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Sunday 11 February
Dealer White ADL E200MMC for NHVC Charity
Omnidekka Models are producing a dealer white version of their new ADL E200MMC 8.9m single deck bus model (TNBUS1) to support the Nottingham Heritage Vehicles Charity (NHVC), it will be produced in limited numbers & is exclusively available from Nostalgia Transport.

The model is expected to be available in Q3/2024 & is priced £65.00 plus £5.00 UK delivery.
Pre-orders can be placed via Nostalgia Transport's Facebook page below.


Saturday 10 February
Model Buses Creations Update
Model Buses Creations has posted the following Facebook update on the progress of its forthcoming commissioned Northcord & Corgi OOC models.....

Hello from MBC HQ

We are well and truly into 2024 now and at Model Buses Creations we are really getting busy! Our online shop is going through some updates and changes, to make it more user friendly and display our fantastic releases to our customers. Our logistics team are busy packing orders as well as taking photos of all our stock, which is starting to appear on the website. We have some news about our Corgi and Northcord releases plus some final sample images to share as well.

Lets start with our ukbus 0070//72 releases with Northcord. We are pleased to say that the pre orders kept coming for these models and we have now SOLD OUT of Pre Orders. As some of you may already know we sold out of ukbus 0071 within an hour of pre orders going live. These have all proven to be very popular models and will look excellent in our customers collections. We can share that production for these models has finished in China. They are now in Hong Kong loaded onto the ship. We are still on target for a Q1 release date with them arriving to the UK in an early March. Please be aware the conflict in the Red Sea means that ships are taking different routes which is causing delays in getting products to the UK.

Three production samples were shipped by airmail and they arrived in the UK yesterday. Northcord have really captured the detail of these models perfectly with a few additional details that were not featured on the original samples. Everyone at MBC is extremely happy with these models and we can honestly say these have been our most popular buses to date.



I think its time to talk about our Corgi New Bus For London models. We have been sent the final samples which we approved last week with the Corgi Team. Production of these models is set to start next week. We are extremely pleased with these samples and the amazing work Corgi have put into them, to include the extra details we wanted to make these models our own.

When Mark suggested to me, that we should do a NBFL, the first thing I said was “It must have a black dashboard” and that’s what we have done. We feel these additional details bring the model to life and perfectly compliment the Kings Coronation livery. This won’t be the last MBC NBFL to feature these additional details….oh I may have let that slip out.


We made the hard decision recently to delay Pre orders and we are now pleased to announce that pre orders will open on Friday 16th of February 2024 at the normal time of 12:00pm. We have 1000 models split right down the middle with two routes. 500 of CP46601A which is 87 Aldwych and 500 of CP46601B which is 87 Wandsworth. Please be aware these models are final samples and not production models.

Finally, the 2024 model range from MBC is coming this month. We have a couple of models to finalise and we can then share our plans, this will be our biggest release plan to date.

With the Announcement earlier in the week about the Kings Cancer diagnosis, GoAhead London and MBC will be announcing a fundraising campaign with The Kings Coronation model release.

To keep up to date with these releases, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and on our website, at www.modelbus.uk.

Many Thanks
Iwan Jones
MBC Production Manager.


Wednesday 7 February
Northcord Models Press Release: UKBUS6203
The following press release has been published by the Northcord Model Company in recent days, the model's UK release is expected in Early March.

NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY - PRESS RELEASE
ukbus 6203 Alexander Dennis Enviro400H
Stagecoach London

Northcord Model Company is proud to release its first model of the ukbus 6200 range on the former CMNL 10.1 metre short wheelbase Enviro400 tooling.

This is ukbus 6203, replicated in the fleet of Stagecoach London carrying the unique Transport for London all-red with ‘hybrid Electric Technology’ livery.

ukbus 6203 features Stagecoach London 12144 (LX61 DDZ) working on the famous London route 15 to Regent Street. 12144 was new to Stagecoach London in 2011, representing the revolutionary modern double-decker in the capital.

The Alexander Dennis Enviro400H Hybrid double-decker has taken the market by storm with its excellent reliability and fuel consumption saving of greater than 30%. The hybrid drive system also delivers improved emissions including reduced Particulate Matter and Oxides of Nitrogen. The ADL Enviro400H is fitted with Cummins ISBe Euro V, EEV engine fitted in conjunction with the BAE system Hybridrive equipment. The BAE-supplied batteries use Lithium Ion technology.

NMC retooled the ADL Enviro400 casting in early 2010 for the Enviro400H Hybrid version from its successful Enviro400 which launched with the ukbus 6001 with ‘Spirit of London’ decoration in 2006. Continuing from the E400 tooling, NMC is creating new design standards in the layout of the interior of both saloons. These features inside the compartments represent the really outstanding layout of the Enviro400H Hybrid in new specifications, such as, re-located destination blind at the rear, newly design ventilation grill above the lower-deck window at the back, and extensive portrayal of handrails on upper and lower deck, etc.

Another main feature on the ukbus 6203 model is its dual individual tree protectors at the front. The front dome on the model is significant, with its curved windscreens on both upper and lower deck. The re-tooled ukbus 6203 model replicates all new items at the engine room correctly. The headlights at the front are made of individual components to look more realistic. The Enviro400H model is a one-piece casting whose clean lines accentuate the windows and livery application on which all logos and lettering are clearly legible.

The brand new ukbus 6203 bus models will be The ukbus 6203 is based on a Limited Edition of only 1008 pieces produced.


Wednesday 7 February 2nd Update
EFE Road Model Announcements: Spring 2024
Bachmann Europe's British Railways Spring Announcement was published earlier today, and is the first to include the EFE Road Range model releases in addition to the usual model railway products. The product announced below is expected to be released in the coming three months.

Bachmann have over 60 EFE Road model releases planned over the next 4 years using existing, refreshed & planned new tooling. The Northern Counties Palatine I development continues, but has slipped back in the release schedule, the new Sea Dog class open top Leyland Atlantean is expected to be the next new tooling to join the range.

The following EFE Road models were announced and are all based on existing tooling in the range.

E99943 Ensignbus Cravens RT Set - Ensignbus RT1431 & RT1499 - route X81 - Due Feb/Mar 2024
Set model details:
Model 1: RT1431 (JXC 194) LT Red & Cream style livery with large Ensignbus gold fleet names & no advertisements. Route X81 to Grays.
Model 2: RT1499 (KGK 758) LT Green & Cream style livery with small Ensignbus gold fleet names & side advertsiements for "Ensignbus Company Vintage Hire" & front & rear 1940s style Picture Post & Aspro adverts. Route X81 to Shenfield Stn.

