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Wednesday 25 November
More New Sunrise Waterslide Transfers Now Available

Good news for Irish modellers is the arrival of the new Sunrise transfer sets fot the Jim Poots SG-class kit. Avaiable now from Sunrise, the Dublin Bus set is £9 and the Go Ahead set is £6, plus appropriate P&P charge.

The three green Transport for Ireland logos are available as a separate set at £1 25p; the six green/white and one black/silver emergency exit notices are also available as a separate set at £1.



But it's not just Irish modellers who benefit from new transfers received at long last by Sunrise. This delivery includes the following -
Keenan of Coalhall set for older blue buses including Keenan Klippy - £8 (enough decals for two models)
Keenan of Coalhall set for later livery buses and coaches - £8 (enough decals for two models)
John Morrow Coaches, Clydebank set - £7 50p (enough decals for two models)
John Morrow destination set - £2 50p (includes styles to suit Leyland Nationals, Y-type, Bristol VR)
Wallace Arnold set - £6.00
T-shape advert for The Glaswegian newspaper - Haudyerwheest! £1 25p
Bristol RE grille set - £1 25p
Small Ribble badges, red/silver - £1 for four
Side ads for William Hill/Mecca and Si Glasgow's Alive in any language - £1 each
1950s side advert for Gloco smokeless fuel - £0.75p
Upper rear ad Everybody loves Black Heart Rum - £0.40p

To order any, contact Sunrise by Facebook message, email to or phone 0141 423 4328.

Wednesday 24 November
Next IXO 1/43 Scale Bus Release
IXO's next release in its 1/43rd scale bus range will be another version on the London Transport RT in red livery. This latest model is expected to be released in December or January and will depict RT 2043 (LUC 291) in the early post war style livery with cream upper deck window surrounds & central band.



IXO have issued some picture showing the production sample which has destinations for Creekmouth Poser Station on route 62. The cream used on the sample looks rather yellow, hopefully this will be corrected on the final production versions.

The UK RRP will be £53,99 according to wholesaler John Ayrey Diecasts.

Thursday 5 November
Model Bus Federation November Journal Review
The Model Bus Federation produces a monthly full colour illustrated Model Bus Journal for its members and I believe this is the only such publication solely dedicated to model bus news & other related articles in the UK.

To give you an idea of the contents of the Journal I intend to provide a brief summary of each 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.

Model Bus Journal - Issue 595 November 2020 - 36 pages

  • Editorial
  • AGM News - Summary of news from the annual AGM held over Zoom.
  • Cover Story - The cover model photograph.
  • MBF Events & Area Meetings - Covid-19's on going negative effects on the MBF's social events & area meetings.
  • Attledo by Norman Tarling - Attledo is a fictitious market town being built in 4mm by the author which is set in 1953. The article covers the various models from nine different fictional fleets that operate services into the town on it's weekly market day.
  • East Kent Models: Part 2 by John Hopkinson - In the second part of this article John continues to explore his extensive collection of East Kent model buses, these include repaints, kits & off the shelf diecast models.
  • Coronavirus Days By Barry Catlin - Barry's article is a personal recollection of the fond memories associated with his interest in real & model buses that began back in the late 1950s.
  • Product News UK - Latest model kit news from the Little Bus Company & TiNY.
  • Another Maguire Surfaces! by Mark Hughes - Maguire Coachworks build number 2269 a Bristol VRT.
  • Plan of the Month - Western 1935 Leyland TS7T / Leyland B38F
  • Welcome Aboard - Welcome to the newest MBF members.
  • Area News - An update on the latest virtual area meetings in South Wales & Herefordshire, Greater Manchester, Yorkshire, & the North Midlands.
  • Miscellany - Marsden kits Mellor Strata midi plus scratch built Caetano Lavante 3 & Plaxton Panther LE.
  • MBF Shop - The latest MBF model kits and a list of the new MBF Streetscene range of whitemetal kits, parts & accessories that are exclusively available to MBF members.
  • The Back Page - A selection of five shots showing the rarely photographed rear aspect of vehicles.

Tuesday 3 November
More EFE Rail Products Announced
Bachmann has announced a further batch of locomotives & rolling stock for it's newly introduced EFE Rail range.

These new item are part of Bachmann's Winter range announcement, sadly there is no indication of any imminent releases of the planned new EFE bus models, most of which were announced back in 2019.
The status of the open top 'Sea Dog' Leyland Atlanteans, Northern Counties Palatine I & the Clydeside Scottish AEC Routemaster RML models are all shown as "Awaiting" on the Bachmann site, the Craven's RT models are yet to be listed in the EFE product section.

