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March 2019
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Monday 18 March
Marsden Model Kits Update
Marsden Model Kits current & proposed 2019-20 products have now been added to the Marsden Models Kit Page

The latest brochure is also available:

Image Ref No. Model Availability &
Price (exc Postage)
1/76 Scale Kits
(Stock & Upcoming Items)


MMK042 1937-40 Metro-Cammell H54R 'Birmingham Standard' Exposed Radiator. Includes route stencil holder.
  • A – AEC Regent I
  • D – Daimler COG5
  • L – Leyland TD5
Please specify front when ordering.
Available Now
£48.00 + P&P
Limited Numbers
MMK046 1938 Northern Counties H54R.
  • A – AEC Regent I
  • L – Leyland TD5
Please specify front when ordering.
Available Now
£48.00 + P&P
Limited Numbers
MMK050 1946 Duple 'C-Type' Dual Purpose
Comes with optional sliding door conversion part.
  • A – AEC Regal I
  • L – Leyland PS1
Please specify front when ordering
Available Now
£42.00 + P&P
Limited Numbers


MMK054 1947 Plaxton C33F
  • A – AEC Regal III
  • L – Leyland PS1
Please specify front when ordering
Available Now
£42.00 + P&P
MMK055 1947 Brush Dual Purpose
Comes with optional sliding door conversion part.
  • A – AEC Regal I
  • L – Leyland Lion
Please specify front when ordering
Available Now
£42.00 + P&P
Limited Numbers


MMK056 1958 Plaxton 'Consort' C41F Coach.
Comes with 2 optional front panels to depict 1958 season and earlier 1956 season.
Available Now
£42.00 + P&P
Limited Numbers
1/76 Scale Kits
(Newly Announced Pre-order Kits)

MMK073S Alexander A-Type Leyland Atlantean / Daimler Fleetline
Single Door
  • A – Early Front Single Headlamp
  • B – Early Front Dual Headlamp
  • C – Late Front Oval Surround
Please specify front when ordering
  • L – Leyland Atlantean Bustle
  • F – Daimler Fleetline Bustle
Please specify bustle when ordering
Pre-Order Now
MMK073D Alexander A-Type Leyland Atlantean / Daimler Fleetline
Dual Door
  • A – Early Front Single Headlamp
  • B – Early Front Dual Headlamp
  • C – Late Front Oval Surround
Please specify front when ordering
  • L – Leyland Atlantean Bustle
  • F – Daimler Fleetline Bustle
Please specify bustle when ordering
Pre-Order Now
MMK074 Strachan Leyland Panther as operated by Sunderland Corporation / Tyne & Wear PTE Pre-Order Now
MMK075 Park Royal H56R 8ft Wide Double Deck
  • A – AEC Regent III
  • G – Guy Arab III
Please specify front when ordering
Pre-Order Now
MMK076 Mellor Strata Mercedes Sprinter Low Floor Minibus Pre-Order Now
Due Soon
MMK077 MCW Orion H72R 30ft Rear Entrance
  • A – AEC Regent V Tin Front
  • G – Guy Arab IV Tin Front
  • L – Leyland PD3 Exposed Radiator
Please specify front when ordering
Pre-Order Now
MMK078 Massey Low Bridge Double Deck
  • A – AEC Regent III
  • D – Daimler Exposed
Please specify front when ordering
Pre-Order Now
MMK079 Weymann B34F Leyland PS2 Birmingham Corporation Pre-Order Now
Due Soon

Saturday 16 March & Updated 17 March
Even More 1:43 Scale Buses For UK
Wholesaler John Ayrey Diecast has secured a further selection of models from Hatchette Buses of the World partwork series, the RRP for these is once again £29.95. These are expected to available from UK model retailers during April.

Update 17th March
The Yardley Wood Bus Club will be stocking these for £15 plus delivery and have advised that there are further models to those currently listed on Ayrey Diecast site and orginally posted here yesterday. Available stock of some models is very limited.

Here's a full list of all 50 models that have been secured by Ayrey Diecast. 31 of these will be exculsive to the Yardley Wood Bus Club.

