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Monday 26 July
Brekina Announced More Routemaster Liveries
Brekina has announced three further liveries for it 1/87th scale AEC Routemaster models.
All three models are scheduled for release during August. Unfortunately once again two of there are issues with accuracy, an incorrect registration on the BEA model and real the vehicles not matching the short rear entrance RM class bus tooling used with 61107 being a longer RML type or 61108 being a front entrance RMA vehicle with platform doors.


61103 - AEC Routemaster Open Top Bus (RM1398/KJG 118A)- London / The Classic Tour (GB)


61107 - AEC Routemaster Bus (RML2701/SMK 701F - Route 15 East Ham) - Younger's Tartan Beer (GB)


61108 - AEC Routemaster Bus (KJG 601D) - BEA / British European Airways (GB)


Sunday 25 July
Corgi OOC & Oxford Diecast Mystery Model Boxes
The Corgi website is currently offering a number of model mystery boxes containing a random selection of models. There's an OOC selection of recent & classic models which is priced £50 and gives a saving of at least £75!

The item is shown as low stock at the time of posting.
More details on the Corgi website

The Oxford Diecast site also has three similar mystery boxes of random models priced at £100, £50 & £35.
More details on the Oxford Diecast site


Sunday 25 July
Oxford Diecast Release Schedule Update
Oxford Diecast has published a list of revised release dates for previously announced new models, these have encountered production delays.
The full list can be found on the Facebook Oxford Diecast Collectors Group.
These are the new expected dates for the five Oxford Omnibus range models.

N Scale
NLRT007 North Western - Leyland Royal Tiger Coach - Due Q1/2022

1/76 Scale
76AMT001 Scottish - Alexander M Type Coach - Due Q1/2022
76IR6006 Air Links - Irizar i6 Coach - Due Q4/2021
76LRT010 Mexborough & Swinton - Leyland Royal Tiger Coach - Due Q4/2021
76SB007 East Midlands Motor Services - Saro Bus - Due Q1/2022


Wednesday 14 July
Scania Onmidekka Model Kit Released
Omnidekka Models has now started posting out orders for the Scania Omnidekka kit, Chris Cotton is aiming to dispatch all the orders by the 16 July and expects all order to arrive by the 20th.

Only 14 kits remained as of yesterday & there are no plans to produce another batch at the moment. The kits are £30.00 each which includes UK postage & packing.
Orders for the kits can be placed on the omnidekkamodels.com online store.


Thursday 1 July
Model Bus Federation June Journal Review
The July 2021 issue of the Model Bus Federation's Model Bus Journal has been sent to out members in the past few days. This is the only publication solely dedicated to model bus news & other related articles in the UK.

Below is summary of the contents of the latest issue.
If the contents below are of interest, you may wish to consider becoming a member of the MBF, the annual subscription starts at £25.00 with special reduced rates available for younger members aged 14-18.
For further details please visit the https://www.model-bus-federation.org.uk.

