AU$200. It's exclusively available in London Lego stores until August when it will be available to order online. 

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CNET editor Andrew Hoyle is building the bottom deck and Jonathan Garnham (pictured) is making the top.

We're armed with mugs of Yorkshire Tea, countless bags of Lego and hundreds of pages of instructions. Lets build!

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As with most large sets, the bags are numbered so you don't have to open them all at once and won't waste time rummaging around in search of the correct piece. 

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Lego bricks and curves don't usually mix well. The bus is fairly rectangular but many of the corners and edges are curved, requiring some ingenious sideways building.

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No sharp right angles on the back end of this bus.

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28 stickers are included. To get them on straight and neat, use the perfected Garnham technique of carefully lowering the sticker onto the brick with an official Lego Brick separator. You're welcome.

And yes, they've included one in the box. 

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Andrew built the charming spiral staircase and the fire extinguisher cabinet -- which hopefully won't be required.

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Your minifigure can relax on any of these 14 top deck seats. You'll need to build each one individually before fixing them in place.

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Once it's completed, you can lift the bonnet (or hood) of the bus to reveal this perfect miniature six-cylinder diesel engine.

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Oh no! My brolly is all wet from this blasted drizzle. I don't want to get my suit wet when I sit down...

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Phew! I can store it in the umbrella holder.

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Oh to be a bus driver in the greatest city in the world.

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The attention to detail is incredible.

Who left this bubble gum under the seat?

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This seat needs urgent reupholstering. 

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A lovely detail: This set's unique code number (10258) is on the number plate.

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All aboard the number 9 bus to Brickston, only stopping at Yellow Brick Road, Brickadilly Circus and Two by Two Square. 

Unfortunately I need to get to Brickingham Palace pronto. I better cab it over there so I can deliver the queen's biscuits. 

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Lowering the top deck onto the bottom. A ceremonious moment.

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Concentrate!

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There were only 10 studs to line up, but I still managed to make a meal of it. 

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And it's done! Next stop, Brickadilly Circus.

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Look! It wants to be a real bus.

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Ding! Ding!

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These bus drivers think they can park wherever they bloody well like.

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The Routemaster demonstrates its famous lack of speed.

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The Routemaster is ideally suited to tackling London's streets.

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But we're not sure there's enough room for this man's luggage. 

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