The London Underground 1938 Tube Stock Motorised Train set (E99939) announced previously, is now expected in Dec/Jan.

For those with an interest in model railways, these are the new EFE Rail OO & N scale products announced today.

Class 58 Diesel Locomotive - OO Scale

E84005 58011 BR Railfreight (Red Stripe) [Weathered - faded paint and logos] - Due Nov/Dec RRP £184.95
E84006 58018 "High Marnham Power Station" BR Railfreight Coal Sector - Due Nov/Dec RRP £174.95
E84007 58021 'Hither Green Depot' Mainline Blue - Due Nov/Dec RRP £174.95
E84008 58039 EWS [Weathered] - Due Nov/Dec RRP £184.95

LSWR Beattie Well Tank Steam Locomotive - OO Scale

E85010 30586 BR Black (L-Crest with Square Splashers)- Due Nov/Dec RRP £139.95
E85011 3298 SR Black (Sunshine) - Due Nov/Dec RRP £139.95
E85012 3298 SR Green (Preserved) - Due Nov/Dec RRP £139.95

LSWR 'Gate Stock' 2-Coach Set - OO Scale

E86001 BR Crimson - Due Nov/Dec RRP £139.95
E86002 SR Maunsell Green - Due Nov/Dec RRP £139.95

Cargowaggon - OO Scale

E87006 279-7-664-9 Taunton Cider - Due Nov/Dec RRP £49.95
E87007 279-7-690-9 Danzas 'Great Britain - Continent' [Weathered] - Duev Nov/Dec RRP £59.95
E87008 279-7-611-1 Blue Circle Cement - Due Nov/Dec RRP £49.95
E87009 279-7-604-6 Silver & Blue Unbranded [Weathered] - Due Nov/Dec RRP £59.95

JIA Nacco Wagon - N Scale

E87500 33-70-0894-007-0 Imerys Blue - Due Jan/Feb RRP £43.95
E87501 33-70-0894-008-8 Imerys Blue - Due Jan/Feb RRP £43.95
E87502 33-70-0894-020-3 Imerys Blue - Due Jan/Feb RRP £43.95
E87503 33-70-0894-000-5 Imerys Blue - Due Jan/Feb RRP £43.95
E87504 33-70-0894-001-3 Imerys Blue [Weathered - light] - Due Jan/Feb RRP £46.95
E87505 33-70-0894-002-3 Imerys Blue [Weathered - light] - Due Jan/Feb RRP £46.95
E87506 33-70-0894-009-6 Imerys Blue [Weathered - light] - Due Jan/Feb RRP £46.95
E87507 33-70-0894-010-4 Imerys Blue [Weathered - light] - Due Jan/Feb RRP £46.95
E87508 33-70-0894-011-2 Imerys Blue [Weathered - heavy] - Due Jan/Feb RRP £48.95
E87509 33-70-0894-012-0 Imerys Blue [Weathered - heavy] - Due Jan/Feb RRP £48.95
E87510 33-70-0894-003-9 Imerys Blue [Weathered - heavy] - Due Jan/Feb RRP £48.95
E87511 33-70-0894-004-7 Imerys Blue [Weathered - heavy] - Due Jan/Feb RRP £48.95

BR 20T 'Shark' Ballast Plough Brake Van - N Scale

E87516 BR Bauxite (Departmental) - Due Dec/Jan RRP £36.95
E87517 BR Departmental Black - Due Dec/Jan RRP £36.95
E87518 BR Engineers Grey & Yellow - Due Dec/Jan RRP £36.95
E87519 BR Departmental Olive Green - Due Dec/Jan RRP £36.95

You can view the full EFE Rail range along product photographs on the Bachmann site.

Monday 2 November
Latest Corgi Model Releases
Corgi has released three further AEC Routemaster models in it's growing Beatles Collection. The models are based on the 1/64th scale model from the toys range.


CC82339 The Beatles - London Bus - 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'


CC82340 The Beatles - London Bus - 'Revolver'


CC82341 The Beatles - London Bus - 'Let It Be'

Wednesday 28 October
New Sunrise Waterslide Transfers Now Available
Sunrise has received the first of several batches of new waterslide transfers from the printers, these are the first new transfers for Sunrise since the beginning of the year.
One or two reprinted items are included, but most out of stock items are still outstanding.