The Model Bus Journal - Issue 603 July 2021 - 40 pages - ISSN 0953-435

  • Editorial
  • Welcome Aboard - Welcome to new & returning members
  • Cover Story - The cover model photograph (See next article)
  • Shirley's of Meriden 8260 NX by Paul Ellender - Paul stratchbuilds a Burlingham Seagull 60 bodied Bedford SB coach new to Shirley's in 1960 using plasticard.
  • London's First Hybrid Buses by Michael Whent - Hybrid buses have been on London's streets far longer than you might think. Michael builds three petrol electric examples operated in the capital around a 100 years ago!
  • Seddon's Battery Electric Buses by Richard Grey - A brief history of Seddon's experimental battery electric buses that were trailed back in the 1970s.
  • In Detail: Scania Fencer f1 by David Cole - A look at Scania's first complete in-house bus for the UK.
  • Book Reviews by Dave Caton - Four books by Stuart Emmett reviewed: Cumbria Buses: Barrow in Furness 1948 to 1989 / Skipton, 1967 / Hardwick's Services Limited, Scarborough 1952-1987 / The Keswick to Barrowdale Bus.
  • Members Services - Unbuilt kit wanted. Bus collection for sale & help wanted to identify a mystery plastic bus model.
  • Welcome Aboard - New & returning members.
  • Plan of the Previous Month - A correction to the title of the Manchester Crossley plan from last month & some vehicle photographs.
  • Ulsterbus N Type by Brian O Doherty - A scratchbuilt N Type Leyland Tiger based on a batch of 10 supplied to Ulsterbus as 1200 to 1209 in 1989.
  • Bristol LS 2nd Prototype MAH 744 by Martin Hare - A Reasonably easy modification of a standard EFE Bristol LS model to produce one of the two Bristol LS prototype vehicles.
  • Lockdown Efforts by Christopher Batten - Four lockdown projects: 1. A London Fire Brigade Control Unit based on an OOC Bristol L. 2. An Oxford Diecast Bedford OWB converted into a Mini Cooper racing car transporter. 3. The EFE USAF Clubmobile AEC 10T10 coach super detailed. 4. A mini diorama featuring an WW1 Old Bill bus produced using a old white metal kit.
  • MBF London Area Event 2021 - Annual event will take place in August this year
  • South East Bus Festival 2021 - This annual event at the Kent Showground has been rescheduled for Sunday 10th October 2021.
  • Plan of the Month by Brian Minter - 1950 Reading Sunbeam S7 / Park Royal H38/30RD Trolleybus.
  • MBF National Show & Annual General Meeting October 2021 - Details of this years event
  • Area News - Reports & numerous photographs from the latest virtual online area meetings in Greater Manchester, South Wales & Herefordshire, London, Yorkshire & the North Midlands.
  • MBF Shop 1 - The MBF Streetscene, Little Bus Company & Paragon range of white metal/resin parts & accessories, plus the MBF Streetscene 2K resin model kits that are exclusively available to MBF members. (3 page list)
  • MBF Shop 2 - A further tranche of former ABS white metal bus kits have now been added to the MBF Streetscene range & are available exclusively to members at low cost (from £5.00 to £20.00)

Monday 28 June
Confirmed Corgi Model Bus Release & Three New Announcements/td>

The following model has now been released to retailers in UK.


CC82331 Paddington Bear AEC Routemaster Bus (1/64 scale) & Paddington Bear figurine - RRP £17.99

Corgi has also announced three further AEC Routemaster Bus models in Beatles' song related liveries. These have a RRP of £19.99 each and come in The Beatles packaging. They are expected to be released later this Summer.


CC82342 The Beatles "Please Please Me" - AEC Routemaster Bus (1/64 scale)


CC82343 The Beatles "Magical Mystery Tour" - AEC Routemaster Bus (1/64 scale)


CC82344 The Beatles "For Sale" - AEC Routemaster Bus (1/64 scale)


Wednesday 23 June
Scania Onmidekka Model Kit
Omnidekka Models has commissioned an undecorated kit version of the Britbus Scania Omnidekka double deck bus model. The mirrors & wipers are supplied in a sealed bag for self fitting.



The kits are expected in stock on the 5 July and will be priced £30.00 each which includes UK postage & packing.
Orders for the kits can be placed on the omnidekkamodels.com online store.


Tuesday 22 June
Ace Model Buses New Site & Web Address

Melvyn Grosberg has today launched a new website for his Ace Model Buses online store.
The site domain name has also changed to www.acemodelbus.com, the previous site www.acemodelbuses.co.uk will remain for now, but is no longer being updated.


Information kindly supplied by


Friday 11 June
Latest B Type Bus Release From Artitec
Dutch manufacturer Artitec has released a WW1 version of its 1/87th scale B Type bus model. The model depicts the vehicle in use as a troop carrier with boarded up lower deck windows & a green military livery.
The model RRP is €58.80, the model is expected to be available in the UK in due course.


6870414 WW1 Troop Carrier (B1286/63 - Victoria Stn To Berlin) - LGOC B-type Omnibus (1/87 Scale)

Source: www.mo87.de.

Thursday 10 June
Upcoming Oxford Diecast Release
The latest batch of new model releases have appeared on the Oxford Diecast website, although no full size bus or coach models are among the items, there is the following PCV vehicle which should be available from model retailers later this month.


76PB010 Royal Mail Scotland (USG 706R / 5450044 - Elgol destination) - Commer PB Post Bus (1/76 Scale)


Friday 4 June
Confirmed Northcord UK Release
The following Northcord model has now been released to UK model retailers.


IEBUS0007 Dublin Bus (TFI Hybrid buses livery) - ADL Enviro400H MMC Double Deck Bus

Information kindly supplied by


Thursday 3 May
Model Bus Federation June Journal Review
The Model Bus Federation's June 2021 issue of the Model Bus Journal has been sent to out members in the past week. This is the only publication solely dedicated to model bus news & other related articles in the UK.

