As the Model Bus Federation celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, co-founder BOB HEATHCOTE looks back at why it came into existence, what it offers model makers and collectors today and how it hopes to develop to meet the needs of future generations

An MBF display, with working models of Scottish Bus Group and Glasgow Corporation double-deckers, at a Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust open day.

Martin Popplewell and I founded the Model Bus Federation in 1968 when there were lots of major changes taking place in the bus industry, but there was little to satisfy the wishes of those who wanted to mimic it in model form.

The Dinky Leyland Atlantean toy was one of the few modern model buses available and this had to form the backbone of any collection or model fleet. Perhaps it was this dearth of available diecast models that stimulated the imagination of how to produce other subjects.

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