July to September 2017 - News

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CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM EFE
I can confirm that the following model has now been released and is on sale:
15808 Leyland PD1 - East Kent CLICK HERE

YARDLEY WOOD BUS CLUB TAKING STOCK OF TWO HACHETTE (IXO 1:43RD) MODELS
Yardley Wood bus club have advised that they are taking stock of two more Hachette models tomorrow:

BUS-02 LONDON TRANSPORT - AEC REGENT III - UK 1947-79
BUS-027 NEOPLAN SKYLINER NH22L - GERMANY 1983

As usual they are in a strong blister pack with cardboard backing and the price is 15 each (Plus P&P). Please contact Yardley Wood via their website CLICK HERE if you are interested.

Monday 24th July 2017


PRESS RELEASE FROM RAPIDO TRAINS
The following press release has been received from Rapido Trains:

The most detailed 1:76 British bus model EVER.

Rapido Trains Inc. announces revolutionary 1:76 scale Birmingham New Look Bus

Wythall, UK - Award-winning Canadian model train and bus manufacturer Rapido Trains Inc. is delighted to announce its first British bus model, a 1:76 scale representation of the Birmingham City Transport "New Look" Guy Arab IV. The model will include details and features never before seen on a 1:76 model bus. 

Rapido Trains Inc. has been producing models for the North American market since 2004. Last year, Rapido exploded onto the British model train market and was voted "manufacturer of the year" in both the Model Rail and British Railway Modelling magazine polls, with its first two model releases winning "model of the year" in their respective categories. Rapido is entirely run by train and bus enthusiasts, and has built its reputation by incorporating more detail than it was previously believed possible in small scale models.

ABOUT THE BIRMINGHAM CITY TRANSPORT "NEW LOOK" BUS

With the word "FORWARD" emblazoned beneath its coat of arms, the city of Birmingham has been the industrial and technological hub of the United Kingdom. Reflecting its home at the forefront of industrial development, the adoption of concealed radiators by Birmingham City Transport really made the industry sit up and take notice. 

Under development from 1948 and delivered from 1950, the New Look buses gained their nickname from fashion designer Christian Dior's "New Look" dresses of the late 1940s. The Birmingham City Transport New Look had a radical impact on bus development in the 1950s, with variations of the New Look front appearing all over the country in subsequent years.

Rapido's Birmingham New Look Bus model is a Guy Arab IV with Metro-Cammell body, one of 200 buses delivered between 1952 and 1954 (JOJ 901-999, LOG 300 and MOF 3-102). These iconic buses featured one-piece body construction, a seating capacity of 55 (30 upper and 25 lower), and a tough Gardner 6LW engine. They were rugged and loud, growling through the streets of Birmingham for an entire generation.

ABOUT THE MODEL

Just as the Birmingham New Look revolutionized bus design, Rapido Trains Inc. presents a radically different approach to British bus models. Our model is based on a 3D scan of the real JOJ 976 in the collection of the Transport Museum, Wythall. This ensures that all of the proportions match precisely to those of the real thing, especially the complex curves of the front and rear domes and the "New Look" bonnet itself.

The 1:76 Birmingham New Look Bus will feature:

- 100% accurate proportions based on a 3D scan of the real thing
- Injection-moulded plastic and metal construction
- All body weld lines, extrusions and rivets accurately rendered
- Full, multi-coloured interior with no large posts blocking the aisles
- Separate metal wire handrails and rear platform grab pole
- Separate etched-metal interior grab poles
- Steerable front wheels with rubber tyres
- Flush-fitting windows 
- Accurate, even paint finish that does not obscure the details
- Several routes/destinations available plus blank destination with transfers included
- Deluxe versions feature working headlamps and interior lighting
- Deluxe versions also feature illuminated destination blinds
- Deluxe versions require a 12V 500 mA DC power supply (not included)

The RRP is 39.95 (standard), 49.95 (deluxe) Reservations may be placed now with your local model bus stockist or directly from www.RapidoUK.com

Tooling and production progress will be reported regularly on Rapido's web site, Facebook page, YouTube channel and Twitter. Once a final pre-production model has been approved Rapido will announce an order deadline. Reserve by the deadline to guarantee delivery. The models will be delivered to customers in autumn 2018.

