April 2003 - News

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EFE AEC RF 23315 LONDON TRANSPORT
I am very grateful to Jim Howat for ascertaining from EFE that the above model should be released in approximately 10 days time.

Wednesday 30 April 2003


CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM EFE
I can confirm that the following models have now been released and are on sale:
12115 Harrington Cavalier South Wales NBC
20630
Plaxton Pointer Dart First Capital
28806
Leyland Titan East London Buses

In my News article dated 24 April I commented that 23315 AEC RF MK1 London Transport may not be released and I undersatnd that it has not. As soon as I hear what is happening with this model I will post details.

Tuesday 29 April 2003


LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM GOLD MODEL UPDATE

I have today been contacted by the LT Museum and given an update on the remaining gold models release schedule as follows:

10131 AEC RT (GOLD)
Scheduled for release on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 May at Acton Depot open weekend, priced at £22.99. A supply of remaining models will be available at
Covent Garden from Wednesday 21 May. There is no limit to purchases on this model.

REMAINING GOLD RML'S
These are scheduled for release at Covent Garden on Saturday 14 June 2003 from 10.00am. These will be the remainder left after satisfying Museum Standing Order customers. They will be limited to one of each per customer as follows:

25514 Gold RML London United £22.99
25514A Gold RML London General £22.99
25514B Gold RML First London £22.99
25514C Gold RML London Central £22.99

Please note: Gold RMLís Arriva, Stagecoach and Metroline SOLD OUT

ALLSORTS CLOSING DOWN

I have today spoken with Allsorts who state that they will be closing down at the end of May/June. If you are looking to fill gaps in your collection you may want to contact them as they are offering remaining stock for sale at discounted prices.

Sunday 27 April 2003


CONFIRMED RELEASE CORGI OOC CLUB 2003 MODEL

I can confirm that the 2003 club model as follows has now been released:

OM45507 BMMO CM5 Coach Midland Red

Saturday 26 April 2003


CORGI OOC RELEASES JULY TO DECEMBER 2003

Corgi have announced details of their second half catalogue as follows. Further details and photographs will be added as soon as they are available.

OM40403 AEC Regent/Weymann London Transport
OM40506 Feltham Tram Metropolitan
OM40808 Bristol Lodekka FS Hants & Dorset
OM40809 Bristol Lodekka FS Crosville Motor Services
OM41007 AEC 4Q4 London Transport (Post war)
OM41008 AEC 4Q4 London Transport (Central)
OM41104 Leyland PD2/E. Lancs. Stockport Corporation
OM41105 Daimler CVG6/E. Lancs. Bolton Transport
OM41908 Leyland PD3/Queen Mary (open) Provincial
OM42501 East Lancs. (Myllennium) Lowlander Ipswich Buses Centenary
OM42502 East Lancs. (Myllennium) Vyking London General
OM42503 East Lancs. (Myllennium) Lolyne Nottingham City
OM42902 Optare Delta Wilts & Dorset Bus Co. Ltd.
OM43002 Leyland Olympian/ECW Stagecoach North West
OM43102 Leyland Lynx MKI Ribble
OM43306 Plaxton Premiere Scottish Citylink
OM43307 Plaxton Excalibur Dunn-Line
OM43308 Plaxton Premiere Tellings Golden Miller
OM43705 Trolleybus Rotherham Corporation
OM43911 Daimler Utility Coventry Corporation
OM44103 Optare Solo Reading Buses
OM45114 MCW Metrobus MK2 Walsall Corporation (Heritage)
OM45115 MCW Metrobus MKI GMT
OM45710 AEC Q Halifax Corporation

Friday 25 April 2003


EFE RELEASES FOR WEEK COMMENCING 28 APRIL 2003

The following models are scheduled for release week commencing 28 April 2003:

12115 Harrington Cavalier South Wales NBC
20630
Plaxton Pointer Dart First Capital
28806
Leyland Titan East London Buses

The following model may also be released but this is not confirmed at this time:

23315 AEC RF MK1 London Transport

Thursday 24 April 2003


CONFIRMED RELEASE OF TRANSPORT FOR LONDON PRIVATE COMMISSION MODEL
10131A RT (Gold) Version RT 4712. I can confirm that TfL have begun distribution of this model to their selected clients. I hope to publish photographs in the near future.

Saturday 19 April 2003


CORGI OOC AND CREATIVE MASTER NORTHCORD LTD RELEASES SCHEDULED FOR WEEK COMMENCING 28 APRIL 2003

The following models are scheduled for release week commencing 28 April 2003:

CORGI OOC
OM42408 Leyland Leopard/Panorama I Southdown

CREATIVE MASTER NORTHCORD LTD
UKBUS2003 Plaxton President Metroline

Thursday 17 April 2003


EFE AEC RT 10131A SPECIAL COMMISSION BY TRANSPORT FOR LONDON - ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

I have received the following communication from TfL which gives additional information regarding their specially commissioned AEC RT. Could I please bring your attention to the last sentence which states that no contact should be made with TfL or the LT Museum as none will be available for public purchase.

"Your March news sheet makes reference to the LT Museum model of the gold RT produced by EFE. It points out that model 10131A is a private commission for TfL. This is indeed the case and I am able to give you further details for your records.