Below is summary of the contents of this latest issue.
If the contents below are of interest, you may wish to consider becoming a member of the MBF, the annual subscription starts at £25.00 with special reduced rates available for younger members aged 14-18.
For further details please visit the https://www.model-bus-federation.org.uk.

The Model Bus Journal - Issue 602 June 2021 - 36 pages - ISSN 0953-435

  • Editorial
  • Welcome Aboard - Welcome to new & returning members
  • Cover Story - The cover model photograph (A Bristol L with rebuilt SC body featured in the Yorkshire Area News 2 section)
  • Southdown TD1 by Michael Whent - A conversion of the standard EFE TD1 model into Southdown's Leyland TD1 & a Tilling Stevens vehicles.
  • MBF Meetings and Shows - Information on the provisional plans to resume the MBF Area Meetings & Shows as the UK Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
  • Home Casting by Daryll Hemsell - Casting resin models using a master model, mould box, vaseline, duct tape, silicone rubber, & a port noodle container!
  • Lockdown Diorama by Paul Coley - Paul explains how he built a diorama town scene with a modern bus station for his fictional Red Rover model fleet.
  • Ken Johnson's Memorable Models Number 80 - Corgi OOC Transport for London Wright New Routemaster (OM466xx).
  • Over to You - Some feedback from members on two previous Journal articles,
  • Product News UK - The latest kit news from Paragon Kits & Paul Ellender, plus news of Oxford Diecast latest Bristol MW model.
  • Plan of the Month by Paul Ellender - 10.8m ADL Enviro 200MMC Dual Door.
  • Area News - Reports & numerous photographs from the latest virtual online area meetings in Yorkshire (1), Greater Manchester, South Wales & Herefordshire, London, Yorkshire (2) & the North Midlands.
  • MBF Shop 1 - The MBF Streetscene, Little Bus Company & Paragon range of white metal/resin parts & accessories, plus the MBF Streetscene 2K resin model kits that are exclusively available to MBF members. (3 page list)
  • MBF Shop 2 - A further tranche of former ABS white metal bus kits have now been added to the MBF Streetscene range & are available exclusively to members at low cost (from £5.00 to £20.00)

Thursday 3 June
Confirmed Corgi Release
The Corgi website is now showing the following model as in stock, howevetr it hasn't yet been released to model retailers.


OM46632B New Routemaster Bus - Arriva London {LT230 Route 38 Victoria} Sehba Basras Our Hillingdon allover livery (OOC version)


Wednesday 2 June
New Oxford Diecast Website Is Live
Oxford Diecast have re-launched their official website, it now has a fresh new look with improved user interface that includes clearer shipping costs & easier ordering options for members of the Oxford Diecast Collectors Club.

My search tool for Oxford Diecast models has been slightly tweaked so it will continue to offer working page links too the newly revised official site. The previously inaccessible Eddie Stobart model section has also been fixed & can now be viewed.


Wednesday 2 June & updated 3 June
Next Corgi Bus Release
The following model is expected to be released by Corgi later this month.
The B destination (OM46632B / 38 Victoria) version of the Arriva London New Routemaster in the Sehba Basras Our Hillingdon livery has now had it's expected release date further revised to "TBA 2021", wholesaler John Ayrey Diecast has also indicated that a further batch of the A destination version of the model is also expected in due course.
Update: 3 June: Model now shown as in stock on Corgi website.

CC82331 Paddington Bear London Bus and Paddington Bear Figure (Corgi Toys Range, Announced in 2020) - Due June 2021


OM46632B New Routemaster Bus - Arriva London {LT230 Route 38 Victoria} Sehba Basras Our Hillingdon allover livery (OOC version) - Due TBA 21


Sunday 30 May
Oxford Diecast Delay New Catalogue Announcement
The end of May usually sees Oxford Diecast issuing details of the planned model releases for May to September, however due to delays in the production of new products & a the current high shipping fees to the UK, Oxford Diecast has decided not to issue a catalogue for this period. It's hoped that the next catalogue will be published in September with details of further new products.

Oxford Diecast has posted a update on Facebook, this gives the current status of the new model tooling that has already announced.
The only bus related item mentioned is the Alexander M type coach which is in the "early stages of development".

Monday 24 May
Latest UK IXO 1/43rd Scale Bus Releases
Two further IXO 1/43 scale buses have now been released in the UK according to wholesaler John Ayrey Diecasts.


BUS027 GMC Scenicruiser White/Silver Greyhound 1956


BUS028 Skoda 706 RO Blue/White 1947

Both models have a UK RRP of £58.99

Saturday 22 May
Corgi OOC Model Release Schedule Update
Corgi has revised the expected release dates for many of the the model announced in 2021 Corgi Catalogue.