The following new additions to the range are now available:-

Lothian harlequin set for double-deckers £10
Park's of Hamilton set £7
Kelvin Scottish Gold Bus set £7
Tayside Greyhound set £7
David Urquhart Travel set £6
Kelvin Central Charter set (red) £3 25p
Kelvin Central Charter set (gold) £3 25p
Clyde Coast Tours set £3 50p
Scotbus, Inverness set £2 25p
Travel Dundee set (white names/logos) £3 50p
Travel Dundee set (dark blue/red names/logos) £3 50p
First Glasgow set (white names/logos) £2
Tayside 'Please let buses pull out' (black/yellow) £1 for 4
Tayside 'Please let buses pull out' (yellow/black) £1 for 4

To order any, contact Sunrise by Facebook message, email to or phone 0141 423 4328.

Sunday 25 October
New Bus Kit Announced For MBF Members
Model Bus Federation Press Release

The Model Bus Federation is delighted to announce their latest resin kit in the MBF2K series.

MBF2K-10 is a resin model kit of the Temsa Avenue service bus, with bonded glazing. The MBF is delighted to have acquired the manufacturing rights and master for this prototype, which was previously produced by Saltire Model Kits. Whilst it might have had a slightly chequered existence with Arriva in the UK, it is a modern service bus that will also appeal to fictional fleet operators. Printed glazing, white metal wheels, plus etched brass mirrors and wipers complete this highly detailed and authentic model kit. As the windscreen is flat, it is an ideal kit for the ‘novice’ who would like to try their hand at resin kit building.

Casting will be in Q4 2020, so the kit should be available in early 2021.

Pictures show various angles, including detailed interior and glazing.

Like other MBF2K kits, the Temsa Avenue will be available exclusively to MBF members only. To join the MBF, visit www.model-bus-federation-org.uk or see our Facebook Page.

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Friday 23 October
Peter Harrison's 1/76th Scale Model Lists Updated
Peter Harrison has kindly supplied fully updated data for all of his comprehensive 1/76th scale model & kit lists.

Almost 6500 bus & coach models are now listed, along with nearly 2500 bus & tram kits, the Oxford Diecast list now runs to 2379 models, an increase of 642 over the last update posted in January 2017.

The lists cover both UK & Hong Kong models with new dedicated lists for Apec Co, Automodel, & KMB. The Model 1 list has also been expanded by over 200 models.
New model bus releases in the years 2017-2019 & 2020 to Oct have also been added.

Finally for those interested in particular fleets, the operators list provides a full over view of the models issued by each manufacturer, the operators are further broken down into pre NBC, NBC & post NBC were applicable.

Thanks are extended to Peter for continuing to share the lists with me & the effort he puts into maintaining them.
The lack of updates since Jan 2017 is very much down to me and not Peter. I will endeavor to update the lists on a more regular basis going forward.

The lists can be can be viewed HERE.

Wednesday 21 October
Brekina Routemaster Models Due November
Ace Model Buses has advised me that wholesaler John Ayrey Diecast will be importing this first pair of Brekina plastic 1/87th scale models which are scheduled to be released during November.


There are two versions of the model available which are both based on the same tooling of a AEC Routemaster RM Class vehicle. The Greenline version depicts an RMC type vehicle but these of cause had twin head lamps & platform doors which haven't been modeled by Brekina.

The UK RRP is £32.99 for these models.

61100 London Transport Red (RM652 WLT652 / Route 15 Tower Hill) - AEC Routemaster RM Class Bus (1-87th Scale)
61101 London Transport Greenline (RMC1432 482 CLT / Route 721 London (Aldgate)) - AEC Routemaster RM Class Bus (1-87th Scale)

There is also a planned open-top version of the model which has been commissioned by German model retailer www.stadtimmodell.de.
Information kindly supplied by


Wednesday 7 October & Update 11 October
Confirmed Britbus Release
Chris Cotton's commissioned Britbus Go London Scania Omnidekka models are now being posted out. I've added some photographs of my ES2-04A model recieved today to the model page. I will post a full review of the model in the next few days.

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The model are still available to order from Chris with a choice of two different route 425 destinations.

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

Update 11 October
The Omnidekka Models Facebook page has posted that there are still around 80 model orders to be processed, due to work commitments Chris will be unable to process these orders between the 10 & 21 October. He will send email confirmations once the models are dispatched.

He is also now accepting pre-orders for the Corgi OOC Optare Solo models in Epsom Coaches Quality Line livery which are due in mid 2021. These are priced £25.00 for one model or £48.00 for both destination versions.

For further details or to order, please visit Chris Cotton's online store at omnidekkamodels.com.

Tuesday 6 October
Citibus Models Kits Update
Citibus Models now have new stock of the following kit.


CM012 Mercedes Benz 0C500LE MCV Evolution In Stock
£45.00

Below are the other Citibus kits currently in stock.
Please check the Citibus Models page for details of future new kits and full contact details.

