April to June 2018 - News

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HACHETTE PARTWORKS BUILD YOUR OWN ROUTEMASTER - FOLLOW MY PROGRESS CONSTRUCTING THE MODEL BY CLICKING HERE

 

NEWLY ANNOUNCED EFE MODEL
Further to my News of yesterday, the following text and photographs have been received from Bachmann:

"E25006 - Bristol RELL Flat Front Type A – Devon General NBC – RRP £29.95

The EFE Bristol RE with flat front E.C.W. bodywork has been updated with new driving mirrors and additional panel ribs on the body sides. We are very pleased with the results!"

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NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY - ADL ENVIRO400 MMC UKBUS6504 STAGECOACH IN OXFORDSHIRE
Further to my News of Monday morning, my model has now arrived from Hong Kong, please see below photographs.

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Friday 29th June 2018


EFE ANNOUNCE NEW MODEL
The latest edition of Diecast Collector magazine arrived this morning and carries details of a new model from EFE:
25006 Bristol RELL (flat front type A) - Devon General NBC (National Bus Company poppy red livery)
Fleet number: 2726
Registration number: POD825H
Route number: 374
Destination: Exeter
Anticipated release date: Not specified but says - "coming soon"
The model has received an updated tooling with new driving mirrors and additional panel ribs on the body sides.

The same advert reports that model 34112 AEC RT  - London Transport is "now available in good model shops" I have not received any reports of its release, so it must be imminent.

Thursday 28th June 2018


CORGI JULY TO DECEMBER 2018 NEW MODELS - ANOTHER AMENDMENT
Whilst I have been out this afternoon, a further trade list has been received from Corgi. This confirms the Transdev Wright Gemini (which was missed off the first list I received) and deleted the RTW. No reason is given for the RTW being cancelled, it only says "Cancelled".

So to confirm, the following models are no longer being produced:
OM41709A Leyland Titan RTW, London Transport Route 11 Destination A
OM41709B Leyland Titan RTW, London Transport Route 11 Destination B

The final list of new models reads:

OM46514A Wright Eclipse Gemini 2, Go-Ahead East London Transit 
Fleet number:  WVL337
Registration number: LX59DDU
Route: EL2
Destination:  Ilford Station
Anticipated release date: December 2018

OM46514B Wright Eclipse Gemini 2, Go-Ahead East London Transit EL1 Thames View Estate
Fleet number: WVL337
Registration number: LX59DDU
Route: EL2
Destination:  Ilford Station
Anticipated release date: December 2018

OM46713A Wright Eclipse II (Single Deck), Transdev The Shuttle,   
Fleet number: 1801
Registration number: YJ05FNP
Route: 662
Destination: Keighley Bus Station via Crossflats
Anticipated release date: October 2018

OM46713B Wright Eclipse II (Single Deck), Transdev The Shuttle,  
Fleet number: 1801
Registration number: YJ05FNP
Route: 662
Destination: Bradford via Bingley
Anticipated release date: October 2018

CC42418 Beatles Magical Mystery Tour bus
Registration number: URO913E
Anticipated release date: October 2018

22:30hrs Monday 25th June 2018


PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY
The following press release has just been released from The Northcord Model Company:

NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY - PRESS RELEASE

ADL Enviro400 MMC

UKBUS6504 Stagecoach in Oxfordshire

Following the significant success in launching the brand new casting of the Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC model in the livery of National Express West Midlands, Northcord Model Company is now releasing the second livery on the 10.9 metre long, single-door casting – UKBUS6504 in the livery of Stagecoach in Oxfordshire.

UKBUS6504 represents fleet number 10684 (SN66 WHC) that has 10.9 metre, single door bodywork and was new to Stagecoach in Oxfordshire in 2017. 10684 carries standard Stagecoach provincial livery and destination details for route 3 heading for Rose Hill. 

Additional details that the model carries include the wifi and contactless logos on either side of the front destination, and contactless logo above the entrance door. The model also correctly features the opposite-facing seats at the end of upper deck saloon.

The Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC UKBUS6504 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 UKBUS6504 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 UKBUS6504 model is limited to 1000 pieces worldwide.

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Northcord Model Company (NMC)
------The World’s Miniature Bus Co.

