Starting in January 2018 and during the early part of 2018, Hachette Partworks carried out an extensive advertising campaign with television adverts, flyers in publications and on social media

This model was initially launched in spring 2015, see my report dated 22nd April 2015, when I reported that Hachette Partworks had released a build your own Routemaster model in 1:12th scale. The parts of the model would be released weekly together with a magazine and instructions of how to build your model. On 8th June 2015, Brett Colley wrote to me advising that he had been contacted by Hachette Partworks and advised that the production had been temporarily suspected. Brett wrote to me again during January 2018 and advised me that the model had been re-released and that full details can be found on the Hachette Partworks "Build your own Routemaster" website. Full details are on the website CLICK HERE

The model will be released in 130 weekly issues, with full instructions on how to build. The first magazine costs 1.99, the second 4.99 and the subsequent 128 issues @ 8.99 each. The total cost of the model when finished will be in the region of 1150.00.

The model represents RM857 (WLT857) on route 11 to Liverpool Street. The website states: "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".

The website lists the benefits of subscribing to the series "Each month you will receive 4 issues delivered to your door with free P&P. Each issue costs 8.99, with the exception of issue 1 at 1.99 and issue 2 at 4.99. As part of your subscription benefits, one of your issues in your first delivery will be FREE and  you will also receive 5 FREE gifts during the course of your collection".

After much deliberation and soul searching, I decided to subscribe to the series and will photographing each weeks magazine instructions and construction to show the complete build from start to finish. I will also feature each of the free gifts that you receive as a subscriber which are featured on the website.

I have shown below, the real RM857 which I photographed at the North Weald Bus Rally on 21 June 2015, a photograph from the Hachette Partworks website and a couple of photographs of magazine issue 1 which I purchased from WH Smith to see what it was like.

Photographs taken by me of the magazine pages are purely to illustrate the build stages, so that the entire process can be followed from the start to the completed model. The copyright of Hachette Partworks is acknowledged.

To follow my build of the model, click on the links below to view each stage of the construction:

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Build Your own ROUTEMASTER

Issues 1 to 10 Issues 11 to 20 Issues 21 to 30 Issues 31 to 40 Issues 41 to 50
Issues 51 to 60 Issues 61 to 70 Issues 71 to 80 Issues 81 to 90 Issues 91 to 100
Issues 101 to 110 Issues 111-120 Issues 121 to 130    

This page last updated Wednesday, 02 December 2020

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