April to June 2018 - News

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TWO NEW 1:24TH SCALE ROUTEMASTER MODELS ANNOUNCED BY SUNSTAR
Many thanks to Neil at Time Tunnel Models for advising me of two new 1:24th scale Routemaster RM models announced by Sunstar. Both models are scheduled for an August release and Neil is taking pre-orders now: CLICK HERE to visit the Time Tunnel Models website:

H2941 features RM2217 (CUV217C) in red Arriva livery. Route and destination to be confirmed.
H2942 features RM6 (VLT6) in gold Arriva livery. Route and destination to be confirmed.

No photographs of the actual models are available yet, but Sunstar have distributed photographs of actual Routemasters in service. The  initial photograph of the gold bus released by Sunstar (including on their website) showed a gold Routemaster RML. Neil queried this with the importer and Sunstar sent out a new photograph of gold RM6.

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Tuesday 17th April 2018


TWO COMMISSIONED MODELS FOR THE BUCKIE MODEL CENTRE
Chris from the Buckie model centre has written to advise that he has commissioned two 1:87th scale models featuring Maynes Coaches VDL Futura K60GSM. Each model will be limited to 125 pieces, each with a certificate. Chris hopes the models will be available, mid May (hopefully) from the Buckie Model Centre web site www. buckiemodelcentre.com. The price has to be finalised at this time.
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BACHMANN AT TODAY'S LONDON BUS MUSEUM SPRING GATHERING
Bachmann had a display at the London Bus Museum Spring Gathering at Brooklands. A variety of models were on display but no new announcements:

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Sunday 15th April 2018


NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY UKBUS6502 ADL ENVIRO400 MMC - NATIONAL EXPRESS WEST MIDLANDS
As promised, additional photographs of my model which arrived direct from Hong Kong earlier this week. For information, Northcord Model Company stated that this model was a release of 1500 pieces. My model was not accompanied by a certificate and does not have the quantity printed on the models plinth as previous Northcord models have done.

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PHOTOGRAPHS OF TWO EFE MODELS
Further to my news earlier this week, please see additional photographs of the two models. The South Yorkshire model is in the shops. If not already released, the Midland Fox model should be released imminently:
20458 Bristol VR3 - Midland Fox
24332 BET AEC Reliance - South Yorkshire PTE

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PHOTOGRAPHS OF RECENTLY RELEASED OXFORD DIECAST MODEL
Please see photographs of the model released earlier this month:
76OWB013 Bedford OWB - Belfast Corporation

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Saturday 14th April 2018


NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY UKBUS6502 ADL ENVIRO400 MMC - NATIONAL EXPRESS WEST MIDLANDS
My model has arrived direct from Hong Kong, I hope to publish additional photographs of it over the weekend.

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2nd posting Thursday 12th April 2018


CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM EFE
I can confirm that the following models have now been released and will be in the shops in the near future:
20458 Bristol VR3 - Midland Fox
24332 BET AEC Reliance - South Yorkshire PTE

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Thursday 12th April 2018


LATEST ANTICIPATED RELEASE DATES FROM CORGI OOC
The Corgi website shows the latest anticipated release dates for their first half buses:
OM40821A Bristol Lodekka - Wilts and Dorset Was Apr-18 Now June-18
OM40821B Bristol Lodekka - Wilts and Dorset Was Apr-18 Now June-18
OM43917A Guy Utility Bus - Burton Corporation Was Jun-18 Still June-18
OM43917B Guy Utility Bus - Burton Corporation Was Jun-18 Still June-18
OM46313A Routemaster - London & Country Was Mar-18 Now May-18
OM46313B Routemaster - London & Country Was Mar-18 Now May-18
OM46515A Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 - Brighton & Hove (Brighton Pride) Was May-18 Still May-18
OM46515B Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 - Brighton & Hove (Brighton Pride) Was May-18 Still May-18

PHOTOGRAPH OF GUERNSEYBUS OPEN TOP AEC REGENT III - RT
Further to my news of 3rd April, please see below a photograph of the actual bus to be modelled (courtesy of Dave Arnold) by the 1:43rd scale IXO Hachette model. From a photograph I have seen of the model, it looks like the blue of the model might be too light. Having said that, I will reserve judgement until the model is released as the model photograph could be over exposed etc.

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Wednesday 11th April 2018


PRESS RELEASE FROM NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY
The following press release has been received this morning from the Northcord Model Company:

NEW CASTING

ADL Enviro400 MMC - UKBUS6502 National Express West Midlands

Following the significant success in launching the brand new casting of the Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC model in the livery of Go-Ahead London, Northcord Model Company is releasing the second version – UKBUS6502 in the livery of National Express West Midlands.

UKBUS6502 is another launch model of the new family of castings and this is the 10.9 metre long version with 1 door.

UKBUS6502 represents fleet number 6126 (SN15 LGV) that has 10.9 metre, single door bodywork and was new to National Express West Midlands in 2016. 6126 carries a full and colourfully branded livery for route 50. The special, comprehensive livery and branding are 100% reproduced onto the UKBUS6502 model. The stand-out features of the branding are : the “up to every 4 minutes” frequency, “24 hour service” and the prominent route number “50” along with the key locations served that are repeated on the front, both sides and the rear. Fares details are carried in the first nearside window.

The model also correctly portrays the name “Verity” that is carried on the front, below the windscreen on the nearside, and on the rear, at the top of the engine cover on the offside, of the bus 6126.

The Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC UKBUS6502 is a one-piece casting whose clean lines accentuate the square, gasket-mounted windows and the livery application on which all logos and lettering are clearly legible. Another main feature on the UKBUS6502 model is its single tree protector at the front. The front dome on the model is significant, with curved windscreens on both upper deck and lower deck.

Northcord Model Company is also creating new design standards within the interior of both saloons. These features, inside the compartments, will represent the real, outstanding layout of the Enviro400 MMC, such as the extensive portrayal of handrails on upper deck and lower deck, etc.

The brand new 10.9 metre Enviro400 MMC bus models will be distributed by John Ayrey Die-Casts Limited (UK), Porte Publishing Company (Japan), 80M Bus Model Shop and Concorde Hobby Shop (HK) respectively. The UKBUS6502 model is limited to 1500 pieces worldwide.

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BACHMANN AT LONDON BUS MUSEUM SPRING GATHERING
Many thanks to Steve Turner for advising me that Bachmann have announced that they will be at this weekends annual Spring Gathering. Details can be found on their website CLICK HERE

Monday 9th April 2018


CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM OXFORD DIECAST
I can confirm that the following model has now been released and is on sale:
76OWB013 Bedford OWB - Belfast Corporation CLICK HERE

Friday 6th April 2018


NEW IXO HACHETTE MODEL
Many thanks to John Bennett for advising me that the next model to be released in the Ixo Hachette series, number 82, is to be of Guernseybus open-top AEC Regent III (RT) in 1:43rd scale. The model is due to be released shortly, with one seller taking pre-orders and shipping from the 13th April onwards.

Tuesday 3rd April 2018


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