Information kindly supplied by


MAG HC05 Saurer L4C - Swirzerland 1959


MAG HC06 Citroen T45 - France 1934


MAG HC07 GMC 600 Sschool Bus - USA 1990


MAG HC08 Pegaso Z-403 Monoscocca - Spain 1951-57


MAG HC09 Citreon U55 Cityrama Currus France 1955


MAG HC10 Lancia Esatau - Italy 1953


MAG HC11 Mercedes-Benz Lo3100 Stromlinien Germany 1939


MAG HC12 Isuzu BXD-30 - Japan 1962


MAG HC14 Chausson APH 47 - France 1951


MAG HC15 Citreon T23RU - France 1947


MAG HC16 AEC Regal III - Dorsel Fin - UK 1950


MAG HC17 Isobloc 648 DP - France 1955


MAG HC19 Renualt AGP85 - France 1938


MAG HC25 Citroen 46 DP UAD - France 1955


MAG HC27 Neoplan Skyliner NH22L - Germany 1983


MAG HC29 GM TDH Rosa Parks - USA 1955


MAG HC30 Berliet Phl 10 'Grand Raid' - France 1966


MAG HC33 Bedford Rocket - Pakistan 1980


MAG HC34 Renualt TN6 C2 - France 1934-69


MAG HC35 Leyland Victory MKII - Hong Kong /UK 1978/81


MAG HC38 Krupp Titan 080 - Germany 1951


MAG HC39 Saviem SC10U - France 1965


MAG HC40 Berliet Jeicz PR100 - Poland 1971-77


MAG HC42 Ford Super Coach GreyHound Travel - Australia 1937


MAG HC43 MAN 535 HO - Germany 1962-69

MAG HC44 Pegaso 6035 EMT - Spain 1972


MAG HC45 Heuliez 0 305 HIZ - France 1969


MAG HC47 Berliet PLR 10MU - France 1955


MAG HC48 Skoda 706 RO - China 1947-58


MAG HC49 Van Hool VHF 306 - Netherlands 1961


MAG HC51 Neoplan NH 9L - Germany 1964


MAG HC52 Bedford OB Duple Vista - UK 1947-51


MAG HC53 Chausson ANG - France 1956


MAG HC54 Ford F-600 Chiva - Colombia 1990


MAG HC55 Renault R 4192 - France 1954


MAG HC56 Kassbohrer Setra S 215 HD - Germany 1976


MAG HC57 Bussing Senator 12 D - Austria 1964


MAG HC58 Panhard Movic Ie 24 - France 1948 - 1953


MAG HC59 GM New Look Fishbowl 530 - Canada 1959-67


MAG HC60 Borgward Bo 4000 - Germany 1952


MAG HC61 Renault R 4192 Gonthier & Nouhaud - France 1952


MAG HC62 Berliet Cruisair 3 Air France - France 1969


MAG HC63 Kassbohrer Setra S-14 - Germany 1961


MAG HC64 AEC Regent III Rt London Country - UK 1947


MAG HC65 Mercedes-Benz 0 305 - Germany 1979


MAG HC66 Chausson Apvu Ratp Apu/53 - France 1953


MAG HC67 Brossel Bl55 Valenciennes - France 1966


MAG HC68 Mercedes-Benz 0 10000 Osterreichische Post - Germany 1938


MAG HC69 Berliet Plr 8 Mu - France 1956


MAG HC70 Renualt TN4F (A Gas) - France 1940

Saturday 16 March
TiNY Kits Update
TiNY have made some revisions to their previously proposed new kits for 2019. The following kits have either been transferred to other suppliers or cancelled.

A full list of the other kits still planned for 2019 can be found on the TiNY kits page.

Image Kit Ref No. Model Availability
TK29 Midland General RG111/Weymann s/d Regret kit cancelled
TK43B NEW - 1955-60 Alexander 'curved waist' B45F Kit transferred to
Sunrise Kits & Transfers
Please contact direct on
TK43C NEW - 1955-60 Alexander 'curved waist' C41F Kit transferred to
Sunrise Kits & Transfers
Please contact direct on
TK43D NEW - 1955-60 Alexander 'curved waist DP41F Kit transferred to
Sunrise Kits & Transfers
Please contact direct on
TK43M NEW - 1960 Alexander 'curved waist' C30Ft 'Western' Kit transferred to
Sunrise Kits & Transfers
Please contact direct on
TK43R NEW - 1955 Alexander 'curved waist' B44F 'Western' Kit transferred to
Sunrise Kits & Transfers
Please contact direct on
TK51B NEW Leyland PSU3 NCME B53F Kit cancelled
TK51S NEW Leyland PSU3 NCME DP49F 'Southdown' Kit transferred to
Little Bus Company
Please contact direct on
TK59 NEW – Leyland PS2 Weymann B34F - Birmingham Regret kit cancelled due to
duplication within
the hobby

Sunday 10 March
Bachmann To Announce New Model At London Bus Museum Event
Bachmann have announced that their Roadshow will be attending the London Bus Museum's Spring Gathering event at the Brooklands Museum on Sunday 7th April.

They will reveal details of their "next all-new 1/76 scale bus" at the event and are also offering members of the Bachmann Collectors Club the chance to travel to & from Lakeside to the event on the real vehicle for free.

Each passenger for this unique trip will receive a goody bag including several items, one of which will be a special EFE model which cannot be bought in the shops!

Further details can be found on the Bachmann site, these include details of how members can apply for tickets for the bus ride.
Bachmann Europe Site Link

This year's London Bus Museum Spring Gathering will include the usual Classic Bus Show, large enthusiasts market, bus rides & other attractions. The theme of the event is the RT bus, commemorating the 80th anniversary of them entering service, and 40 years since the last RTs carried passengers in London.

Further details can be found on the Museum's site, advance tickets can be booked for the event at a reduced rate via the site.

The Museum is organising another event in Barking, East London on the Saturday 30th March, this will mark the 40th anniversary of the withdrawal of the last London RF & RT vehicles in 1979.