The set is supplied in a special presentation card box with an illustrations of both vehicles on the lid, it has a UK RRP of £89.95 and can be pre-ordered for stockists of the EFE Road range.

Further details & photographs of the models can be found on the Bachmann Europe website.


The EFE Road Announcement can be found at the 6:27 point in the Bachmann Spring Announcements YouTube video above.

There were no new EFE Rail range products in the Spring announcement.

Monday 5 February
Upcoming Oxford Diecast Omnibus Range Release
Oxford Diecast's latest batch of model releases for February includes one TT (1:120th scale) Omnibus Range model. This model should be with model retailers along with four other new TT scale models in the coming days, they are already listed on Oxford Diecast's online store together with number of other new 1:87 & 1:76 scale releases.


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Southdown Motor Services (JCD 370 / Destination: London) Bedford OB Duple Vista Coach (TT 1:120th Scale)

Thursday 1 February
Model Bus Federation January 2024 Journal Review
A brief overview of the latest issue of the Model Bus Federation's Model Bus Journal for January 2024. This is the only publication solely dedicated to model bus news & other related articles in the UK.
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.
Back issues of the Journals are also available to members where stock permits.

The Model Bus Journal - Issue 633 January 2024 - 32 pages - ISSN 0953-435

  • Area Meetings - Upcoming MBF members only area meetings & events.
  • Other Public Shows & Exhibitions - Sat 20th April 2024 1000-1530 - 45th Model Bus Extravaganza: Blessed William Howard Roman Catholic School, Rowley Avenue off Newport Road, Stafford ST17 9AB. Admission £3 (accompanied children free) Senior Citizens £2.
  • Editorial
  • Cover Story - A centre-entrance Anbrico Burlingham Seagull kit converted to front-entrance in the fleet of Shirley's of Meriden (see next article).
  • Chairman's Christmas Message 2023 - The chairman locks back on 2023 & reflects on it continuing evolution.
  • Front Entrance Burlingham Seagull by Paul Ellender - A conversion of the centre-entrance Abrico white metal Burlingham Seagull kit to front entrance.
  • Memories of my Youth, BH&D Early Open-top Lodekka by Martin Hare - Martin converts a standard issue open-top Southdown Bristol Lodekka into a early Brighton, Hove & District version with blanked of front grille.
  • Ken Johnson's Memorable Models Number 81 ...continued - A review of Little Bus Company's Leyland Fleetline FE30 N.C.M.E. kit NC78 completed as South Notts 114 (HNN 114V).
  • In Detail Yutong U11DD Electric Double-Decker by David Cole - A photographic gallery showing the exterior & interior of this futuristic looking new electric bus.
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  • Leyland Lion by Ian Bamford - Ian recreates the Trent Leyland Lion his mother use travel to work. A modified MBF kit R231 was used for the project.
  • Product News - News of the latest kit releases from PSG & Paragon Kits
  • Tower Models Leyland National Kit by Steve Oxbrow - Steve gives a detailed account of the construction of his pre-owned Tower Models plastic kit. It is used to produce a model of Southern National 2879 (FDV 775V) in a special livery used for free services to the Leo supermarket.
  • Welcome Aboard - A welcome to five new members & two returnee's.
  • Bradford Regent III - A Bradford AEC Regent III built from a MBF Shop kit by Rodger Pope.
  • Plan of the Month by Alan Johnson - Leyland PD3 / Northern Counties - Western SMT.
  • Area News - Eleven pages of reports & 59 colour photographs covering recent MBF meetings in the North Midlands, North West, South Wales & Herefordshire, Dorset & New Forest, Greater Manchester, & Ireland areas.
  • Journal Editorial Staff Changes - The unofficial Assistant Journal Editor has sadly passed away at the ripe old age of 18, but on the plus side a new 11 week old four trainee has be found.
  • MBF Shop - The MBF Streetscene,& 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 White metal Bus & Coach Kits - The 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 31 January
Latest Omnidekka Models Releases
Pre-orders for Omnidekka Models latest model release and the first using their own new tooloing are currently being dispatched. Orders for the models can still be placed & these will sent out from mid February onwards.
The models are priced £45.00 each or £88.00 for both route versions plus delivery.
Orders can be placed via the Omnidekka Models Website


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Stagecoach South Wales (Routes 404 Bridgend or 99 Pontypridd) - ADL Enviro200 MMC Single Deck Bus

Wednesday 31 January
Oxford Diecast Feb to May 2024 Catalogue Delayed
Oxford Diecast usually release details of their next batch of future models & publish the Feb-May catalogue around this time of the year, however the family run business has announced via it's Facebook page that due to on going personal family matters they have decided to delay the announcement, but hope to resume their releases in the coming months.

Saturday 13 January
EFE Rail Tube Train Set Released
The EFE Rail motorised 1959 Tube Train Set ommissioned by the London Transport Museum Shop has now been released and is available to order via their website or from their Central London Museum Shop in Covent Garden.


This is the first release of the newly motorised 1959 tube train stock by Bachmann Europe and depicts a late 1970s Piccadilly line unit, Train No 254, working to Heathrow. (LT Museum product ref: SKU 471169 / Bachmann ref: (for internal use only) E99941

The set contains the following models:

Car A: Driving Motor Car No 1212
Car B: Trailer Car No 2212D (‘D’ for de-icer car)
Car C: Non-Driving Motor Car No 9213
Car D: Driving Motor Car No 1213

The set is priced £399.95 plus delivery.

Saturday 13 January
New Date For Pre-Order For the OOC Coronation New Routemaster
Due to a Corgi factory production delay, the opening date for pre-orders of the Model Buses Creations commissioned Corgi OOC New Routemaster in the King's Coronation (CP46601A/B), has be pushed back to Friday 16th February. The pre-orders had been scheduled to open yesterday, the model's release is now expected around May.


More details about & other exclusive Model Buses Creation commissions can be found on the Model Buses Collection site.

Saturday 13 January
New Northcord Enviro400 Model Announced
TTC Diecast has sent me details of the following new model from Northcord Models. The model is expected to be released in the UK in late Feruary/early March and is a limited edition of 1008 pieces.


