Model Bus Zone News
August & September 2020
 July 2020  Model Bus Zone News Index  
Click the links to view the further details related to the News item.
Filter Content:    Britbus    EFE    Kits    Northcord    OOC    Oxford    Other   

Wednesday 16 September
Dublin Bus Rail Link Models Released
Irish Railway Models has released a pair of commissioned Britbus Alexander RH Volvo Olympian models in Dublin Bus Rail Link livery. Each model is limited 252 pieces and they are priced €59.99 each.

Dublin Bus Rail Link Livery (RV517 / 99-D-517 / Route 90 Connolly Station) - Volvo Olympian Alexander RH Dual Door Double Deck Bus

Dublin Bus Rail Link Livery (RV520 / 99-D-520 / Route 91 Heuston Station) - Volvo Olympian Alexander RH Dual Door Double Deck Bus

For further details & model photographs please visit the Irish Railway Models online store.

Monday 14 September
Commissioned OOC Model For 2021
Chris Cotton has now placed an order with Corgi to produce a pair of commissioned Optare Solo models in Epsom Coaches Quality Line line livery on route K5. There will be two different destination available either Ham or Morden and 500 of each version with be produced with the models due in May or June 2021.

Chris is still awaiting confirmation of the Corgi stock codes for the models and the final price which he expects to be around £25 for one model, or £48 for both destination versions.

Below is the final design cell for the models (click to enlarge).

Monday 14 September
MBF Announce New Kit For Members
I've recieved the following press announcement from the Model Bus Federation and also added a new page for the Model Bus Federation which includes membership information and a list the other member exclusive model kits.

NEW Model Bus Federation resin kit

The Model Bus Federation has announced their latest MBF2K resin kit.

MBF2K-09 will be a resin model of the Alexander Enviro E300, with gasket glazing. The MBF is delighted to have acquired the master for this prototype, which had/has wide operator appeal, as well as being a great service bus for fictional model fleet operators. It is hoped that several chassis/engine combinations can be offered using the same master, giving modellers a number of model choices. Printed glazing, white metal wheels, plus etched brass mirrors and wipers complete this highly detailed and authentic kit. Casting will be in Q4 2020, so the kit should be available in early 2021.

Pictures show various angles of the master, including detailed interior.

The kit will be available exclusively to MBF members only. For details on how to become a member of the MBF, please visit their website at You can download a FREE sample copy of the MBF Journal on the website, or request a FREE sample copy by post from the MBF Publicity Officer, 21 Plough Close, Aylesbury, Bucks HP21 9AD

Click to enlarge Click to enlarge Click to enlarge
Click to enlarge

Thursday 10 September
Some Unusual Models
Here's something a little different!
KK Scale are producing a 1/18th scale Ford Transit MK I minibus, the model according to wholesaler John Ayrey Diecast it is due to be released later this month and will be available in three different colours, grey, green or red.
Unfortunately all three depict left-hand drive versions of this iconic vehicle.

The UK RRP for the models is £88.99. KK Scale is more usually assoicated with models of sports cars, although they have previouly produced a several VW & Mercedes minibuses in the same large scale.

Click to enlarge image Click to enlarge image
KK Scale DC180461 Ford Transit Mk I Minibus (LHD - Light Grey)

Click to enlarge image Click to enlarge image
KK Scale DC180462 Ford Transit Mk I Minibus (LHD - Green)

Click to enlarge image Click to enlarge image
KK Scale DC180463 Ford Transit Mk I Minibus (LHD - Red)

Post Bus collectors might be interested in this 1/64th scale model from the Truescale Mini GT range which is due for release in Q4/2020 and has a more affordable UK RRP of £14.99.

Click to enlarge image
Truescale MGT00152-R Land Rover Defender 110 UK Royal Mail Post Bus (RHD)

Tuesday 8 September
Confirmed UK Northcord Model Release
The following Northcord model has now been released to UK retailers.

Click to enlarge

UKBUS1502 Stagecoach North West (The White Lady) - Open Top Alexander ALX400 Dennis Trident

Information kindly supplied by

Thursday 3 September
Go London Scania Omnidekka Update
Chris Cotton has provided photographs showing a pair of the final production models which he has commissioned Britbus to produce.