This event will include an Open Day at Stagecoach London's Barking Bus Garage & a vehicle display at the River Road Garage of Go Ahead London. These locations will be linked by free RT services on routes 62 and 23C, plus other free services. At the end of the day, there will be an RT procession to remind us of the procession held back in April 1979.

Further details can be found on the London Bus Museum site.

Wednesday 6 March
BBC Series Goes Behind The Scenes At Hornby Hobbies
The BBC has just broadcast part one of a two part series that takes a look at Hornby Hobbies and follows the attempts to turn the company around follow losses of over £30 million in the previous five years.
The first episode focused mainly on the Hornby Railways & Airfix side of the business, it included contributions from the new CEO Lyndon Davies and Director Simon Kohler, who has returned to the company after a five absence.

The programme is presented by James May (Top Gear & The Grand Tour), in his slightly tongue in cheek style, the second part will be broadcast next Wednesday (13 March) at 9pm on BBC4. The first part of "James May's Big Trouble in Model Britain" is now available on the BBC iPlayer and will also be repeated on BBC4 on Sunday evening (10 March) at 8pm.

There was no mention of the Corgi range in the first episode, but nonetheless an interesting programme.
One rather shocking revelation was that the former management team had scrapped thousands of tooling moulds stored at the original Margate factory!

More details and an iPlayer link can be found on the BBC Website.

Tuesday 5 March
Next UK Northcord Model Co. Releases
These models are expected to be released in the UK either later this month or in early April.
This is the press release issued by Northcord Models upon their release in Hong Kong last month. Yes, I know I'm a bit late reporting this, but Northcord don't send these to me, so I have to search the internet when I get the time!

NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY - PRESS RELEASE

ADL Enviro400 MMC
ukbus 6508A / 6508B National Express West Midlands

Following the significant success in launching the brand new casting of the Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC model in the livery of Go-Ahead London, National Express West Midlands, Stagecoach London & Stagecoach in Oxfordshire, First Bristol, Reading Buses and Bluestar, Northcord Model Company is releasing the tenth and eleventh versions - ukbus 6508A and ukbus 6508B - in the livery of Platinum X1 of National Express West Midlands.

ukbus 6508A / 6508B represents fleet number 6843 (SN66 WFM) that has 10.9 metre, single door bodywork and was new to National Express West Midlands in 2017. 6843 carries a full and colourfully branded livery for Platinum X1. The special, comprehensive livery and branding are 100% reproduced onto the ukbus 6508A and 6508B models.


The stand-out features of the branding are : “Birmingham I NEC & Airport I Coventry”, “up to every 20 minutes” frequency, and the prominent route number “X1” along with the key locations served that are repeated on each side (“Fast via Coventry Road) and on the front, upper windscreen and the rear (Fast between Sheldon, Yardley, Birmingham City Centre”). Fares details are carried in the first nearside window. On the nearside panels and engine access door, wording refers to the extra legroom available on board in addition to the “comfier seats” whilst the offside advertises the “greener emissions, free WiFi and next stop announcements”.

The model also correctly portrays the name “Connie” that is carried on the front, below the windscreen on the nearside, and on the rear, at the top of the engine cover on the offside, of the bus 6843. Both ukbus 6508A and 6508B operate on route X1. ukbus 6508A is showing the destination Coventry, whilst ukbus 6508B shows Birmingham.

The Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC ukbus 6508A / 6508B 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 6508A / 6508B models is the provision of a 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 Concorde Hobby Shop (HK) & John Ayrey Die-casts Limited (UK) respectively. The ukbus 6508A and 6508B models are each limited to 600 pieces worldwide respectively.

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

Sunday 3 March
Mark Hughes Models 2019 Catalogue
Mark Hughes has sent me an updated version of his catalogue supplement, this contains a couple of new model detailing parts:

Tilling-Stevens radiator, C1950 White metal casting £1.50 plus postage
Foden bumper with or without number plate. Etched nickel silver £1.20 plus postage.



Postage rates are to be increased from the 25th March to cover the upcoming Royal Mail increases. See supplement below for details.

View March 2019 catalogue supplement to the last full catalogue issued in August 2015 that contains the full lists of kits & detailing parts.

Sunday 3 March
Low Cost Replica Dinky Toys Model Buses
Wholesaler John Ayrey Diecasts has secured a limited quantity of the Replica Dinky Toys models that have previously been produced for the for the Atlas Edition Partworks.
The Yardley Wood Bus Club will be offering some of these models, among the range of both French & UK replica models are five model buses from the French range these will be priced £10 each plus P&P,

Below are the bus models, details of how to orders these can be found on YWBC website.
The Yardley Wood Bus Club will also have a selection of other British cars, vans & lorries from this range.

The full list of all the models secured by John Ayrey can be found HERE along with photographs. The majority of theses models are based on items from the French Dinky Toys range.


MAG LE2163911 Renault TN 4 H Autobus Parisien (29D)


MAG LE2576007 Autobus Parisien (29D)


MAG LE2576018 Isobloc Autocar - Green (29E)


MAG LE2576043 Isobloc Autocar - Red/Silver (29E)

MAG LE4677112 Isobloc Autocar - Blue/Silver (29E)
Information kindly supplied by


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