UKBUS6203 Stagecoach London (12144 / LX61 DDZ - Route & destination T.B.A.) - Alexander Dennis Enviro400 Double Deck Bus (Model will have yellow side advert framing but no advertisements will be applied)
Information kindly supplied by


Tuesday 9 January
Hattons Model Railways To Close
Hattons Model Railways has announced that they will be closing down later this year, the company has been trading for 77 years in Liverpool, and is one of the largest model railway retailers in the UK.
You find many model photographs from Hattons on this site that I've kindly been allowed to use over the years to illustrate a large number of the models released since I started the EFE Zone in 2004.

This news, I'm sure will be a surprise to many, just as it is to me, and indeed somewhat worrying, given that such an established & respected retailer has decided that they don't see a viable future in model retailing.

Hattons have posted statement on their website explaining the decision which includes FAQ explaining how this will affect customer's and pre-orders etc.
The company is not insolvent and will wind down in an orderly fashionm leaving no outstanding debts, The exact date of closure will be announced in due course.
A closing down sale is now running across the site and at the time of posting this sad news on Tuesday just before 9 PM the www.hattons.co.uk site was responding very slowly.

An article regarding the Hattons closure has been published on the Liverpool Echo website.

Update: 31 January 2024. The company closed online ordering at 2pm on the 31 January, only a single bus model remained in stock at that point a Brekina CitySightseeing Berlin open top Routemaster (61104), the site is still accepting pre-orders for a number of Hattons Originals model railway products which will be produced & released later this year.
The sites "Product Database" can currently still be used to view details & photographs of thousands of model products, it's possible this feature may be retained although a final decision has yet to be made as to whether this is viable.

Tuesday 9 January
No Buses In Latest Corgi Catalogue
As was expected following the announcement in late December, there are no new Corgi OOC models included in the first Corgi mcatalogue of 2024 covering the period January to April.
There are no bus or coach releases in the Corgi Toys range either, the Hornby & Airfix catalogues for the whole of 2024 were also announced today, and again there's nothing to report relating to buses or coaches.

The Corgi January-April 2024 catalogue can be viewed as a PDF document HERE, or you can view the 22 new products on the Corgi.co.uk website HERE.
A number of Corgi OOC models have been commissioned by Model Buses Creations (see January 5 news report below.

Sunday 7 January
1:76 Scale Plaxton Panorama Double Deck Coach

The Buckie Model Centre have commissioned a new 1:76 scale right-hand drive version of the Plaxton Panorama double deck coach. The models are being produced exclusively for the Buckie Model Centre by Holland Oto.


There will initially be three different Scottish liveries to choose from and each livery version is available with choice of three different vehicle registrations / destinations.

In addition to the above models, there is also a plain white version without decals for those who wish to apply their own liveries.

The models available are:

SKU:  871 - Plaxton Panorma - Citylink Gold - Registration: LSK 871 - Destination Inverness M10
SKU:  873 - Plaxton Panorma - Citylink Gold - Registration: LSK 873 - Destination Glasgow M10
SKU:  SCC - Plaxton Panorma - Citylink Gold - Registration: T4 SCC - Destination Glasgow M10


SKU:  LCA - Plaxton Panorama - Megabus - Registration: YX69 LCA - Aberdeen Angus - Destination Aberdeen via Dundee
SKU:  LCC - Plaxton Panorama - Megabus - Registration: YX69 LCC - Caledonian Cruiser - Destination Glasgow M11
SKU:  LCF - Plaxton Panorama - Megabus - Registration: YX69 LCF - London Calling - Destination London M20


SKU:  NNH - Plaxton Panorama - Citylink 6 Cities - Registration: YX21 NNH - Destination Edinburgh M92
SKU:  NNO - Plaxton Panorama - Citylink 6 Cities - Registration: YX21 NNO - Destination Glasgow M10
SKU:  NNR - Plaxton Panorama - Citylink 6 Cities - Registration: YX21 NNR - Destination Glasgow via Stirling 909


SKU: PANW - Plaxton Panorama - White - No decals

All the models are priced £56.00 each plus delivery and each of the decorated versions is limited to 250 pieces. I believe further liveries are planned for this model in the future.
The models are currently expected to arrive from Holland OTO in late February, pre-orders can be placed on the Buckie Model Centre's website.

The Buckie Model Centre has also commissioned a series of Holland Oto 1:87 scale VDL Bova single & double deck coaches since 2018 in English & Scottish operator liveries, there have been 11 English & 16 Scottish models to date.
All the English & most te Scottish models are still available, although some are down to single figures according to the Buckie online store.
A full list of these models can also be found in the Buckies Model Centre section.

Friday 5 January
Model Buses Creations New Models For 2024
Model Buses Creations has released the following press release regarding its plans for new commissioned models during 2024.

Model Buses Creations Production Update January 2024

Hello,

I hope everyone enjoyed the 2023 Model Buses Creations announcements and our 5 New Releases from last year. We continue to raise funds for our ‘MacMillan Cancer Support’ Campaign and would like to thank all who have supported us . This year MBC have some extra special models in the planning stages some we can mention here, some are awaiting final production updates.


Coming in Q1 2024 we have our most exciting and dare we say, most exquisite model release to date. The Selkent Ambassador is due in the next few weeks . Ukbus 0071 sold out in under half an hour, which is a record for one of our models. We still have a very limited number of ukbus 0070 & ukbus 0072 available to pre-order. In 2024 we will be releasing another exciting Stagecoach London Enviro 400 Classic. I wonder if you can guess what this bus is…


MBC are ready to launch our pre-order offer for the limited edition, The Kings Coronation New Bus for London, splendidly displaying the unique Transport for London Kings Coronation Livery. The second run of samples are on their way to us for approval and as soon as these arrive, we will share the images on social media. These models will be available to pre-order on the 12th of January with delivery expected in late March 2024 in perfect time to Celebrate the 1st Anniversary of King Charles III’s Coronation in May.


Whilst we are on the Corgi releases we would like to let collectors know that we are working on a series of specially selected Corgi Original Omnibus models from across the UK. We understand as collectors ourselves the frustration at the current Corgi production pause on model buses. What we can share with you is that we are actively working with the Corgi Production & Premiums teams to develop and implement an exciting range of carefully selected releases that will appeal to as wide a audience as possible, whilst concentrating on quality and the unique features of any release considered.

Our first new releases planned will be a continuation of the Wright Gemini 2 both single and dual door versions, including a series of Limited Edition box sets in partnership with Go Ahead, Stagecoach and Transport For London. We are also developing a tooling upgrade to include the luggage racks as seen in the Wright Gemini 2 buses across the UK. We look forward to sharing more news as the project develops.


