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Saturday 23 October
New Brekina Routemaster Announced & Latest Release
Following Brekina Routemaster 1/87 scale model has now been released in the UK.

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

The following new model has been announced with a expected November release in Germany.
Apart from the addition of Mac's side adverts this model otherwise appears to be identical to the earlier 61101 release, even having the same mismatched registration & fleet number.

61111 - AEC Routemaster Bus {RMC 1432/482 CLT - Route 721 London (Aldgate)}- London Transport/Green Line Mac's Adverts (GB)

A new section listing the Brekina Routemaster models has been added to this site.


Sunday 17 October & Updated 22 October
Rapido Trains UK West Midlands Fleetline & Guy Arab Models Released
Rapido Trains UK's new Range of West Midland Leyland Fleetline models have now been released in the UK, the models are available from a selection of model retailers or direct from Rapido Trains UK themselves. Some versions of the Leyland Fleetline models are already classed as low stock on the Rapido site due to pre-orders.
In addition to the 20 pre-painted Leyland Fleetline that come in various versions of the West Midlands PTE, WM Travel & Travel West Midlands liveries, there are two undecorated versions available from the Rapido Trains UK site depicting either the early or later version of the bus.

TTC Diecast have four further exclusive commissioned versions available in addition to the standard versions, one in standard West Midlands PTE livery on route 9 to Quinton, and three in the special silver & blue livery applied in 1977 to mark the Queen's Silver Jubilee.

A further batch of 11 New Look Birmingham Guy Arab models are also expected to be released in the UK shortly have also been released, these are available in either Birmingham Corporation or West Midland PTE liveries and expand the selection of routes & destinations previously covered by the first batch of releases.

Update 22 October
The Guy Arab models now released to UK model retailers.

All the models have a UK RRP of £54.95 apart from the undecorated Fleetlines which are £44.95.
Information sourced from

Friday 15 October
Roden 1:35 Scale Greyhound Silverside Bus PD-3751 Kit
This new Roden 1:35 scale plastic kit is now expected to be released in Q4/2021 and according to the Bachmann site the UK RRP will be £62.99.

The kit is supplied with transfers providing several different registration & fleet number options the model as well as a selection of destinations, there also an option to produce the widely used military version of the vehicle with Northwest Service Command U.S.A. decals included. The kit includes brass etched side grilles & Greyhound Lines dog emblems.

Features included a detailed interior with seats, luggage rack drivers cab & opening passenger door, the detailed engine compartment also has opening access panels.

ROD816 Silverside PD-3751 Bus - Greyhound Lines 1947
Information kindly supplied by

Thursday 14 October
Omnidekka Models Optare Solo Photographs
Omnidekka models have published photographs of their forthcoming commissioned Corgi OOC Optare Solo in Quality Line livery . The photographs shows the final production model in the bespoke Omnidekka packaging.
These models are expected to arrive in the UK in late November and can be pre-ordered via the online store.

CP44101A Epsom Coaches Group Quality Line (OP30 / YJ09 MHX - route K5 Ham) - Optare Solo

CP44101B Epsom Coaches Group Quality Line (OP30 / YJ09 MHX - route K5 Morden - Optare Solo

Tuesday 12 October & Updates 13th October
Confirmed OOC Releases
The following OOC models have now been released to UK model retailers.

OM46629 New Routemaster Bus - London United, {LT148, Route 10 Hammersmith} Coca Cola open happiness allover livery

OM46633A New Routemaster Bus - Stagecoach London {LT372 Route 55 Walthamstow Central} Only Fools & Horses The Musical Ad's

OM46633B New Routemaster Bus - Stagecoach London {LT372 Route 55 Oxford Circus} Only Fools & Horses The Musical Ad's

Update 13th October
The following OOC models were released to UK model retailers today.

