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April 2021
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Sunday 25 April
Further Brekina Routemaster Models Announced
Brekina has announced two further forthcoming issues of their AEC Routemaster model. Although the release date hasn't been announced yet the pair can be pre-ordered from specialist Brekina stockists.

61105 London Transport - Queens Silver Jubilee (850 DYE / SRM25) Woolworths Adverts (Route 1 Marylebone) - AEC Routemaster RM Class Double Deck Bus

61106 Arriva London - Queens Golden Jubilee (SMK 750F / RML2750) Marks & Spencer Adverts (Route 38 Victoria) - AEC Routemaster RM Class Double Deck Bus

Friday 23 April
Brekina Open Top Routemaster: Stop Press Update
The first release of the open top version of the Brekina 1/87 (HO) scale AEC Routemaster bus will be a commissioned model for German model retailer

Photographs of a pre-production sample model have now been added to the retailers site and pre-orders are being accepted for the model which depicts HH-MM 278 in Hamburger Stadtrundfahart livery with destinations 1 Hummel Bus.
The models are due to be released later this year & are priced &euro34.99 plus delivery.

The real vehicle, former RM 2212, has actually been modified with the platform & staircase swapped around to make it safer for passenger boarding.
There's a photo on the site.

Second Update 23 April:
Brekina has today announced two further open-top Routemaster models which will be standard releases. These are listed in the releases catalogue for May 2021.

61102 - AEC Routemaster Open-top Bus - Premium Tours / City Tour London (RM2729 / SMK 729F)
The real bus is a longer RML class vehicle with the additional half bay.

61104 - AEC Routemaster Open-top Bus - City Sightseeing Berlin
It appears the real vehicle also had the modification to the rear for safer passenger boarding.

Information source:

Thursday 22 April
Corgi Release Further OOC Model Stock
The following models were released earlier this month.
There were reports that at least one major model wholesaler had their orders heavily cut back, this initial shortfall has now been fully fulfilled by Corgi, meaning further stock should be with model retailers soon.

OM46625A New Routemaster Bus - Stagecoach London, {LT406, Route N8 Tottenham Court Road} Supporting World Environment Day allover livery

OM46625B New Routemaster Bus - Stagecoach London, {LT406, Route N8 Hainult} Supporting World Environment Day allover livery
Can anyone confirm whether the operator roof code applied to the above models "GAG" is correct? Would this not have been changed to "SCG" upon transfer of LT 406 from Go-Ahead to Stagecoach.

OM46627A New Routemaster Bus - Go Ahead London, {LT394, Route 15 Blackwall} Royal Fusilliers 50th Anniversary allover livery
(Same livery as previous twin pack model (OM46620) with different destination)

OM46627B New Routemaster Bus - Go Ahead London, {LT394, Route 15 Stepney Arbour Square} Royal Fusilliers 50th Anniversary allover livery
(Same livery as previous twin pack model (OM46620) with different destination)

Wednesday 21 April
Midland Bus Kits Announce Second Kit
Midland Bus Kits has announced their proposed second kit will be Mercedes Benz 0405N early low floor bus as used by West Midlands Travel.

With permission from Paragonkits to use there white metal front end unit and seating, and also Mark Hughes Models for the use of the Mercedes badge etching and wheel set. The kit will come with a moulded front windscreen, etched brass wipers & mirrors, and also a separate little fare box unit that can be fitted if required.
Any interest / pre orders for this kit please visit the Midland Bus Kits Facebook page. or email If there's sufficient interest from modelers to make a run viable, the kit would be expected to be released this summer.

Tuesday 20 April
Model Bus Federation Press Release
The following press release has recently been received from the Model Bus Federation.

Model Bus Federation Press Release – 16th April 2021

The Model Bus Federation is delighted to announce their next resin kit has just gone for casting.

Announced at the end of 2020, MBF2K-09 is a model of the Alexander Enviro 300 with gasket glazing. This model, designed and cast exclusively for the MBF in the U.K., will come complete with conversion parts enabling the modeller to create a model of either a Dennis or MAN as a chassis. CNC machined, this beautifully detailed original kit comes complete with cast white metal wheels, screen-printed glazing and also a brass fret with both mirrors and wipers. Paint and glue is all that is required to complete the model, which will also come with assembly instructions. We anticipate it being released to members during the summer.

