July to September 2017 - News

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PHOTOGRAPHS EFE LEYLAND TITAN GIFT SET MODELS
Please see below the first pre-production sample photographs courtesy of Bachmann of the two Leyland Titan models that will comprise the Aldenham Works Gift Set:

28826 Leyland Titan - London General
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

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OXFORD DIECAST CONFIRM DETAILS OF NEWLY ANNOUNCED MODELS
Oxford Diecast have confirmed the details of the new models I reported on Sunday:

NWFL001 Weymann Fanfare - Southdown CLICK HERE
Fleet number: 1141
Registration number:
XUF141
Route number: -
Destination:
BRIGHTON

43WFA001 Weymann Fanfare - South Wales - Oxford Diecast 25 years special CLICK HERE
Fleet number: -
Registration number: NCY626
Route number: -
Destination: ROME

76COM007 Commer Commando - Skyways CLICK HERE
Fleet number: -
Registration number: HUV40
Route number: -
Destination:

76MW6003 Bristol MW6G - Eastern Counties  CLICK HERE
Fleet number:  LS804
Registration number: 3804PW
Route number: 499
Destination: ELY

76OWB013 - Bedford OWB - Belfast CLICK HERE
Fleet number: 140
Registration number: GZ448
Route number: -
Destination: CAVEHILL ROAD

76SB002 Saro Bus - Maidstone & District  CLICK HERE
Fleet number: SO68
Registration number: RKE540
Route number: 80 
Destination: TUNBRIDGE WELLS

76PAN007 Plaxton Panorama - Ribble  CLICK HERE
Fleet number:  743
Registration number: TRN743
Route number: X60
Destination:  BLACKPOOL

Thursday 28th September 2017


NEW MODELS ANNOUNCED BY OXFORD DIECAST
Oxford Diecast have announced the following new models. No further details are known at this time:
NWFL001 Weymann Fanfare - Southdown CLICK HERE
43WFA001 Weymann Fanfare - South Wales - Oxford Diecast 25 years special CLICK HERE
76COM007 Commer Commando - Skyways CLICK HERE
76MW6003 Bristol MW6G - Eastern Counties CLICK HERE
76OWB013 - Bedford OWB - Belfast CLICK HERE
76SB002 Saro Bus - Maidstone & District CLICK HERE
76PAN007 Plaxton Panorama - Ribble CLICK HERE

2nd posting Sunday 24th September 2017


PHOTOGRAPHS OF RECENTLY RELEASED EFE MODEL
Please see below photographs of recently released model:
38120 Bristol VRT - BR Plant & Machinery Training Vehicle
Fleet number: -
Registration number: AYG941H
Route number: -
Destination: Training Vehicle

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Sunday 24th September 2017


TINY HONG KONG ANNOUNCE THREE NEW ROUTEMASTER MODELS
I am grateful to Andrew Webb for advising me that Tiny Hong Kong have announced three 1:110 scale New Routemaster Models. Pre-orders are now being taken for models of LT50, LT60 & LT150. I have published photographs of their flyers below.

The link to their web page can be found via this link: http://www.tiny.com.hk/v33/product_list.asp

I have just pre-ordered my three models at a cost including postage from Hong Kong of £31.00

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2nd Posting Saturday 23rd September 2017

CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM ATLAS EDITIONS
I can confirm that the following model has now been released:
4642127 Fiat 306/3 Interurbano - No fleet name
Fleet number: -
Registration number: BO512326
Route number: -
Destination: -

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Saturday 23rd September 2017


NEW IRISH COMMISSIONED MODEL FROM JOTUS.COM
Derek Farrelly has contacted me to advise me of a new Irish model he has commissioned from Jotus.com Resin Specialist. Derek writes "I am now at the Production Stage of a 200 Piece Irish Model commissioned from Jotus, Resin Specialist. Models are expected to be Shipped in October. Price will be approximately Ä160 +P&P. I am taking pre orders for this model. Interested collectors can contact me via email: derekfarrelly@hotmail.com"

The model features a Leyland Atlantean PDR1A/1 in CIE livery.
Fleet number:D602
Registration number: 602ZU
Route number: 50
Destination:
Crumlin

Update: Since publishing this article earlier today, Derek Farrelly has contacted me to advise that "The models will be sold on a first come first serve basis......I have had an overwhelming response since announcing it on Facebook this morning". 