We are very excited about our partnership with Corgi and the Corgi Premiums Team. We have many exciting new release plans with Corgi and look forward to a busy year ahead.

The long awaited Stagecoach London Scania Omnicity Double Decker (15041) announced last year, is now underway. The model is progressing through our production program, with a possible release date now scheduled for Q2 2024. We can now confirm we are producing 1008 units split between two destinations. They are both route 97 with 504 units with Stratford City and 504 units with Chingford Station.


We are also thrilled to announce the Stagecoach South East Scania Omnicity driver training bus (15037) and after our popular all plain red Enviro 400 MMC, We will be releasing a stunning Scania Omnicity Dual Door in plain red for Fleet Operators to customise accordingly. Both of these releases will be detailed in our full Northcord announcement coming soon.


I will be making a full announcement in February, where we will be sharing all the models, specifications and their release dates. To keep up to date with these releases, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and on our website, at www.modelbus.uk.

Many Thanks
Iwan Jones
MBC Production Manager.
Selected releases available at Modelbus.uk


Wednesday 3 January
Omnidekka Models Opens Pre-orders for Stagecoach London StreetDeck
Omnidekka Models is now accepting pre-orders for its second commissioned 80M Wright StreetDeck model.
WSD2A/B will depict Stagecoach London (Tower Transit) vehicle SK19 FDD (WH31113) their will be two route choices of either 262 Gallions Reach Shopping Park or 473 Stratford.
Photographs of the subject vehicle can be found on flickr.
1000 models will be produced in total split across both destinations and these are currently expected to arrive during Q3/2024.
The models are priced £54.00 for one model or £106.oo for both route versions plus delivery. They will come with a limited edition card & have designed card sleeve packaging.

Pre-orders for the Stagecoach South ADL Enviro200 MMC models (MMC1A/B) will stop on the 4 January as most of the available models have now been reserved.

Pre-orders can be placed via the Omnidekka Models online Store.

Monday 1 January
Look Back at 2023 & Happy New Year
A brief look back at 2023 from a model bus collectors point of view.

2023 was a year of ups and downs for the UK model bus industry, with different impacts on the small and large producers. The smaller kit suppliers have maintained their steady output of resin kits, covering a range of both historical and modern vehicles, in volumes similar to thus of 2022.

The end of Covid 19 restrictions, however, has been a double-edged sword for the larger manufacturers. They saw a drop in model sales after the lockdown periods, while facing rising costs due to supply chain disruptions and energy price hikes caused by the pandemic and conflict. These factors have increased the prices of both the models and most everyday essentials, leaving many consumers with less disposable income for non-essential items, such as models.
The higher costs seem to have led three of the most prolific suppliers of UK bus models to scale back their own retail releases, and to pause their development and future releases for the time being.

Rapido Trains UK is the newest entrant in the UK model bus market, but sales of their latest models and pre-orders for future ones did not meet their expectations and have made further investment in new bus tooling financially unfeasible for now at least.

Like 2022, there were no model bus releases from Rapido UK during 2023, but a second batch of their Birmingham Fleetlines and their new Bedford OB coaches are scheduled for release in 2024. Unfortunately, plans to produce new Leyland National model toolings have been indefinitely postponed.

Over at Corgi, after making some of the 2022 OOC releases Corgi Online Store exclusives, they decided that the early 2023 models would revert back to the more traditional distribution via model retailers. The year started well with several new liveries for the OOC range and a promise of more to come in 2023. There was also news that work was starting on the first new tooling for the range since 2013, in the form of a Wright StreetDeck double deck bus.

The second catalogue of 2023 only featured one more OOC release, and none were included in the third catalogue.
Corgi announced last week that they had no plans to release any OOC models in their 2024 programme and that they had put the development of the new StreetDeck on hold. The reason for this decision was the large stock of previous OOC releases in their warehouse, which made it unwise to produce more models until the existing stock is reduced.

Northcord Models continued to produce new liveries for the ADL Enviro400 MMC model and also brought back two CMNL models, the Alexander Dennis Enviro400 and the Scania Omnicity double decker. Unfortunately, it seems that some of the former CMNL moulds were damaged and there is little chance of seeing other earlier CMNL models joining the Northcord range.

Northcord had fewer standard range releases in 2023 than in 2022, and there was not much news about the progress of the new tooling for the ADL/BYD Enviro 400 City, which was announced in early 2020.

Oxford Diecast had a bit of a catch-up in 2023, with only one new bus tooling announced, a TT scale AEC Routemaster. At the beginning of 2023, they had a large backlog of previously announced models pending production and release, including several 1:76 scale coach models. The new Alexander M Type coach saw it first issues and a number of further liveries were announced for existing tooling in the second half of 2023, and are due for released during the first half of 2024.

It is unclear whether the next catalogue update will be published in January, or if we Oxford will resume the usual three instead of two catalogue announcements in 2024.

Britbus has not shown any intention of re-entering the UK market with its own model releases. However, the brand remains active, as several new models have been produced or planned by various third party commissioners.

Bachmann & EFE, which re-branded its range as EFE Road in 2022, had fewer releases in 2023 than in the previous year. However, the end of 2023 saw the first new tooling under Bachmann's ownership. The Cravens RT model was well received by the market and Bachmann plans to increase the production of models in 2024.

New EFE Road model announcements will now be included in the quarterly model rail product "British Railways Announcements". The goal is to release all announced products within the following three months.
Bachmann seems likely to focus on using existing model EFE tooling for now, as it assesses the market demand for EFE models after a period of low activity. The development of new tooling that was already announced has been clearly affected by the pandemic, and it is uncertain whether any of it will reach retail during 2024.

The main diecast manufacturers have had mixed fortunes over the past 12 months, with some positive and some negative developments. However, some of the reduced model output in their own retail programmes has been filled by third party commissioners such as Model Buses Creations & Omnidekka Models, who have produced or are planning several exclusive OOC, Northcord & Britbus models.

Omnidekka Models has commissioned new tooling from 80M for an ADL Enviro200 model and released UK versions of 80M's Streetdeck model. Omnidekka Models will also continue with new commissions in 2024, but it intends to reduce the number of such models in the future.

The commissioned models will certainly compensate for some of the reduced output from the manufacturers, and from the manufacturers' point of view, greatly mitigate any financial risk. They manufacture the models, sell the entire stock to the commissioner upon delivery, and deposit the money in the bank, eliminating the chance of stock accumulating dust in their warehouses.
It seems, apart from EFE Road and Rapido, UK model output in 2024 is likely to be very similar to that of the past 12 months.


