E. Lancs (Myllennium) Vyking

London General

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 Manufacturer of model Corgi OOC
 Scale 1:76
 Fleet number EVL43
 Registration number PJ02PZA
 Route number 93
 Destination Putney Bridge Station
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 Release details
 Quantities (if known) 4700
 Date released 8/03
 Availability General release
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OOC Volvo B7TL/East Lancs Mylennium Vyking London General

Following on from his review of the First of the East Lancs casting OM42501 DAF/Lowlander in Ipswich Buses Centenary livery Mark Smith has very kindly written a further review for the second model in the series:

"Hot on the heals of the DAF/Lowlander in Ipswich Buses Centenary livery comes the second casting variation of the OOC East Lancs ‘modern’ casting, this time representing London General Transport Services Volvo B7TL EVL43 (PJ02 PZA)

In my review of the Ipswich DAF I highlighted a number of disappointing inaccuracies, which I hoped would be corrected on later offerings.  So how does this one compare?  The B7TL model has a number of detail differences from the DAF, notably dual doors, a rear lower deck window, glazed rear route number box and revised rear emergency door, which are correctly different from the Ipswich DAF.

Scale wise, compared to an East Lancs drawing of the prototype, the chassis and body dimensions are accurate for the low-height DAF/Lowlander, and therefore the wheelbase and rear overhang dimensions are slightly wrong for the B7TL – however the difference in 1/76 scale is minimal and this does not detract from the model.  Similarly, the overall height is correct for this model, being a lowheight (4.2m) offering, with equal height windows on both decks.  As mentioned in the Ipswich DAF review, the front end of the casting is compromised by thick front pillars.  These presumably give structural strength to the model.  Generally the casting generally relies on printed detail rather than moulded relief.  Even though some of the characteristic horizontal panel joins are depicted as moulded relief, the thin black plastic mouldings inset into them at cant and waist levels are not printed on, and they are incorrectly left in the main body colour.  The model is fitted with separate moulded mirrors, etched windscreen wipers and an etched tree bar (actually fitted to this prototype, unlike the Ipswich DAF).  The interior is light grey with seats sprayed a reddish-brown, and is reasonably accurate.

In terms of livery, the colours are accurate and well applied, with excellent details including the fuel filler number on the staircase panel, fleet names, numbers, nearside door button, wheelchair symbols and grilles appropriate to a B7.  However, there are more obvious errors that reference to photographs in any number of publications highlight.  These include:

·               Volvo and TfL/wheelchair logos missing on the front

·               Yellow stripe over grey skirt omitted from offside front panel under cab and offside rear engine door (but carried on the opposite side and back!

·               Prominent tinted front upper deck window omitted

·               No depiction of prominent yellow handrails on doors, windows etc

·               Offside legal lettering present (should be nearside only)

·               Front destination blinds too wide and ultimate blind to shallow

Worst of all, once again the printed side window pillars are far too thick; my East Lancs drawing scale these at approx 1mm wide.  The model versions are nearly 4mm wide, and consequently the windows are not quite wide enough.

I would say this model captures the character of the Volvo rather better than the Ipswich DAF, though this is probably down to the livery application more than anything else.  It still surprises me that models costing well over £20 are little more than moulded boxes with printed details, and fail to completely capture the elusive ‘character’ of the prototype.  If Corgi can produce a magnificent model of something built around seventy years ago, such as the AEC Q, they should be able to do better with a square box that is still being built today!"

This review is © Mark Smith 6 September 2003

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