These are the outstanding 2021 OOC & other Corgi range bus models:

Spring

CC89204 New Routermaster Bus - NHS Charities Together (Corgi Toys version) - Unknown, was due Spring 21, this model isn't currently listed on Corgi site.


CC82331 Paddington Bear London Bus and Paddington Bear Figure (Corgi Toys Range, Announced in 2020) - Due Spring 2021


OM46632B New Routemaster Bus - Arriva London {LT230 Route 38 Victoria} Sehba Basras Our Hillingdon allover livery (OOC version - A version already released) - Due Spring 21

Summer

CP44110A Epsom Coaches Group Quality Line (OP30 / YJ09 MHX - Route K5 Ham) - Optare Solo Single Deck Bus (Commissioned by Omnidekka Models) - Due May/June 21


CP44110B Epsom Coaches Group Quality Line (OP30 / YJ09 MHX - Route K5 Morden) - Optare Solo Single Deck Bus (Commissioned by Omnidekka Models) - Due May/June 21


OM46633A New Routemaster Bus - Stagecoach London {LT372 Route 73 Victoria} Only Fools & Horses The Musical Ad's (OOC version) - Due August 21


OM46633B New Routemaster Bus - Stagecoach London {LT372 Route 73 Stoke Newington} Only Fools & Horses The Musical Ad's (OOC version) - Due August 21


OM46638A Arriva London The Kraken Special Edition {LT 716 / Route 59 Euston} (Special Card Sleeve) - New Routemaster - Due August 21


OM46638B Arriva London The Kraken Special Edition {LT 716 / Route 59 Streatham Hill} (Special Card Sleeve) - New Routemaster - Due August 21

Autumn

CC43515 Blackpool Balloon Tram - Coca Cola / open happiness - Due September 21


OM46518A Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 - Arriva London DW512 Route 466 Caterham-on-the-Hill / Evita & The Army Ad's - Due October 21


OM46518B Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 - Arriva London DW512 Route 466 Addington Village / Evita & The Army Ad's - Due October 21


OM46629 New Routemaster Bus - London United, {LT148, Route 10 Hammersmith} Coca Cola open happiness allover livery (OOC version) - Due November 21

Winter

CC44013 Blackpool Brush Railcoach - Coca Cola / Coke Side of Life - Due December 21


Sunday 16 May
Confirmed Corgi OOC Release
The following OOC model has been released by Corgi in the UK.


OM46632A Arriva London - Sehba Basras Our Hillingdon livery (LT230 / 38 Hackney Central) - New Routemaster Double Deck Bus

Please note the proposed B version of this model with alternative 38 Victoria destinations has not been released by Corgi yet.

Information kindly supplied by


Wednesday 12 May
TTC Diecast Exclusive Rapido Models
Production has begun of the pre-production sample of the Rapido West Midlands Leyland Fleetline models in the 1977 Queen's Silver Jubilee livery. These models are being produced exclusively for TTC Diecast.


According to the latest TTC Diecast Facebook post. "Production is really progressing well, there are a few alterations to make, and we are really pleased with the new working partnership we have Rapido. Hopefully this is one of many future projects, and partnerships on new castings going forward?"

The four Silver Jubilee models are limited editions & only 135 of each version will be produced. These & the other standard issue Fleetline models can be pre-ordered via the TTC Diecast online store at www.ttcdiecast.com.

We are pleased to share these shots of the Preproduction version of our Exclusive 1977 Queens Silver Jubilee Fleetlines...

Posted by Ttcdiecast on Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Tuesday 11 May
Omnidekka Models Confirmed Releases
The following models have now arrived in the UK and Omnidekka Models are currently processing orders & dispatching to the models to their customers.

Stock of both models is still available and orders can be placed directly with Omnidekka Models via their online store, at Omnidekkamodels.com. The models are also being stocked by Ace Model Buses & Model Buses Collections MBC Facebook page.



ES-17A BlueStar (1004 / YN56 FFK - Route 4 Romney Via North Baddesley) - Scania Omnidekka Single Door Double Deck Bus
ES-17B BlueStar (1004 / YN56 FFK - Route 4 Southampton Via Lordshill & Shirley) - Scania Omnidekka Single Door Double Deck Bus


Sunday 2 May
Model Bus Federation May Journal Review
The Model Bus Federation's May 2021 issue of the Model Bus Journal has been sent to out members in the past week. This is the only publication solely dedicated to model bus news & other related articles in the UK.