Only time will tell, if 2024 has any surprises in store.

Wishing all visitors to the site a Healthy & Happy 2024.

Here some stat's comparing 2023 to 2022 in terms of models & new tooling releases.
Alternative destinations models have been counted individually & commissioned models have been included in the relevant the manufacturers' totals.
Range22 Releases22 New Tooling23 Releases23 New Tooling

Monday 1 January
Model Bus Federation - Model Bus Supplement December 2023
Members of the Model Bus Federation can subscribe to the optional quarterly magazine which focuses on member's model bus fleets, the supplement records new vehicle arrivals, withdrawals & general developments within these fleets in a similar style that found in the long running Buses Magazine's Fleet News section.
Along with the fleet reports are articles focusing on certain fleets in more detail & other themed articles.
For further information about the MBF and membership, please visit the https://www.model-bus-federation.org.uk.

The Model Bus Supplement - Issue 220 December 2023 - 36 pages - ISSN 0953-435

  • Editorial - A reflection on the past year for the Model Bus Supplement.
  • Cover Story - Two vehicles from Paul Ellender's Arden Forest which was voted Supplement Operator of the Year.
  • Reports - This is the main content of the supplement and contains written reports & a selection of 119 related colour photographs. Fleets covered in this issue: ADT Travel Group, Anglian, Arden Forest, Barnet Bus, City Transport, Claremorris In dependant Transport Systems, Countrywide, Eldorado, Enjays, Exclusive Motor Services, Gipping Valley Bus Ltd, Gleneig Motors, Hants & Sussex, Invicta Buses Limited, London Explorer, Mayflower Transport, Padbus, Quicksilver, Red Rover Buses, Reliance Motor Services, Southern General Omnibus Company, Southwestbus, TN4 Travel / Maventone, Town & Country, Transport Solutions, Vectis General, Wardonian, West Cornwall, West London Passenger Transport Association, & Western Clipper Group,
  • Model Bus Supplement Fleet Operator of the Year 2023/4 - Arden Forest (Paul Ellender)
  • Fleet Profile No.10: The Crizville Omnibus Company Celebrates its Golden Jubilee - A tribute to Chris Pearson
  • Fleet Profile No.14: Eden Valley - A tribute to Neville Dawson-Smith
  • Fleet Profile No.15: Associated Motorways (Cheltenham 1966 - A tribute to Neville Dawson-Smith
  • 50 Years of the Scania Metropolitan - A photograph gallery with brief descriptions of members MCW Metropolitan models
  • Next Special Feature - Other Scania Double Deckers - Members are invited to submit photographs of other Scania vehicles in their fleets.
  • Fleet Operator's Directory - The MBF Committee have agreed to an updated edition of this publication which was last published 2020. Advance notice & overview of the type of information required from members thinking submitting an entry for their fleet or fleets before the January 2025 target publication date.
  • MBF Website Fleet Operators' Galleries - by Dave Jessop - There is a section on the Model Bus Federation website devoted to Fleet Operators' Galleries. Members are invited to make submissions so this section can be expanded.
  • 50 Years of the Scania Metropolitan - Postscript - A selection of members MCW Metropolitan were gathered together for a display at the MBF National Show.
  • Operators' Websites - A list of members' websites devoted to their model fleets.
  • Photos for the Supplement - A request that contributors' include photographs with their fleet reports if possible.

Saturday 30 December
Model Buses Creations Update
There were a couple of recent facebook posts from Model Buses Creations with news of the progress on the outstanding previously announced models.
Due in early January are the Northcord commissions of the Alexander Dennis Enviro400 models in Stagecoach London Ambassador livery (UKBUS0070A/B) and the Go Ahead London Driver Trainer (UKBUS0071). The Stagecoach London Scania Omnicity (UKBUS0072) is also due during Q1/2024.

Pre-production samples have arrived of the Corgi OOC Go Ahead London New Routemaster in the King's Coronation livery (CP46601A/B), and although there are a few tweaks needed before the final production versions are produced, these are on course to be released around March. Pre-orders for this pair of models will open on Friday 12 January via the MBC's website at www.modelbus.uk.


Model Buses Creations will reveal their upcoming model programme for 2024 on Friday 5 January, again via the MBC website.

The two announcements mentioned above can be viewed in full on the Model Buses Collection Facebook page.

Friday 29 December
Model Bus Federation December 2023 Journal Review
A brief overview of the latest issue of the Model Bus Federation's Model Bus Journal for December 2023. This is the only publication solely dedicated to model bus news & other related articles in the UK.
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.
Back issues of the Journals are also available to members where stock permits.

The Model Bus Journal - Issue 632 December 2023 - 2023 National Show Special - 40 pages - ISSN 0953-435

