Model Bus Zone News
February & March 2020
 January 2020  Model Bus Zone News Index  
Click the links to view the further details related to the News item.
Filter Content:    Kits    Northcord    OOC    Oxford    Other   

Monday 23 March
Northcord Models Press Release: UKBUS0063
Northcord Models issued the following press releaase today. The UK distributor John Ayrey Diecasts is expecting the model to arrive in the UK during late April or May.

ADL Enviro400 MMC
ukbus 0063 Ensign Bus

Following the significant success in launching the brand new casting of the Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC model in the liveries of Go-Ahead London, National Express West Midlands, Stagecoach London, Stagecoach in Oxfordshire, Reading Buses, First Bristol, Bluestar, Abellio, Yellow Buses, Stagecoach West Scotland, Southern Vectis, Stagecoach South, Metroline and First Glasgow, Northcord Model Company is releasing the twentieth version – ukbus 0063 in the livery of Ensign Bus.


ukbus 0063 represents fleet number 132 (YX66 WLH), utilising the 10.9 metre, single door casting (the actual bus has 11.5 metre long body, H49/37F-seated), that was new to Go Goodwins Coaches of Eccles, Greater Manchester in January 2017. Ensignbus had acquired and numbered it 132 in early 2019. 132 is portrayed carrying Ensignbus’ full, standard livery. ukbus 0063 also carries the very special UK Bus Awards commemorative strapline below the fleetname on both sides, that reads, “UK BUS TOP INDEPENDENT OPERATOR”.

Further details carried by the model include the additional marker lights above the upper deck windows on both sides, and on the front and rear bumper. Furthermore, the model replicates the rear advertising to promote the private hire service that is carried on the rear engine access door and which reinforces the message that is carried in all 3 destination apertures.

The Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC ukbus 0063 is a one-piece casting whose clean lines accentuate the square, gasket-mounted windows and the livery application on which all logos and lettering are clearly legible. Another main feature on the ukbus 0063 models is twin tree protectors at the front. The front dome on the model is significant, with curved windscreens on both upper deck and lower deck.


Northcord Model Company is also creating new design standards within the interior of both saloons. These features, inside the compartments, will represent the real, outstanding layout of the Enviro400 MMC, such as the extensive portrayal of handrails on upper deck and lower deck, etc.

The brand new 10.9 metre Enviro400 MMC bus models will be distributed by John Ayrey Die-Casts Limited (UK), Porte Publishing Company (Japan), 80M Bus Model Shop and Concorde Hobby Shop (HK) respectively. The UKBUS0063 model is limited to 1008 pieces.


Northcord Model Company (NMC)------The World’s Miniature Bus Co.

Wednesday 18 March
London Bus Museum Cancel Two Major Events
The London Bus Museum at Brooklands has today announced that its annual Spring Gathering (5th April) and the On the Buses (28th June) have both been cancelled in light of the latest goverment advice concerning the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Transportfest 2020 event due in take place in October is still on at present but no doubt a final descision will be made nearer the event based on circumstances.

The London Bus Museum itself remains open, as does Brooklands Museum for the time being. However, this situation may change and any changes will be advised on the museum's website: https://www.londonbusmuseum.com/coronavirus

Wednesday 18 March
Roden B Type Bus Kit
A 1/72nd scale plastic kit of the London General B Type omnibus was released by Roden last year with stock reaching the UK in late November.
These kits have been quite hard to find in the UK, I managed to order one via a UK based eBay seller in January but have yet to construct it.

Melvyn Grosberg at Ace Model Buses has sent me some photographs and his experience of building the kit.

Thought you might be interested in the above, as you have highlighted the kit some months ago, so thought I would build one, pictures attached.

It’s a charming kit when finished, very fine detail, the kit on the whole went together very well.

Not for the faint hearted, looks easy, around 90 parts, but in this scale, you have to be very careful how you handle the Grey plastic parts when putting the kit together.



I airbrushed the kit, as well as hand painting some parts, the decals are a combination of waterslide, for the body, the main adverts and destinations are on thin card that needs to be cut out very carefully.

Just a tip, for the card transfers, I photo copied mine onto thin card and had a test run, cutting the pieces out with sharp nail scissors, which worked well for me and if you make a mistake, you have a back up copy. I also stuck the card to the model using Revell Contacta Clear, as it will not smear and you can peel it off if you make a mistake.

