April to June 2017 - News

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BUS BY BONO - DENNIS DART FIRST EASTERN COUNTIES - PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE PRODUCTION MODELS
Click on the images below to view photographs of the production version of the model taken by myself. I understand that the models have now arrived in the UK and might be on sale later this coming week. The model is limited to 250 pieces. Each model has a QR code on the plinth and base of the model which can be read with a mobile phone. The QR code contains details of the models number and information about it. 

100102 Dennis Dart - First Eastern Counties
Fleet number: 40256
Registration number: N624CDB
Route number: 70A
Destination: Ipswich

Does anybody have a photograph of the real bus in service that they could please send me for inclusion in the Gallery CLICK HERE to email if you can assist.

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Saturday 27th May 2017


CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM OXFORD DIECAST
I can confirm that the following models have now been released and are on sale:
NNR003 New Routemaster - London United CLICK HERE
76CA029 Bedford CA Minibus - BEA CLICK HERE
76DR003 Duple Roadmaster - Wye Valley Motors  CLICK HERE

Friday 26th May 2017


OXFORD DIECAST MODELS SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE
Many thanks to Dan at Jackson's Models for advising me that the following models are due for release later this week/early next:
NNR003 New Routemaster - London United CLICK HERE
76CA029 Bedford CA Minibus - BEA CLICK HERE
76DR003 Duple Roadmaster - Wye Valley Motors  CLICK HERE

Wednesday 24th May 2017


CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM IXO MODELS
Many thanks to John Bennett for advising me of a recent release of a 1:43rd scale AEC RT model from IXO Models. The exact date of release is unknown:

Stock code BUS002 
AEC Regent III RT - London Transport
Fleet number : RT1790
Registration number: KYY628
Route: 294
Destination: Romford Station
Quantity: Unknown

I understand that the actual bus modelled is in preservation. Does anyone have a photograph of it that they could please email me for inclusion in the Gallery pages? CLICK HERE to email

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CONFIRMED STOCK CODES FOR JOTUS.COM LONDON BUS MUSEUM COMMISSIONED MODELS
Jotus have confirmed the stock codes for the models which were released at Brooklands on 9th April as follows:
AEC Regal 14T12 T Class - London Transport - RS-76644
Leyland PS1 TD Class - London Transport - RS-76645

Friday 19th May 2017


PHOTOGRAPHS ADDED TO GALLERY PAGES
Four photographs have been added to the Gallery pages courtesy of John Bennett, showing Optare Solo SR's Arriva Kent & Sussex fleet numbers 1501, 1502 & 1503 in service. These are the three buses represented in model form by the three Jotus models announced on Monday 15th May.

Click on the thumb nails to be taken to the Gallery page entry for each bus.

Left to right: Fleet numbers 1501, 1502 (Photograph 1), 1502 (Photograph  2) and 1503.

Thursday 18th May 2017


JOTUS ANNOUNCE THREE NEW MODELS
Further to their "teaser images" over the past week or so, Jotus have this morning announced three new resin models. They advise that the models are scheduled for released end of May/early June. The models will be distributed by a number of wholesalers so should be available from your model shop or online.

RS76620 OPTARE SOLO M970SR - ARRIVA KENT & SUSSEX
Fleet No. : 1501
Route No. : 277 Sherwood
Registration No.: YJ58CDZ
Limited Edition : 150 pcs
Manufacturer. : RESIN SPECIALIST 
Scale : 1/76
Type : RESIN MODEL
Weight : 0.45kg
Dimension : 127 x 32 x 36.5 mm

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RS76621 OPTARE SOLO M970SR - ARRIVA KENT & SUSSEX
Fleet No. : 1502
Route No. : 277 Town Centre and Rail Station
Registration No.: YJ58CEA
Limited Edition : 150 pcs
Manufacturer. : RESIN SPECIALIST 
Scale : 1/76
Type : RESIN MODEL
Weight : 0.45kg
Dimension : 127 x 32 x 36.5 mm
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RS76622 OPTARE SOLO M970SR - ARRIVA KENT & SUSSEX
Fleet No. : 1503
Route No. : 402 Southborough Tunbridge Wells Station
Registration No.: YJ58CEF
Limited Edition : 150 pcs
Manufacturer. : RESIN SPECIALIST 
Scale : 1/76
Type : RESIN MODEL
Weight : 0.45kg
Dimension : 127 x 32 x 36.5 mm
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Monday 15th May 2017