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TTC DIECAST CONFIRM DETAILS OF EFE COMMISSIONED MODEL
TTC Diecast confirmed this evening that their EFE Leyland National in East London livery will represent LS35 on route D5  to Mile End Station. This is as shown in the photograph I published on Monday 18 September.

Friday 22nd September 2017


TTC DIECAST COMMISSION EFE MODEL
At yesterdays Showbus, TTC Diecast announced their first EFE commissioned model. Many thanks to Bob Belcher for sending me photographs of the advertising flyer on the TTC Diecast stall, together with photographs of the actual vehicle taken by Bob at Showbus, Duxford 2012.

The model will feature Leyland National - East London
Fleet number: LS35
Registration number: KJD535P
Route details: to be confirmed.

The TTC Diecast flyer states the price will be £32.99 will be limited to 500 pieces and available 1st quarter 2018. Pre-orders are being taken now.

Photograph of TTC Diecast flyer CLICK HERE
Photograph of LS35 Showbus Duxford 2012 CLICK HERE

Monday 18th September 2017


SHOWBUS 2016  - MODELS
As mentioned, earlier this week I will be unable to attend Showbus today as I am working this afternoon and evening. I understand from Jotus that they have produced 17 models this year to be awarded as prizes this afternoon, I have asked Jotus if they might be able to supply me with photographs of the models in due course.

Last year Jotus produced 16 models which were awarded as prizes. I have just uploaded photographs of all 16 models to last years Showbus report page CLICK HERE to view

Sunday 17th September 2017


CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM CORGI OOC
I can confirm that Corgi have now released the following two models:
OM46618A - New Routemaster - Stagecoach London 
Photograph 1 CLICK HERE
Photograph 2 CLICK HERE
OM46618B New Routemaster - Stagecoach London
Photograph 1 CLICK HERE
Photograph 2 CLICK HERE

Friday 15th September 2017


PHOTOGRAPHS TWO RECENTLY RELEASED OXFORD DIECAST MODELS
Please see below a selection of photographs of two recently released models:

76DR004 Duple Roadmaster - Bamber Bridge MS
76PD2004 Leyland PD2/12 - Samuel Ledgard

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Thursday 14th September 2017


TTC DIECAST - NEW RANGE OF MODELS AT SHOWBUS
Further to my news of  Friday 18th August and Monday 21st August, TTC have announced on Twitter and Facebook in relation to Showbus (this coming Sunday) that.... "Looking forward to this.. we'll have loads of bargains, and a new range!"

I am not able to go to Showbus this year as I have to work, so any photographs of the new range of models that TTC will announce at the Show would be most appreciated.

Wednesday 13th September 2017


CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM OXFORD DIECAST
I can confirm that the following models are now on sale on the Oxford Diecast website so will be in the shops very soon:
76RM112 Routemaster - London Transport - Bow Centenary CLICK HERE
(Photograph shown is of previously released n-gauge model NRM013 with identical details)
76PD2005 Leyland PD2/12 - Edinburgh CLICK HERE
76PAN006 Plaxton Panorama - Bere Regis & District CLICK HERE
NCMP007 CMP Lorry - Southdown  CLICK HERE

Tuesday 12th September 2017


CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM EFE
The Bachmann website reports that the following model has now been released from their warehouse:
38120 Bristol VRT - BR Plant & Machinery Training Vehicle
CLICK HERE

Sunday 10th September 2017


BACHMANN ANNOUNCE NEW EFE MODEL
Bachmann have announced their next new EFE model. This will feature mode 34112 AEC RT - London Transport. This model was originally going to be produced by EFE prior to their difficulties.