Click to enlarge Click to enlarge Click to enlarge Click to enlarge
Click to enlarge Click to enlarge Click to enlarge Click to enlarge
Click thumbnails to view full size photographs

The model are currently being shipped by DHL with Chris expecting delivery on the 18 September. There are now 74 of each version left.

ES2-04A Go London Dockland Buses (425 Clapton Nightingale Road) - Scania Omnidekka Double Deck Bus
ES2-04B Go London Dockland Buses (425 Stratford) - Scania Omnidekka Double Deck Bus

For further details or to pre-order, please visit Chris Cotton's online store at

Wednesday 2 September
Oxford September to January 2021 Catalogue
Oxford Diecast has published its latest catalogue which covers the period September 2020 to January 2021. Due to the lockdown there was no May to September catalogue this year.

There are still several bus & coach models outstanding from previous catalogues which hopefully explains why latest catalogue only contains the single new bus related item shown below.
In general the number of new models seems lower across all the ranges compared with previous recent catalogues. There are just two new OO toolings, a Aveling & Porter Steam Road Roller & a Ford Transit Custom van.

OO Scale Bus Models

Click to enlarge image
76SB007 East Midlands Motor Services R325 (ORR 325) Route tbc - Saunders Roe Bus - Due Q1/2021

There's also no mention of the Airlinks Scania Irizar i6 coach (76IR6006) which was teased at trade events earlier this year as a model for the next catalogue.

N Scale
There are no new bus of coach models listed & only 5 new liveries for the existing N scale range.

A full list of all the new models planned across the various different scales has been posted on the Oxford Diecast site.

Tuesday 25 August
Go London Scania Omnidekka Update
Chris Cotton has advised that his pair of commissioned Britbus Scania Omnidekka models in Go London Dockland Buses livery have completed the production stage and are about to be shipped to the UK.

Below are the final set of photo's taken in the factory just prior to the final assembly of the models.
Click to enlarge Click to enlarge Click to enlarge Click to enlarge

Pre-orders of both destination versions has been going well with just over 70 of each now left.

For further details please visit Chris Cotton's online store at

Saturday 22 August
Bachmann EFE Rail Releases
Bachmann has now released the first batch of models in its new EFE Rail range, Most of the planned N & OO scale locomotives & wagons are now available from Bachmann appointed dealers. Each of the models is available in a number of different variations including some with weathering.
The N scale Mermaid Ballast Wagons are expected to arrive in October while the motorised 1938 tube stock Northern Line set (E99939) is expected in December.



A full list of all the EFE Rail models can be found on the EFE Rail page.

Thursday 20 August
Confirmed Corgi OOC Releases
The following Corgi OOC models have now been released to model retailers in the UK.

OM46516A Brighton & Hove Bus & Coach (The Snowman livery / Route 5 Patcham) - Volvo B9TL Wright Gemini Eclipse II

OM46516B Brighton & Hove Bus & Coach (The Snowman livery / Route 5 Hangleton) - Volvo B9TL Wright Gemini Eclipse II

Information kindly supplied by

Thursday 20 August
TiNY Announce New Kit
TiNY has announced another new kit that is being developed using CAD/3D technology. Reservation are now open for this "Supersmooth" kit.

TK79V Bus Eireann - Bedford Van Hool McArdle School Bus

Full details of other upcoming kits & in stock items can be found on the TiNY kits page.

Saturday 15 August
Release Update: Northcord UKBUS1502
Correcting my earlier assumption that The Stagecoach North West White Lady open top Alexander ALX400 was released in Hong Kong when the NMC press release was published on 22nd July, the model was actually released a week later on 29th July.

UK Distributor of the range, John Ayrey Diecast is reporting that the UK models will arrive in two batches commencing in Late August / Early September. The first batch of models has already been allocated to retailers, so initially the models may be in short supply until the second batch arrives. The model is a limited edition of 888 pieces worldwide.

UKBUS1502 Stagecoach North West (The White Lady) - Alexander ALX400 Open Top Dennis Trident.

Tuessday 11 August
Next Oxford Diecast Omnibus Range Release
There's one Omnibus range model in the next batch of Oxford Diecast releases which should with model retailers later this month.

76DC004 Greenslades - Duple Commander II Coach (1/76 scale)

Tuesday 11 August
Brighton & Hove Scania Omnidekka Canceled
Chris Cotton has contacted me to pass on the news that he has had to cancel his plans to produce the Brighton & Hove Scania Omnidekka model in the Albion in the Community livery.