JOTUS RELEASE MORE INFORMATION
Jotus have issued a further teaser image , this time showing what appears to be three separate Optare Solo SR models in Arriva Kent & Sussex livery. No further details have been received at this time.
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Sunday 14th May 2017


JOTUS APPEARS TO HAVE REVEALED THEIR NEW MODEL
Jotus have issued a further teaser image with a faint image of their new model. Zooming in on my screen, it appears to show Arriva Kent & Sussex Optare Solo SR, fleet number 1502, Registration number YJ58CEA. Obviously as the image is faint this is subject to confirmation from Jotus.
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BACHMANN ISSUE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE FOR ALDENHAM WORKS GIFT SET
Further to my News following the London Bus Museum Spring Gathering, Bachmann have issued an official press release regarding the Gift set:

First of the new EFE Releases

"At the Cobham Spring Gathering 2017 held at Brooklands and attended by the Bachmann Roadshow Team, Bachmann announced the first of the new EFE releases due in the Autumn.

Displayed in the new Bachmann designed packaging which heralds the arrival of the first vehicles to be ordered by the company since it acquired the Exclusive First Editions brand last October, was a twin pack (E99938) commemorating the Aldenham Works open day in 1983.

‘The Aldenham Spectacular’ was the name chosen for the Aldenham Works Open Day in 1983, which was one of several held over the year at different garages to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the formation of London Transport. Aldenham Works was originally built as part of the 1930's Northern Line rail extension to Bushey Heath, which was never completed due to the outbreak of the Second World War. With the rail plans abandoned, London Transport used the works as bus overhaul facility, opening for operation in 1956. Aldenham closed in 1986.

The pack will comprise of two Leyland Titan vehicles with T112 in London Buses livery & T66 in London General Aldenham Diplomat livery.

The twin pack is now available to pre-order through Bachmann stockists at a recommended retail price of £59.95 for the two-bus pack. It will be available in October 2017".

The images released with the Press release are the same as I photographed on the display at Brooklands:

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Tuesday 9th May 2017


PHOTOGRAPHS OF RECENTLY RELEASED OXFORD DIECAST MODELS
Shown below are photographs of the three Oxford Diecast models recently released:

76MW6002 Bristol MW6G - Hants & Dorset
Fleet number: 889
Registration number: 2689RU
Route number: -
Destination: -

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76PAN005 Plaxton Panorama - Sheffield United Tours
Fleet number: 337
Registration number: 337EWJ 
Route number: -
Destination: Blackpool
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NPP005 Plaxton Panorama - Sheffield United Tours
Fleet number: 374
Registration number:KWE374D
Route number: -
Destination: Lucerne
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PHOTOGRAPHS OF RELEASED ATLAS EDITIONS MODEL
Shown below are photographs of the Atlas Editions model I reported as released yesterday:
4642122 Bussing Senator - Segmuller
Fleet number: 10
Registration  number: F-Z10
Route number: 58
Destination: Farbwerke
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Saturday 6th May 2017


A FURTHER TEASER IMAGE FROM JOTUS.COM
Further to my news of last night, Jotus have released a further "Teaser" image.
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CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM ATLAS EDITIONS
The latest model in the Atlas Editions Classic Coaches collection has now been released:
4642122 Bussing Senator - Segmuller
Fleet number: 10
Registration  number: F-Z10
Route number: 58
Destination: Farbwerke

 Friday 5th May 2017


A NEW BRITISH RESIN MODEL FROM JOTUS.COM????????
Over the past week or so, Hong Kong manufacturer of high quality resin models jotus.com has released two "Teaser" images implying a new British model is on the way (although no details have yet been released). I have shown the two images below. I will let you know if I hear anything more.
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Thursday 4th May 2017


A RECENT ADDITION TO MY COLLECTION
Shown below are a selection of photographs of a recent addition to my collection. 

Sunstar H2919 Routemaster RM - Stagecoach In London
Fleet number: RM324
Registration number: WLT324
Route number: 15
Destination: Trafalgar Square

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Tuesday 2nd May 2017


1:43 IXO MODELS FOR HACHETTE ON SALE AT YARDLEY WOOD - PHOTOGRAPHS
Further to my news of yesterday, click on the links below to view images of the models.

