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Saturday 25 September
Model Kits Update: Midland Bus Kits & TiNY
Midland Bus Kits
Midland Bus Kits have several further kits in their range in addition to the original MCV Evora B8 Volvo & Mercedes Benz 0405n single deck buses, you can register your interest in all the current kits which are produced in small batches when sufficient demand exists.

To register interest in any of the kits please visit the Midland Bus Kits site, you can also find further details on their Facebook page.

Midland Bus Kits - Recent Kits
Image Ref No. Model Availability


MBR001 Barton AEC Regent V with NCME Body First & Second Runs
SOLD OUT
Register Interest Now


MBR002 Optare Excel L1150 Register Interest Now

MBR003 Optare Excel L1180
Register Interest Now


TiNY Bus & Coach Kits
TiNY now have the following kits in stock.
Contact & ordering information along a full list of current & future kits can be found on the TiNY kits page & TiNY Facebook page

TiNY Kits - Latest Kit Releases
Image Kit Ref No. Model Availability
TK9 Barton PD1 Duple
includes a complimentary set of Sunrise transfers bespoke to this kit.
In Stock
£45
TK37G NEW – 1958 AEC/Park Royal DP41F
Scottish Omnibuses/Highland
In Stock
£45

Friday 24 September
Omnidekka Models Update
Omnidekka Models have now opened pre-orders Metrobus Scania Omnidekka YN56FDP (ES-20A&B) and these are due May/June 2022.
They will come with a limited card and a designed box; they will also have the tree guard fitted to the N/S. 400 are going to be made in 2 routes as below
ES-20A 420 - Whitebushes
ES-20B 460 - Epsom



Prices will be £50 for 1 or £98 for both routes. These will have stock number ES-20 A&B, you can find them on page 2 of the omnidekkamodels.com website.
Updates will be posted on the Omnidekka Facebook group as pictures arrive from the factory during the manufacturing process.

Update on other Omnidekka Models' commissions:
Go North East Solo SR - sample models have been made by Model 1 and are on their way to the UK.
Lancashire United Versa - sample models are in the process of being made and these are expected to be complete by the end of the year.


Thursday 23 September
Brekina Announce Another Routemaster Livery
Brekina have announced another new issue of their 1/87th scale Routemaster model. This latest model is expected to be released in Germany during October with the UK release set to follow later.


61113 - AEC Routemaster Open Top Bus (Route 27 Teddington Station)- London Transport Austria Wine (GB)

The model doesn't appear to carry fleet or registration numbers, but appears to be based on the livery carried by RM1015 (15 CLT) in 1973.
A photograph of the real vehicle can be found on flickr.

Source: mo87.de.

Wednesday 22 September
Special EFE Model For Bachmann Collectors Club Event
Bachmann are organizing a special Practically Perfect Sale event for members of the Bachmann Collectors Club on Sunday 26th September at Great Central Railway, Quorn & Woodhouse Station, Woodhouse Road, Quorn, Leicestershire.
Entrance to the event is free to club members only, although non-members can gain instant access by joining the club on the day.

Bachmann will have a wide selection of returned or refurbished Bachmann Branchline, Graham Farish and Bachmann Narrow Gauge models on sale, all at exceptional prices.

Additionally they will also have an "EFE model for sale which has never previously been offered for sale – a true collectors item!" There's no further information regarding what type of EFE model is being offered, so it could be a bus, lorry or something else!

If anyone plans to attends the event, I'd very much appreciate any information regarding this EFE model, I can then add it to the site model list.

Club members can enjoy discounted train travel on the Great Central Railway with a day runabout ticketed available at the special price of £16.00. You will receive a discount voucher when entering the Sale which can be redeemed at the Booking Office when purchasing your train ticket.

Class 47 No. 1705 ‘Sparrowhawk’ (above) – star of our Brand New Brush video will be on display in Quorn yard, and the There and Back Light Railway (below) will also be there, offering free rides for Bachmann Collectors Club members on their 7¼” gauge miniature railway.
The event is open from 10:30 to 16:00 and there's free parking available in Quorn yard.

Further information can be found on the Bachmann website.