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

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

Information kindly supplied by

Tuesday 12 October
Model Bus Federation October Journal Review
The latest issue of the Model Bus Federation's Model Bus Journal has been sent to out members earlier this month. 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 October 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

The Model Bus Journal - Issue 606 October 2021 - 32 pages - ISSN 0953-435

  • Area Meetings - Upcoming area meetings for MBF members.
  • Editorial
  • Cover Story - The cover model photograph shows the elusive London Transport RTF1. (see below)
  • RTF1 (and RTS1) by Paul Dudfield - Paul builds an experimental front entrance RTF 1 bus based on the famous London Transport RT type and also makes use of the left over parts to build RTS 1.
  • Scottish Model Bus Show - This has been re-scheduled to January 2022 due to the usual venue being unable due to maintenance work.
  • Lowestoft Corporation Transport by Peter Rose - Peter has modelled several vehicles from this East Coast operator using kits & diecast products.
  • Ken Johnson's Memorable Models Number 82 - Burnhams of Worcester Anbrico Scale Models / Model Bus Company AEC Regal III Burlingham Half-cab Coaches.
  • Welcome Aboard - Welcome to new & returning members
  • St. Helens Sunbeam/Row Lowbridge Trolleybus by Martin Hare - Detailed account of how to produce this vehicle using the Corgi OOC Bristol K ECW bus & Weymann trolleybus models.
  • Blackpool Track Gang Buses by Mike Wilson - Two former Blackpool buses were converted for used by the Tramway Permanent Way Department. Mike reproduces the vehicles in model form using the Paragon Kits' Optare Metrorider & a Corgi OOC Optare Solo.
  • Plan of the Month by Brian Minter - Leyland PD2/1 Metro Cammell H56R (Wallasey Corporation).
  • 43rd Model Bus Extravaganza: Stafford 2022 - The MBF North Midlands Area will be holding this event at a new venue in February 2022.
  • Derek Fisk Drawings - An update on the current position regarding the scale drawings of buses & coaches produced by the late Derek Fisk.
  • Members Services: Wanted kits & an item found after the London Area Show.
  • The times they are a changing: The MBF Shop - The running of the MBF Shop has changed hands and has a new postal address as a result. A large number of MBF Streetscene kits are now available. Many of these were packaged some years ago and are stock inherited from ABS. These are available while stocks last a cheaper prices to members. Prices will increase once MBF start manufacturing from the masters & moulds now owned.
  • Area News - Reports & numerous photographs from the latest virtual online area meetings in South Wales & Herefordshire, Yorkshire, North Midlands
  • MBF London Area Show 2021 - Ruislip - A report & photographs from the London event.
  • Product News UK - The latest kits news from Paul Ellender
  • 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)

Wednesday 29 September
New Britbus Model Commissions For Irish Railway Models
Irish Railway Models have commission two Britbus Alexander RH models in an all over livery for Iarnrod Eireann Dart service which was applied back in 1994.

The models depict Dublin Bus RH41 (90-D-1041) and are available with two route options of either 11 or 48A.
Each model is supplied with a numbered certificate (300 of each route) and is priced £51.50 plus P&P.
Orders can be placed via the Irish Railway Models online store.

Facebook page link

Tuesday 28 September
Bachmann Collectors Club Event EFE Model
Bachmann announced they would have a never before issued EFE model available at their Collectors Club members only "Practically Perfect Sale" event last Sunday.

The model in question would appear to be an Alexander Y Type coach in the same base two tone blue livery that was used for Bachmann/EFE 25th Anniversary model 25519.

I can't confirm this yet, but its possible the model in question could either be 25519 which was a gift given to attendees of a 2014 Bachmann trade event or the never issued 25515 which was manufactured in Baxters livery, some of these were later reworked to produce the EFE 20th Anniversary model & 25515AS the previously mentioned Bachmann version.

A small poster showing the model is visible in one of the event photographs posted on the Bachmann Collectors Club Facebook Page, unfortunately its not clear enough to confirm the model's identy.

Facebook Page Link
EFE later issued another Baxters version of the same vehicle in a revised livery as 25516.

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
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
TK37G NEW – 1958 AEC/Park Royal DP41F
Scottish Omnibuses/Highland
In Stock

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 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.


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)

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