From working on the insides of BEST buses with the engineering department for 24 years to crafting miniature paper models of the red buses, 42-year-old Yatin Pimpale has come a long way. In a unique combination of work and creativity, senior mechanic Pimpale will be putting up an exhibition of 150-odd models created by him at Dadar on Sunday.
“When I was in school I became interested in making paper models. About three years ago, I wanted to do something different. So I tried my hand at this,” said Pimpale.
As an employee at the Anik bus depot in Wadala, he had full access to the BEST museum, a treasure house of information on the history and legacy of the transport system.
“I would do my daily job in the day while would indulge in my hobby after doing my research at night,” said Pimpale.
The verisimilitude is in the detail — from recreating the conductor’s bell to the vehicle’s number plate — Pimpale’s models are artifacts of compressed universes. They are also vehicles of history. “I came across so many fascinating stories while reading about BEST,” said Pimpale. “Like, in 1939 when the World War was on, the RTO came up with the idea of an open top deck bus because there was a shortage of bus parts and they had to make do with what they had or else the seats were falling short.”
Sanjay Potnis, chairman of the BEST committee and Om Prakash Gupta, general manager, will be present at the exhibition’s inauguration. Pimpale plans to expand his craft to a different vehicular muse — models of trains. A hobby kit for children to design their own such models and an iPhone application demonstrating the procedure is also in the works.
“Children these days don’t have patience,” said Pimpale. “This would be a way of getting them interested in working with their hands.” (The exhibition is from Jan 17 to 22 at Saraswati High School, Dadar)