Friday 17 September & Updated 21 September
Three New Oxford Diecast Coach Models Announced
Oxford Diecast have published details of the new models that will be included in the Sep 21 to Jan 22 catalogue.
There are three new coach models among the many models announced across the various scales.
One on the coach models is a new tooling of a Duple Britannia.

76DB001 Wallace Arnold - Duple Britannia Coach (1/76) - Due Q3/2022
Photo of a former Wallace Arnold Duple Britannia on flickr (model may differ)


76AMT002 Western Scottish - Alexander M Type Coach (1/76) - Due Q2/2022


76IR6009 Plain White - Irizar i6 Coach (1/76) - Due Q1/2022

There are no new N scale bus or coach models to report, but there are four re-colours for existing cars in the range and the following new tooling.
Ford Transit Connect Van
VW T1 Samba Bus
Fowler BB1 Ploughing Steam Engine
Living Wagon

There are five other new toolings for the 1/76 range.
Austin Maestro
Land Rover Discovery 1 (Also in 1/43 scale)
Land Rover Discovery 2
Volvo FL Emergency One Pump Ladder
VW Karmann Ghia

There are no new models for modern trucks range (1/148 & 1/76) in this catalogue.

All the new models can be found on the following Oxford Diecast website page, (on the first two pages up to the model 43CCC004)

Update 18th September
Oxford all models lists for N & 1/76 scale models updated with newly announced models & September releases.

Update 21st September
The latest Oxford catalogue for Sept 21 to Jan 22 can now be viewed on the Oxford Diecast site.
Another new release shown in the catalogue, is a plain white Scania Topline Boniface recovery truck (76SCA03REC) which is due Q1/2022.

Latest expected release dates for the four previously announced bus & coach models.
N Scale
NLRT007 Leyland Royal Tiger Coach - North Western - Due Q1/2022

1/76 Scale
76AMT001 Alexander M Type Coach - Scottish - Due Q1/2022
76LRT010 Leyland Royal Tiger Coach - Mexborough & Swinton - Due Q4/2021
76SB007 Saro Single Deck Bus - East Midland Motor Services - Due Q1/2022

Thursday 16 September
Upcoming Oxford Diecast Release & Next Catalogue
The latest batch of new & re-run models has been posted on the Oxford Diecast website today. Among the models is one new 1/76th scale coach and a re-issue of the N scale Blackpool Dick Kerr Tram NTR003.

76IR6006 Irizar i6 Coach - City Link Air (YS16 LMV / route AIR Edinburgh Airport)
Other re-issues include two plain white models of Volvo Boniface Recovery vehicle (SP023) and high roof Ford Transit (76FT006) which would be ideal for repainting.

Oxford Diecast are expected to reveal details of the new models included in their next catalogue on Facebook tomorrow evening (17 Sep).

Wednesday 15 September
UK Brekina Routemaster Releases
The following Brekina 1/87th scale Routemaster models have now arrived in the UK and should be available from UK stockists imminently.


61102 - AEC Routemaster Open Top Bus (RM2729/SMK 729F)- Premium Tours / City Tour London (GB)


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


61104 - AEC Routemaster Open Top Bus - City Sightseeing Berlin (route 1)


61105 - AEC Routemaster Bus (850 DYE - Route 1 Marylebone) - Queen's Silver Jubilee (Woolworth Ad's) (GB)


61106 - AEC Routemaster Bus (RML2750/SMK 750F - Route 38 Victoria) - Queen's Golden Jubilee (Marks & Spencer Ad's) (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)

Tuesday 14 September
Corgi Model Bus Releases For September
Corgi have a bumper batch of bus models scheduled for release later this month, all five of the remaining 2021 New Routemaster releases are due along with the second batch of three Beatles album theme AEC Routemaster models.

I not able to yet confirm the routes for the Only Fools & Horses models, the sample model photographs show route 55 destinations applied while the Corgi website model descriptions state the route 73 destinations, route 73 is actually operated by Arriva London.

Corgi have some online store bundles for the Beatles Routemasters, these models are now officially priced £21.99 each although can also be found for less from several other retail sources.

