July to September 2020 - News

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PHOTOGRAPHS OF NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY UKBUS1502 ALEXANDER DENNIS ALX400 - STAGECOACH NORTH WEST
Please see photographs of my model which has now arrived from Hong Kong

This model may also be of interest to London model collectors, as the model represents Stagecoach fleet number 17012 (S812BWC) which started life as fleet number TA12 and was part of a batch delivered new to Stagecoach East London in 1998
Fleet number: 17012
Registration number: S812BWC
Route number:
Destination: LAKEsider
Quantity: 888

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BRITBUS SCANIA OMNIDEKKA BRIGHTON AND HOVE – UPDATE
Chris Cotton has advised me that he has now placed the order for Brighton & Hove fleet number 665. The model will be limited to 400 pieces and is due for release late February 2021. Due to the anticipated popularity of this model, Chris advises that he will only be taking orders via his website: https://omnidekkamodels.com/
The stock code is provisionally ES-16, but is subject to confirmation. The models will be priced at £50.00 each including postage to the UK.

A couple of other updates, Chris expects to take delivery of the Go Ahead London Scania Omnidekka in 4 week’s time. Chris will be taking orders for the Optare Solo Epsom Buses in January 2021.

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Tuesday 4th August 2020


PHOTOGRAPHS OF RECENTLY RELEASED OXFORD DIECAST MODEL
Please see photographs of my model which has now arrived
76BI005 Beadle Integral Thornes of Bubwith (Thornes Motor Services)
Fleet number: -
Registration number: OKP980
Route: -
Destination: Selby

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Thursday 30th July 2020


UKBUS6521 ADL ENVIRO400 MMC – XPLORE DUNDEE PRE-PRODUCTION SAMPLE
Courtesy of The Yardley Wood Bus Club and copyright Tony Hunter, please see a pre-production sample of UKBUS6521 Enviro400 MC - Xplore Dundee which arrived today for their members to check it over for accuracy.

Peter Turland has advised that their price for the model when it is released will be just £43 + postage.

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Wednesday 29th July 2020


PHOTOGRAPHS OF TWO RECENTLY RELEASED NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY MODELS
Please see photographs of my two models which have arrived from Hong Kong:

UKBUS1501 Alexander ALX400-bodied Dennis Trident Open-Topper - megasightseeing.com
Fleet number: 18496 “Sir Christopher Wren”
Registration number: LX06AHC
Route number: -
Destination: Megasightseeing.com
Quantity: 888

UKBUS6519 ADL Enviro400 MMC - Stagecoach Oxford Gold
Fleet number: 10786
Registration number: SN66VNH
Route number: 7
Destination: Woodstock via Blenheim Palace
Quantity: 1008

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Tuesday 28th July 2020


CHRIS COTTON MODEL UPDATES
Please see two updates from Chris Cotton:

1 Britbus Scania Omnidekka Go Ahead London – Packaging
Chris has kindly sent me a copy of the design cell for the box to accompany his two Go Ahead London - Docklands Buses models. Chris advises that the red is the same as the body colour and the grey is the same as the lower skirt on the bus.

2. Corgi Optare Solo – Epsom Buses
Further to my previous news regarding the above, Chris has now published the design cell for the models

The models mentioned above and any other of the models commissioned by Chris can be pre-ordered via his website: https://omnidekkamodels.com/

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2nd posting Monday 27th July 2020


CANCELLATION OF CORGI MODEL
Further to my news article of 23rd August 2018 CLICK HERE, I am grateful to Time Tunnel models for advising me that the model has been cancelled by Corgi:

GS82329 Routemaster Best of British Range 1:64th scale – Lothian Buses - Edinburgh Festival 2019

I understand that this model was intended to be released late 2018 and was manufactured (1000 pieces). However, due to a licensing disagreement with Lothian Buses (which could not be resolved), this release has now been cancelled.

I wonder what will happen to 1000 Routemaster models and will any “escape” and come to the market?

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Monday 27th July 2020


NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY - PRESS RELEASE
Please see a press release and two photographs received earlier today from the Northcord Model Company:

UKBUS1502 Alexander ALX400-bodied Dennis Trident Open-Topper - Stagecoach North West ‘White Lady’

Following the significant success in relaunching the casting of the Alexander ALX400-bodied Dennis Trident, Northcord Model Company is now releasing the second livery on the casting - UKBUS1502, a replica of an open-top ALX400-bodied Dennis Trident in the fleet of Stagecoach North West with Ribble White Lady heritage livery.

UKBUS1502 represents fleet number 17012 (S812BWC).

17012, or TA12 originally, was part of a batch delivered new to Stagecoach East London in 1998 and these were some of the first low floor double-deckers to operate in London. 17012 – 17024 started to migrate North in 2003 when they transferred to Stagecoach North West and were allocated to Morecambe depot. None was used in service at Morecambe in dual door format until after single door conversion at Lillyhall depot and then repaint at Carlisle depot and the majority were branded for services 2/2A (later baylink 2/2A) converting the route to low floor operation at the same time. 17012 – 17016 then moved on again towards the end of 2008 where they were once again sent to Lillyhall depot for conversion but would this time lose their roofs and be repainted into a green variation of Stagecoach livery for use at Kendal depot on Lake District service 599.

