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BUILD BRITAIN’S
LEGENDARY
ROUTEMASTER
BUS

Own your own piece of British Transport history with this official model featuring accurate details, working parts and lighting. Issue by issue, bring one of the world’s most famous buses to life!

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Create your own replica of the
world’s most famous bus

First issue

Your model

Made of durable materials and including working elements such as headlights, your model is the ultimate celebration of a classic design. Careful attention to detail has been paid to ensure your model is as close as possible to an exact replica of the original 1966 Routemaster RM 857, plus no glue is needed and parts are pre-painted making it easy-to-build, even if you have no modelling expertise.

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Transport for London
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Length: 699mm
Width: 203mm
Height: 365mm
Wheelbase: 427mm
Scale: 1:12
Materials: Made from high-quality materials including die-cast metal, photo-etched and ABS parts

Your model is based on the original RM857 which was newly built in 1961 and worked route 11 in 1966. We have made all possible attempts to replicate how the bus would have looked at that time.

Transport for London
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Length: 699mm
Width: 203mm
Height: 365mm
Wheelbase: 427mm
Scale: 1:12
Materials: Made from high-quality materials including die-cast metal, photo-etched and ABS parts

Your model is based on the original RM857 which was newly built in 1961 and worked route 11 in 1966. We have made all possible attempts to replicate how the bus would have looked at that time.

Model complete in 130 issues. Items may vary from the ones shown. Not suitable for children under the age of 14.

An exceptional level of detail

     
  • Moving elements

    Your model features movable parts, including the wing mirrors and the red fuel cap.

  • Faithful engine

    Open the bonnet to uncover the flawlessly reproduced 9.6 litre six cylinder diesel AEC engine.

  • Operating lights

    Switch on the internal lights and headlights to light your bus inside and out.

  • Turning blind display

    Turn the blind display to choose your favourite destination on Route 11.

  • Working bell

    Your model includes internal wiring - ring the bell to hear the familiar sound.

  • Opening parts

    Pull the lever to open the emergency exit, plus slide open the windows & driver’s cab.

  • Historically accurate

    Your model is just like the RM 857 from the ‘60s, including the Fare Chart and adverts inside.

  • Detailed chassis

    Your bus chassis reveals the gearbox, prop shafts and exhaust system in all their detail.

Inside your magazine

As you construct your model, your magazine collection will build into a comprehensive guide to the Routemaster and the fascinating city it served.

  • BUILD THE ROUTEMASTER

    Featuring step-by-step photography alongside clear, concise instructions and a key to the components, you’ll be shown how to construct your incredible model. Expert tips and techniques ensure that the assembly will be hassle-free.

    Inside magazine - the build pages
  • THE ROUTES

    Travel with these classic vehicles on their regular routes through London. Whether you’re hopping on the number 11 through the centre of town or catching the 149 north to Stoke Newington and Stamford Hill, you’ll uncover memorable stories and surprising secrets from the famous capital city.

    Inside magazine - the routes pages
  • THROUGH THE AGES

    In 1829, the first bus service began in London. Follow the buses’ journey from horse-drawn origins right through to the latest editions joining the Routemaster ranks. Featuring firsthand accounts from the drivers, you’ll gain a real insight into the growth of a transport network.

    Inside magazine - the ages pages
  • WORKS OF ART

    Discover this extensive collection of vintage posters and advertisements from London buses and the London Underground. The high quality artworks have been sourced from historic archives, including the London Transport Museum’s collection, and they provide insight into the times of which they were produced.

    Inside magazine - the life and times pages

Free gifts when you subscribe today! *

You'll receive a free issue with your first delivery,
plus 5 free gifts throughout your collection.

    One free issue
    One Free Issue

    Includes your parts to continue building the model, plus your magazine - featuring step-by-step instructions along with fascinating facts and features about this classic bus.

    Tin poster
    Route 11 tin poster

    This tin plate replicates the Route 11 destinations as they were displayed on the No. 857 Routemaster route in 1966 with the final destination at Liverpool Street.

    Magazine binder
    Classic Routemaster binder

    Keep your magazines organised and in perfect condition with this specially designed binder.

    Travel mug
    Routemaster travel mug

    Featuring a Transport for London Ad which was displayed in Routemasters in the 1960s, this travel mug is ideal for taking a hot drink on the move.

    Bonnet roundal badge
    bonnet roundel badge

    You’ll receive this real size replica of the London Transport roundel badge that was used on Routemaster bonnets from 1959.

    Route Master die-cast model
    1:76 Routemaster die-cast model

    Exclusively designed by Oxford Diecast to match your model build-up design, this Routemaster model is the perfect complement to your bus!

    One free issue
    One Free Issue

    Includes your parts to continue building the model, plus your magazine - featuring step-by-step instructions along with fascinating facts and features about this classic bus.

    Tin poster
    Route 11 tin poster

    This tin plate replicates the Route 11 destinations as they were displayed on the No. 857 Routemaster route in 1966 with the final destination at Liverpool Street.

    Magazine binder
    Classic Routemaster binder

    Keep your magazines organised and in perfect condition with this specially designed binder.

    Travel mug
    Routemaster travel mug

    Featuring a Transport for London Ad which was displayed in Routemasters in the 1960s, this travel mug is ideal for taking a hot drink on the move.

    Bonnet roundal badge
    bonnet roundel badge

    You’ll receive this real size replica of the London Transport roundel badge that was used on Routemaster bonnets from 1959.

    Route Master die-cast model
    1:76 Routemaster die-cast model

    Exclusively designed by Oxford Diecast to match your model build-up design, this Routemaster model is the perfect complement to your bus!

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* Subscription gifts are reserved for customers starting their subscription with issues 1, 2, 3 & 4

  • Coming up in issue 2

    Your next set of parts to continue building the bonnet plus in your magazine: • Detailed step-by-step instructions
    • Route 11 to St Paul’s Cathedral
    • Routemasters abroad
    • A vintage poster promoting bus travel

  • Coming up in issue 3

    Your next set of parts to begin building the staircase plus in your magazine: • Detailed step-by-step instructions
    • Route 11 travels down Fleet Street
    • The evolution of the omnibus
    • A historic poster for the London Transport Museum

  • Coming up in issue 4

    Your next set of parts to continue building the staircase plus in your magazine: • Detailed step-by-step instructions
    • Route 11, Sloane Square
    • Different liveries from the 1980s
    • A poster promoting the use of public transport to see sporting events