MBF member kits have always been keenly priced, with any profits from kit sales being reinvested into making masters for new kits for our members. Advance orders have, unsurprisingly, been very strong. So, if you are a member and haven’t yet pre-ordered, please get in contact with the MBF shop now to reserve your kit.

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The Model Bus Federation - supporting YOUR hobby for over 50 years. Online, on Facebook and in print. For further information or to join the MBF, visit, visit our Facebook Page, join our Model Bus and Coach Facebook Group or email or write to us at Publicity Officer, 21 Plough Close, Aylesbury, Bucks HP21 9AD.

Sunday 18 April
Model Bus Scotland New ADL 300 MAN Kit
Model Bus Scotland has announced another resin kit for their model range, the kit is currently at the casters and should be available soon.

The new (Kit 004) ADL 300 MAN Single deck kit will be available with a choice of two chassis/seating option. There's a Stagecoach version that has high back seats or a version with the more standard low back seats.
Pre-orders for the kit are now being accepted. More details regarding placing orders can be found on the Model Bus Scotland page.

Saturday 17 April
Northcord Models Press Release: IEBUS007
The following press release has been issued by Northcord Models.
Please note: Northcord has revised the model number from that originally announced IEB0S 0005 to IEBUS 0007, the former number had already been used for an earlier model release.

ADL Enviro400H MMC
iebus 0007 Dublin Bus

Northcord Model Company is pleased to announce the release of iebus 0007, the fifth release of the 10.3 metre, 2-door casting of this distinctive, modern, double-decker in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The fifth livery to be carried on the brand-new Alexander Dennis Enviro400H MMC model, is Dublin Bus, produced in yellow and green livery.

iebus 0007 represents fleet number AH1 (191-D-44403) that has 10.3 metre, dual-door bodywork and was new to Dublin Bus in 2019.

After a 2 year discussion, in 2019, Dublin Bus received 9 trial buses, 3 electric battery assisted Wrights, 3 Volvo Wright hybrids, and 3 Alexander Dennis Enviro400H MMCs (AH1-3). All 9 buses are in an attractive yellow and green version of the Dublin Bus livery and feature flowers and leaf patterns on the livery.

Dublin Bus Conyngham Road depot operates the ADL hybrids on busy west Dublin route 25/25A/25B and the model is featured on its route 25B, heading to Adamstown Station. Route 25B runs every 10 minutes and is complimented by ADL Enviro500s operated by sister depot Broadstone to boost passenger capacity. The route starts in the affluent Merrion Square of D2, and travels along the River Liffey ‘Quays’, Heuston Rail Station, Chapolizod bypass, and into Adamstown where its terminus is located at another railway station, ‘Adamstown Station’. AH1 to 3 are the shortest double deckers operating with Dublin Bus and are, body wise, identical to London’s but with the difference being that the wheelchair ramp is at the front door.

The Alexander Dennis Enviro400H MMC iebus 0007 is a one-piece casting whose clean lines accentuate the square-cornered, patented quick-release windows of the real bus and the livery application on which all logos and lettering are clearly legible. Another main feature on the iebus 0007 model is its individual 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 Enviro400H MMC, such as the extensive portrayal of handrails on upper deck and lower deck, etc. Further additional detail carried by the model include the special sunlight protection shade on the top of the front upper windscreen.

The brand new Enviro400H 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 IEBUS0007 model is limited to 1200 pieces worldwide.

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

Thursday 15 April
Rapido Trains UK Model News
Rapido Trains UK are to produce an OO scale Bedford OB Duple Vista Coach, this is due to be released in 2022 & will be part of the Titfield Thunderbolt 70th Anniversary range. The model will feature poseable front wheels & full interior & exterior detailing to the same standard as the Birmingham Guy Arab & Leyland Fleetline bus models.

The Corgi Classics 1/50th scale version of the Titfield Thunderbolt Bedford OB Coach

Rapido's SKU920001 will carry the cream, blue & red livery of the Pearce & Crump coach featured in the 1952 film & will be sold as a standalone item.