  • Area Meetings - Upcoming MBF members only area meetings & events.
  • Other Public Shows & Exhibitions - Sat 20th April 2024 1000-1530 - 45th Model Bus Extravaganza: Blessed William Howard Roman Catholic School, Rowley Avenue off Newport Road, Stafford ST17 9AB. Admission £3 (accompanied children free) Senior Citizens £2.
  • Editorial
  • Welcome Aboard - A welcome to nine new members & four returnee's.
  • Cover Story - The winner of the Class 1 category for scrtachbuilt models was David Wright's Eastern Counties Bristol FS.
  • Chairman's Christmas Message 2023 - The chairman locks back on 2023 & reflects on it continuing evolution.
  • MCW Metropolitan 50th Anniversary - Dave Jessop organised a special event for his North Midland Bus Museum layout at the National Show bringing together a selection of MCW Metropolitan models to mark the 50th anniversary of the type.
  • AGM 2023 Report by Dave Wallington - Brief reports from various members of the MBF committee.
  • National Show 2023 Report by Dave Jessop - A review of the AGM & National show that was attended by 113 members, and attracted 85 entries across the different model competition classes.
  • 2023 National Show Competition Results - A full list the top three winning model entries across the 12 different classes.
  • 2023 National Show Competition Entries - Photographs of the winning models & all other submitted model in each class.
  • Class 1 - Scratchbuilt Models 1/76 scale - 8 Entries - Winning model: Bristol FS / ECW Eastern Counties ~ David Wright.
  • Class 2 - Kit Built Models 1/76 scale - 15 Entries - Winning model: Leyland PD2/3 Ribble ~ Mick Piela.
  • Class 3 - Major Modified Models 1/76 scale - 16 Entries - Winning model: Leyland PD2/3 / Brush Ribble ~ Norman Gerrard.
  • Class 4 - Diecast or other Ready~built Models - 18 Entries - Winning model: Daimler Utility Snow Plough West Bromwich ~ John Pearce.
  • Class 5 - Smaller Scales - 1 Entry - Winning model: Leyland Olympian / Northern Counties (3D Print) Maidstone & District ~ Henry Clarke.
  • Class 6 - Larger Scales - 4 Entries - Winning model: Leyland Tiger TS6 / Burlingham Wilkinsons of Sedgfield ~ Neil Mortson.
  • Class 7a - 1st Time Entry - 1 Entry - Winning model: Bristol L / ECW (scratchbuilt) Eastern Counties ~ David Wright.
  • Class 8 - Manchester 144 Diorama - 5 Entries - Winning diorama: Country Bus Garage, Beckley, East Sussex ~ John Dengate & Sons.
  • Class 9 - Best Display at Show - Winning display: Red Rover ~ Paul Coley.
  • Class 10 - Modern Bus, 10 years old or less - 5 Entries - Winning model: Volvo B9TL / Wright Gemini 2 Crossways ~ Ryan Birch.
  • Class 11 - Fictitious Fleets and Liveries - 7 Entries - Winning model: Wright Streetdeck open top Padbus "Sights of Oxford" ~ Pual Dudfield.
  • Class 12 - West Midlands Area Special Class - 5 Entries - Winning model: Leyland Royal Tiger / Willowbrook (Scratchbuilt) Black & White Motorways ~ David Bates.
  • Out & About at the National Show - Collection of 19 photographs showing a selection of member's dioramas exhibited at the show.
  • Area News - Eleven pages of reports & 77 colour photographs covering recent MBF meetings in the North Midlands, Kent, Greater Manchester, London, West & Yorkshire areas.
  • Journal Index 2023: J621 - J632 - Full index of all the articles featured in the 2023 issues of the Model Bus Journal.
  • National Show 2023 Sign-off! - Two final photographs from the event showing Paul Mellor's Brocklecote Bus Station diorama
  • MBF Shop - The MBF Streetscene,& 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 White metal Bus & Coach Kits - The 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)

Christmas Eve 24 December
Happy Christmas
There will probably be a few updates over the next week, although I'm not expecting there to be any further model releases this side of the new year.

Sunday 24 December
OOC Range In Hiatus
The annual Corgi Christmas Q&A video was posted on You Tube earlier today, and there were three questions relating to the OOC range answered during it.

The answers to the questions revealed that Corgi, from it own releases point of view, has put the OOC Range in to hiatus and also paused development work on the planned new Wright Streetdeck model mentioned in a video posted earlier this year.
Corgi is however still open to produce Corgi Premium range OOC models using existing tooling, models have already been produced this way for commissioners such as Omnidekka Models & Model Buses Creations during 2023.

In the answer to the third question, it is stated that there are no new OOC releases currently planned by Corgi in 2024. The reason for this suspension of OOC activity is that they currently have a lot of unsold stock of earlier releases in their warehouse, it doesn't make good business sense to add more until the existing stock is reduced.


The OOC section starts at the 26:00 point
To view video full screen, please use the YouTube link in the video options bar & select "View on YouTube".

Thursday 21 December & Updated 23 December
EFE Road Cravens RT Photographs
Bachmann have kindly supplied samples of the final production versions of their newly released Cravens RT models. These are the first completely new EFE Road range toolings since the EFE business was acquired in 2016.
The four versions below should be distributed to model retailers before Xmas, although with the Christmas Holiday break fast approaching some retailer orders may not be delivered until after Xmas.
Bachmann have inform me that they have sold out of their stock of all four models.

There are four versions of the Cravens RT, two central area red vehicles & two country area green examples. Each colour is available either with the earlier style cream upper deck window surrounds or the later simpler design without this feature.

Some features I've spotted on the model, there are internal poles, no they aren't the traditional EFE type, but actually representations of the vertical grab rails along passenger gangways.
The three main destination displays have glazing over the blinds, the rear platform grab rails around the used ticket bin & on the rear bulkhead are separate wire components.
There are nicely scaled driving mirrors & a etched wiper on the drivers cab. Internally the ceilings on both decks are painted the correct fawn colour and finally the body is a single piece casting eliminating the joint between the decks.

The models are supplied in plastic display cases enclosed in an EFE Road branded outer card box. The UK RRP for the models is £44.95.

Update 23 December
Original selection of photographs have been re-done and an extra selection of close ups of the models added.

Country Area Green Models

E40301 London Transport County Area Green & Cream - RT1406 / JXC 169 - Garage: WA (Watford High Street) - Route 345 Kingswood - Side adverts: Whitbread / C.W.S. -Era: Circa 1950


E40302 London Transport Country Area Green - RT1414 / JXC 177 - Garage: WA (Watford High Street) - Route 306 New Barnet Stn - Side adverts: Golden Arrow Night Ferry / National Savings - Circa late 1953/4


Central Area Red Models

E40303 London Transport Central Area Red & Cream - RT1460 / JXC 223 - Garage: X (Middle Row) - Route 15 Aldgate LT Stn - Side adverts: National Savings / Gilbey's Gin - Circa Late 1953


E40304 London Transport Central Area Red - RT1493 / KGK 752 - Garage: AH (Nunhead) - Route 63 Honor Oak Forest Hill Tavern - Side adverts: Curtis Gin / Hovis - Circa late 1953



Thursday 9 December
Model Bus Federation November 2023 Journal Review
A brief overview of the latest issue of the Model Bus Federation's Model Bus Journal for November 2023. This is the only publication solely dedicated to model bus news & other related articles in the UK.
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.
Back issues of the Journals are also available to members where stock permits.