The model has been commissioned by TfL Street Management, the division of TfL that sponsored the refurbishment of RT 4712 and its painting into gold for the Jubilee last year. That was the reason the vehicle carried road safety advertising. As you may already know, the gold RT is a very fine model, and is also unique in that RT 4712 is the only bus ever to carry "Transport for London" as a fleet name. It is in the style of the old underlined "London Transport" fleet name and, being quite subtle, might have been missed by many people.

This special version of the model represents the bus as it appeared in its first public trip in the Jubilee Parade in June, and differs from the model that is on sale to the public by having 50 as a 'route number', with "THE QUEEN'S GOLDEN JUBILEE" in the 'via' destination blind box. The standard model is, as you know, shown with blinds as running on route 23. The special edition bus also has ER 50 on each side as garage running numbers; another correct feature for the Parade day, and missing from the standard version. Only 500 of this 'private' version of the model have been produced and are to be used for presentation pieces. The boxes containing the models are not, however, marked with 10131A. They carry the model number 10131, which is the same as the standard model that is for sale, and there might be some confusion as a result if any ever reach the second hand market. However, they are not for sale and not only should the Museum not be approached, as you point out on your web site, but neither should TfL."

Tuesday 15 April 2003


PRESS RELEASE FROM CREATIVE MASTER NORTHCORD

The following press release and photograph has just been received from Creative Master Northcord Ltd. I hope to publish further close up pictures of the model within the next few days.

ukbus 2003 Metroline 2-door Dennis Trident

Following the great success of its open-top Plaxton President bodied Dennis Trident replica (ukbus 2001, Edinburgh Tour) in late 2002, Creative Master Northcord Limited (CMNL) has proudly released its first two door version on this new casting, ukbus 2003, Metroline, in London red livery. It will be the focus of attention from bus model collectors as well as from bus enthusiasts again.

The Plaxton President is one of the most popular double-deck bodies in the UK, particularly when fitted to the Dennis Trident chassis. The replica features excellent detailing, inside and out, including an opening engine door and engine detail. This is a one-piece casting whose clean lines accentuate the gasket windows and livery application on which all logos and lettering are clearly legible. Like all CMNL double-decker replicas, the model has no ugly metal poles to hold it together. The ukbus 2003 model has a new anti-branch feature and is limited to 2800 pieces worldwide.

The replica carries the fleet number of TPL 259 (LN51 KYT) which is one of a batch of 33 10.5 metre Dennis Tridents with Plaxton President bodywork delivered to Metroline in early 2002.

The brand new 2 door Plaxton President double-deck bus models will be distributed by Corgi Classics Limited (UK), Porte Publishing Company (Japan) and Concorde Hobby Shop (HK) respectively.

Click on the links below to view the pictures:

Picture 1 CLICK HERE
Picture 2 CLICK HERE
Picture 3 CLICK HERE

All photographs are © Creative Master Northcord Ltd

Monday 7 April 2003


CONFIRMED RELEASE OF COBHAM BUS MUSEUM SHOW MODEL
I am able to confirm that one of the two models scheduled for release at today's show has been released, the other has been delayed and was not available. The model released was as follows:

23205A AEC RF MK2 Green Line
Fleet number: RF168
Registration number: MLL 555
No route number
Destination blind showing: 30th Cobham open Day
Certificated 510 pieces.

I hope to publish photographs of the model within the next few days and will post details of the second model as soon as it is released.

Sunday 6 April 2003


CONFIRMED RELEASE LT MUSEUM SET 11
I am able to confirm that LT Museum Set 11 is now on sale. A number of visitors to the site have reported that their sets arrived in the post this morning.

Friday 4 March 2003


MODEL COLLECTOR MAGAZINE AEC 4Q4 OM41004
Further to my news article yesterday regarding the above, I have been advised that the model was actually on sale at the last NEC Toy Fair a few weeks ago priced at £10.00 together with the standard release OM41003 also priced at £10.00.

Thursday 3 April 2003


CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM CORGI OOC
I can confirm that the following model has now been released and is on sale:
OM41101 AEC Regent V/E. Lancs. St. Helens Corporation

MODEL COLLECTOR MAGAZINE AEC 4Q4 OM41004
I understand that an unknown quantity of this model (initially sold as a Model Collector Magazine reader exclusive offer of 2500 pieces) are to be released on general sale by Corgi. No other details are known at this time.

Wednesday 2 April 2003


NEW MIDLAND RED BOOK

Venture publications have just released book number 20 in their Prestige series of bus books. The book is entitled "The Prestige Series Midland Red" and contains 64 pages with many high quality photographs as follows:

"The Birmingham & Midland Motor Omnibus Company was unusual among British bus operators. Although the Company's history went back to 1904 the production of its own vehicles  - rather than buying them in from separate chassis and body builders - for almost a half-century from 1923 made it perhaps unique rather than simply "unusual". The homely "SOS" designation given to Midland Red's in-house-produced vehicles belied the advanced and efficient technical specification of a series of buses and coaches that served not only their manufacturer but also other companies within the British Electrical Traction organisation of which Midland Red was a member. The SOS was produced until 1940 and was succeeded by a new range called simply "BMMO". The last BMMO-built vehicle appeared in 1970 and by then the Nottingham-based transport photographer G H F Atkins had been recording the Midland Red fleet for some four decades. This book is based around the images thus produced by Geoffrey Atkins, many of them not previously published".

The book can be purchased from MDS Book Sales www.mdsbooks.co.uk or phone 01457 861508 and is priced at £8.95 + p&p

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Tuesday 1 April 2003


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