I have still have a few of the Ole Bill version in stock at the present time, the kit has a RRP of £15.99


The kits are slightly larger than the more familar 1/76th scale UK bus models, but given the compact size of thia vehicle its probably not going to be that noticable.
There are some photographs below showing the parts, instructions & transfers supplied with each of the kits. As far as I can tell the parts supplied are indentical for both the military & civilian versions. The instructions & transfers are spefic to each version however.

With many us being asked to isolate or stay at home as much as possible during the growing covid-19 pandemic, a kit or some other modeling project might just be the thing to help break the tedium of the weeks ahead.





Information kindly supplied by


Sunday 15 March
Confirmed Corgi Model Bus Releases
The following Corgi models should be with UK model retailers in the coming week.


CC82333 The Beatles London Bus 'Yellow Submarine' - AEC Routemaster Bus (1/64th scale toy range)


CC82334 The Beatles London Bus 'A Hard Day's Night' - AEC Routemaster Bus (1/64th scale toy range)


CC82335 The Beatles London Bus 'Help!' - AEC Routemaster Bus (1/64th scale toy range)


Wednesday 11 March
Next Oxford Diecast Release
The Oxford Diecast models releases for March have been announced, there aren't any actual bus or coach models among thos latest small batch of 11 models, however the long announced MacBraynes Bedford TK box van truckis among the models & may be of interest to collectors of this well known Scottish bus operator.


76TK016 MacBraynes - Bedford TK Box Van Lorry

Tuesday 10 March
Northcord Models Press Release: UKBUS6516
Northcord Models issued the following press releaase today. The UK distributor John Ayrey Diecasts is expecting the model to arrive in the UK in late April.

ADL Enviro400 MMC - ukbus 6516 Stagecoach South Gold

Following the significant success in launching the brand new casting of the Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC model in the liveries of National Express West Midlands, Stagecoach in Oxfordshire, Bluestar, Stagecoach West Scotland and Southern Vectis, Northcord Model Company is now releasing the eighth livery on the 10.9 metre long, single-door casting – ukbus 6516 in the livery of Stagecoach South with full Gold branding for the famous route 1.

ukbus 6516 represents fleet number 10770 (SN66 VYR) that has 10.9 metre, single door bodywork and was new to Stagecoach South in 2017. 10770 carries a full Gold branded livery for route 1, showing the destination to Aldershot. The special, comprehensive livery and branding are 100% reproduced onto the ukbus 6516 model. The stand-out features of the branding are : “stagecoach gold’ on all sides; the regal route between Adershot, Farnborough, Camberley & Old Dean”, and “every 30 mins mon-sat daytime” frequency with the prominent route number “1” on both sides and at the rear.


Further additional details carried by the model include the free wifi and USB charging logos on both sides.

Stagecoach Gold is a luxury bus sub-brand used by various Stagecoach bus subsidiaries in the United Kingdom. Stagecoach Gold (originally Goldline) was launched in 2007 and was designed to attract more middle-class passengers to choose bus travel as a method of transport as well as to reward passengers on some busy and popular routes. Gold routes have a luxury specification. Buses have stitched leather seats, metallic paint, special flooring and free WiFi.

In 2015, all brand-new Stagecoach Gold vehicles came equipped with USB charging facilities underneath every seat which enabled passengers to charge their mobile devices whilst onboard.

In the following year, Stagecoach took the delivery of the first Stagecoach Gold branded Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC and Enviro200 MMC vehicles. The liveries on the new buses remained the same as the previous model however Stagecoach slightly modified the interior with new wood effect flooring and updated the upholstery with new style leather seats that incorporate a cream coloured headrest.

The Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC ukbus 6516 is a one-piece casting whose clean lines accentuate the square, gasket-mounted windows and the livery application on which all logos and lettering are clearly legible. Another main feature on the ukbus 6516 model is its single tree protector at the front. The front dome on the model is significant, with curved windscreens on both upper deck and lower deck.


Northcord Model Company is also creating new design standards within the interior of both saloons. These features, inside the compartments, will represent the real, outstanding layout of the Enviro400 MMC, such as the extensive portrayal of handrails on upper deck and lower deck, etc.

The brand new 10.9 metre Enviro400 MMC bus models will be distributed by John Ayrey Die-Casts Limited (UK), Porte Publishing Company (Japan), 80M Bus Model Shop and Concorde Hobby Shop (HK) respectively. The UKBUS6516 model is limited to 1008 pieces.


Northcord Model Company (NMC)------The World’s Miniature Bus Co.

Sunday 8 March
Latest UK IXO 1/43rd Scale Coach Release
The following IXO 1/43rd scale model has now arrived in the UK.