The list below shows the models being produced, Starting with fleet number, Route, destination, Registration number, comments, stock code for standard model, stock code for deluxe

Birmingham City Transport (BCT) Blue/Cream with Khaki Roof
2976 NO ROUTE JOJ976 Gold numbers 71000 71500
3100 6 SANDON ROAD MOF100 Black numbers 71001 71501
3062 11 OUTER CIRCLE MOF62 Gold numbers 71002 71502
2986 32 GOSPEL LANE LOOP VIA LAKEY LANE JOJ986 Gold numbers 71003 71503
3009 52 BEECHES ESTATE VIA WALSALL ROAD MOF9 Gold numbers 71004 71504
3000 56 CASTLE BROMWICH (NEWPORT ROAD) LOG300 Black numbers 71005 71505
2958 63 RUBERY JOJ958 Black numbers 71006 71506
2976 750 WYTHALL TRANSPORT MUSEUM JOJ976 Gold numbers 71007 7150

West Midlands PTE (WMPTE) Oxford Blue and Cream with Khaki Roof
3037 5 PERRY COMMON COURT LANE MOF37 71008 71508
2964 9 QUINTON JOJ964 71009 71509 
2995 15 BLAKENALL JOJ995 71010 71510
Undecorated Kit  71011 71511

 

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Sunday 16th July 2017


CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM OXFORD DIECAST
I can confirm that the following models have now been released and are on sale:
76WFA005 Weymann Fanfare - Greenslades  CLICK HERE
NNR004CC  New Routemaster - London United/Coca Cola  CLICK HERE

Saturday 15th July 2017


CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM ATLAS EDITIONS
I can confirm that the following model has now been released:
4642125 - Ikarus 66 - Mayaut (Hungary)
Fleet number: -
Registration number: GC 15 55
Route number: - 
Destination: Budapest

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RAPIDO TRAINS INC., 3D SCANNING EVENT
News has been received from Rapido Trains Inc regarding their 3D scanning event:

New 1:76 Bus Model Launch This Weekend

Rapido Trains Inc., Canada's largest manufacturer of model trains and buses, will introduce its first British bus model at a 3D scanning event this Sunday, 16 July, at the Transport Museum, Wythall.

Please join us! All are welcome.

* 3D scanning of full-size historic bus
* Free bus rides on BCT MOF 9 and Trent PD2
* Complimentary hot drinks
* Exclusive merchandise for sale
* Complimentary collectable die-struck metal badges
* Presentation of 3D scan and modelling techniques from the Rapido Trains team
* Miniature train rides
* Normal admission prices
* Rain or shine

Rapido Trains Inc. has been producing models for the North American market since 2004. Last year, Rapido exploded onto the British model train market and was voted "manufacturer of the year" in both the Model Rail and British Railway Modelling magazine polls, with its first two model releases winning "model of the year" in their respective categories. 

Rapido's new British bus model is the first to be designed using a 3D scan of a real bus. This ensures all of the contours of the model match the shape of the original bus precisely. The model will also feature steerable front wheels, interior lighting and working headlamps, a first in the UK model bus market.

The 3D scan will take place at the Transport Museum, Wythall on Sunday 16 July between 12:00 noon and 3:00pm. The scan will be performed by Central Scanning, a Bromsgrove-based firm that has specialised in 3D scan and print technologies since 2006.