The latest three shown below are available with a small discount in (BUNDLECBEA2) for £64.99.
The five earlier releases are available in two further bundles with larger discounts, of £99.99 for (BUNDLECBEA1) or with the additional Beatles Yellow Submarine model for £119.95 in (BUNDLECBEA3.

Corgi releases expected in September:
Thumb Range Ref/Link Vehicle Operator Fleet No. Reg'n Route / Destination

Saturday 11 September
Mini GT Land Rover Defender Post Bus Model
Mini GT have produced a 1/64th scale Land Rover Defender 110 Royal Mail Post bus. The model uses the UK right-hand drive version of the Mini-GT tooling and is based on vehicle 2770015 (which although not applied to the model was registered K408 BSG in real life and operated in Northern Scotland). The UK RRP for the model is £14.99 according to model trade wholesaler John Ayrey Diecast.


MGT00152-R Land Rover Defender 110 Royal Mail Post Bus (1/64th scale)

Sunday 29 August
Corgi OOC Release Schedule Update
Corgi has revised the release dates for several forthcoming OOC & Corgi bus models.

No Longer Listed By Corgi

CC89204 New Routermaster Bus - NHS Charities Together (Corgi Toys version) - This model appears to have been canceled

Autumn

CC82342 The Beatles "Please Please Me" - AEC Routemaster Bus (1/64 scale) - Now due September 21


CC82343 The Beatles "Magical Mystery Tour" - AEC Routemaster Bus (1/64 scale) - Now due September 21


CC82344 The Beatles "For Sale" - AEC Routemaster Bus (1/64 scale) - Now due September 21


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


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


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


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


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


CP44101A Epsom Coaches Group Quality Line (OP30 / YJ09 MHX - Route K5 Ham) - Optare Solo Single Deck Bus (Commissioned by Omnidekka Models) - Now due November 21


CP44101B Epsom Coaches Group Quality Line (OP30 / YJ09 MHX - Route K5 Morden) - Optare Solo Single Deck Bus (Commissioned by Omnidekka Models) - Now due November 21


CC43515 Blackpool Balloon Tram - Coca Cola / open happiness - Now due November 21

Winter

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


Sunday 29 August
Commissioned Brekina Routemaster Released
A number of Brekina 1/87 scale bus models including an open top AEC Routemaster model have been produced for German model retailer Stadt im Modell, these are available via their online store, with the Routemaster model priced €34.99 plus delivery.


10180 - AEC Routemaster Open Top Bus (HH-MM 278) - City Tour Hamburg (Route: 1 Hummel bus city tour)
More details of the above can be found on the www.stadtimmodel.de site.

The real vehicle has a flipped rear entrance & staircase layout: www.dk-busbilder.de/gallery/bus/7015-HH-MM278

Article source: www.mo87.de

Saturday 28 August
Sunrise Models Acquires MBC Decals
Sunrise Transfers have issued the following announcement...

Major news from Sunrise is that the MBC Decals range has been acquired. Developed around thirty years ago by Graham Orchard, MBC has not been trading for the past few years, and has been greatly missed by many of its customers on account of the high quality and enormous range of transfers offered.

From the outset, both MBC and Sunrise transfers have been professionally silk-screen printed to the highest quality possible and enhanced by the application of tight varnish masks to eliminate unsightly over-generous varnish carrier films.

The matching standards - even to the use of the same printing company in recent years - and the complementary nature of the Sunrise and MBC ranges, makes excellent sense for the acquisition.

As a result of this, Sunrise has now added comprehensive ranges of transfers for the BET Group companies, London Transport, National Bus Company, Tilling Group companies, some PTEs and many others, in addition to its existing well-known Irish and Scottish ranges.

In due course, there will be integration and rationalisation of the two ranges, including standardisation of prices, but in the meantime orders can now be accepted for any items from the MBC range. The last MBC catalogue appears to have been in 2008, but anyone who has one can order from it now - but PLEASE CHECK AVAILABILITY AND PRICES before ordering. Anyone who doesn't have an MBC catalogue can get an indicative, interim one sent by email - to order, email to george@georgeheaney.co.uk or phone 0141 423 4328.