Rapido have also revealed that they will be producing further commissioned examples of the Birmingham Leyland Fleetline bus models for TTC Diecast. These models will wear Midland Fox livery & form part of the second run of Fleetlines that are provisionally planned for late 2022.

TTC Diecast have already commissioned four examples of Leyland Fleetline in West Midlands liveries, one in standard livery on route 9 to Quinton & three in the special silver livery applied to marks the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977. Pre-order for these four, which are due later this year, are being accepted by TTC Diecast.

Thursday 15 April & Updated 22 April>
TiNY Kits Update
An update on the current & planned TiNY kits for 2021, many of these have been expected in 2020 but were delayed due to the Covid-19 restrictions.

For news of other planned kits, contact & ordering details, please visit the TiNY page in the kits section.

TiNY Kits In Stock (15th April 2021)
Image Kit Ref No. Model Availability
TK14 Roe utility trolleybus Very limited
TK37Y 1955 Park Royal single deck - Yorkshire Traction version Sold Out
Forthcoming TiNY Kits For 2021
Please Reserve if interested, kit quantities are based on reservations
TK9 Barton PD1 Duple with transfers Reserve now
for possible re-run
TK35 1965 Leyland PSU3 - East Lance B53F 2021
Reserve now
TK37B NEW – AEC/Park Park Royal B45F with alternative windscreens 2021
Reserve Now
TK37G NEW – 1958 AEC/Park Royal DP41F
Scottish Omnibuses/Highland
Reserve Now
TK38 NEW – Lough Swilly Albion ‘Nimbus’ 2021
Reserve now
TK52C Bristol SC Coach 2021
Reserve now
TK54E 1955 Tiger Cub/Weymann - Edinburgh/Ulsterbus 2021
Reserve now
TK54S 1959 Tiger Cub/Weymann - King Alfred/West Mon 2021
Reserve now
TK62D Dennis Lance Lowbridge Orion - Aldershot & District 2021
Reserve now
TK70B Bedford/Ford Willowbrook 001 B45F 2021
Reserve now
TK70D Bedford/Ford Willowbrook 001 DP45F 2021
Reserve now

NEW – CIE, ex GNR(I) AEC RG IV - PRV C40R 2021
Reserve now

Thursday 15 April
Omnidekka Models Updates
Chris Cotton has sent me an update on his Omnidekka Models Range.
Production of the BlueStar Scania Omnidekka models has now been completed by the factory in China, the model are now being shipped to the UK and should arrive in the next 4-6 weeks.

The following model photographs supplied by the factory show the final production versions of ES-17A & ES-17B.

ES-17A BlueStar (1004 / YN56 FFK - Route 4 Romney Via North Baddesley) - Scania Omnidekka Single Door Double Deck Bus
ES-17B BlueStar (1004 / YN56 FFK - Route 4 Southampton Via Lordshill & Shirley) - Scania Omnidekka Single Door Double Deck Bus

The models are priced £50.00 each plus delivery.

The models can be ordered from the site, Ace Model Buses or Model Buses Collections MBC Facebook page.

Tuesday 13 March
Confirmed Corgi OOC Releases
The following Corgi OOC models have now been released in the UK.
There are reports that many retailers have had their orders heavily cut back following reduced allocations by Corgi. Its not clear as yet whether Corgi intend to release further stock of these OOC at a later date.

OM46625A New Routemaster Bus - Stagecoach London, {LT406, Route N8 Tottenham Court Road} Supporting World Environment Day allover livery

OM46625B New Routemaster Bus - Stagecoach London, {LT406, Route N8 Hainult} Supporting World Environment Day allover livery
Can anyone confirm whether the operator roof code applied to the above models "GAG" is correct? Would this not have been changed to "SCG" upon transfer of LT 406 from Go-Ahead to Stagecoach.

OM46627A New Routemaster Bus - Go Ahead London, {LT394, Route 15 Blackwall} Royal Fusilliers 50th Anniversary allover livery
(Same livery as previous twin pack model (OM46620) with different destination)

OM46627B New Routemaster Bus - Go Ahead London, {LT394, Route 15 Stepney Arbour Square} Royal Fusilliers 50th Anniversary allover livery
(Same livery as previous twin pack model (OM46620) with different destination)

Information kindly supplied by

Friday 9 April
Next Oxford Diecast Omnibus Range Release
The following 1/76 scale model is expected to be released to UK retailers next week.