10:45hrs Monday 25th June 2018


CORGI 2ND HALF MODELS - DETAILS
OM41709A Leyland Titan RTW, London Transport Route 11 Destination A
Details not known at this time and no image available

OM41709B Leyland Titan  RTW, London Transport Route 11 Destination B
Details not known at this time and no image available

OM46514A Wright Eclipse Gemini 2, Go-Ahead East London Transit 
Fleet number:  WVL337
Registration number: LX59DDU
Route: EL2
Destination:  Ilford Station
Anticipated release date: December 2018

OM46514B Wright Eclipse Gemini 2, Go-Ahead East London Transit EL1 Thames View Estate
Fleet number: WVL337
Registration number: LX59DDU
Route: EL2
Destination:  Ilford Station
Anticipated release date: December 2018

OM46713A Wright Eclipse II (Single Deck), Transdev The Shuttle,   
Fleet number: 1801
Registration number: YJ05FNP
Route:
662
Destination:
Keighley Bus Station via Crossflats
Anticipated release date: October 2018

OM46713B Wright Eclipse II (Single Deck), Transdev The Shuttle,  
Fleet number: 1801
Registration number: YJ05FNP
Route:
662
Destination:
Bradford via Bingley
Anticipated release date: October 2018

One other model is listed which I did not pick up on the trade sheet which is:
CC42418 Beatles Magical Mystery Tour bus
Registration number: URO913E
Anticipated release date: October 2018

10:40hrs Monday 25th June 2018


CORGI 2ND HALF MODELS - UPDATE
When Corgi published the details of the models on their website, one additional model was shown which was not listed on the earlier trade sheet. Additionally the RTW mentioned on their trade sheet is not shown on the website.
OM46713A Wright Eclipse II (Single Deck), Transdev The Shuttle, 662 Keighley Bus Station via Crossflats 
OM46713B Wright Eclipse II (Single Deck), Transdev The Shuttle, 662 Bradford via Bingley

One other model is listed which I did not pick up on the trade sheet which is:
CC42418 Beatles Magical Mystery Tour bus

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10:00hrs Monday 25th June 2018


CORGI 2ND HALF MODELS JUST ANNOUNCED
Corgi have just announced two models for their 2nd half catalogue, both with split destinations, further details will be published when they become available:
OM41709A Leyland Titan RTW, London Transport Route 11 Destination A
OM41709B Leyland Titan RTW, London Transport Route 11 Destination B
OM46514A Wright Eclipse Gemini 2, Go-Ahead East London Transit EL2 Ilford Station
OM46514B Wright Eclipse Gemini 2, Go-Ahead East London Transit EL1 Thames View Estate

09:00hrs Monday 25th June 2018


LONDON BUS MUSEUM "ON THE BUSES EVENT" TODAY 24/06/2018
I visited the Museum today, very hot with unbroken sunshine. A member of staff told me it was 31 degrees on the ground floor in the Museum and 38.4 on the mezzanine floor where the Punch and Judy man was performing!

The Museum shop had the first two production version models of their jotus.com commissioned AEC ST models on display. The Museum are still hoping the remainder of the models will be received by the end of July. I have attached photographs showing the production versions of the models, together with a photograph showing real Thomas Tilling liveried vehicle (outside the Museum on display) on which one of the models will be based. Also attached is a photograph of the real AEC RT2177 which was also on display and is to be represented by EFE model 34112.

AEC ST stock codes are confirmed as the following:
RS-76652 - London Transport 
RS-76653 - Thomas Tilling

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Sunday 24th June 2018


ISSUE 14 - BUILD YOUR OWN ROUTEMASTER
I have added photographs and text to issue 14 of the Build Your Own Routemaster pages. Showing fitting of the rear axle. CLICK HERE to be taken to the page or click on the link at the top of this page

ISSUE 15 - BUILD YOUR OWN ROUTEMASTER
I have added photographs and text to issue 15 of the Build Your Own Routemaster pages. Showing assembly of the suspension arms bar and shock absorber columns. CLICK HERE to be taken to the page or click on the link at the top of this page

Saturday 23rd June 2018


ISSUE 12 - BUILD YOUR OWN ROUTEMASTER
I have added photographs and text to issue 12 of the Build Your Own Routemaster pages. Showing assembly of the Left rear suspension arm and brake mechanism. CLICK HERE to be taken to the page or click on the link at the top of this page

ISSUE 13 - BUILD YOUR OWN ROUTEMASTER
I have added photographs and text to issue 13 of the Build Your Own Routemaster pages. Showing assembly of the Left rear suspension arm and brake mechanism. CLICK HERE to be taken to the page or click on the link at the top of this page