IXO BUS023 Mercedes Benz O 302 Beige/Green 1972 - RRP £53.99

Friday 6 March
Confirmed Corgi Model Bus Releases
The following Corgi models have now been released to UK model retailers.


OM46316A Stagecoach London (London Transport Heritage Route 15 Tower Hill) - AEC Routemaster RM Class Double Deck Bus


OM46316B Stagecoach London (London Transport Heritage Route 15 Trafalgar Square) - AEC Routemaster RM Class Double Deck Bus


GS82336 Best of British London Bus Union Jack (route 53 Trafalgar Square) - AEC Routemaster Bus (1/64th scale toy range)


GS82337 London Bus Rainbow livery - AEC Routemaster Bus (1/64th scale toy range)

Sunday 1 March
Saltire Model Kits Update
Saltire Models have sent me an update on their resin kit plans for 2020.
The next kit release will be the Volvo B8RLE MCV Evora single deck bus. Once this has been released new masters will be produced for kit of the Optare Tempo MkI bus, this will be available firstly in long & later in short length versions.

A re-run of KIT001 ADL 200 MMC mini 8.9m single deck bus is also being prepared.

Production runs of all these kits will be based on pre-orders, so it's strongly suggested you use this option if any of these models interest you.
For contact details please see the Saltire Models kit page or visit Saltire's Facebook page.


Kit001 ADL 200 MMC mini 8.9m single deck bus - Re-run due 2020 pre-order now


------ Volvo B8RLE MCV Evora single deck bus - Next new kit release - Pre-order now


------ Optare Tempo Mk I Single deck bus Long & Short version) - Will follow the MCV Evora release - Pre-order now

Friday 28 February
Another Coach Model Announced By Corgi
Having checked the Corgi website I've noticed that another OOC based model is now listed with a due date of Autumn 2020.
The item has been allocated a new product number despite it appearing to be a re-issue of the 2018 model CC42418. It has suggested RRP of £24.99.



CC42419 Beatles Magical Mystery Tour (Fox's of Hayes) - Bedford VAL Plaxton Panorama Coach (3rd version) - Due Autumn 2020

Tuesday 25 February
More Buses of The World 1/43 Models
Peter Turland from the Yardley Wood Bus Club has informed me that Wholesaler John Ayrey Diecasts has secured three further models from the Hatchette Buses of The World Collection for UK Retailers. They have also secured further stock of some previously released models.
These models are expected to be available in around two weeks time. Some will have limited availability. The UK RRP is £29.95.

John Ayrey Diecasts has launched it's new improved website today, it covers a wide range of model ranges, if you find something of interest ask your local model retailer if they can order it in for you. John Ayrey are trade only and do not accept orders for members of the public.

New Models For UK


MAG HC01 Fiat 306/3 CANSA Italy 1962


MAG HC31 Mercedes-Benz O302-10R Germany 1972 - Limited availability


MAG HC46 TATA LPO 1512 1510 -55 Blueline India 1990 - Limited availability

Restocked Models

MAG HC09 Citroen U55 Cityrama Currus France 1955 - Limited availability


MAG HC15 Citroen T23Ru Chassaing France 1947 - Limited availability


MAG HC16 AEC Regal III 'Dorsal Fin'- Harrington United Kingdom 1950 - Limited availability


MAG HC19 Renault AGP85 Sohorten, 1938, France - Limited availability


MAG HC38 Krupp Titan 080 Germany 1951 - Limited availability


MAG HC39 Saviem Sc10U France 1965 - Limited availability


MAG HC47 Berliet Plr 10Mu France 1955 - Limited availability


MAG HC52 Bedford Ob United Kingdom 1947 – 1951 - Limited availability


MAG HC54 Ford F-600 Chiva Colombia 1990 - Limited availability


MAG HC55 Renault R 4192 France 1954 - Limited availability


MAG HC58 Panhard Movic Ie 24 France 1948 – 1953 - Limited availability


MAG HC60 Borgward Bo 4000 Germany 1952 - Limited availability


MAG HC63 Kassbohrer Setra S-14 Germany 1961 - Limited availability

MAG HC64 AEC Regent III RT London Country 42 United Kingdom 1947 - Limited availability