ACBUS010 LANCIA ESATAU P BIANCHI & C - Italy 1953
Photograph 1 CLICK HERE
Photograph 2 CLICK HERE
ACBUS011 MERCEDES-BENZ LO3100 STROMLINIEN - Germany 1939
Photograph 1 CLICK HERE
Photograph 2 CLICK HERE
ACBUS012 ISUZU BXD-30 - Japan 1962
Photograph 1 CLICK HERE
Photograph 2 CLICK HERE
ACBUS014 CHAUSSON APH 47 NEZ DE COCHON - France 1951
Photograph 1 CLICK HERE
Photograph 2 CLICK HERE
ACBUS015 CITROEN T23RU CHASSAING - France 1947
Photograph 1 CLICK HERE
Photograph 2 CLICK HERE
ACBUS016 AEC REGAL III "DORSAL FIN"- Harrington - United Kingdom 1950 
Photograph 1 CLICK HERE
Photograph 2 CLICK HERE
ACBUS017 ISOBLOC 648 DP - France 1955
Photograph 1 CLICK HERE
Photograph 2 CLICK HERE
ACBUS019 RENAULT AGP85 SOHORTEN - France 1938 
Photograph 1 CLICK HERE
Photograph 2 CLICK HERE
ACBUS020 SOMUA OP5/3 - France 1959-74
Photograph 1 CLICK HERE
Photograph 2 CLICK HERE
ACBUS021 IKARUS 66 - Hungary 1972
Photograph 1 CLICK HERE
Photograph 2 CLICK HERE
ACBUS022 BERLIET CRUISAIR 3 - France 1969
Photograph 1 CLICK HERE
Photograph 2 CLICK HERE

Saturday 29th April 2017


1:43 IXO MODELS FOR HACHETTE ON SALE AT YARDLEY WOOD
I have been contacted by Peter at Yardley Wood Bus Club and advised that they will be taking stock of the following models within the next couple of weeks. Peter advises me that these models will be exclusive to Yardley Wood and will not be on sale elsewhere. Some are in very small quantities (single figures) so if you want to purchase any please contact Yardley Wood asap. All models will be on sale at £15.00 each plus P&P first come first served:

ACBUS010 LANCIA ESATAU P BIANCHI & C - Italy 1953
ACBUS011 MERCEDES-BENZ LO3100 STROMLINIEN - Germany 1939
ACBUS012 ISUZU BXD-30 - Japan 1962
ACBUS014 CHAUSSON APH 47 NEZ DE COCHON - France 1951
ACBUS015 CITROEN T23RU CHASSAING - France 1947
ACBUS016 AEC REGAL III "DORSAL FIN"- Harrington - United Kingdom 1950 
ACBUS017 ISOBLOC 648 DP - France 1955
ACBUS019 RENAULT AGP85 SOHORTEN - France 1938 
ACBUS020 SOMUA OP5/3 - France 1959-74
ACBUS021 IKARUS 66 - Hungary 1972
ACBUS022 BERLIET CRUISAIR 3 - France 1969

2nd posting Friday 28th April 2017


CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM OXFORD DIECAST
I can confirm that the following models have now been released and are on sale:
76MW6002 Bristol MW6G - Hants & Dorset  CLICK HERE
76PAN005 Plaxton Panorama - Sheffield United Tours  CLICK HERE
NPP005 Plaxton Panorama - Sheffield United Tours CLICK HERE

TWO NEW BT-MODELS?
My Subscriber copy of Diecast Collector magazine arrived yesterday and I notice it reports in their new model section, two BT-Models, models which I was previously unaware of and can find no reference to. The models shown are as follows:
B210A Bristol MW SD - Southern Vectis
Route: 5
Destination: East Cowes 
B210B Bristol MW SD - Southern Vectis
Route: 39
Destination: Ventnor (Isle of Wight)

I am not able to read the vehicle details on the small photographs shown

Friday 28th April 2017


PHOTOGRAPHS OF TWO RECENTLY RELEASED EFE MODELS
See below photographs of two recently released EFE models:
12122 Harrington Cavalier - Southdown

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15632B AEC Routemaster RM - Arriva South London
LT Museum commissioned model 15632B, was organised and art worked by EFE but the actual printing was done by the new owners of the former Gilbow subsidiary, Contour Equipment.