Thursday 21st June 2018


PRE-PRODUCTION PHOTOGRAPHS LONDON BUS MUSEUM COMMISSIONED JOTUS.COM
MODELS

The London Bus Museum have kindly sent me photographs of fully decorated samples of their two Jotus.com AEC Regent 1 Tilling bodied open staircase ST, commissioned models. They advise that the production of both versions of the model has now commenced and they expect to take delivery towards the end of July. As they do not have a certain delivery date and final purchase price of the models, they are not taking pre- orders at this time. As soon as The Museum are notified that the models are ready for dispatch from Hong Kong, they will notify me of the cost etc., and details will be posted on the LBM website. 500 models have been commissioned, split equally between the LT and Tilling versions (250 of each). I have published below, photographs of both models and a third set of photographs showing a comparison between the two.

The first set of photographs show AEC Regent 1 Tilling bodied open staircase ST – London Transport (red) – Fleet Number: ST839 (GJ2015) on route 159 to Oxford Circus

The second set of photographs show AEC Regent 1 Tilling bodied open staircase ST – Tilling livery – Fleet Number : 6098 (GJ2098) on route 146a to Keston

The third set of photographs show both models side by side to allow comparison of the two models.

London Transport (red) – Fleet Number: ST839 (GJ2015)
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Tilling  – Fleet Number : 6098 (GJ2098)
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Comparison of the two models
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Wednesday 20th June 2018


PHOTOGRAPHS OF RECENTLY RELEASED OXFORD DIECAST MODELS
Please see below photographs of the two Oxford Diecast models released last week:
76COM007 Commer Commando - Skyways
NNR005 New Routemaster - Stagecoach  London (All over livery Propercorn)

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Monday 18th June 2018


CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY
I can confirm that the following model has now been released:
UKBUS6503 ADL Enviro400 MMC -  Stagecoach London CLICK HERE

CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM OXFORD DIECAST
I can confirm that the following models have now been released and are on sale:
76COM007 Commer Commando - Skyways CLICK HERE
NNR005 New Routemaster - Stagecoach  London (All over livery Propercorn) CLICK HERE

Saturday 16th June 2018


OXFORD DIECAST MODELS SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE
Many thanks to Jacksons Models for advising me that the following models will be in the shops very soon:
76COM007 Commer Commando - Skyways CLICK HERE
NNR005 New Routemaster - Stagecoach  London (All over livery Propercorn) CLICK HERE

Thursday 14th June 2018


OXFORD DIECAST NEW MODELS - CONFIRMED DETAILS
Oxford Diecast have this morning confirmed to me the details for the new models announced over the weekend:

N Gauge new tooling. 
1:148
NMW6001 Bristol MW6G Royal Blue Q4/2018 - same as 76MW6001

N Gauge new models.
NLRT004 Leyland Royal Tiger Maidstone & District Q4/2018 – same as 76LRT004

NNR007 New Routemaster First West Yorkshire Q4/2018
Fleet number: -
Registration number: LT61BHT
Route number: 503
Destination: Huddersfield

NWFA002 Weymann Fanfare Grey Cars Q4/2018 – same as 76WFA002

76th scale new tooling
76DC001 Duple Commander MkII Southdown Q2/2019
Fleet number: 1785
Registration number: HCD385E
Route number: -
Destination: Devon & Cornwall

76th scale new models
76LAN2018 Land Rover Series II LWB Canvas Southdown Q3/2018
Fleet number: L13
Registration number: 13EUF
Route number: -
Destination: -

76LRT009 Leyland Royal Tiger Alexander Bluebird Q4/2018 
Fleet number: PC31
Registration number: DWG527
Route number: -
Destination: Glasgow

76OWB014 Bedford OWB Isle of Man Road Services Q4/2018 
Fleet number: 26
Registration number: GMN145
Route number: -
Destination: Port Erin

76PD2007 Leyland PD2/12 Barton Q4/2018  
Fleet number: 732
Registration number: RAL334
Route number: 7A
Destination: Calverton

76FDE016 Ford 400E Minibus London Fire Brigade (Green) Q4/2018
Fleet number: -
Registration number: 136BGX
Route number: -
Destination: -

