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Wednesday 3 August
Confirmed UK Northcord Releases
The following Northcord models are now being distributed to UK model retailers.

ADL Enviro 400 MMC 10.9m Single Door - Dealer White (No registration plates)

ADL Enviro 400 MMC 10.9m Single Door - First Glasgow (route 77)
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Monday 25 July
Oxford Diecast Omnibus Range Release
The following model has now been released by Oxford Diecast and should be avilable from UK model retailers shortly.

Scania Irizar i6 - Plain white livery (1:76 scale)

Sunday 24 July
Oxford Diecast Samples Of New Coach Toolings
Oxford Diecast has published photographs on it's Facebook page showing painted pre-production samples of the first liveries on the forthcoming Alexander M Type & Duple Britannia coach models.

76AM001 Alexander M Type Coach - Scottish Omnibuses Ltd - View Facebook Post.

76AM001 Duple Britannia Coach - Wallace Arnold - View Facebook Post.

Thursday 21 July
Model Buses Creations Press Release & Special Edition Kit Release
The following press release has been issued by Model Buses Creations.

Model Buses Collection Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 MMC Stagecoach London in Macmillan Cancer Support livery ukbus0064.

We are extremely delighted to share that we have raised over £8900 from sales and added a further £2500 towards Stagecoach London’s £87000 Macmillan Fundraising Efforts..Thank you to all who supported this very special release. Thank you Kevin Cooper and Georgia Webster and the Garage Team at Stagecoach Romford Garage, Your support is amazing.

We would like to mention our good friend Danny Chan from Northcord Model Company, who was key to making this project happen and creating such a beautiful special model to the quality and standards expected from all involved.
We are delighted to be working on some new and very special releases that will continue this exciting partnership.

Thank You Terry, Maurice, Marco, Adrian, and all those who have supported this very special project.

Special Thank You to Paul Lyons from Macmillan Cancer Support. It is important we remember why we started this project and Thank the family of Martyn Henderson who will be remembered by all of those involved.

Final Stock Available at our shop in Twickenham and online at

New Special Edition Kit Release

Model Buses Collection and Iwan’s Bus Bits are please to announce our special edition Irish Olympian kit. This kit which is limited to 50 pieces includes a high quality decal transfer sheet. Produced by specialist Sunrise Transfers, the sheet works for both early and late Olympians. We have also covered some UK buses as well as the Irish ones.

Each sheet comes with everything you will need to decorate your painted model.

You can buy yours now on the Model Buses Collection website.

Thursday 21 July
New Products from Dorset Model Buses
Dorset Model Buses have a announced a number of new products.

Leyland National rear engine grilles
We are producing a new set of waterslide decals for the rear grilles on a Leyland National - these offer a substantial improvement in looks over previous offering from us and others as they use a 'photo/3D' grille detail decal that is then, after application, overlaid with a colored 'mesh' decal, which allows the fan detail to show through
The sets will come with full instructions and contain both the 'photo/3D' grille, the colour 'mesh' overlay and the mixed set of black items to cover both Leyland National and National 2 vehicles.
The colour 'mesh' is available in 12 different colours as shown on the composite photo - 1 colour per set is supplied so sets should be ordered by Reference Number for each colour required.

Leyland National ‘photo / 3D’ Grille Sets are available as follows.

Ref. 7A 006A – National Bus Company Poppy Red
Ref. 7A 006B – National Bus Company Leaf Green
Ref. 7A 006C – Dark Blue
Ref. 7A 006D – Light Blue
Ref. 7A 006E – Dark Green
Ref. 7A 006F – Maroon
Ref. 7A 006G – Dark Red
Ref. 7A 006H – Dark Yellow
Ref. 7A 006J – Light Yellow
Ref. 7A 006K – Black
Ref. 7A 006L – White
Ref. 7A 006M - Cream

Each set will decal one model and of course the 'mesh' colour should be chosen to match the livery colour as closely as possible. The cost is £2.50 per set plus £1.00 P & P. Orders over £25.00 in value are P & P Free. All orders will be sent by Royal Mail First Class post.

Full details of the individual colour Reference Numbers can also be found on our Facebook Group 'Model Bus Shop - DMB' or we will supply a listing via email upon receipt of an email from a customer.
Due to other work commitments, the printer has only produced a limited quantity of these transfers initially, however a further print run is planned, and pre-orders are open (NO PAYMENT AT THIS STAGE), please see below for further details.

ROE 'flat-top' replacement upper deck for EFE 'Atlantean' and 'Fleetline' - cast resin.

