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1:160 scale model buses
« on: September 26, 2018, 11:58:38 am »
Somehow, Steinheim am Main seems to have developed a bus habit. There are a number of manufacturers, including Wiking, Lemke, Rietze, to name but three. Minitrix has also joined in.

The first n gauge bus I acquired, probably in the early 1980s, was a Wiking model of the Mercedes O305 "standard" bus. Originally in a neutral beige colour, I repainted it into an approximation of the Stadtwerke Bonn two tone green livery. This moulding is still available, having been re-issued in DB dark red this year. As supplied, it's a fairly basic model but accurate model and NBahn Magazin had an article on these (1/2016) in which some repainted models were shown.

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Re: 1:160 scale model buses
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2018, 12:09:11 pm »
Rietze produce quite a lot of bus models in the larger scales; so far, they haven't produced anything in n that I want (they did do a Bonn buss in H0, but I'm still waiting for the shrink ray). Lemke, by contrast, have gone through a range of bus models, including the Mercedes O307 and MAN SÜ 240 "Überlandbus", which are slightly longer than the standard "town" bus.

The first Lemke bus to join what is now a fleet was a model of the MAN "Überlandbus" in the standard DB dark red livery which lasted until buses in a red/white livery were ordered in 1982/3. An example of a Mercedes O307 bus in that later livery is seen below the red one.



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Re: 1:160 scale model buses
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2018, 12:12:17 pm »
From what I understand, the red/white livery was quickly superseded by raspberry red. The Deutsche Post also ran buses, but that ceased in 1982 and the buses transferred to DB. DB applied their logo but retained the Post yellow livery.





Other liveries are available:

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Re: 1:160 scale model buses
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2018, 12:39:08 pm »
Minitrix have made a few bus models as well, and a Mercedes O405 has joined the fleet. The Lemke models are all painted, and so have a nice matt/satin finish, but the Minitrix offering is glossy plastic. This model has had a dab of yellow on the indicators, some white on the number plates and some aluminium on the roof vents. A coat of matt varnish completes the minor modifications, but I'd like to think for the better.



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Re: 1:160 scale model buses
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2018, 01:11:19 pm »
I think I have the Berlin version of that:



(though for some reason it appears to have been abandoned, empty, far from its usual route, a local police patrol car is investigating)
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Re: 1:160 scale model buses
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2018, 01:13:37 pm »
And a somewhat earlier double-decker from Minichamps:



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Re: 1:160 scale model buses
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2018, 06:56:25 pm »
I hate to think how many of the Rietze buses and coaches I have, seduced as I was by their colourful and accurate liveries. They are almost exclusively modern, and there are often very small runs for retailers which are not generally available. One I have is the Paris version of the low floor Mercedes. Most of the livery elements are printed onto the clear body moulding, which makes the body equally adaptable for left or right hand drive. At one stage they were planning a London Mercedes, but I don't think that the pre-orders reached an attractive level.


There is also the Faller/Tomytec rigid Mercedes in left hand drive format (1/160) and a Mercedes Bendi in right hand drive format (1/150), both available motorised.
« Last Edit: September 26, 2018, 07:05:06 pm by woodbury22uk »
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Re: 1:160 scale model buses
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2018, 09:53:38 am »
Thank you all for the photos. and details of these very attractive models of German 'buses.

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Re: 1:160 scale model buses
« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2018, 08:54:38 am »
I've just been having a hunt for 1:160 buses for my German N gauge modern image layout and was surprised by the lack of availability in the UK. I've just discovered Rietze and ordered a Barcleona Citaro G on ebay from Germany - although not German it looks very similar to the sort of thing you see in German cities.

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Re: 1:160 scale model buses
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2018, 09:30:02 am »
I don’t know what era you are modelling, but DM Toys website - in Germany - has a fair range of German buses:

https://www.en.dm-toys.de/liste/items/L265588/search/Bus/tags_en/bus_en.html

Edit - I note page 7 of the link above looks promising.


I use DM a lot, and also Modellbahnshop Lippe whose range is not so extensive.
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Re: 1:160 scale model buses
« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2018, 10:14:50 am »
I can echo Mike's comments - I use DM-Toys a lot (my wife would say too much!), and Lippe as well, and aside from the first Wiking bus shown above all I think the remainder all came from those two retailers. From time to time, DM-Toys put things on e-bay as auction items, and the last two acquisitions arrived that way.

FWIW, if you buy anything from DM-Toys in an e-bay auction, they will combine it with a shop order at shop rather than e-bay p&p. For non-auction items, it's usually cheaper to buy direct from their online shop rather than their e-bay listings anyway.
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Re: 1:160 scale model buses
« Reply #11 on: October 03, 2018, 08:23:25 am »
Has someone got a standard German modern city bus in 1:160 they would mind please measuring and giving me dimensions for in mm? I need it for planning my station bus centre.

Thanks!
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Re: 1:160 scale model buses
« Reply #12 on: October 03, 2018, 10:15:10 am »
The Wiking MB O305 Standard Bus is 69mm long, 15mm wide and 19mm high.
The Lemke MB O307 Überlandbus is 72.5mm long, 16mm wide and 19mm high.
The Minitrix MB O405 is 72mm long, 16mm wide and 19mm high.

The MB O405 is the most modern of these but went out of production in 2002 to be superseded by the Citaro. I'm afraid that I don't have a model Citaro to measure but it is likely to be similar or slightly longer.
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Re: 1:160 scale model buses
« Reply #13 on: October 03, 2018, 11:51:48 am »
The Wiking MB O305 Standard Bus is 69mm long, 15mm wide and 19mm high.
The Lemke MB O307 Überlandbus is 72.5mm long, 16mm wide and 19mm high.
The Minitrix MB O405 is 72mm long, 16mm wide and 19mm high.

The MB O405 is the most modern of these but went out of production in 2002 to be superseded by the Citaro. I'm afraid that I don't have a model Citaro to measure but it is likely to be similar or slightly longer.

Fantastic Bruce, that is so helpful, thank you :-)

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Re: 1:160 scale model buses
« Reply #14 on: October 03, 2018, 12:05:26 pm »
The Rietze Mercedes Citaro comes out at just short of 74mm long.
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