CM002 Wright Streetlight Lite Max Short wheelbase 10.2m In Stock
£43.00

CM003 ADL Enviro 400MMC 10.9m Nat Exp Spec Coach First Run Sold Out
Second Run In Stock
£46.50
CM006 Mercedes Benz Mellor Minibus In Stock
£35.00
CM010 ADL Enviro 400MMC 10.5M as operated by Arriva In Stock
£46.50
CM014 Volvo B10B-58 Alexander Strider In Stock
£43.00

CM032 Leyland Atlantean PDR1 East Lancs with split windscreen
(as operated by Bolton , SELNEC , GMT)
In Stock
£49.00

Sunday 27 September
TiNY Kits Update
TiNY has announced a number of new kits for which pre-orders are being accepted.
Two of the CIE school bus kits announced previously have now sold out, but pre-orders are being invited which if sufficient may result in a second run of both kits. The third CIE school bus is still available, although very limited.

You can find full details of all the currently available and planned kits on the TiNY kits page along with full contact information.

TK73C
NEW – Leyland Royal Tiger/Saro B44C Reserve now

TK73F
NEW – Leyland Royal Tiger/Saro B44F Reserve now

TK75D
NEW – CIE Royal Tiger U class dual entrance Reserve now

TK75F
NEW – CIE Royal Tiger U class front entrance Reserve now

TK75R
NEW – CIE Royal Tiger U class rear entrance Reserve now

TK76S
NEW – CIE SS Bedford VAS School Bus Very Limited

TK77L
NEW – CIE SS Bedford SB School Bus Sorry, sold out
Reserve for possible re-run

TK78
NEW – UTA 1951 Leyland Royal Tiger - B42F Reserve now

TK79V
NEW – Bus Eireann SS Bedford Van Hool McArdle Sorry, sold out
Reserve for possible re-run

Sunday 27 September
Another Roden Old Bill Bus Kit

Roden have announced a further version of their Old Bill B type kit, this follows the previous WW1 troop carrier & civilian London General versions released last year.
The latest kit depicts another WW1 military version.

A small number of London omnibuses were converted to Motor Mobile Lofts and used to transport carrier pigeons in the First World War. With imperfections in the new means of communication at the time, such as the trench wireless telegraph, the birds were a fast and effective way of delivering important messages from command headquarters directly to military units in combat areas. Each Motor Mobile Loft could transport 60 to 75 birds in specially installed coops on the upper deck, which could be folded flat for travel. The lower saloon contained stores for feed and an office. Carrier pigeons were used almost until the final days of the war, and with the B Type buses played a very important role which helped save the lives of many soldiers of the Entente.

Markings for two Pigeon Lofts: (1) No.2229 ex-B2132, Western Front 1916; (2) No.2257 ex-B2125, Western Front 1918.

The 1/72nd scale kit is due to be released during October & has a UK RRP of £17.99.


Roden ROD737 WW1 Old Bill Bus "Pigeon Loft" 1/72nd scale plastic kit - Due Oct 2020

Tuesday 22 September
Confirmed Oxford Release
Ace Model Buses has confirmed the release of the following Oxford Diecast model, note this item isn't currently listed among the latest batch of releases on the Oxford Diecast website.


76SB006
Trent Motor Traction - Saro Single Deck Bus
Information kindly supplied by


Tuesday 22 September
Confirmed Corgi OOC Release
The following OOC models have now been released to retailers in the UK.
The Corgi online store has sold all of their stock of these models & Ace Model Buses who sent me details of these release has also sold all of his stock allocation on pre-orders.


OM46624A
Arriva London (Release The Kraken livery / Route 38 Hackney Central) - New Routemaster Bus


OM46624B
Arriva London (Release The Kraken livery / Route 38 Victoria) - New Routemaster Bus
Information kindly supplied by


Sunday 20 September
Go London Scania Omnidekka Models Shipping This Week
Chris Cotton has now taken delivery of his pair of commissioned Britbus Scania Omnidekka models in Go London Docklands Buses livery.
He will start posting out orders to customers from Monday 21 September & has still tock of both models available should anyone wish to place an order.

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 place an order, please visit Chris Cotton's online store at omnidekkamodels.com.

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.


IRM1200-517-90
Dublin Bus Rail Link Livery (RV517 / 99-D-517 / Route 90 Connolly Station) - Volvo Olympian Alexander RH Dual Door Double Deck Bus


IRM1201-520-91
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 www.model-bus-federation.org.uk. 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

  
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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.

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KK Scale DC180461 Ford Transit Mk I Minibus (LHD - Light Grey)

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KK Scale DC180462 Ford Transit Mk I Minibus (LHD - Green)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 omnidekkamodels.com.

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

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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.

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