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October 2021
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Saturday 30 October
Rapido Trains UK Model Bus Lighting Warning
Rapido Trains UK has issued the notice below concerning a problem identified with the lighting circuity fitted to the recently released Leyland Fleetline & latest batch of New Look Guy Arab models.

Friday 29 October
Next Oxford Diecast Omnibus Range Release
The following Oxford Diecast model is featured in the latest issue of the Oxford Diecast Collectors Globe Magazine & should be available from model retailers shortly.

76LRT10 Mexborough & Swinton Traction Co (107 / LUF 637 - Private (Wembley) - Leyland Royal Tiger Coach (1/76 scale)

Oxford Diecast have also released another white Boniface recovery truck based this time on a Scania chassis, these are idea for repainting into bus operator liveries, either real of fictional.

76SCA03REC Plain White (No registration) - Scania Boniface Recovery Truck (1/76 scale)

Oxford reissued the Volvo version of the Boniface model earlier this month

SP023 Plain White (No registration) - Volvo Boniface Recovery Truck (1/76 scale)

Thursday 28 October
New Commissioned Brekina Routemaster Released
Another Brekina Routemaster model has been produced as an exclusive item for German retailer Model Car World.
The model depicts a central area red vehicle with gold London Transport fleet names & destinations for route 159 bound for Marble Arch.
No registration or fleet numbers appear to be applied, going by the photograph of the model.
The UK price is £29.54 inc. VAT plus delivery according to the Model Car World product page.

61112 London Transport Ty-phoo Tea/Haig Ad's (Route 159 Marble Arch)- (GB) - AEC Routemaster Bus (Produced for Model Car World)


Tuesday 26 October
New IXO 1/43 Scale RT Bus Announced
IXO Models have announced a new release of their 1/43 scale AEC RT Bus. The model expected to be released before the end of this year. The UK RRP will be £58.99.

The model appears to depict RT3251 (LLU 610) and has special destination blinds from April 1979, "1939-1979 Final Run of The RT Bus", it carries the traditional London Transport livery with flake grey between decks band & gold fleet names. Correct period adverts matching those on the real vehicle are applied to the front and side, the near-side advert is "Drive a Bus with us 0402 011"
A photograph of the real vehicle taken shortly before the end of RT operation of route 62 can be found on flickr, the bus is now part of the Ensignbus Heritage fleet.

BUS030 London Transport (Final Run of The RT Bus) - AEC Regent III RT Class Bus

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Monday 25 October
Northcord Models Press Release: UKBUS6524
The following press release has been issued by the Northcord Model Company.

ADL Enviro400 MMC
ukbus 6524 Stagecoach North West – The Lakes Connection 555

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 and Xplore Dundee, Northcord Model Company is now releasing the twelfth livery on the 10.9 metre long, single-door casting – ukbus 6524 in the livery of Stagecoach North West with full branding for route 555 The Lakes Connection.

10555 (SN16 ONX) is one of 12 Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMCs that were introduced for the Lakes Connection network in 2016 and that are now part of the Stagecoach Cumbria and North Lancashire fleet. Within the batch, 10552 – 10563, the first seven share the same branding as on the model for route 555 and the final five feature a different list of destinations, albeit on the same base livery.

The bus that was chosen as the subject for ukbus 6524 is particularly auspicious due to the connection between the route number and the final three digits of the fleet number : 555. ukbus 6524 carries a full, branded livery for route 555, showing the destination to Keswick. The special, comprehensive livery and branding are 100% reproduced onto the ukbus 6524 model. The stand-out features of the branding are : “free WiFi, USB charging” on all sides, and the name of every main stop “Keswick, Grasmere, Windermere, Kendal, Lancaster” on both sides, and “£11.30 ALL DAY into and around the Lakes” on the rear.

The bus is fitted with Lazzerini seating, covered in E-Leather, total seating capacity is 74. Designed by Ray Stenning of Best Impression, the livery promotes, both inside and outside the bus, the attractions and landscape of the Lake District.

The Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC ukbus 6524 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 6524 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 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 ukbus 6524 model is limited to 888 pieces worldwide.

Monday 25 October
Holland Oto Flixbus VDL Futura Coach Model
Holland Oto have released a 1/87th (HO) scale model of a VDL Futura FDD2 double deck coach in Flixbus livery. The model has a destination of 080 London and depicts one of the vehicles operated by Dutch operator Kupers Toringcars on the service that links London to Dortmund via Düsseldorf, Eindhoven, Antwerp and Bruges.
The model's RRP is €39.95.

8-1239 - VDL Futura FDD2 "Flixbus / Kupers Touringcars", destination 080 London


Saturday 23 October & Updated 26 October
New Brekina Routemaster Announced & Latest Releases
Following Brekina Routemaster 1/87 scale model has now been released in the UK.

61113 - AEC Routemaster Bus (Route 27 Teddington Station)- London Transport Austria Wine (GB)

Release Update 26 October
The Yardley Wood Bus Club has advised that there is another Brekina Routemaster release that I've not reported before, this "blank" red model has gold London Transport fleet names, but has no destination blinds registration plates or fleet numbers.

61109 - AEC Routemaster Bus- London Transport Red (blank red model)

The following new model has been announced with a expected November release in Germany.
Apart from the addition of Mac's side adverts this model otherwise appears to be identical to the earlier 61101 release, even having the same mismatched registration & fleet number.

61111 - AEC Routemaster Bus {RMC 1432/482 CLT - Route 721 London (Aldgate)}- London Transport/Green Line Mac's Adverts (GB)

A new section listing the Brekina Routemaster models has been added to this site.


Sunday 17 October & Updated 22 October
Rapido Trains UK West Midlands Fleetline & Guy Arab Models Released
Rapido Trains UK's new Range of West Midland Leyland Fleetline models have now been released in the UK, the models are available from a selection of model retailers or direct from Rapido Trains UK themselves. Some versions of the Leyland Fleetline models are already classed as low stock on the Rapido site due to pre-orders.
In addition to the 20 pre-painted Leyland Fleetline that come in various versions of the West Midlands PTE, WM Travel & Travel West Midlands liveries, there are two undecorated versions available from the Rapido Trains UK site depicting either the early or later version of the bus.

TTC Diecast have four further exclusive commissioned versions available in addition to the standard versions, one in standard West Midlands PTE livery on route 9 to Quinton, and three in the special silver & blue livery applied in 1977 to mark the Queen's Silver Jubilee.

A further batch of 11 New Look Birmingham Guy Arab models are also expected to be released in the UK shortly have also been released, these are available in either Birmingham Corporation or West Midland PTE liveries and expand the selection of routes & destinations previously covered by the first batch of releases.

Update 22 October
The Guy Arab models now released to UK model retailers.
All the models have a UK RRP of £54.95 apart from the undecorated Fleetlines which are £44.95.

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Friday 15 October
Roden 1:35 Scale Greyhound Silverside Bus PD-3751 Kit
This new Roden 1:35 scale plastic kit is now expected to be released in Q4/2021 and according to the Bachmann site the UK RRP will be £62.99.

The kit is supplied with transfers providing several different registration & fleet number options the model as well as a selection of destinations, there also an option to produce the widely used military version of the vehicle with Northwest Service Command U.S.A. decals included. The kit includes brass etched side grilles & Greyhound Lines dog emblems.

Features included a detailed interior with seats, luggage rack drivers cab & opening passenger door, the detailed engine compartment also has opening access panels.

ROD816 Silverside PD-3751 Bus - Greyhound Lines 1947
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Thursday 14 October
Omnidekka Models Optare Solo Photographs
Omnidekka models have published photographs of their forthcoming commissioned Corgi OOC Optare Solo in Quality Line livery . The photographs shows the final production model in the bespoke Omnidekka packaging.
These models are expected to arrive in the UK in late November and can be pre-ordered via the online store.