He has received a legal letter from the football club, Chris agreed with permissions from Brighton & Hove that all trademarks were paid for and agreed. This unfortunately has not turned out to be the case and he is now unable to proceed with the model.
He also agreed to make a payment of £5,000 to the club for their work.

He is currently in the process of refunding anyone who has placed a pre-order, please allow him 24 hours to complete this task for everyone.

For further details please visit Chris Cotton's online store at

Saturday 8 August
Go London Scania Omnidekka Latest Production Photo's
Chris Cotton has sent the latest photographs showing the progress on his Go London Scania Omnidekka models.
Chris now expects to take ownership of the models in about 2 weeks, with delivery from China taking around a week after that.
Sales of the models are going well with about 70 of each version remaining.

Below are the latest photographs of the models as the progress through the production process.
Click to enlarge Click to enlarge Click to enlarge Click to enlarge

Three further models have been listed on Chris's site as future commissioned items, orders are not being accepted yet for any of these which are all still in the planning stage. 1 Scania Omnidekka - Blue Star YN56 FFK route 4 with Romsey or Southampton destination - Due t.b.a.
2. Scania Omnidekka - Metrobus YN56 FDO route details to be announced. - Due t.b.a.
3. Dennis Dart SLF - Go London General DP195 (EU53 PYA) route 170 with Victoria or Roehampton destinations - Due 2022

For further details please visit Chris Cotton's online store at

Thursday 6 August
Bachmann Announce New EFE Rail Range
Bachmann has today revealed its Autumn product release programme, although no EFE bus models are mentioned in this latest update, there is a new range of Railway products which will be marketed under the "EFE Rail" branding, most of these products are being produced by third party suppliers such as Kernow Model Rail Centre and Heljan and these will be available from Bachmann appointed model retailers. The products include trains & wagons in both OO & N scale. See links below.

One other product worth mentioning is a new release of the former Gilbow London Underground 1938 Tube Stock, Bachmann will now be producing these as a ready to run motorised set.

The 4-car set E99939 has been modeled on a 1960s Northern Line set, Train No. 40, working to High Barnet via Charing X (Charing Cross) and comprises: Car A: Driving Motor Car No. 10292 Car B: Trailer Car No. 012370 Car C: Non-Driving Motor Car No. 12134 Car D: Driving Motor Car No. 11292.

The photographs below show the livery samples which are undergoing final amendments prior to production.

Features Include:
  • Interior Lighting
  • Coreless motor in each driving car driving both bogies
  • Plux22 DCC Decoder Sockets (in cars A and D)
  • Provision for a ‘sugar cube’ speaker to be fitted
  • All-wheel pick up on the motorised vehicles
  • Detailed and decorated interiors
  • NEM coupling pockets allowing multiple trains to be coupled together
The set is expected to be available from Bachmann appointed retailers in December 2020 & has a RRP of £349.95
More details on the Bachmann site.

These are the other railway models announced in this new EFE Rail range: As I don't know one end of a locomotive from the other, the links below will take you to the relevant pages on the Bachmann site.

OO scale locomotives:
E85001-E85006 Class J94 0-6-0 Saddle Tank(six versions)
E84001-E84004 Class 35 'Hymek' (four versions)

OO Scale Wagons:
E87000-E87005 & E87010-E87017 JIA and PBA Bogie Wagons (fourteen versions in total).
All the OO scale products above are listed as due for release this month.

The N scale Locomotive:
E84501-E84511 Class 17 ‘Clayton’ (eleven versions) - Due this month

N Scale Wagon:
E87512-E87515 ‘Mermaid’ Ballast Wagon (four versions) - Due October.

Saturday 1 August
9.6m Streetline Bodyshell
Citibus Models are producing a limited quantity of Streetline 9.6m bodyshells, There are expected to be between 20 & 30 produced, only the resin bodyshell, glazing fret, mirrors, steering & wipers are supplied. If you want seats they are available at extra cost. The glazing supplied also requires some slight modifications.

Click to enlarge image Click to enlarge image

These bodyshells are available from Citibus Models for £30.00 plus postage.

 July 2020  Model Bus Zone News Index