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PHOTOGRAPH OF ROUTEMASTER RM - ARRIVA RM6
On Saturday 22nd April, the date the EFE model of RM6 was released at The London Transport Museum Acton Depot, the real RM6 was on display at Ash Grove Depot. Photograph courtesy of Tony Saltwell.
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Thursday 27th April 2017


NEWS OF THREE NEW MODELS FROM BUS BY BONO LTD
Bus By Bono have advised me of three new models in their Dennis Dart Northern Counties Paladin range. All three are Hong Kong models, the photographs sent to me show a pre-production sample of model 100103A:

Description: Dennis Dart Northern Counties Paladin
Photograph 1 CLICK HERE
Photograph 2 CLICK HERE
Photograph 3 CLICK HERE
Photograph 4 CLICK HERE
Product Code: 100103A
Route: K1X
Destination: LONG PING ESTATE
Registration: GN 5128
Fleet: 501

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Description: Dennis Dart Northern Counties Paladin
Product Code: 100103B
Route: A59
Destination: CASTLE PEAK BAY
Registration: GN 6355
Fleet: 502

Description: Dennis Dart Northern Counties Paladin
Product Code: 100103C
Route: 658
Destination: TIN SHUI WAI TOWN CENTRE
Registration: GN 5128
Fleet: 503

Scale: 1:76
Material: ABS
Packing Dimensions: 210mm (L) x 72mm (D) x 83mm (H)
Limited Edition: Made to pre-ordering quantity
Price: H$450 (approximately £45)
On-Line Pre-order: From 2017-4-29 13:00 to 2017-5-14 23:59 HK Time
Delivery Date: 2017-6-30

Bus By Bono have advised that they are implementing a couple strategic changes with this model: 
1. Only pre-ordering is accepted. Production quantity is made to orders received. No retail sales after pre-ordering period.
2. Three different routes/destinations are available. Bus collectors may choose their favourite route(s)/destination(s).

Further details may be found at www.busbybono.com and Facebook page https://m.facebook.com/Busbybono/

Wednesday 26th April 2017


PRESS RELEASE FROM RAPIDO TRAINS INC
The following press release and photographs have been received from Canadian model manufacturer Rapido Trains Inc:

Rapido Bus 3D Scanning Event: Canadian model bus company to do a 3D scan for its first British bus model, and the public is welcome!

Markham, Ontario, Canada - Rapido Trains Inc. - Canada's foremost manufacturer of model trains and buses - has recently expanded into the British model market. Its recent offerings in OO and N gauge have each won "Model of the Year" in the British Model Railway Awards. Rapido's recently-announced 1/87 scale "Fishbowl" New Look Bus has turned the North American model bus market on its head, offering a level of detail never before seen in a small-scale bus, including full interior with individual seats, separate grab poles, steerable front wheels and working lighting.

Now Rapido is turning to the British model bus market with its first 1/76 scale British bus model. The model will be announced at the Rapido Bus 3D Scanning Event on 16 July 2017 at the Transport Museum Wythall.

Rapido will be doing a 3D scan of a real classic British double-decker bus in order to ensure that the model matches the actual shape precisely. Rapido Managing Director Jason Shron will be on hand to answer questions about the model, the model making process, and the history of the Canadian firm.

Classic Birmingham City Transport and Midland Red buses will be operating on the day and rides are complimentary to all museum visitors, who will also receive complimentary badges and other Rapido swag. Complimentary tea and coffee will be provided, and light refreshments will be available to purchase.

Where: The Transport Museum, Wythall. Chapel Lane, Wythall Worcestershire B47 6JX
When: Sunday 16 July, noon to 3pm
Cost: Regular admission prices - Adult £4 child £2 and Family (2+2) £10 including free bus rides Web link:
http://www.rapidouk.com/rapido-bus-3d-scanning-event

Rapido Trains Inc. and the Transport Museum Wythall look forward to seeing you at the Rapido Bus 3D Scanning Event.

 

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Tuesday 25th April 2017


CONFIRMED RELEASE LT MUSEUM EFE COMMISSIONED MODEL
I can confirm that the following model was released at today's Acton Open day:
15632B AEC Routemaster RM - Arriva South London CLICK HERE

Saturday 22nd April 2017


LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM EFE COMMISSIONED MODEL ON SALE THIS WEEKEND
Further to my news of 20th January, a reminder that the Museum's commissioned EFE model goes on sale tomorrow at this weekends Acton Depot open weekend:

15632B AEC Routemaster RM - Arriva South London
Fleet number: RM6
Registration number: VLT6
Route: 137
Destination: Oxford Circus
Quantity: 214 pieces

Photograph 1 CLICK HERE
Photograph 2 CLICK HERE

Friday 21st April 2017


OXFORD DIECAST MODELS SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE
Many thanks to Dan at Jacksons Models for advising me that the following models are scheduled for imminent release to the shops. They are shown as in stock on the Oxford Diecast website:
76MW6002 Bristol MW6G - Hants & Dorset  CLICK HERE
76PAN005 Plaxton Panorama - Sheffield United Tours  CLICK HERE
NPP005 Plaxton Panorama - Sheffield United Tours CLICK HERE

Thursday 20th April 2017


EFE ALDENHAM WORKS GIFT SET - PHOTOGRAPHS OF REAL BUSES
Further  to my news of last night, I am very grateful to Simon Ayres for sending me a photograph, taken by him at the Aldenham Works open day in 1983 where the two buses T66 and TE112 were first revealed.