MAG HC65 Mercedes Benz 0 305 21 Germany 1979 - Limited availability


MAG HC68 Mercedes-Benz 0 10000 Osterreichische Post Germany 1938


MAG HC70 Renault TN4F (a gas) 105 France 1940


MAG HC71 Saviem Chausson SC1 105 France 1960


MAG HC72 Volvo B 375 105 Sweden 1957


MAG HC73 General Motors New Look 'Fishbowl' TDH-5301 15 USA 1965


MAG HC75 Chausson APH-47 RATP 105 France 1947


MAG HC76 Lohr L96 IRCGN 105 France 1996


MAG HC77 Irisbus Agora S Police Nationale 60 France 2002


MAG HC78 Bova Futura FHD 105 Netherlands 1987 - Limited availability


MAG HC79 Berliet PCS10 105 France 1960


MAG HC80 Saviem E7 L 75 Canada 1970


Friday 21 February
Future Oxford Diecast City Links Air Scania i6 Coach
This model was mentioned in my posting on 13th February, Andy McVean has kindly sent my a photograph of the pre-production model which was present on Oxford Diecast's stand at the Model Rail Scotland event today.
The information card notes that the model will be announced later this year and until then orders are not being accepted from retailers.


Click images to enlarge

76ir6006 City Link Air (West Coast Motors) Scania i6 Coach - Release date to be announced

Tuesday 18 February & Updated 19th February
Citibus Models Announce New Kit
Citibus Models has announced its latest new model kit for which pre-orders are now being accepted.


Click images to enlarge

CM012 Mercedes Benz 0C500LE MCV Evolution - Pre-order now £43.00 plus p&p

Update 19th February: The correct price for kit CM007 is £46.50 & not £45,00 as incorrectly stated in yesterday's posting. There are also three additional photographs, one of which shows the interior detailing.

Regarding my news report on the 7th February, photographs of the following kit have now been released by Citibus Models.



Click images to enlarge

CM007 Volvo B5TL Gemini 3 Stealth Long 11.5m Wheelbase High Roof (Bus Eireann) - Order Now £46.50 plus p&p

To pre-order the kits, please visit the www.citibusmodels.co.uk on-line store.

Friday 14 February
Buckie Model Centre Scottish Coach Collection
The Buckie Model Centre has added three further commissioned Holland Oto VDL Futura 2 models to its Scottish Coach Collection range of models.
All these 1/87th scale models are limited editions of 100 pieces and are priced between £35 & £37 each.


Model 12 William Hunter Coaches, Edinburgh - VDL Futura 2 Coach


Model 13 Millbank Coaches, Peterhead - VDL Futura 2 Coach


Model 14 Bay Travel Coaches, Kirkaldy - VDL Futura 2 Coach

In addition to the above commissioned models a further eight models are available on a made to order basis using waterslide transfers specially created for the purpose. These models are either £36 or £37 each.

Allan & Black, Aboyne
Bremners of Aviemore
Caledonian Travel (MacPhails)
D&E Coaches, Inverness
Dewar Coaches Scotland
MacPhails Coaches
McLean’s Coaches, Airdrie
McLeans of Stranraer

All the above models are availble to order via the Buckie Model Centre online shop.


Thursday 13 February
Next Oxford Diecast Omnibus Range Release
The next batch of model releases from Oxford Diecast will include the following Omnibus range item according to the latest Globe magazine.


76SB005 Ulster Transport Authority (H301 - PZ 4874 / 108 Aldergrove) - Saro Integral Single Deck Bus

A further new model was exhibited at the recent London Toy Fair, this hasn't offically been announced to the trade so is probably likely to appear in the next Oxford catalogue covering June-September.

76IR6006 City Link Air (West Coast Motors YS16 LMV / Edinburgh Airport destination) - Scania Irizar i6 Coach

A photograph of the real vehicle can be found on flickr.

Friday 7 February
Citibus Models Kits Update
Citibus Models expect to release their next new resin bus kit later this month. Two earlier kits are also being re-run.

New Kit Expected Feb 2020
CM007 Volvo B5TL Gemini 3 Stealth Long 11.5m Wheelbase High Roof (Bus Eireann) - Pre-Order Now £46.50< plus p&p
Photographs of the production model will be released shortly

Kit Re-runs

CM031 Leyland Atlantean PDR1 East Lancs with curved windscreen (as operated by Bolton, SELNEC, GMT) - Pre-Order Now £45.00 plus p&p


CM032 Leyland Atlantean PDR1 East Lancs with split windscreen (as operated by Bolton, SELNEC, GMT) - Pre-Order Now £45.00 plus p&p

For more details please visit the Citibus Models site & online shop.

Thursday 6 February
Upcoming Corgi Model Bus Releases
The Corgi website is indicating the following models are now in stock, these are expected to reach model retailers next week.