The Model Bus Journal - Issue 631 November 2023 - 32 pages - ISSN 0953-435

  • Area Meetings - Upcoming MBF members only area meetings & events.
  • Other Public Shows & Exhibitions - Sat 20th April 2024 1000-1530 - 45th Model Bus Extravaganza: Blessed William Howard Roman Catholic School, Rowley Avenue off Newport Road, Stafford ST17 9AB. Admission £3 (accompanied children free) Senior Citizens £2.
  • Editorial
  • Cover Story - CMNL diecast of articulated Citaro 'G' from Travel Coventry fleet. (See article below).
  • Buses That Never Were! Part 10 by Alan Morgan - In 1933 designs were drawn up for two single deck six wheeled AEC Qs. However only one six wheeled version was built as a double deck Green Line coach Q188 and this had a somewhat short chequered career with London Transport due to being under powered & union opposition. In this article Alan builds the once planned single deck six wheeler and finishes it the Black & White Motorway's style livery of the era.
  • Mercedes Citaro by David Rowe - The Mercedes Citaro celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2022. David looks back at Citaros evolution of the type and the numerous models depicting the vehicles produced since its introduction in 1997.
  • Hong Kong Toyota Coaster by Paul Tattam - The first in a series of articles looking at Hong Kong buses & models reproductions starts with the Toyota Coaster.
  • 45th Model Bus Extravaganza Stafford 2024 - Details of the North Midlands Area show which is also open to the public. See 'Other Public Shows' above for details.
  • Bradford Q-type Trolleybus by Martin Hare - A simple conversion to turn the Corgi OOC AEC Q double deck bus model in to the trolleybus version.
  • Reuben Greene, Model Bus Supplement Editor - There is an area of the MBF which is dedicated to members who choose to run their own bus & coach companies, fictional ones. This optional quarterly extra supplement is where members send reports & photographs of the latest developments within their fleets. reports are presented in a similar style to that used for real operators in the long running Buses magazine. Reuben has been editor of the supplement for 20 years and to mark his dedication the Directors of the MBF have granted him Life Membership.
  • Product News - Update from the Little Bus Company on currently available & the latest releases which are DY61J a Ford Thames Duple Yeoman & UVR2 a Bristol VRTLL ECW..
  • In Detail Yutong E10 by David Cole - David presents a selection of photographs of this Chinese Electric single deck bus that is currently on extensive evaluation with TFL.
  • Plan of the Month: Plaxton Panther Cub (generation 3) by Paul Ellender - The plans are for the Generation version of the vehicle introduced by Plaxton in 2013.
  • Area News - Nine pages of reports & 56 colour photographs covering recent MBF meetings in the West Midlands x2, London, Greater Manchester, Yorkshire, & North West areas.
  • Over to You - A member's feedback on the Thomas Bros article published in issue 628.
  • North Midlands Transport Museum Update by Dave Jessop - The latest vehicle to join the Museum's collection is a rare Barnaby bodied AEC Regal III in Pullman livery.
  • MBF Shop - The MBF Streetscene,& 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 White metal Bus & Coach Kits - The 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)

Tuesday 19 December & updated 28 December
Airfix Quickbuild London Bus Kit Released
Airfix have released the Quickbuild New Bus For London kit which although officially doesn't have any quoted scale, is believed to by roughly 1:37 scale.

The RRP in the UK is £24.99 and the model consists of 88* parts which snap together and don't require any glue or paint.
The final production model comes with a set of stickers containing decals for both routes 22 Oxford Circus & 38 Victoria, registration plates (LT61 BHT), white TFL roundels, green bus signs & two side advertisements. Instructions come as two folded A4 sheets containing a seven page assembly guide & a sticker application diagram. The model carries a generic TFL red livery, there are no fleet numbers or operator names supplied with the kit.

The Airfix picture of the built model below features an assembler error!

I've bought one these kits from Airfix and I can confirm that the driver's side mirror can be fixed the right way up, the instruction sheet supplied with the kit claims there are 82* parts, rather than the 88 listed on Airfix's website product page.
I can't as yet confirm which is the correct figure as I've not actually counted them.
Below are some photographs of the kit & packaging as supplied, I'll add some photographs of the built model after Xmas.

Update 27 December
Right, I've now built this kit and can confirm it actually has 97 parts, although my example only came with 96, yes there was piece missing. Looks like I've just been really unlucky and will have to get in contact with the Airfix Support team.

Disregarding that slight disappointment, the kit goes together really well and took me about 30 minutes to complete, all the parts fit extremely well together with little in the way of noticeable gaps between the various external parts.

Indeed, with a few spots of paint here & there to highlight some of missing colour detailing, this model would make an excellent display piece for any New Routemaster collecter. Two photographs showing all parts have been added to the selection below.

The "fit the box" scale is true for this item as the model will fit snuggly back in the original packaging once assembled, if you detach the offside mirror.

Some measurements for the assembled model:
Weight - 455g / 1 lbs 0 oz
Length - 303mm / 12"
Width - 67mm / 2 5/8" (including mirrors 95mm / 3 3/8")
Height - 121mm / 4 3/4"

Total weight as supplied with packaging, stickers & instructions - 613g / 1 lbs 6 oz

Update 28 December
A selection of 20 photographs of the built model have been added below, as you will see the missing part is the small black panel below the windscreen, the stickers have not been applied as I'm not sure how the missing part issue will be resolved once Airfix Support re-open after the holidays.



The photographs below show the assembled model from my kit, this is currently missing a front body panel part which I have contacted Airfix Support about. Once I have received this part, I will redo the affected photographs.


J6050 London TFL Red (LT61 BHT / Routes 22 & 38 decals included) - TFL New Bus For London Airfix Quickbuild Kit (appx 1:37 scale)

Information kindly supplied by


Monday 18 December
Omnidekka Models: Photographs of Latest OOC Commissions
Omnidekka models have supplied photographs of the four versions of their most recent Corgi OOC commissioned releases.
All four versions are still available to order from the Omnidekka Models site and are priced £42.00 each plus delivery.

CP46401A Edwards Coaches (National Express Welsh Dragon livery / 508 Haverfordwest Dest'n) - Caetano Levante Coach


CP46401B Edwards Coaches (National Express Welsh Dragon livery / 509 Cardiff Dest'n) - Caetano Levante Coach


CP46401C Edwards Coaches (National Express Welsh Dragon livery / National Express Dest'n) - Caetano Levante Coach


CP46401D Edwards Coaches (National Express Welsh Dragon livery / Edwards Dest'n) - Caetano Levante Coach

News of other recent & upcoming models releases from Omnidekka Models.