Thursday 26 August
Omnidekka Models Go North East Optare Solo SR
Omnidekka Models have now opened pre-orders for an Optare Solo SR model of Go North East bus NK18 EDX.
These diecast models will be made by Model 1 and are due May/June 2022. They will come in a clear case with limited edition certificate.
300 will be made on the following 3 routes (100 of each route)
703 – Newfield via Burnthouse Bank
40 – Rail Station via Market Place
23 – Barley Mow via Wrekenton & Birtley

Prices will be £40 each, £78 for 2 or £115 for 3.

Pre-orders can placed at www.omnidekkamodels.com.

Modelbuszone: A photograph of the real bus can be found on flickr. A photograph of the model is expected to be available soon.

Wednesday 25 August
Model Bus Federation September Journal Review
The latest issue of the Model Bus Federation's Model Bus Journal has been sent to out members last 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 September 2021 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 605 September 2021 - 32 pages - ISSN 0953-435

  • Area Meetings - Upcoming area meetings for MBF members.
  • Editorial
  • Welcome Aboard - Welcome to new & returning members
  • Cover Story - The cover model photograph for this special issue that focuses on Ancillary & Service Vehicles (See next article)
  • Making a Nice Recovery by Dave Jessop - Dave's Eldorado Motors fleet contains a variety of support vehicles which support his bus & coach fleet and vehicle recovery operations.
  • Arden Forest Service Vehicle by Paul Ellender - The Arden Forest fleet includes a small fleet of light commercial vehicles & two tow trucks all smartly finished in the operators green & white livery.
  • Padbus Service Fleet by Paul Dudfield - A look back at the Padbus support vehicles from the late 1970s to the present day. From tow trucks to driver trainers & small vans.
  • Glenelg Engineering & Recovery by Dick Lindsay - A selection of recovery vehicles that are mainly conversions of Oxford Diecast models.
  • The Service Fleet in Sheffield by John May - John's collection of Sheffield Corporation vehicles includes a extensive range of ancillary vehicles covering the operators period of operation from the early 1910s to its absorption into South Yorkshire PTE in 1974.
  • Plan of the Month by Paul Ellender - Caetano CS700 Minicoach.
  • Worksop Model Transport Exhibition - Featuring Trains, Trams, Buses & Trade Stalls the event takes place on the Saturday 4th September between 10am & 4pm at The Crossing Church and Centre, Newcastle Street, Worksop S80 2AT. Entry £4 adults, £1 Children.
  • Area News - Reports & numerous photographs from the latest virtual online area meetings in South Wales & Herefordshire, Yorkshire, & Greater Manchester.
  • Over To You - Reflections on the effect of the Covid 19 restrictions on the MBF & its members interactions and a follow up on the Tilling Stevens TS3A article from the July issue.
  • Marketing & Publicity Update by Paul Coley - Paul reflects on the various methods employed to further grow awareness and members of the MBF, membership is now at a 12 year high.
  • Product News - The first four kits NK7 to NK10 are expected to be released in September. The next kit will be a Yutong TC9 midicoach
  • MBF Shop - 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.
  • MBF Streetscene Whitemetal Bus & Coach Kits - This month sees a large expansion of former ABS white metal bus kits added to the MBF Streetscene range. These are available exclusively to members at low cost (from £5.00 to £35.00 - see the MBF page for a list of these model kits)

Saturday 21 August
Omnidekka Models Lancashire United Optare Versa
Omnidekka Models have announced that pre-orders are now open for an Optare Versa model of Lancashire United bus YJ08 PKX.
These models are made of resin and are due March/April 2022. They will come with a plinth with the limited number on it, a clear case and a blue covering box.
300 will be made on the following 3 routes (100 of each route)
Ref Code: Route - Destination
OM1A:    4 - Leyburn Road
OM1B:   46 - Blackburn
OM1C:   18 - Shadsworth

Prices will be £120 each, £235 for 2 or £350 for 3, if you would like to have a 3 month payment plan please let Chris Cotton at Omnidekka Models know and he will sort this out with his card provider Square Up. You can then make 3 payments over the 3 months of your choice.
The models will be posted out using Royal Mail Tracked 24.

Pre-orders can placed at www.omnidekkamodels.com.

Modelbuszone: A photograph of the real bus can be found on flickr.