To enable the EFE Metro-Cammell Weymann bodied Leyland Atlantean or Daimler Fleetline to be converted to a ROE built example with the much 'flatter' roof profile.
Cast in polyurethane resin this is a complete replacement top deck - the original EFE glazing and seating is re-used. The caster has achieved a superb 'thin' casting which requires only a small amount of 'cleaning up'.
Pre-Orders are now invited (NO PAYMENT AT THIS STAGE) for this item - please note that the production run will cover pre-orders plus a few spares ONLY - please place your pre-orders NOW to avoid missing this item!
Subject to capacity at the caster production is expected to take place late-August but might be a little sooner.

Placing Pre-orders
Contact us via our 'Model Bus Shop - DMB' Facebook page : or email your pre-orders to:
with the following information:
Phone Number
Details of the decal sets/replacement part you wish to pre-order – please ensure you clearly state the Reference Number of each grille colour version you require and the quantity of each reference number.
Quantity Required

You will be contacted once your pre-order is ready to dispatch for payment details - ALL ORDERS will be sent by Royal Mail First Class post. Pre-orders will be dispatched next working day after payment is completed - payment will be by Credit/debit card only - NO Paypal option, although we can arrange a Bank Transfer if required.

Thurssday 21 July
Latest IXO 1/43 Bus Range Releases
IXO has released the following pair of models which have now reached UK retailers.

BUS032 Ikarus 66 Beige/Brown 1972

BUS034 AEC Regent III RT London Transport Red (RT3062 / KYW 171 / Route `126 Bromley North Stn) 1939

The UK RRP for these models in £59.99 each.
Information kindly supplied by

Friday 15 July Updated Sunday 17th May
Rapido Trains UK Bus Development Update
Rapido Trains UK's latest newsletter has some progress news concerning the two forthcoming new model buses that are currently in development.

The Bedford OB Duple Vista coach has now reached the engineering prototype stage, and the first samples are currently in transit from the factory to the UK. Pre-orders for the first 10 releases that come in various operator liveries, can be placed either direct via the Rapido Trains UK site or through various model retailers.
The first batch of releases includes the fully licensed version of the Pearce & Crump model that featured in the Titfield Thunderbolt movie,
The UK RRP for the models is £44.95 with release expected later this year.

The laser scan results have been received for Leyland National models, and these have been sent to factory so design work can start. Rapido have broken down the different versions of National 1 and National 2 and have decided what is possible to make and what isn't. They will announce more as the development process continues.

Update 17th May
The full newsletter which contains a photograph of the three prototype Bedford OB models can be viewed HERE.

There's also the following YouTube video covering the scanning process and additional development work required to produce the Leyland National models

To view full screen please use the Watch on YouTube link above

The earlier newsletter that covered the scanning of Leyland National and first ten Bedford OB coach liveries can be viewed HERE. (see also my news post on the 14 June)

Friday 15 July
Model Bus Federation July 2022 Journal Review
A brief overview of the July issue of the Model Bus Federation's Model Bus Journal. 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 July 2022 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
Back issues of the Journals are also available to members were stock exists.

The Model Bus Journal - Issue 615 July 2022 - 36 pages - ISSN 0953-435

  • Area Meetings, Events - Upcoming MBF area meetings & events.
  • Editorial
  • Welcome Aboard - One returning & nine new members.
  • Global Zoom - Date & time of the June Global Zoom meeting.
  • Cover Story - Brain Rowney's Sentinel STC4 wears the livery of Talbot Morton-in-Marsh and is one of the models covered in his article (see next item).
  • Gloucestershire Independent Buses by Brain Rowney - Brian has built up a fleet of models depicting vehicles from several Gloucestershire independent, the article includes some background on the operators and the models.
  • What's New in the Shop? by Bob Heathcote - An update on the availability of the former Streetscene kits and parts. Arrival of many more of Paragon's range of accessories and the upcoming re-release of several white metal which have been unavailable for many years.
  • London MS Class from Westward Kit by Martin Hare - Martin explains how he converted the standard single door version of the Westward Models Metro Scania MCW single deck white metal kit to represent one of London Transport small batch six dual door MS class vehicles.
  • The Leyland Gnu by Ken Jones - Ken offers some background on the checkered history of this rare twin steer coach and his N scale model scratch built by Malcolm Hall.
  • More N Gauge Models by Roger Pope - Roger has a large N scale model railway layout which includes a lot of N scale bus models. Over the last couple of years he has updated fleet with Oxford Diecast & 3D printed models.
  • Early Fleetlines on Bucknall New Road by Mike Pickin - Models of various Daimler Fleetlines operated by PMT & Procters along Bucknall New Road
  • Product News UK - Brian Golding has now retired & his Brynkits range of 4mm bus components has passed to Andrew Goodwin of Paragon Kits. His rail kits have passed to the 3mm Society & his son Rob who is continuing the Brynkits brand.
  • Obituary: Brian Wright by Cathryn Wright - Well known to MBF members for his large scale scratch built bus & coach models, Brian's passion & talent for model building spread far beyond just buses. His daughter Cathryn has provided this tribute.
  • Plan of the Month by Alan Johnson - This months 4mm plan is for the Ribble Leyland PD3/15 with MCW Orion Full Front body.
  • Area News - Reports & ample photographs from the latest virtual online & actual area meetings in the West Midlands, East Anglia, Greater Manchester, North Midlands, & South Wales & Herefordshire.
  • Mid-Anglia Showcase - After break of two years the members showcase has returned.
  • In Detail: Iveco Daily / Indcar Wing by David Cole - Selection of detailed photographs showing the exterior & interior of the Moseley Group demonstrator 29 seat minibus which is now available in the UK.
  • Members Services - Kit wanted.
  • MBF Shop - 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.
  • 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)
  • The Back Page: Mike Leckey provides some rear end shots of 4 preserved vehicles that attended the 2017 Irish Transport Heritage Bus & Coach Rally back in 2017.

