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Monday 26 July
Brekina Announced More Routemaster Liveries
Brekina has announced three further liveries for it 1/87th scale AEC Routemaster models.
All three models are scheduled for release during August. Unfortunately once again two of there are issues with accuracy, an incorrect registration on the BEA model and real the vehicles not matching the short rear entrance RM class bus tooling used with 61107 being a longer RML type or 61108 being a front entrance RMA vehicle with platform doors.

61103 - AEC Routemaster Open Top Bus (RM1398/KJG 118A)- London / The Classic Tour (GB)

61107 - AEC Routemaster Bus (RML2701/SMK 701F - Route 15 East Ham) - Younger's Tartan Beer (GB)

61108 - AEC Routemaster Bus (KJG 601D) - BEA / British European Airways (GB)

Sunday 25 July
Corgi OOC & Oxford Diecast Mystery Model Boxes
The Corgi website is currently offering a number of model mystery boxes containing a random selection of models. There's an OOC selection of recent & classic models which is priced £50 and gives a saving of at least £75!

The item is shown as low stock at the time of posting.
More details on the Corgi website

The Oxford Diecast site also has three similar mystery boxes of random models priced at £100, £50 & £35.
More details on the Oxford Diecast site

Sunday 25 July
Oxford Diecast Release Schedule Update
Oxford Diecast has published a list of revised release dates for previously announced new models, these have encountered production delays.
The full list can be found on the Facebook Oxford Diecast Collectors Group.
These are the new expected dates for the five Oxford Omnibus range models.

N Scale
NLRT007 North Western - Leyland Royal Tiger Coach - Due Q1/2022

1/76 Scale
76AMT001 Scottish - Alexander M Type Coach - Due Q1/2022
76IR6006 Air Links - Irizar i6 Coach - Due Q4/2021
76LRT010 Mexborough & Swinton - Leyland Royal Tiger Coach - Due Q4/2021
76SB007 East Midlands Motor Services - Saro Bus - Due Q1/2022

Wednesday 14 July
Scania Onmidekka Model Kit Released
Omnidekka Models has now started posting out orders for the Scania Omnidekka kit, Chris Cotton is aiming to dispatch all the orders by the 16 July and expects all order to arrive by the 20th.

Only 14 kits remained as of yesterday & there are no plans to produce another batch at the moment. The kits are £30.00 each which includes UK postage & packing.
Orders for the kits can be placed on the online store.

Thursday 1 July
Model Bus Federation July Journal Review
The July 2021 issue of the Model Bus Federation's Model Bus Journal has been sent to out members in the past few days. This is the only publication solely dedicated to model bus news & other related articles in the UK.

Below is summary of the contents of the latest 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

The Model Bus Journal - Issue 603 July 2021 - 40 pages - ISSN 0953-435

  • Editorial
  • Welcome Aboard - Welcome to new & returning members
  • Cover Story - The cover model photograph (See next article)
  • Shirley's of Meriden 8260 NX by Paul Ellender - Paul stratchbuilds a Burlingham Seagull 60 bodied Bedford SB coach new to Shirley's in 1960 using plasticard.
  • London's First Hybrid Buses by Michael Whent - Hybrid buses have been on London's streets far longer than you might think. Michael builds three petrol electric examples operated in the capital around a 100 years ago!
  • Seddon's Battery Electric Buses by Richard Grey - A brief history of Seddon's experimental battery electric buses that were trailed back in the 1970s.
  • In Detail: Scania Fencer f1 by David Cole - A look at Scania's first complete in-house bus for the UK.
  • Book Reviews by Dave Caton - Four books by Stuart Emmett reviewed: Cumbria Buses: Barrow in Furness 1948 to 1989 / Skipton, 1967 / Hardwick's Services Limited, Scarborough 1952-1987 / The Keswick to Barrowdale Bus.
  • Members Services - Unbuilt kit wanted. Bus collection for sale & help wanted to identify a mystery plastic bus model.
  • Welcome Aboard - New & returning members.
  • Plan of the Previous Month - A correction to the title of the Manchester Crossley plan from last month & some vehicle photographs.
  • Ulsterbus N Type by Brian O Doherty - A scratchbuilt N Type Leyland Tiger based on a batch of 10 supplied to Ulsterbus as 1200 to 1209 in 1989.
  • Bristol LS 2nd Prototype MAH 744 by Martin Hare - A Reasonably easy modification of a standard EFE Bristol LS model to produce one of the two Bristol LS prototype vehicles.
  • Lockdown Efforts by Christopher Batten - Four lockdown projects: 1. A London Fire Brigade Control Unit based on an OOC Bristol L. 2. An Oxford Diecast Bedford OWB converted into a Mini Cooper racing car transporter. 3. The EFE USAF Clubmobile AEC 10T10 coach super detailed. 4. A mini diorama featuring an WW1 Old Bill bus produced using a old white metal kit.
  • MBF London Area Event 2021 - Annual event will take place in August this year
  • South East Bus Festival 2021 - This annual event at the Kent Showground has been rescheduled for Sunday 10th October 2021.
  • Plan of the Month by Brian Minter - 1950 Reading Sunbeam S7 / Park Royal H38/30RD Trolleybus.
  • MBF National Show & Annual General Meeting October 2021 - Details of this years event
  • Area News - Reports & numerous photographs from the latest virtual online area meetings in Greater Manchester, South Wales & Herefordshire, London, Yorkshire & the North Midlands.
  • MBF Shop 1 - The MBF Streetscene, Little Bus Company & Paragon range of white metal/resin parts & accessories, plus the MBF Streetscene 2K resin model kits that are exclusively available to MBF members. (3 page list)
  • MBF Shop 2 - A further tranche of former ABS white metal bus kits have now been added to the MBF Streetscene range & are available exclusively to members at low cost (from £5.00 to £20.00)

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