76MW6006 West Yorkshire - Bristol MW6G ECW Coach

The latest Oxford Diecast Globe Magazine contains details of all the latest new model release & re-issues. It can be viewed on the Oxford Diecast site HERE.

Saturday 3 April
Model Bus Federation April Journal Review
The Model Bus Federation's April 2021 issue of the Model Bus Journal has benn sent to out members in the past 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 600th 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 600 April 2021 - 36 pages

  • Editorial
  • Cover Story - The cover model photograph (see article below)
  • Letter from America by Dave Jessop - Dave has obtained some Holland oto 1/76 scale Scania Irizar i6 coaches from a supplier in the Florida and details how he dismantled the models & converted them from left to right-hand configuration for his Eldorado Motors fleet.
  • MBF Events & Area Meetings - Update of the Covid suspended events & meetings.
  • Welcome Aboard - Welcome to new & returning members.
  • Fleet Update - Eldorado Specialist Recovery fleet's latest heavy lift vehicle: ACME TB2.
  • Easily Distracted by Alan Morgan - Alan explains how his desire for a model of a Pontypridd Urban District Council Roe bodied Guy Arab lead to four further EFE & OOC modified models joining his PUDC collection.
  • Ken Johnson's Memorable Models No. 79 - Kenborough & District 175 AUF. The Little Bus Company Weymann Castilian coach kit WEY63.
  • Northfields Union Bus Fleet: A History by Derek Perry - Derek re-imagines the fictional "Union" fleet originally invented by the late John Short who was an early pioneer in the model bus industry & setup "Mabex" transfers .
  • Kit Review: Sunrise Northern Counties bodied PD2s by Eric Wain - A review of the low & high-bridge versions of the Sunrise resin kits.
  • Product News UK - Photographs of the masters for Paul Ellender's upcoming kits of a ADL E200 EV, ADL E400 EV, Caetano e City Gold & ADL E200 MMC 10.5m Euro 6 diesel mentioned in the previous issue. Comprehensive update on the Marsden Models kits range for 2021 with photographs of samples of a Burlingham Leyland PD3, Roe Dalesman coach & 1962 Alexander 30ft saloon with curved waistband.
  • Arpley Bus Station: What if....? by Nick Thomson - North Western Road Car creased to trade in 1972 with services in Manchester taken over by SELNEC & Crosville & Trent absorbing the operations in Cheshire & Derbyshire. Nick's models depict might have been if things had been the other way a round & North Western had continued to trade.
  • Over To You - Some feedback from members regarding earlier Journal articles.
  • Non-UK N-Gauge Models - Ken Jones of the West Midlands N Gauge Club has compiled a list of N Gauge/ N Scale non-UK buses between 1:144 & 1:160, and has given permission for copies to be emailed to any MBF members who may be interested.
    Ken's N Scale list of UK Buses can be found on the Model Bus Zone site.
  • 1950 Leyland PD2/3 Roe H30/26R (Beverley Bar) / Plan of the Month by David Marshall - East Yorkshire operated a number of unique buses with distinctive roof profiles required to pass through the historic Beverley Bar. The plan this month is for the 1950 batch of vehicles 527-550 (LAT55-78)
  • Area News - Reports & numerous photographs from the latest virtual online area meetings in Lancashire & Cumbria, Dorset / New Forest, South Wales & Herefordshire, & 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.
  • MBF Shop 2 - The first batch of former ABS white metal bus kits have now been added to the MBF Streetscene range & are available exclusively to members.

Thursday 1 April
Model Bus Scotland Another Forthcoming Kit
Model Bus Scotland has also completed the master for an ADL Enviro300 kit which is based on the vehicles supplied to First Glasgow. This kit should be released at the same time as the 10.6m Optare Tempo mentioned in yesterdays news item

(Photographs above show the master & the one of the First Glasgow vehicles.

Kit 003 ADL Enviro300 Single Deck Bus (First Glasgow) - Pre-order now

The kit will be £45.00 with free postage for members of the Model Bus Scotland Facebook Group.
Postage & packing for non-members of the (free to join) Facebook group is charged at cost.

For more details about the group & model kits, please visit the Model Bus Scotland page.

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