Why 110 scale ?
It’s a question I keep getting asked. Well there are several reasons.
One, its compatible with the 1/110 scale British outline buses from Tiny (Hong Kong) andthey are price comparable if you look at postage.
Two, nobody makes this scale model covering this era, although the next planned one will be an up to date, all singing, all dancing, low emissions, 2 part construction double decker.
So I’m not sticking with just the classics.
Three, they are compatible with the European TT scale railways (Trix being one example) and don’t look out of place with the 1/87scale on a layout. I have already trialed a left hand drive National.
Four, although they are slightly larger than the last of the real ‘Matchbox’ buses( pre hot wheels) the RM , the Fleetline and the Titan which are, according to the Maurice Hammond ‘Lesley’ book about 1/117 to 1/120, but not significantly so. Certainly not as much as from the original number 5 of 1953 at 1/198 to the final RM at1/117.
Five, really from the last ‘Matchbox’ Rm and Fleetline decent bus models in a smaller scale than 1/76 have been hard to find. Both these models were fantastic castings and are still very popular today. I’ve tried to emulate that quality of casing with resin printing. I appreciate that there has been models from Corgi and Peak Horse, which have helped, but there has been many a metal or plastic blob, bearing no relation to any real model and which has been called a bus.
Six, the cost of the kit is significantly less than most of its larger brethren and the main parts are either only 2 or 3, as opposed to ‘loads o bits’ to spend time looking for in the build. Easy build being of particular significance to people like me who like to get them ‘on the road’ as quickly as possible.
Seven, this ones for the wife, or mum, or girlfriend etc. as they take up less space. Layouts can be smaller, storage is easier and she can have more space ( in reality you can have more buses.
Eight, there is flexibility in the build, they are easy to cut, chop, paint in any fleet colour from scratch and the interiors being grey they are okay unpaired if you wish.
Nine, so for me, both a fleet operator and a collector of older buses, I think they fit in well with what’s currently available. They are well detailed and are suitable for super detailing by the builder. I’m happy to put them along side my larger ‘ Matchbox, Corgi and Peak Horse’ models and of course the current Hong Kong models, along with the odd other 1/110 scale buses there are around. I must admit with ‘N’ gauge the smaller ones do look like a ‘Johnson’s ‘ miniature.
Ten, finally, there are more vehicles planned and ready to print, but each one needs a fairly substantial investment both in time money and ingenuity to get them out to you.1/110 will I’m sure become the norm, for model buses and coaches and other models too, it has so many advantages
All the ‘one ten bus’ models are ‘easy build’, basically being a 2 part kit for single deckers and a three part kit for double deckers, plus wheels and glazing. Any curved glazing that is required is supplied with the kit.
Suitable I/110 advertising, destinations and fleet-names will be available for the Barton’s model. Along with a number of water slide fleet names for the National. These are not included in the kit.
A whole range of classic buses and coaches are proposed from those around in the 50s up to modern vehicles. These will all be to the same 1/110 scale and will be compatible in size and comparable in cost with those models coming from the far east. They will be ideal for model fleet operators, both modern and historic, preservationists and those who simply want a model of the bus they rode on or drove, or have a particular affection for. Models from ‘one ten bus’ are less costly than some of the bigger scale commercially produced models and the bigger kits, they are well detailed and more easily stored and displayed.
‘One ten buses’ are British designed and made and are based on over 50 years of bus enthusiasm taking in operating, maintaining and driving buses and coaches and for a general ‘love of buses’.
‘One ten bus’ are always looking to improve their products and reserve the right to amend them to incorporate improvements and welcome your comments.
Single deckers are £30 each and double deckers £35, including postage and packaging.
As well as the full range of Nationals three other buses are ready for printing and will be announced shortly.
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