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BUSES FESTIVAL, BRITISH MOTOR MUSEUM, GAYDON
I returned home earlier this evening after a very enjoyable day at the Show. This was the 6th Show at Gaydon, but my first visit. I decided to treat myself and purchased a VIP ticket (more about that later). Over 100 buses and coaches were on display and the model manufacturers were represented by Bachmann who had a stand in the main Museum building. Bachmann had on display a selection of of previously released models together with flyers for previously announced models. No new models were announced at the Show. Bachmann had on display, two very early samples of their Leyland Atlantean and the Volvo Olympian/Palatine 1 new castings, the Bachmann representative stressed that both of these samples have yet to be checked for accuracy against the CAD of the real buses. I understand that the Palatine is in for tooling and that the First Shot casting is expected within the next few months. I have shown below, a small selection of photographs from the Bachmann stand. I mentioned earlier that I purchased a VIP ticket, in addition to the entrance ticket, each VIP ticket holder was given a goody bag containing a Code 3 model advertising the show (based on the Atlas Editions RTW casting), a copy of last years Show DVD, a copy of the 2020 Buses Yearbook and a pin badge (I hope to publish photographs of the model over the next few days). VIP ticket holders were also able to attend a talk onboard AEC Regent V - Devon General EOD524D, about the vehicles history from one of the owners Mr Denis Chick and a talk by Mr Allan Millar the Editor of Buses Magazine about his role as Editor and some of the places he has visited over the past 12 months whilst compiling articles for the magazine.

In relation to outstanding EFE models, I was advised that the Browns RT 34116 and 16611 Leyland National LT are due to arrive in the Country imminently and will definitely be released prior to Showbus, the exact release date to be confirmed. In relation to the Clydeside RML 42301, this is currently awaiting a production slot.

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Sunday 18th August 2019


PHOTOGRAPHS OF 8 LEYLAND TITANS
Courtesy of Phil Hambling, 8 photos of various Leyland Titans have been added to the Gallery pages. Click on the thumbnails below to view the photographs and read details of when and where they were taken.

Friday 9th August 2019


PHOTOGRAPHS OF ADL ENVIRO400 MMC – METROLINE TEH2087
Courtesy of John Bennett, 3 photos of Metroline TEH2087 (LK15CUH) and two interior shots from sister bus TEH2082 (LK15CTE) have been added to the Gallery pages. Click on the thumbnails below to view the photographs and read details of when and where they were taken.

Thursday 8th August 2019


PHOTOGRAPHS OF ADL ENVIRO400 MMC – ABELLIO LONDON 2616 (SN18KLJ)  ADDED TO GALLERY PAGES
Courtesy of John Bennett, 4 photographs of Abellio London fleet number 2616 (SN18KLJ) have been added to the Gallery pages. Click on the thumbnail below to view the photographs and read details of when and where they were taken.

Tuesday 6th August 2019


PHOTOGRAPHS OF NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY UKBUS6515
Further to the Northcord Model Company’s Press Release which I published this morning, please see photographs of my model which has arrived from Hong Kong:

UKBUS6515 ADL Enviro400H MMC – Metroline
Fleet number: TEH2087
Registration number: LK15CUH
Route number: 332
Destination: Paddington
Quantity: 1008

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2nd posting Monday 5th August 2019


NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY - PRESS RELEASE
The following press release has been received a few minutes ago from The Northcord Model Company:

UKBUS6515 ADL Enviro400H MMC - Metroline

Northcord Model Company is pleased to announce the release of UKBUS6515, the fourth release of the 10.3 metre, 2-door casting of this distinctive, modern, double-decker in the United Kingdom.

The fourth livery to be carried on the brand-new Alexander Dennis Enviro400H MMC model, is Metroline, produced in standard London red livery.

UKBUS6515 represents fleet number TEH2087 (LK15CUH) that has 10.3 metre, dual-door bodywork and was new to Metroline in 2015. Metroline has a fleet of 8 units of such Alexander Dennis Envoro400 MMC Hybrids. TEH2087 has a Euro6 hybrid driveline and forms the last bus in the batch for Metroline. The model carries the roof fleet number MTG TEH2087.

This bus is based at Metroline’s Cricklewood Garage where it operates on busy route 332 which runs between Paddington and Brent Park Tesco.

The Alexander Dennis Enviro400H MMC UKBUS6515 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 UKBUS6515 model is its dual individual tree protectors 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 Enviro400H 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. Further additional detail carried by the model include the special sunlight protection shade on the top of the front upper and lower windscreens.

The brand new Enviro400H 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 UKBUS6515 model is limited to 1008 pieces worldwide.

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

Monday 5th August 2019


CORGI FUSILIER GIFT SET DELAYED AGAIN
The Corgi website has been updated to show the Fusilier 50th Anniversary New Routemaster and Gemini Gift Set OM46220 as being delayed yet again. It is now shown as being “Expected: Autumn 2019”. A couple of weeks ago, it was still showing as being “Expected: Summer 2019”.
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Wednesday 31st July 2019


FORWARD MODELS TO CEASE TRADING
The following announcement was made earlier today on the Forward Models Facebook page:

Forward Models at the terminus

"Forward Models (Birmingham) Limited has announced that it is closing down. The announcement was made following the retirement of the founder, Derek Perry, due to ill health and prices rises which affected the sale of new models.

The company was set up by in 2011 by Derek who wanted to make a few models of the buses he remembered growing up in Birmingham in the 1950s and 1960s. Derek went on to produce 4,000 buses in that first batch of Birmingham 'Standards' including 'tin fronts' and Crossley radiators. Further models were produced in WMPTE livery and later in Edinburgh, Hull and Newcastle colours.