OM46316A Stagecoach London (London Transport Heritage Route 15 Tower Hill) - AEC Routemaster RM Class Double Deck Bus


OM46316B Stagecoach London (London Transport Heritage Route 15 Trafalgar Square) - AEC Routemaster RM Class Double Deck Bus


GS82336 Best of British London Bus Union Jack (route 53 Trafalgar Square) - AEC Routemaster Bus (1/64th scale toy range)

Tuesday 4 February
Northcord Models Announce New Bus Tooling
The following press released has been issued by Northcord Model Company today.

NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY- PRESS RELEASE
Date: 4th February 2020
NEW CASTING
ukbus 6800 ADL Enviro400City on Trident 2 & BYD Chassis

Northcord Model Company is now pleased to announce that the company has successfully concluded its licensing negotiations with Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and has been authorised to model the Enviro400 “City” body based on both the Dennis Trident 2 chassis and the BYD chassis, the latter named as the Enviro400EV.

Northcord Model Company had developed the ADL Enviro400MMC models (ukbus 6500 series) since January 2018, and during the two years since then, more than 15,000 units of ukbus 6500 bus models have been produced. All ukbus 6500 series models have gained excellent success and reputation worldwide, and especially in both the Hong Kong and UK markets.

The first production model of the brand-new casting should be available in the United Kingdom by the end of the fourth quarter in 2020. As the Enviro400City is developed from the former Enviro400 series, Northcord Model Company will put the new products into a new sub-series categorised ukbus 6800 et seq, as a continuation from the current ukbus 6500 model range, and the ukbus 6000 range before that. The collectors will therefore recognise these models as the follow up version within the ADL Enviro400 double deck bus family.

The newly developed comprehensive casting will initially include the following versions of Britain’s best-selling double-deck buses:
1. 10.8 metre 1 & 2 door BYD-chassised Enviro400 City
2. 10.9 metre 1 & 2 door Enviro400 City Trident 2-chassised to follow as a continuation of the previous Enviro400 MMC Licence Agreement.

Northcord Model Company will make an announcement in detail about planned liveries and model dimensions nearer to its launch date. The range will be expanded with the shorter versions of each type in due course.

NMC is currently engaged in researching and negotiating licensing with Scania for the possibility of utilising the Trident 2 Enviro400City body as the basis for a Scania N280UD derivation that will, of course, be listed within the ukbus00xx range due to the different wheelbase and front and rear overhang dimensions compared to the Trident 2 variant. Whilst the metal parts of the body will be those of the Trident 2, the glazing will be to the discrete design as applied to the Scania. These buses are being taken by a number of high-profile fleets such as Nottingham, in its variety of route branding colours, and various First fleets, and production of all NMC models is subject to end user agreement, of course.

NB : As a footnote to the previously advised plans and dates for 2020 model releases, NMC wishes to advise retailers and collectors that, due to some severe travel restrictions to and within Mainland China in order to attempt to slow down the spread of the Coronavirus, the factory will not resume manufacture for at least a further week following the traditional LNY holiday period. This will have a knock-on effect by delaying when the models will be released following production.


Northcord Model Company (NMC)------The World’s Miniature Bus Co.

More details and photographs of the ADL Enviro400EV vehicles can be found on the Alexander-Dennis site.

The photographs below show one of the Enviro400"City" Scania N280UD vehicles operated by Nottingham City Transport

Monday 3 February
Nuremberg Toy Fair Reports
The annual Toy Fair took place in Nuremberg last week, and some of the new UK realted models were reported here last week.

Rüdiger Schreiber has compiled several reports for his Omnibus.News site covering new bus & coach models announced by the various manufacturers attending the Toy Fair, there are also photographs of early pre-production samples of the HO Brekina AEC Routemaster models & a decorated sample of the Artitec London General B Type Omnibus.

The original five reports are in German, I've added extra links to English versions translated by Google.

Report 1 (30/01): New Brekina models including the AEC Routemaster & Neoplan Skyliner NH22/3L - Google English Translation
Report 2 (30/01): List of new bus & coach models announced at the Toy Fair - Google English Translation


Report 3 (31/01): Further news & photographs of the Brekina Routemaster models - Google English Translation
Report 4 (01/02): Siku Mercedes Benz Sprinter minibus & Travego RATP design coach - Google English Translation
Report 5 (02/02): Some of the new models from Artitec (Old Bill Bus) & Hanije - Google English Translation

 January 2020  Model Bus Zone News Index