Two additional models
For London Enthusiasts, there are two additional models that will be of interest, details to be confirmed by Oxford Diecast:
76FTC010 Ford Transit Connect Tube Lines CLICK HERE
76FRE005 Land Rover Freelander London Underground Q4/2018 CLICK HERE

Tuesday 12th June 2018


OXFORD DIECAST ANNOUNCE A NUMBER OF NEW MODELS AND TWO NEW CASTINGS
Oxford Diecast announced a number of new models earlier this evening:

N Gauge new tooling. 
1:148 New 
NMW6001 Bristol MW6G Royal Blue Q4/2018 CLICK HERE

N Gauge new models.
NLRT004 Leyland Royal Tiger Maidstone & District Q4/2018 CLICK HERE
NNR007 New Routemaster First West Yorkshire Q4/2018 CLICK HERE
NWFA002 Weymann Fanfare Grey Cars Q4/2018 CLICK HERE

76th scale new tooling
76DC001 Duple Commander MkII Southdown Q2/2019 CLICK HERE

76th scale new models
76LAN2018 Land Rover Series II LWB Canvas Southdown Q3/2018 CLICK HERE
76LRT009 Leyland Royal Tiger Alexander Bluebird Q4/2018 CLICK HERE
76OWB014 Bedford OWB Isle of Man Road Services Q4/2018 CLICK HERE
76PD2007 Leyland PD2/12 Barton Q4/2018 CLICK HERE

76FDE016 Ford 400E Minibus London Fire Brigade (Green) Q4/2018 CLICK HERE

Friday 8th June 2018


CORGI 2ND HALF 2018 CATALOGUE
Corgi have advised that their July to December 2018 catalogue will be released on Monday 25th June.

CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM EFE AND NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY
I can confirm that the following models have now been released and are on sale:
20458 Bristol VR3 - Midland Fox
UKBUS6502 ADL Enviro400 MMC - National Express West Midlands

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Saturday 2nd June 2018


ISSUE 11 - BUILD YOUR OWN ROUTEMASTER
I have added photographs and text to issue 11 of the Build Your Own Routemaster pages. Showing assembly of the steering rods and links and fitting them to the front axle and suspension system. CLICK HERE to be taken to the page or click on the link at the top of this page

Wednesday 30th May 2018


ISSUE 10 - BUILD YOUR OWN ROUTEMASTER
I have added photographs and text to issue 10 of the Build Your Own Routemaster pages. Showing assembly and fitting of the second front wheel. CLICK HERE to be taken to the page or click on the link at the top of this page

Tuesday 29th May 2018


ISSUE 9 - BUILD YOUR OWN ROUTEMASTER
I have added photographs and text to issue 9 of the Build Your Own Routemaster pages. Showing assembly of the second front disc brake. CLICK HERE to be taken to the page or click on the link at the top of this page

Monday 28th May 2018


NEWS OF AN IRISH COMMISSIONED BRITBUS MODEL FROM ADRIAN LEMON
Adrian has written to me this evening advising of a new Britbus commissioned Irish model:

"I'm pleased to announce a final release of the Britbus MCW Metrorider as DublinBus Local-Link route 203 to Carriglea. This represents one of 10 MCW long wheelbase metroriders as MB6 to MB15, MB1 to MB5 were short versions, Dublins differed to ones in GB in having a tall destination box like the ones in Hong Kong. All built by Metro Cammell Weymann. 

MB10 (88 D 31372) is carrying the "LOCAL LINK" as used on these vehicles in the late 80's-early 90's. The livery used the 2 tone green of D.B with added cream roof and pillars, the introduction of these minibuses predated the wider introduction of the fleet of over 100 minibuses called City Imp of which I was half the duo of the EFE commission of said City Imp model!

The new release of only 200 models features bus MB10 on route 203 to Carriglea which is a small estate in the suburb of Tallaght, the model is exclusively available from myself and is priced at €40 + €5 p&p. (PayPal lemon1970@eircom.net)"

Adrian has advised me that he will be taking stock of the models tomorrow (Monday 21st May)

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Sunday 20th May 2018


ISSUES 7 AND 8 - BUILD YOUR OWN ROUTEMASTER
I have added photographs and text to issues 7 and 8 of the Build Your Own Routemaster pages. Showing in issue 7, assembly of one of the front disc brakes and and in issue 8, fitting one of the front tyres. CLICK HERE to be taken to the page or click on the link at the top of this page

Tuesday 15th May 2018


ATLAS EDITIONS - ARTICLE AMENDED 15/5/18
Since posting my article, I have read reports of people still being able to contact Customer Services and being told that their collections will be completed. Very strange, I am not sure what is going on. The message below is currently displayed on the Atlas Editions Home page:

"Dear Collectors,

Please be advised that with immediate effect, it is no longer possible to place orders for new collections. 