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Friday 14th April 2017


BACHMANN FORMALLY ANNOUNCE EFE ALDENHAM WORKS GIFT SET
Further  to my news of Sunday evening, Bachmann have today formally announced the Aldenham Works Gift set to their retailers. I am very grateful to Time Tunnel Models and Jacksons Models for forwarding the information to me:
99938 Leyland Titan Twin pack - Aldenham Open Day 1983. The RRP is £59.95 and Bachmann indicate that the release date will be September/October.

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Thursday 13th April 2017


CONFIRMED RELEASE OF EFE MODEL
Many thanks to Neil at Time Tunnel Models for advising me that the next EFE model to be released was being prepared for dispatch from Bachmann's on Friday and will be in the shops from today onwards:
12122
Harrington Cavalier - Southdown CLICK HERE

Monday 10th April 2017


LONDON BUS MUSEUM SPRING GATHERING PHOTOGRAPHS OF BACHMANN'S STALL
Further to my news of earlier this evening, I have uploaded a number of photographs showing both the new models and the stall. In addition there is a photograph showing the new EFE packaging which will be introduced this Autumn.
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2nd posting Sunday 9th April 2017


LONDON BUS MUSEUM SPRING GATHERING
I have just returned from the London Bus Museum Spring Gathering. The weather was hot and Sunny, with a temperature of about 25 degrees. The two London Bus Museum Jotus T & TD resin models were selling very well and any remaining stock will go on sale on the Museums web shop on Wednesday www.lbmshop.com.

Bachmann had a display with a number of models on view including their forthcoming previously announced models along with a selection of models from their Graham Farrish n-gauge bus range and also models from their Pocket Bond range. 3 members of staff were on the stand to talk to collectors. They announced a new two bus EFE gift set and a new model, see details below. I hope to publish some photographs later:

99938 Leyland Titan Twin pack - Aldenham Open Day 1983
Comprising
28826 Leyland Titan - London General Aldenham Diplomat
Fleet number: T66
Registration number: WYV66T
Route number: 165
Destination: Hornchurch Garage

28827 Leyland Titan - London Buses
Fleet number: TE112
Registration number: CUL112V
Route number: 177
Destination: EXPRESS NOT IN SERVICE

38120 Bristol VRT - BR Plant & Machinery Training Vehicle
Registration number: AYG941H

Sunday 9th April 2017


BACHMANN AT THIS SUNDAYS BROOKLANDS SPRING GATHERING
The Bachmann website reports that the Bachmann team will be at this Sundays event:

"The Bachmann road show will be attending this years Spring Gathering event at the London Bus Museum. Our EFE stand will have members of our team ready to take any of your questions this coming Sunday (9th April 2017). Spring Gathering will host an array of buses and coaches with the chance to experience excursion tours, displays, flea marketing and workshop tours, perfect for all enthusiasts! "

Friday 7th April 2017


LONDON BUS MUSEUM JOTUS COMMISSIONED MODELS - ON SALE THIS WEEKEND
A reminder that the two Jotus commissioned resin models go on sale at the London Bus Museum Spring Gathering at Brooklands on Sunday. The Museum has advised me that the models which are limited to 250 pieces each, will be on sale priced at £75.00 to members and £82.00 to non members.

AEC Regal 14T12 T Class - London Transport
Fleet number: T727
Registration number: HGF817
Route number: 223
Destination: West Drayton

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Leyland PS1 TD Class - London Transport
Fleet number: TD3
Registration number: HGF961
Route number: 212
Destination: Muswell Hill Bdy
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CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM ATLAS EDITIONS CLASSIC COACHES COLLECTION
I can confirm that the following model has now been released, mine arrived this morning:
4642121 Steyr 380q - Kerschner-Reisen (Austria)
Fleet number: -
Registration number: O508722
Route number: -
Destination: Salzburger - Hauptbahnhof
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Wednesday 5th April 2017


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