CP44101A Epsom Coaches Group Quality Line (OP30 / YJ09 MHX - route K5 Ham) - Optare Solo

CP44101B Epsom Coaches Group Quality Line (OP30 / YJ09 MHX - route K5 Morden - Optare Solo

Tuesday 12 October & Updates 13th October
Confirmed OOC Releases
The following OOC models have now been released to UK model retailers.

OM46629 New Routemaster Bus - London United, {LT148, Route 10 Hammersmith} Coca Cola open happiness allover livery

OM46633A New Routemaster Bus - Stagecoach London {LT372 Route 55 Walthamstow Central} Only Fools & Horses The Musical Ad's

OM46633B New Routemaster Bus - Stagecoach London {LT372 Route 55 Oxford Circus} Only Fools & Horses The Musical Ad's

Update 13th October
The following OOC models were released to UK model retailers today.

OM46638A Arriva London The Kraken Special Edition {LT 716 / Route 59 Euston} (Special Card Sleeve) - New Routemaster

OM46638B Arriva London The Kraken Special Edition {LT 716 / Route 59 Streatham Hill} (Special Card Sleeve) - New Routemaster

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Tuesday 12 October
Model Bus Federation October Journal Review
The latest issue of the Model Bus Federation's Model Bus Journal has been sent to out members earlier this month. 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 October 2021 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 606 October 2021 - 32 pages - ISSN 0953-435

  • Area Meetings - Upcoming area meetings for MBF members.
  • Editorial
  • Cover Story - The cover model photograph shows the elusive London Transport RTF1. (see below)
  • RTF1 (and RTS1) by Paul Dudfield - Paul builds an experimental front entrance RTF 1 bus based on the famous London Transport RT type and also makes use of the left over parts to build RTS 1.
  • Scottish Model Bus Show - This has been re-scheduled to January 2022 due to the usual venue being unable due to maintenance work.
  • Lowestoft Corporation Transport by Peter Rose - Peter has modelled several vehicles from this East Coast operator using kits & diecast products.
  • Ken Johnson's Memorable Models Number 82 - Burnhams of Worcester Anbrico Scale Models / Model Bus Company AEC Regal III Burlingham Half-cab Coaches.
  • Welcome Aboard - Welcome to new & returning members
  • St. Helens Sunbeam/Row Lowbridge Trolleybus by Martin Hare - Detailed account of how to produce this vehicle using the Corgi OOC Bristol K ECW bus & Weymann trolleybus models.
  • Blackpool Track Gang Buses by Mike Wilson - Two former Blackpool buses were converted for used by the Tramway Permanent Way Department. Mike reproduces the vehicles in model form using the Paragon Kits' Optare Metrorider & a Corgi OOC Optare Solo.
  • Plan of the Month by Brian Minter - Leyland PD2/1 Metro Cammell H56R (Wallasey Corporation).
  • 43rd Model Bus Extravaganza: Stafford 2022 - The MBF North Midlands Area will be holding this event at a new venue in February 2022.
  • Derek Fisk Drawings - An update on the current position regarding the scale drawings of buses & coaches produced by the late Derek Fisk.
  • Members Services: Wanted kits & an item found after the London Area Show.
  • The times they are a changing: The MBF Shop - The running of the MBF Shop has changed hands and has a new postal address as a result. A large number of MBF Streetscene kits are now available. Many of these were packaged some years ago and are stock inherited from ABS. These are available while stocks last a cheaper prices to members. Prices will increase once MBF start manufacturing from the masters & moulds now owned.
  • Area News - Reports & numerous photographs from the latest virtual online area meetings in South Wales & Herefordshire, Yorkshire, North Midlands
  • MBF London Area Show 2021 - Ruislip - A report & photographs from the London event.
  • Product News UK - The latest kits news from Paul Ellender
  • 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 Whitemetal 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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