34112 AEC RT - London Central Area CLICK HERE
Fleet number: RT2177
Reg no: KGU106
Route: 12
Destination: Oxford Circus
Estimated release date: Not known

Friday 8th September 2017


PHOTOGRAPHS OF SOME RECENTLY RELEASED MODELS
Please see below a selection of photographs of some recently released models:

Atlas Editions
4642126 Fleischer S5 - Ernst Sager Heide Express

Corgi OOC
CC82327 70th Anniversary of HM Queen Elizabeth II & HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh - Routemaster

Hachette/IXO
BUS-02 AEC RT - London Transport

Oxford Diecast
76IR6001 Irizar i6 - Translink Goldline

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Monday 4th September 2017


NEW MODEL ANNOUNCED BY BUSBYBONO
BusByBono have announced their second UK model and sent me details and photographs of a pre-production sample:

They plan to manufacture 300 models and pre-order starts from the 2nd of September. Production models will be available for delivery on/about the 23rd of October.

Product Code: 100104
Description: Dennis Dart Northern Paladin -  Stagecoach Northwest
Route: 68
Destination: Lea Post Office Ashton
Registration: N657CHF
Fleet: 32924
Material: ABS
Scale: 1/76
Limited Edition: 300 models
Price: HK$450 plus postage

Further details of the models can be found at: www.busbybono.com and Facebook page https://m.facebook.com/Busbybono/

If anyone has a photograph they have taken of 32924 in service that I could include on the Gallery page please CLICK HERE to email me.

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Friday 25th August 2017


BUSES FESTIVAL - GAYDON
Further to my news from Friday, many thanks to Denis Chick and Jimmy Sheng for sending me photographs of some of the models on display. Bachmann had pre-production samples from their Aldenham Works set and The Cheltenham Model Centre had for sale a special model produced for the show. I am also grateful To Sam from Buses magazine who has written advising me that the Cheltenham Model Centre model sold very well yesterday and only 15/20 models remained unsold. If you would like to purchase one of the models CLICK HERE to go to The Cheltenham Model Centre website.

In Sundays report I mentioned that a new range of models would be on display. I have not yet been able to speak with the company who told me the models would be on display at the Show. I will let you know if I hear anything as to when we might first see the new models.

To view photographs from the Show click on the links below:
Photograph 1 CLICK HERE
Photograph 2 CLICK HERE
Photograph 3 CLICK HERE
Photograph 4 CLICK HERE
Photograph 5 CLICK HERE

Monday 21st August 2017


CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM ATLAS EDITIONS
I can confirm that the following model has now been released:
4642126 Fleischer S5 - Ernst Sager Heide Express
Fleet number: -
Registration number: XV71-07
Route number: - 
Destination: - 

BUSES FESTIVAL - GAYDON SUNDAY
Bachmann will be attending this weekends Buses Festival at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon on Sunday. I am unfortunately unable to attend the show, so would really appreciate it if anyone attending could please let me know if Bachmann have anything new on display that has not been previously announced. I also understand that a new range of models from another manufacturer will be announced at the Show, but I do not have any details at the moment. Again any details and photographs of any new models on display would be much appreciated CLICK HERE to email.

Friday 18 August 2017


CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM OXFORD DIECAST
I can confirm that the following models are now on sale on the Oxford Diecast website so will be in the shops very soon:
76DR004 Duple Roadmaster - Bamber Bridge MS CLICK HERE
76PD2004 Leyland PD2/12 - Samuel Ledgard  CLICK HERE

 

PHOTOGRAPHS OF RECENTLY RELEASED CORGI OOC, EFE AND OXFORD DIECAST MODELS
Click on the thumb nails below to view images of recently released models from Corgi, EFE and Oxford Diecast plus a new Oxford Diecast addition to my collection:

Corgi OOC
OM46512A Wright Gemini 2 - Brighton and Hove

OM46512B Wright Gemini 2 - Brighton and Hove

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EFE
15808 Leyland PD1 - East Kent

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Oxford Diecast
76WFA005 Weymann Fanfare - Greenslades
NNR004CC New Routemaster - London United Coca Cola

New addition to my collection
RM102 Routemaster RM - British Rail

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Wednesday 16th August 2017


PHOTOGRAPHS ADDED TO THE GALLERY PAGES
Three Swifts added to the Gallery pages courtesy of Phil Hambling.

Sunday 14th August 2017


PHOTOGRAPHS ADDED TO THE GALLERY PAGES
A further selection of photographs added to the Gallery pages courtesy of Phil Hambling.