Thursday 19 August
Brekina Routemaster Releases
Brekina has released/re-issued the following models in Germany, these 1/87 scale models should be available in the UK in due course.


61102 - AEC Routemaster Open Top Bus (RM2729/SMK 729F)- Premium Tours / City Tour London (GB)


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


61104 - AEC Routemaster Open Top Bus - City Sightseeing Berlin (route 1)


61105 - AEC Routemaster Bus (850 DYE - Route 1 Marylebone) - Queen's Silver Jubilee (Woolworth Ad's) (GB)


61106 - AEC Routemaster Bus (RML2750/SMK 750F - Route 38 Victoria) - Queen's Golden Jubilee (Marks & Spencer Ad's) (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)

Source: www.mo87.de

Wednesday 18 August
Little Bus Company Kits Update
Below are the current stock items, newly announced & planned re-issues for 2021/22. Pre-orders are being accepted for all the future kits.

Please visit the Little Bus Company Kits page for details on how to order or place pre-orders for the kits shown below. All kits are produced in limited quantities which are based on the number of pre-orders received. The LBC page also contains details of other future kits previously announced.

LBC - KITS IN STOCK (18th August 2021)
Image Ref No. Model Availability
DCN 1/2 Duple Carribean Coach 1983 In Stock
NC 63 Daimler Fleetline N.C.M.E. Lowheight Maidstone & District - 1963 In Stock
OLY 1C Leyland Olympian ECW D/D Coach 1984 In Stock
WEY 62 Leyland Leopard/ Weymann `Castillian` standard windows` 1962 `Southdown` In Stock

LBC - NEW KITS & RE-ISSUES FOR 2021/22
Image Ref No. Model Availability
EK 65 AEC Reliance 590 Park Royal 1964 `East Kent` Future Kit
Pre-order
LWL 3 Bristol ECW coach `Queen Mary` Future Kit
Pre-order

TSA1 London Transport SA1/2 `South Africa style Future Kit
Pre-order
DY61J Ford Thames Duple Yeoman 1961 (`J` style side mouldings) Future Kit
Pre-order
KUF 700 Leyland PD2 `Northern Counties` double deck prototype coach Future Kit
Pre-order
MCW 84 MCW Metroliner 1984 Future Kit
Pre-order
NC78 Leyland Fleetline N.C.M.E. Lowheight
Chester South Notts Western
Future Kit
Pre-order
PR48S Leyland Tiger PS1 Park Royal `Southdown` 1948 Future Kit
Pre-order
ULB1/3 Guy Arab 1 /Daimler CWG 5/6 Brush Utility `Lowbridge` Future Kit
Pre-order

UNC1 Guy Arab 6LW NCME Relaxed Utility Highbridge 1945 Future Kit
Pre-order
WIL 12 Leyland PS2/5 Willowbrook 30ft B38F `Yorkshire Woollen Future Kit
Pre-order

Tuesday 17 August
New American Bus Kit Announced By Roden
Roden have announced they are to produced a new 1/35 scale plastic kit of an 1947 GMC PD3071 Silverside "Greyhound Lines" coach. The model will have full interior & engine detailing. Opening passenger door and is expected to be released Q4/2021 or Q1/2022. No UK price has been confirmed as yet.


RD0816 1947 GMC PD3071 Silverside "Greyhound Lines" 1/35 scale plastic kit
Information kindly supplied by


Saturday 7 August
The Rapido Trains West Midlands Leyland Fleetlines Update
Rapido Trains UK have posted an update on Facebook regarding the new West Midlands Leyland Fleetline models, these have now completed the manufacturing stage and are currently being shipped to the UK. They are expected to be released during September with the second batch of New Look Birmingham buses due soon after.

Facebook Link:https://www.facebook.com/commerce/listing/1627803447424821/?ref=share_attachment

Laser scanning has been completed on the Mervyn Coaches Bedford OB Coach CCF 648, this will initially be used for the model of the Pearce & Crump coach which forms part of the Titfield Thunderbolt range of models due later this year.

The latest Rapido Trains UK Newsletter can be viewed on their website.

Wednesday 4 August
Hornby Announces Price Increases & Acquires Oxford Diecast
Due to the ongoing rise in the cost of booking shipping containers & the higher cost of raw materials due to shortages, Hornby has announced 10% increase to all model prices across all of it's ranges.