Thursday 14 July
Hornby Cancel the Titfield Thunderbolt Bedford OB Coach Model
Hornby have officially cancelled the "Trains on Film Collection" products announced as part of the Hornby 2022. The model of Pearce & Crump Bedford OB coach which featured in the film has also been cancelled along with all the model railway sets. The 1/76 scale model appeared to be based on the existing OOC tooling.

R7381 Hornby Dublo Diecast Bedford OB Duple Vista Coach 'Pearce & Crump, Mallingford' - Model Cancelled

The press release suggests the cancellations are due to licensing issues relating to the films featured in the range.
A licensed version of this coach is being produced by Rapido Trains UK (Product ref: UK920001) and will use new tooling based on a laser scan of a real vehicle.
View the full Hornby Press Release.

Wednesday 13 July
Northcord Models Press Release: UKBUS6529
The following press release was issued by the Northcord Model Company last week. The models UK release is expected to be in late August/early September.

ukbus 6529 Stagecoach South Platinum Jubilee

Following the significant success in launching the brand new casting of the Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC model in the liveries of National Express West Midlands, Stagecoach in Oxfordshire, Bluestar, Stagecoach West Scotland, Southern Vectis, Stagecoach South, Ensign Bus, Xplore Dundee and Stagecoach North West, Northcord Model Company is now releasing the fifteenth livery on the 10.9 metre long, single-door casting – ukbus 6529 in the unique livery of Stagecoach South Platinum Jubilee.

ukbus 6529 represents fleet number 10945 (SN18 KNJ) that was new to Stagecoach South in 2018. 10945 originally carried a full and branded livery for route 700 coastliner (as replicated on ukbus 6520 by sister bus 10942 / SN18 KNF).

As the United Kingdom prepared to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this summer, Stagecoach South unveiled 2 platinum jubilee themed buses to mark this unprecedented anniversary, 10945 is one of these 2 buses.

Such special, comprehensive livery details are100% reproduced onto the ukbus 6529 model. The stand-out features of the branding include the official Platinum Jubilee emblem, and ukbus6529 has been finished in a white, platinum and purple adapation of the Stagecoach livery scheme. The platinum colour represents Her Majesty’s 70 years on the throne, whilst the purple colour is synonymous with royalty.

As 10945 has been in service at Andover depot in Hampshire throughout 2022, ukbus 6529 features the destination to Portsmouth working on route 700.

The Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC ukbus 6529 is a one-piece casting whose clean lines accentuate the square, gasket-mounted windows and the livery application on which all logos and lettering are clearly legible. Another main feature on the ukbus 6529 model is its single tree protector at the front. The front dome on the model is significant, with curved windscreens on both upper deck and lower deck.

Northcord Model Company is also creating new design standards within the interior of both saloons. These features, inside the compartments, will represent the real, outstanding layout of the Enviro400 MMC, such as the extensive portrayal of handrails on upper deck and lower deck, etc.

The brand new 10.9 metre Enviro400 MMC bus models will be distributed by John Ayrey Die-Casts Limited (UK), Porte Publishing Company (Japan), 80M Bus Model Shop and Concorde Hobby Shop (HK) respectively. The UKBUS6529 model is limited to 1008 pieces worldwide.

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

Click HERE to view high resolution image of the model.

Sunday 3 July
Commissioned Brekina Routemaster Model Released
German retailer Model Car World has commissioned another exclusive version of the Brekina 1/87 scale AEC Routemaster. The new model carries standard 1960s style red London Transport livery and has side adverts for "Matchbox Toys Best choice". No fleet numbers or registration plates are applied to the model and the front destination just has the ultimate destination "


96109 London Transport (Matchbox Toys adverts - AEC Routemaster Bus (1/87th Scale)

The model is priced €34.95 plus delivery and can be ordered directly from the retailer's" target="_blank"> online store.


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