VERY SAD NEWS REGARDING HARRY CAMERON
It was with great sadness that I received news of the passing of my friend Harry Cameron from Glasgow last weekend. Many of you will have known Harry through his passion for Scottish and Hong Kong Buses (real and model), his membership of the Model Bus Federation and for his wife Susan's commissioning of many models (ABC, Britbus and Creative Master) to raise money for the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum at Lathalmond. Harry was also the owner of the Yahoo DBI (Diecast Buses Interactive) discussion group which he took over a number of years ago after the death of its founder Gerry Brown. I have known Harry for many years and have very happy memories of meeting him both in the UK (when I was on holiday in Scotland with my family and when he visited Showbus at Duxford) and also in Hong Kong when he was out there for one of his then regular trips. One one occasion we were visiting Hong Kong when we were taken on a visit to one of the major model bus producers factories in Southern China. I have very fond memories of the trip (women were not allowed as it was a business meeting) so my wife spent the day in Hong Kong having a shopping spree and having dresses made in a tailors local to our hotel! After the visit to the factory Harry and I were taken for a meal with the factory owner who then  took us to show us the then empty site on which he was going to build a new factory. In true Chinese fashion an impromptu firework display took place to mark our visit and I remember Harry diving out of the way of a misfired hand held firework and gashing his knee on some rubble on the ground. Harry was very impressed when I produced a pack of antiseptic wipes which my wife had packed in my ruck sack for the trip and we cleaned his knee up!

Harry was a fount of great knowledge of buses both real and model with Scottish and Hong Kong buses being his real passion and I really enjoyed our meetings spent discussing our mutually enjoyed hobby. We met a number of times at the theatre in Pitlochry (which was mid way between Glasgow and Inverness when I was on holiday in the Highlands, Scotland with the family). We used to enjoy a meal in the restaurant there with my wife and daughter and his wife Susan. Harry was a very generous man and always insisted that it was his turn to pay for our meal as I had paid last time! No matter how much I protested he had paid last time he always insisted. Next time we visit the restaurant I shall raise a glass in his memory.

Harry will be very sadly missed by many and I am sure you will join me in sending my condolences to his wife Susan and son Alister. RIP Harry.

Thursday 13th July 2017


MODEL NEWS IN AUGUST EDITION OF BUSES MAGAZINE
My Subscriber copy of August's Buses magazine arrived today and has a couple of items of interest:

Firstly, in conjunction with Buses magazine, The Cheltenham Model Centre is producing a "strictly limited run of models of a double-decker from a Midlands fleet, decorated with a unique set of destination displays and advertisements appropriate to the event" The model will be priced at 19.95 each and available from the Cheltenham Model Centre stand whilst stocks last. A photographic clue shows a "red rear engined double decker of a type operated by one of the fleets from the Midlands" No other details are being released at this time.

Secondly Forward Models have published a full page advertisement showing new models for 2017 under the heading of "Glory Days of the British Bus" The advertisement shows models from Glasgow, Manchester, Belfast and Rotherham. CLICK HERE to see a copy of the advert.

Finally there is a two page article about model building and redecoration entitled "Models the DIY option".

 

 Wednesday 12th July 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:
76WFA005 Weymann Fanfare - Greenslades  CLICK HERE
NNR004CC  New Routemaster - London United/Coca Cola  CLICK HERE

Oxford Diecast have also announced that further stock of model NTR003 Blackpool Tram will also be released CLICK HERE

CONFIRMED RELEASE OF EFE MODEL
Further to my news of 15th June, I can confirm that model 36007 Leyland RTL - Barton has now been released and is on sale CLICK HERE

Monday 10th July 2017


CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM CORGI OOC
I can confirm that the following models have now been released and are on sale:
OM46512A Wright Gemini 2 - Brighton and Hove
Photograph 1 CLICK HERE
Photograph 2 CLICK HERE
Route: 1
Destination: Mile Oak 

OM46512B Wright Gemini 2 - Brighton and Hove
Photograph 1 CLICK HERE
Photograph 2 CLICK HERE
Route: 1A
Destination: White Hawk

PHOTOGRAPHS OF RECENTLY RELEASED OXFORD DIECAST MODELS
76BI001 Beadle Integral - East Kent 
76WFA006 Weymann Fanfare - Birch Bros
76TR014 Mobile Trailer - Southdown  

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Sunday 5th March 2017


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