Most Corgi OOC models are now priced £42.99, this also applies to already released models on the Corgi website.
The forthcoming Kraken New Routemasters are priced higher with OM46638A at £43.99 & OM46638B at £44.99!
Strangely the speedlip New Routemasters (OM46631A/B) are still priced at £38.99 on the Corgi site, the Corgi Toys New Routemaster is now £13.99 while the Paddington Bear version is £16.49. The Beatles Routemasters increase to £21.49.

Hornby PLC Acquire Oxford Diecast
Hornby has purchased the remaining shares in the LCD Enterprises/Oxford Diecast business and now own 100% of Oxford Diecast. Hornby say they will continue Oxford Diecast as a separate business.
Further details on the www.collectors-club-of-great-britain.co.uk site.

Tuesday 3 August
Model Bus Federation August Journal Review
The latest issue of the Model Bus Federation's Model Bus Journal has been sent to out members last 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 August 2021 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 604 August 2021 - 32 pages - ISSN 0953-435

  • Area Meetings - Face to face meetings are resuming in some areas with planned relaxing of the Covid restrictions.
  • Editorial
  • Welcome Aboard - Welcome to new & returning members
  • Cover Story - The cover model photograph (See next article)
  • Iveco Daily Minibus by Dick Lindsay - A conversion of the Police liveried minibus produced by Toy East for their Tiny Models range.
  • Iveco Postscript by Dave Jessop - Another conversion of the Iveco Daily Police Minibus.
  • The Universal Model by Bob Belcher - Bob builds an unusual, & little known, 1/50th scale resin half cab coach kit from "The universal Model Company". The resin body has multiple side window pillers, while various alternative bonnet, radiator & seating layouts are included allowing a wide range of vehicles to be depicted.
  • Welcome Aboard - New members.
  • Southdown, Shorts Body "Vee Front" TD1 by Martin Hare - A conversion of the Matchbox Leyland Titan Piano front model.
  • MBF London Area Event 2021 - Further details of the upcoming London Area Event
  • AGM & National Show Update from Neil Mortson - Further update of the show & AGM planned for October.
  • Ken Johnsons's Memorable Models Number 81 - Sunrise Model Kit 47, Leyland Albion Lowloader / Northern Counties built as South Notts 85 (BRR 85C) is Ken's choice this issue.
  • Peco/Tower Olympian by Steve Oxbrow - Steve builds the low cost Leyland Olympian plastic bus kit, originally produced by Tower Models, it is now available from Peco Models.
  • Members Services - Built kits for sale.
  • Save the Date - News of plans for the North Midlans 43rd Model Bus Extravaganza in early 2022.
  • Plan of the Month by Alan Johnson - 11 metre Alexander Q type single deck bus.
  • Area News - Reports & numerous photographs from the latest virtual online area meetings in South Wales & Herefordshire, Greater Manchester, Yorkshire & the North Midlands.
  • Les Wrangle Transfers - An update on the model transfer service following the sad passing of Les' wife.
  • Product News - Paul Ellender's next kit NK11 a Van Hool Altano coach.
  • Over To You - Mark Edwards provides details of the offical UK specifications for bus stop road markings.
  • 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.
  • 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 - see the MBF page for a list of these model kits)
  • The Back Page - Six rear end photographs taken John Morris at the 2019 Nottingham 140 event.

Tuesday 3 August
Heller 1/24 Scale Plastic Kit
Now available in the UK is a 1/24 scale plastic from the French plastic kit manufacturer Heller.
This kit depicts a small 1920/30s era 9 seat minicoach conversion based on a Citroen C4 chassis, these vehicles were typically used by high end hotels to transport guests to & from the local railway station. The finish model is 175mm (6.88") in length and the kit comprises 106 parts, UK RRP is £28.99 according to wholesaler John Ayrey Diecast.


80713 Citroen C4 Splendid Hotel

The kit instructions can be viewed on the Heller site: https://www.heller.fr/downloads/1000807130_CITROEN_C4_Splendid_Htel_-_Building_instruction.pdf

Photographs of a built model can be viewed HERE.

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