This bus is fitted with a tachograph and has been used for hires in the past. To try and further expand this hire work and to make the bus fit in better, it is either used with, or as a replacement for the Routemaster. Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire have painted the bus in a special livery, naming it the White Lady.

This inspiration for the White Lady comes from a number of buses Ribble, one of the precursor companies to Stagecoach CNL Lakes operation, bought in the early 1950’s. These were buses fitted with coach seats and various other embellishments, they were used on express services out of Manchester. The buses were painted in a reversal of the standard Ribble livery which used Ribble Red as a base colour. Because of the reversed livery they became known as White Ladies, even if their base colour was actually cream.

The White Lady has been designed by Ray Stenning of the Best Impressions design agency and is very much inspired by the original rather than being a slavish copy of it.

The ALX400 open-top replica features excellent detailing inside and out. This is a one-piece casting whose clean lines enhance the livery application on which all logos and lettering are clearly legible.

The interior plastic blister has been redesigned to ensure the secure positioning of the model on the plinth by following the shape of the White Lady open-top model.

The brand-new Alexander ALX400-bodied Dennis Trident Open Top UKBUS1502 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 UKBUS1502 model is limited to 888 pieces worldwide.

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

Wednesday 22nd July 2020


NEW MODEL ANNOUNCED BY CHRIS COTTON
Chris has announced another model via his website: https://omnidekkamodels.com/

The model to be represented is a Caetano Levante – National Express (Edwards Coaches) in Welsh Dragon livery,
registration number: FJ12FXZ (See photographs below).

Chris has also advised me that his previously announced Optare Versa model in Go North East livery, registration number: NK11FXF will be manufactured by Resin Specialist - Jotus.com.
Chris will be publishing a design cell drawing shortly.

Chris has also advised that the prices shown (apart from the Omnidekka's) are guide prices only and may be subject to change.

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Sunday 19th July 2020


BRITBUS OMNIDEKKA'S ES2-04A&B UPDATE
The below photographs have been received a few minutes ago from Chris Cotton. The photographs shown are pre-production samples in the factory and not the production version.
Chris writes: “I have just got this picture from the factory with the new yellow paint put onto one for me to check, I am now happy with it now to be finished. The second picture is with the first of the logos applied to it, please note the lower bumper will be painted grey as they wanted me to check that I am happy with the logos”.

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Saturday 18th July 2020


NEWS FROM MR CHRIS COTTON
Chris has contacted me with a number of items of news:

Firstly, he now has a website up and running for those who want to purchase his commissioned models. This can be found at https://omnidekkamodels.com/ Chris has asked me to say that if you have previously ordered one of his Scania Omnidekka models for Go Ahead East London, please DO NOT place another order via the website. If you have previously ordered, Chris has all the details on another system he was using. The website is for new orders only.

Secondly, when you visit the website you will see details of two new models:
Optare Solo - Epsom Buses OP30 (YJ09MHX)  on route K5 to Ham or Morden. It is currently priced at £22 - orders will be taken soon. Chris advises that this is a Corgi commissioned model, with a split destination and 500 pieces of each.  Please see photographs of OP30 courtesy of John Bennett, showing the bus on route K5 to Morden.
The second model shows a Brighton and Hove Scania Omnidekka fleet number 665 (YN55NFD) in the all over "Albion" livery, which promotes the charitable work of Brighton and Hove football club in the local community. This model will be due next year and Chris will be taking orders soon.

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2nd posting Thursday 16th July 2020


CONFIRMED RELEASE IN UK OF TWO NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY MODELS
Many thanks to Peter at the Yardley Wood Bus Club for advising me that the following models have now been released. He is receiving his stock today:
UKBUS1501 Alexander ALX400-bodied Dennis Trident Open-Topper - megasightseeing.com
UKBUS6519 ADL Enviro400 MMC - Stagecoach Oxford Gold

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Thursday 16th July 2020


CORGI ANNOUNCE THREE NEW BEATLES BUSES
Corgi have announced three more Beatles buses, all due for release winter 2020/2021:

CC82339 The Beatles - London Bus -'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'
CC82340 The Beatles - London Bus - 'Revolver'
CC82341 The Beatles - London Bus - 'Let It Be' 

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Tuesday 14th July 2020


CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM CORGI OOC
Many thanks to Peter at The Yardley Wood Bus Club for advising me that 3 Corgi models have now been released and he is taking delivery of his stock tomorrow:

CC02741 ONLY FOOLS & HORSES PLAXTON PANORAMA
OM46315A LONDON TRANSPORT AEC RM (BOULOGNE LIVERY) 88 ACTON GREEN
OM46315B LONDON TRANSPORT AEC RM (BOULOGNE LIVERY) 88 MITCHAM CRICKETERS