Saturday 12th August 2017


PHOTOGRAPHS ADDED TO THE GALLERY PAGES
I am very grateful to Phil Hambling for sending me a large number of photographs for inclusion in the Gallery pages of actual buses that have been represented in model form. Click on the thumb nails below to be taken to the Gallery page for that image. I hope to add more photographs over the coming days.

Thursday 10th August 2017


HACHETTE (IXO 1:43RD) MODEL - AEC RT - LONDON TRANSPORT
Further to my news of 6th August below, I am very grateful to Bob Belcher for sending me a photograph of his model.

BUS-02 AEC RT - London Transport
Fleet number: RT2921
Registration number: MLL668
Route number: 229
Destination: Orpington Station.

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Tuesday 8th August 2017


CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM CORGI AND OXFORD DIECAST
I can confirm that the following models have now been released and are on sale:

Corgi
Released last week of July:

CC82327 70th Anniversary of HM Queen Elizabeth II & HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh - Routemaster CLICK HERE
GS82328 Corgi Best of British Routemaster CLICK HERE

Oxford Diecast
Released 1st week of August:
76IR6001 Irizar i6 - Translink Goldline CLICK HERE

HACHETTE (IXO 1:43RD) MODEL - AEC RT - LONDON TRANSPORT
On 24th July, I reported that Yardley Wood Bus Club were taking stock of two Hachette (IXO 1:43RD) models. One of the models was BUS-02 LONDON TRANSPORT - AEC REGENT III - UK 1947-79. Having received my model I can confirm that this model is different to IXO 43rd scale model BUS002 AEC RT - London Transport which I reported as released on 8th June. Details of BUS-02 are:

BUS-02 AEC RT - London Transport
Fleet number: RT2921
Registration number: MLL668
Route number: 229
Destination: Orpington Station.

Unfortunately I am not able to publish a photograph of my model at the moment, so if anyone has purchased one of these models and could email me photographs, that would be appreciated.

Sunday 6th August 2017 


NEW JOTUS MODEL ANNOUNCED BY LONDON BUS MUSEUM - PRESS RELEASE
The following press release and photograph have been issued by The London Bus Museum :

The London Bus Museum is pleased to announce that it has placed orders with Jotus.com for two Limited Edition 4mm scale resin model based on the AEC Regent 1 Tilling bodied open staircase bus built in 1931, which originated with the Tilling organisation before becoming absorbed into the London Transport organisation in 1933 and re-numbered into the ST class.

The model order which comprises of 500 pieces will be split 50/50 to produce 250 models in the original Tilling livery and 250 models in London Transport red livery. At this stage fleet numbers, route details and advertisements are still to be decided. These models are expected for delivery in the spring of 2018.

This year also commemorates the 70th anniversary of the withdrawal of the Tilling ST type bus from service in Brighton. London Bus Museum Limited are contemplating a model depicting the bus in Tilling Brighton operation. This would be limited to only 100 pieces.

All of the models are expected for delivery in the spring of 2018. At this stage we are not taking any pre-orders, but full details will be published when available on our website www.londonbusmuseum.com and also in the model trade press
The actual last day in service of a Tilling AEC Regent 1 in Brighton was the 30th October 1947 and it is planned (but subject to confirmation) to run the Museumís ST922 on some commemorative runs in Brighton on the weekend of 28th/29th October2017.

 

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EFE RECENTLY ANNOUNCED LEYLAND ATLANTEAN RIBBLE - PHOTOGRAPHS
Bachmann have this morning sent me photographs of their recently announced model:
16540 Leyland Atlantean - Ribble Motor Services Ltd
Fleet number: 1645
Registration number: NCK634
Route number: 101
Destination: Preston

 

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Thursday 3rd August 2017


OXFORD DIECAST MODEL SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE
Many thanks to Dan at Jacksons Models for advising me that the following model is due for imminent release:
76IR6001 Irizar i6 - Translink Goldline

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Tuesday 1st August 2017


NEW MODEL ANNOUNCED BY EFE
Bachmann have announced a new model for release in Sept/October:
16540 Leyland Atlantean - Ribble Motor Services Ltd
Fleet number: 1645
Registration number: NCK634
Route number: 101
Destination: Preston

Monday 31st July 2017


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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Saturday 8th July 2017


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