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March 2022
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Thursday 24 March
Revell To Release Platinum Edition of the 1/24 Routemaster Kit
Revell are planning to release an upgraded version of their existing 1/24th scale London RML plastic kit.
The new Platinum Edition has a UK RRP of £145.99 and is supplied with additional brass photo-etched & metal parts. The model is expected to be released this summer.

07220 London AEC Routemaster Bus (Platinum Edition) 1/24th scale - Due Summer 2022

The original version of the kit (07651) is also still available & has a UK RRP of £63.99.

Saturday 19 March
Upcoming 1/43 scale Model Bus Releases
Its been very quiet this month with regards to 1/76 scale model bus & coach releases, this pair of new 1/43 models are due for release shortly, both are being imported into the UK by wholesaler John Ayrey Diecasts.

IXO Models

BUS031 Skoda 706 RO - Grey/White livery - UK RRP £59.99


10009 Paramount Jack Conrad Band Bus (Grey) - Limited to 333pcs - UK RRP £185.99

Photographs of the real vehicle can be found at:

Monday 7 March
Model Bus Federation March 2022 Journal Review
The March issue of the Model Bus Federation's Model Bus Journal arrived last week. 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 March 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

The Model Bus Journal - Issue 611 March 2022 - 36 pages - ISSN 0953-435

  • Area Meetings, Events - Upcoming MBF area meetings & events.
  • Editorial
  • Cover Story - A Bedford SB1 Plaxton Embassy in the Mirfield based fleet of J Wood (see next article).
  • Return to Mirfield by Dave Jessop - Six models depicting vehicles that operated through Mirfield in Yorkshire, the home town of the author.
  • Seán Barrett Collection by Seán Barrett - A selection of photographs showing the Irish & Scottish models in this collection
  • 2022 National Show & AGM - Preliminary Information - Details of the date & location of the 2022 event.
  • “Global” Zoom Meeting - With face to face meetings now returning after lockdown, the number of area Zoom meetings has reduced drastically. However, the Zoom meetings gave people who couldn't normally attend face to face meetings the chance to take part. The first trial Global Zoom Meetings take place in March & is open to all members who wish to participate.
  • Welcome Aboard - Welcome to new & returning members
  • MBF London Area Event 2022 - Full details of this years London Area Event.
  • Obituary: Ted Gettings - Tributes from the former & current MBF Chairmen. Ted was a member from the mid 1970's & served as MBF treasurer between 1978 & 2012. Ted was also an excellent modeller producing many scratch built models, including many for other members. In his retirement he also spent time at the South Yorkshire Transport Museum & using his experience successfully applied for grant funding for the museum.
  • Northcord ADL E400MMC to Scania Conversion by Tony Newbould - Detailed information & photographs explaining the conversion process.
  • Lancashire Model Bus Show 2022 - The show is back after a 2 year break.
  • Bournemouth Bus by Brian Groombridge - Converting an OOC Weymann trolleybus into a Bournemouth Corporation Leyland PD2
  • Leyland National Trolleybus by David Wood - David's passion for building working trolleybus models and his like of the Leyland National resulted in two conversions based on the Peco plastic kit producing both a rigid & bendi-bus Leyland National Trolleybuses.
  • Product News - Latest kits from the Little Bus Company & three commissioned diecast models from Model Buses Creations
  • Plan of the Month by Alan Johnson - 4mm scale plans for the Volvo B10L / Alexander Strider
  • Area News - Reports & numerous photographs from the latest virtual online & actual area meetings in Yorkshire 1, Lancashire & Cumbria, South Wales & Herefordshire, Yorkshire 2, West Midlands, North Midlands, North Wales & Cheshire.
  • West Midlands Area Show 2022 - Date & location of this year's show.
  • 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 - This month sees a large expansion of 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)

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