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Monday 13th July 2020


CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM OXFORD DIECAST
I can confirm that the following model has now been released for sale on the Oxford Diecast website and will be in the shops in the near future:
76BI005 Beadle Integral Thornes of Bubwith (Thornes Motor Services)
Fleet number: -
Registration number: OKP980
Route: -
Destination: SELBY

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Wednesday 8th July 2020


MODEL COLLECTOR MAGAZINE CEASES PUBLICATION
I logged on my Model Collector Magazine App this morning to read the latest issue and found a letter from the Editor Lindsey Amrani advising the magazine had ceased publishing and the May issue was the last one to be published. I only took out my digital subscription on 22nd May and I already subscribe to Diecast Collector. Now to try and get my money back.

See a copy of the letter below.

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HORNBY ANNOUNCES TWO NEW BUS MODELS
As part of Hornby's 100 year’s celebration, they have announced two Corgi Bristol Lodekka models in a Hornby livery which depicts some of the brands from their range over the years. Corgi advises:
“We are beyond pleased to introduce an exciting collaboration between Corgi and Hornby, with the Hornby Centenary Bristol Lodekka! The livery on the Bristol Lodekka carries many of the brand names and logos synonymous with Hornby over the last 100 years, with the destination board displaying either Binns Road No. 20 or Westwood No. 64 denoting the year that Lines Bros acquired Hornby. These limited edition and highly collectable die-cast models, celebrating Hornby's centenary year, are available to order via the Corgi website now!”

Sharp eyed visitors will note that the destination on the A version in the photograph is wrong and states Bonns Rd, NOT Binns Rd.

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Monday 6th July 2020


NEW MODELS FROM THE BUCKIE MODEL CENTRE
Further to my news posts of 15th May and 11th June, please see photographs of the first two models in the Buckie Model Centre British Coach Collection:

Model one represents VDL Double Deck Coach in the livery of Barnes Coaches.
Model two represents VDL Futura 2 in the livery of Tamar Coaches Diamond Class.

Both models are available now from the Buckie Model Centre website at https://buckiemodelcentre.com

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2nd posting Wednesday 1st July 2020


NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY - PRESS RELEASE
The Following press release has been received from the Northcord Model Company:

UKBUS6519 ADL Enviro400 MMC - Stagecoach Oxford Gold

Following the significant success in launching the brand new casting of the Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC model in the liveries of National Express West Midlands, Stagecoach in Oxfordshire, Bluestar, Stagecoach West Scotland and Southern Vectis, Northcord Model Company is now releasing the ninth livery on the 10.9 metre long, single-door casting – UKBUS6519 in the livery of Stagecoach Oxford with full Gold branding for the famous route 7.

UKBUS6519 represents fleet number 10786 (SN66VZH) that has 10.9 metre, single door bodywork and was new to Stagecoach in Oxfordshire in 2017. 10786 carries a full Gold branded livery for route 7, showing the destination to Woodstock. The special, comprehensive livery and branding are 100% reproduced onto the UKBUS6519 model. The stand-out features of the branding are : “stagecoach gold” on all sides; “we use Contactless” on the nearside, and “connecting local towns & villages with Oxford” on both sides.

Further additional details carried by the model include the free wifi, and contactless logos at the front, offside and the rear; and, a USB charging logo at the offside and the rear too.

Stagecoach Gold is a luxury bus sub-brand used by various Stagecoach bus subsidiaries in the United Kingdom. Stagecoach Gold (originally Goldline) was launched in 2007 and was designed to attract more middle-class passengers to choose bus travel as a method of transport as well as to reward passengers on some busy and popular routes. Gold routes have a luxury specification whose buses have stitched leather seats, metallic paint, special flooring and free WiFi.

In 2015, all brand-new Stagecoach Gold vehicles came equipped with USB charging facilities underneath every seat which enabled passengers to charge their mobile devices whilst onboard.

In the following year, Stagecoach took the delivery of the first Stagecoach Gold branded Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC and Enviro200 MMC vehicles. The liveries on the new buses remained the same as the previous model however Stagecoach slightly modified the interior with new wood effect flooring and updated the upholstery with new style leather seats that incorporate a cream coloured headrest.

The Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC UKBUS6519 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 UKBUS6519 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 UKBUS6519 model is limited to 1008 pieces worldwide.

NMC is aware of production issues that had affected some models of the UKBUS6516 batch, and of the complaints that have been raised by some individuals on discussion boards. NMC has worked with its contracted manufacturing facility to try and overcome the issues that affected degradation of the decal and the model coming loose from its retaining lugs during transit. To this end we have insisted that the manufacturing staff apply a polythene sheet between the model roof and the plastic blister (as was common in the CMNL era) and that the tabs at the ends of the acrylic lid are FIRMLY attached to the underside of the plinth.

We apologise for the previous issue and have been assured that they would not be repeated.

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

Wednesday 1st July 2020


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