Designs were also prepared for buses from Manchester and Glasgow, to be followed by Belfast, Coventry, Rotherham, Cardiff and other cities. The order was to be sent to the factory in China at the end of June 2016, coinciding with the result of the referendum. There was an immediate and regrettable reaction on the international money markets. The value of the pound dropped massively.

The models were eventually delivered in early 2018 but at a selling price that was 50% higher than the previous models. Inevitably, they did not sell well enough in a market that was already in turmoil with the loss of EFE and other manufacturers. Derek was diagnosed with a serious illness. This made it impossible to continue the tasks of administering the company and marketing the new models. Derek decided to wind up the company in early 2019. He says: 'My plans for the future are sadly ended. It is with much regret that I am simply unable to continue as Forward Models. I can, at least, say that I am proud of the models I was able to produce and I thank everyone who has supported this enterprise'."

For more news about Forward Models, and offers on their models, please go to: https://www.forwardmodels.net/Forward-Models-at-the-terminus.html?fbclid=IwAR1sWrnk1uUtg6LlUKE7e95W2tL4H1-Vf8ZlVutniHqWgiMbl3yZtABRlKY

Monday 29th July 2019


THREE NEW MODELS ANNOUNCED BY THE BUCKIE MODEL CENTRE
The Buckie Model Centre have advised me of three new VDL Futura 2 models in their Scottish Coaches Collection.

The first two models due in 6 weeks feature:
Hunters Coaches. Loanhead
Millbank Coaches. Peterhead
These will be followed by a model featuring Caledonian Travel.

Please note: The writing on the front screen of the Millbank model as shown in the line drawing will be gold.

To order, or for additional information, please visit the Buckie Model Centre website: www.buckiemodelcentre.com or email info@buckiemodelcentre.com

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Sunday 28th July 2019


THREE NEW “SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION” OPTARE SPECTRA MODELS RELEASED BY JOTUS.COM

Jotus.com have announced and released three “Special limited Edition Models” which are now exclusively for sale directly from them:
RS76623A – Route X17 - 10 pieces only (certificate numbers 081- 090).
RS76623A – Brighton Buses - Route 27 - 10 pieces only (certificate numbers 091- 100).
RS76623C - Plain White - 50 pieces (certificate numbers 01 – 50).

Route X17 & 27 are based on the original release of Route 003 with differences in the Route Number and the Destination. Another one is in Plain White livery. All of them are of the same interior colour.

For ordering the "X17"& "27", please email jotus@hkstar.com.

The RS76623C is available at their online shop www.jotus.com.

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PHOTOGRAPHS OF RECENTLY RELEASED OXFORD DIECAST MODELS
Please see photographs taken by me of the following models which have been recently released by Oxford Diecast:
43WFA001 Weymann Fanfare - South Wales - Oxford Diecast 25 years special
76DC002 Duple Commander Mk2 - Grey Cars
76SB004 Saro Bus - County Donegal Railways
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Tuesday 16th July 2019


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

UKBUS6517 ADL Enviro400 MMC - Plain White CKD Kit

Northcord Model Company is pleased to announce the release of UKBUS6517, the long awaited 10.5 metre single door casting of this distinctive, modern, double-decker in the United Kingdom, in CKD kit form.

The UKBUS6517 CKD kit includes a plain white 10.5 metre, single door diecast body, plain black frame windows, unpainted ceilings, seating units and seats as well as all hand rails. A fully illustrated set of assembly instructions is included within the CKD kit box to enable the modeller to build up the model in whatever way is desired by each modeller.

NMC understands the difficulty in attaching some very small items, particularly the windscreen wipers which can easily become lost, therefore those items are already attached to the windscreen assembly to avoid such losses. However, because modellers will choose to paint their body shell to their own desired scheme in the main, the driver rear-view mirrors have not been pre-attached to the body shell by the factory.

The attached photos show the progression as follows: Photo 1 illustrates all parts supplied in the CKD kit laid out on top of the illustrated instructions; Photo 2 highlights the plain white body shell with other major components and Photo 3 shows a completed kit that is described in more detail, below.

The fully-painted model is a completely amateur-built example representing Arriva Northumbria 7541 (YX17NNO).

This model took a total of five days from collection to completion and included all interior and exterior painting, assembly of all parts and final exterior detailing using home-made decals.

In addition to the featured Arriva Sapphire livery on the 10.5m Enviro400 MMC, other Arriva liveries are possible by representing fleets such as Arriva Midlands, Arriva Kent Thameside or Arriva Yorkshire.

Of the other companies that have specified the 10.5m bus, First companies feature largely and across much of Britain with a plethora of colours and livery layouts from which to choose.

Of course, modellers who maintain their own, fictitious, bus fleets will enjoy the flexibility to develop their style from the ground up as they build their own CKD kits.

NMC would welcome seeing photos of modellers’ built kits shared on Social Media. 

The brand new 10.5 metre Enviro400 MMC bus model CKD kit 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 UKBUS6517 CKD kit is limited to 1200 pieces worldwide.

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

Tuesday 9th July 2019


CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM OXFORD DIECAST
The following models are now shown as released on the Oxford Diecast website so will be in the shops anytime:

43WFA001 Weymann Fanfare - South Wales - Oxford Diecast 25 years special
76DC002 Duple Commander Mk2 - Grey Cars
76SB004 Saro Bus - County Donegal Railways

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CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY
I can confirm that the following model has now been released and will be in the shops imminently:

UKBUS6510 ADL ENVIRO400 MMC - Yellow Buses (Bournemouth)
Fleet number: 200
Registration number: SN17MTO
Route number: 3
Destination: Westbourne via Charminster & Bournemouth
Pieces: 1008

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Sunday 7th July 2019


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