Recently Released

ES-WHITE
Plain White Livery - Britbus Scania Omnidekka Single Door Double Deck Bus - Initial batch of 50 models sold out, 2nd batch of 40 due January 24

Upcoming Pre-oder Models

MMC01
Stagecoach South Wales (Pontypridd Circular 99 Branding) 99 Pontypridd or 404 Bridgend - Omnidekka Models ADL Enviro200 MMC Single Door Single Deck Bus


OM3A/B
Stagecoach South (Cancer Research UK livery) Cancer Research UK or 21 Gunwharf Quays - 80M Alexander Dennis Enviro400 Single Door Double Deck Bus


NK18 EDX Go North East (routes 703, 40 or 23) - Optare Solo SR Single Deck Bus


OM1A/B/C
Lancashire United (routes 4 Leyburn Road, 46 Blackburn or 18 Shadsworth) - Jotus Optare Versa Single Door Single Deck Bus

Other Planned Models
ES-22A/B First Midland Bluebird (36023 - SN05 HWD / 324 Dollar The Ness or X6 Haymarket Limited Stop) - Scania Omnidekka Single Door Double Deck Bus - Due Q2/2024
MMC02A/B Abellio London (839 - YX16 OBP / 481 West Middlesex Hospital or K1 New Malden Station) - ADL Enviro200MMC Single Deck Bus
WSD2A/B Stagecoach London (18913 - SK19 FDD / Route 473 or 262) - Streetdeck Dual Door Double Deck Bus

Orders & pre-orders can be placed on the Omnidekka Models site.

Monday 18 December
Two UK Northcord Model Releases
The following Northcord model has now been released in the UK.


UKBUS6532
Stagecoach South (Sussex Brain Bus) - ADL Enviro400 MMC Single Door Double Deck Bus

Information kindly supplied by


Sunday 17 December
Midland Bus Kits Update & New One Ten Bus Kits
Midlands Bus Kits are producing a free monthly email newsletter covering model bus coaches you can view a sample & sign up on their website.

The latest product news from Midland Bus Kits is the upcoming release of the following pair of 1:76 scale resin kits.

MBK011 Leyland Leopard Duple Dominant I with bus grant door & 53 bus style seats - Due December 2023


MBK012 Temsa H13 RHD 13M 57 seat executive coach - Due Early 2024


Further details about the above kits can be found on the Midland Bus Kits site.

Midland Bus Kits have also launched a new range ‘One Ten Bus’ that focuses on 1:110 scale resin bus kits, these are the same scale as the diecast Tiny (Hong Kong) models and similar in scale to the early Matchbox (Lesney) RM & Fleetline models. They also match the European TT 1:110 scale models produced by the likes of Trix.

These kits are ‘easy to build’, basically being a 2 part kit for single deckers and a three part kit for double deckers, plus wheels and glazing. Any curved glazing that is required is supplied with the kit.

Further details about this range can be found on the Midland Bus Kits One Ten Bus site.

There are currently three kits available with plans to produce a whole range of classic buses and coaches from those around in the 50s up to modern vehicles. These will all be to the same 1:110 scale and will be compatible in size and comparable in cost with those models coming from the far east. They will be ideal for model fleet operators, both modern and historic, preservationists and those who simply want a model of the bus they rode on or drove, or have a particular affection for. Models from ‘one ten bus’ are less costly than some of the bigger scale commercially produced models and the bigger kits, they are well detailed and more easily stored and displayed.


--- Barton AEC Regent V NCME double deck bus - In Stock - £35.00



--- Leyland National Mark I Long Singe Door - In Stock - £30.00



--- Leyland National Mark I Long Dual Door - In Stock - £30.00


Finally, a note for your diaries.

Saturday 16 December
EFE Cravens RT Model Released
Bachmann have announced the arrival of the first four London Transport Cravens RT models shown below. The models should be arriving with UK model retailers the week commencing 18 December.

The models are the first to be produced from all-new tooling since Bachmann’s acquisition of EFE in 2016, and represent the 120 RT-type double deckers built for London Transport (LT) by the Cravens Railway Carriage & Wagon Co of Sheffield in the immediate post-war years. While superficially similar to the standard RTs, the Cravens RTs were in fact quite different; the distinctive 5-bay body design could not be mixed with standard bodies at overhaul, and they were always the odd men out amongst the 6,800+ buses that made up the RT family. As a result, all except one were sold on after only seven years’ service in and around London.

The majority of the Cravens RTs received LT’s familiar red and cream livery for use in the central area, where they were spread at random across many garages. However, 27 were painted in London Country’s green and cream, with all being allocated to Watford High Street (WA) or Windsor (WR). A further 23 of the central area RT3/4s were later also transferred to the Country area.

The UK RRP for the models is £44.95.

E40301 London Transport County Area Green & Cream - RT1406 / JXC 169 - Garage: WA (Watford High Street) - Route 345 Kingswood - Side adverts: Whitbread / C.W.S. - Circa 1950


E40302 London Transport Country Area Green - RT1414 / JXC 177 - Garage: WA (Watford High Street) - Route 306 New Barnet Stn - Side adverts: Golden Arrow Night Ferry / National Savings - Circa late 1953/4


E40303 London Transport Central Area Red & Cream - RT1460 / JXC 223 - Garage: X (Middle Row) - Route 15 Aldgate LT Stn - Side adverts: National Savings / Gilbey's Gin - Circa Late 1953


E40304 London Transport Central Area Red - RT1493 / KGK 752 - Garage: AH (Nunhead) - Route 63 Honor Oak Forest Hill Tavern - Side adverts: Curtis Gin / Hovis - Circa late 1953

Thursday 7 December
New Sunrise Transfers Catalogue
Sunrise Models & Transfers has released an updated catalogue containing several thousand waterslide transfers, this is the first update since 2020 and also includes the products acquired with the MBC Decals business.

The catalogue contains 117 pages and over 95,000 words. Printed versions are not being produced due to it's size, but it is available to view as a PDF document, there also a Microsoft Word version which can be downloaded. (see links below)


Catalogue 15 - November 2023 (PDF)

Download Microsoft Word version

Wednesday 6 December
Model Bus Scotland New Kits Announced
Model Bus Scotland have announced the following two new kits that are both due in the first quarter of 2024.
Pre-orders are being accepted for the kits, details of how to do this can be found on the Model Bus Scotland page along with details of other current & proposed kits.


Kit 17: Volvo B10M Nortern Counties body- Due April 2024


Kit 20: Volvo B9TL Optare Olympus - Due February 2024


Tuesday 5 December
Another Oxford Omnibus Range Release
Another small batch of new model releases have been posted on the Oxford Diceast website today and include the following 1:76 scale Oxford Omnibus range model.


76DB003
York Bros - Duple Britannia Coach

This model is expacted to be available from UK model retailers next week.

 November 2023  Model Bus Zone News Index December 2023