Below is summary of the contents of the latest issue.
If the contents below are of interest, you may wish to consider becoming a member of the MBF, the annual subscription starts at £25.00 with special reduced rates available for younger members aged 14-18.
For further details please visit the https://www.model-bus-federation.org.uk.

The Model Bus Journal - Issue 601 May 2021 - 32 pages

  • Editorial
  • Cover Story - The cover model photograph (see article below)
  • MBF Meetings and Shows - Information on the provisional plans to resume the MBF Area Meetings & Shows as the UK Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
  • Members Services - A model collection for sale & an appeal.
  • Over to You - Some feedback on an earlier Journal article
  • The Buses That Never Were! Part 3: LT LF Class by David Rowe - London Buses borrowed some former Greater Manchester PTE Leyland Fleetlines in 1987, these were used to cover the late delivery of a batch of Mark II MCW Metrobuses that had been ordered for use by the new low cost Harrow Buses subsidy.
    The Harrow Buses operation had its own cream & red livery, but the loaned Fleetlines retained there original Manchester PTE livery & operated from Harrow Weald Garage.
    David Rowe images what would have been if these vehicles had been acquired by London Buses & repainted into the standard red livery of the time (See cover photo).
  • Bournemouth Revisited by Martin Hare - Martin explains how he improved his original model of a Bournemouth Corporation BUT Trolleybus.
  • Developments at Temple Bridge by John Wood - John gives details of some of the recent additions to his Temple Bridge layout. Includes a quick method to add rear doors to the low cost version of the Corgi New Routemaster.
  • My United Counties Models: Part 3 by Roger Pope - In the third part of this series Roger describes the 30 models in his collection that depict the vehicles used by the operator between 1952 & 1969 .
  • Product News UK - The latest kit news from the Little Bus Company, news of the new Facebook spares & accessories service from Iwan's Bus Bits & an update on the latest model proposals from Omnidekka Models.
  • Plan of the Month by Alan Johnson - 1946-48 Manchester 2xxx Series Crossley double deck bus.
  • Area News - Reports & numerous photographs from the latest virtual online area meetings in Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, South Wales & Herefordshire, & the North Midlands.
  • Welcome Aboard - Welcome to new & returning members.
  • Finishing Touches - Two models recently finished by members, a Yutong TC9 coach in Glenelg livery & a Stagecoach Scania Enviro300 in Highlands Local livery.
  • MBF Shop 1 - The MBF Streetscene, Little Bus Company & Paragon range of white metal/resin parts & accessories, plus the MBF Streetscene 2K resin model kits that are exclusively available to MBF members. (3 page list)
  • MBF Shop 2 - The first tranche of former ABS white metal bus kits have now been added to the MBF Streetscene range & are available exclusively to members at low cost (from £5.00 to £20.00)

Saturday 1 May
Omnidekka Models Quality Line Optare Solo Update
Chris Cotton has received the pre-production samples of the two Epsom Coaches Group Quality Line Optare Solo models from Corgi.
Chris will ask Corgi for the back markings to be straight on the production batch of models. He also notes that Corgi have stated that some of the text on the model is the smallest they've ever applied to a commissioned model.

There will be a total production of 1030 models (515 of each destination), 30 of the models will go to Optare who have given permission for the use of their company name on the rear of the models.
Chris is now designing the boxes and limited edition cards for these models.

The production models are expected to arrive in the UK late July/early August, and Chris will start to dispatch these too customers soon after arrival.

The photographs below show the pre-production samples of both versions of the model with either A: Ham or B: Morden destinations.

OM44110A


OM44110B



OM44110A Epsom Coaches Group Quality Line (OP30 / YJ09 MHX - Route K5 HAM) - Optare Solo Single Deck Bus
OM41110B Epsom Coaches Group Quality Line (OP30 / YJ09 MHX - Route K5 MORDEN) - Optare Solo Single Deck Bus

The models are priced £25.00 each or £48.00 for the pair plus delivery.

The first batch of the Bluestar Britbus Scania Omnidekka models (see 15 April news item) are now being dispatched to customers, Chris expects this process to take around three weeks to complete.

The models can be ordered from Omnidekkamodels.com site, Ace Model Buses or Model Buses Collections MBC Facebook page.


Saturday 1 May
Saltire Model Kits Has Re-opened
David Tait has decided to re-open his Saltire Model Kits business and has announced that he accepting pre-orders for the following pair of new resin kits which are in development.



For contact details please see the Saltire Model Kits page

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