Here at Atlas Editions we are totally committed to providing excellent customer service, and we want to reassure our customers with existing orders or collections that nothing has changed; all deliveries will continue on the same terms as previously.

You can also continue to manage your online account and make payments exactly as before. If you need to create an account, please complete the orange box below.

Our group company, De Agostini, is continuously developing new collections and scale models on the ModelSpace website, www.model-space.com, one of the World's leading and most trusted worldwide websites for scale modellers and collectors. We are very happy to recommend their products to you. Go and have a look for yourself by visiting their website directly by clicking on the banner below.

We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for your loyalty and for your continued support.

The Atlas Editions Team".

Monday 14th May 2018


CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM CORGI OOC
I can confirm that the following models have now been released and are on sale:
OM46313A Routemaster - London & Country - Destination: Epsom
OM46313B Routemaster - London & Country - Destination: Reigate L.T Garage Leatherhead
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Saturday 12th May 2018


NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY UKBUS6503 ADL Enviro400 MMC - STAGECOACH LONDON - PHOTOGRAPHS
Please see below photographs of my model received direct from Hong Kong.

 

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Monday 7th May 2018


ANNOUNCEMENT FROM TTC DIECAST
TTC Diecast have made the following announcement a few minutes ago:

**NEW RANGE ANNOUNCEMENT **

So a few of you guessed, but we are spreading our wings and our new range is 'Buses Model Co'. They are Hong Kong based and mainly model CMB and KMB models. We have stock of all their available models at the moment, and will be agents for them for anything new.

It is an important relationship for us as BMC are manufacturers of their own models in die cast.

Our prices should match the prices being offered in HK, with no high delivery charge, or change of having to pay import tax.

The range can be found here: 
http://www.ttcdiecast.com/buses-model-co-464-c.asp

Friday 4th May 2018


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

NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY - PRESS RELEASE

ADL Enviro400 MMC - UKBUS6503 Stagecoach London

Northcord Model Company is pleased to announce the release of UKBUS6503, the second release of the long awaited 10.3 metre 2-door casting of this distinctive, modern, double-decker in the United Kingdom. The second livery to be carried on the brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC model, is Stagecoach London with standard London red livery.

UKBUS6503 represents fleet number 10347 (SN16 OLO) that has 10.3 metre, dual-door bodywork and was new to Stagecoach London in April 2016. 10347 has a Euro6 diesel driveline and is based at Stagecoach London’s Romford Garage where it operates on busy route 498 which runs between Brentwood and Queen’s Hospital.

The Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC UKBUS6503 is a one-piece casting whose clean lines accentuate the square-cornered, patented quick-release windows of the real bus and the livery application on which all logos and lettering are clearly legible. Another main feature on the UKBUS6503 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 additional ventilation equipment on the upper deck ceiling, and the extensive portrayal of handrails on upper deck and lower deck, etc.

When compared with the previously issued UKBUS6501 (Enviro400H MMC) in Go-Ahead London livery, UKBUS6503 is fitted with the brand new rear dome representing the basic, diesel version with lower-located service number blind aperture and grilles above the lower window.

The brand new 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 UKBUS6503 model is limited to 1000 pieces worldwide.

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Northcord Model Company (NMC)
------The World’s Miniature Bus Co.

Wednesday 2nd May 2018


NEW MODELS FROM JOTUS.COM
Jotus.com have released a teaser photograph of new models entitled "Highlights of 2018", all for release later this year. Keep visiting this website, the British Model Buses Facebook page, and the Jotus.com
website and Facebook page for further details
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OXFORD DIECAST MODEL SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE
Many thanks to Jacksons Models for advising me that the following model is scheduled for release week commencing 7th May:
NWFL001 Weymann Fanfare - Southdown

This model was previously released as part of Oxford Diecast Gift set. NSET03, but is now issued as an individual model.

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Monday 30th April 2018


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.
Image one CLICK HERE
Image two CLICK HERE 
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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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Northcord Model Company (NMC)
------The World’s Miniature Bus Co.

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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