July to September 2018 - News

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

 

LONDON BUS MUSEUM COMMISSIONED JOTUS.COM AEC ST MODELS SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE
The London Bus Museum have advised me that they have now take delivery of their two commissioned models:

RS-76652  AEC Regent 1 - London Transport (Red) ST839 (GJ2015) CLICK HERE
RS-76653 AEC Regent 1 - Tilling 6098 (GJ2098) CLICK HERE

"The Jotus ST models have been delivered and will be released at our Transportfest event on the 21st October. After the event they will be available via telephone orders and our internet shop at lbmshop.com Please Note: The shop website is being upgraded and is currently out of use, but should be up and running in time for Transportfest". 

I understand that the models will be priced at £99 each with the members price being set at £90. Telephone orders should be placed via the Museum's telephone number 01932 837994.

HACHETTE PARTWORKS BUILD YOUR OWN ROUTEMASTER - ROUTEMASTER MODEL FREE TO SUBSCRIBERS
My latest parcel containing issues 31-34 arrived this morning along with the latest free gift to Subscribers. See photos of Oxford Diecast model SP139, displaying the same side adverts and front destination etc that will be portrayed on the 1:12th scale model. Sadly the free model does not come with the same fleet number or registration details, instead they have been left blank.

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Tuesday 19th September 2018


NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY UKBUS0061 & UKBUS0062 READING BUSES - PHOTOGRAPHS
My models have now arrived from Hong Kong. 

UKBUS0061 ADL E400 MMC - Reading Buses
Fleet number: 758
Registration number: YX64VRU
Route: 17
Destination: Tilehurst via Oxford Road
Quantity: 1008 pieces

UKBUS0062 ADL E400 MMC - Reading Buses - Greenline
Fleet number: 758
Registration number: YX64VRU
Route: 702
Destination: Legoland Windsor
Quantity: 504 pieces

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Saturday 15th September 2018


INVICTA MODEL RAIL - COMMISSIONED EFE MODEL UPDATE
Further to my previous reports, courtesy of Invicta Model Rail, please see the latest pre-production sample photographs for their commissioned Leyland National, in Bexleybus livery with EFE stock code 16609Z. To order the model please visit the Invicta Model Rail website:
https://www.invictamodelrail.com/coming-soon-efe-16609z-bexleybus-leyland-national-3299-18121-p.asp

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TTC DIECAST - COMMISSIONED EFE MODEL UPDATE
Further to my previous reports, courtesy of TTC Diecast, please see pre-production photographs of their EFE commissioned Leyland National model in East London. The model will carry the EFE stock code 16610Z and will released later this year. I understand there are a few changes to be made prior to the model being released. To order the model follow the link: https://www.ttcdiecast.com/efe-16610z-leyland-national-mk1---london-transport-stagecoach-east-london-coaches-ttcdiecast-exc-95750-p.asp

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CONFIRMED RELEASE OF OXFORD DIECAST MODEL
I can confirm that the following model has now been released:
76WFA007 Weymann Fanfare - North Western  CLICK HERE

Wednesday 12th September 2018


PRESS RELEASE FROM NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY
The following model has been received this morning from the Northcord Model Company:

ADL Enviro400 MMC

UKBUS0061 Reading Buses / 
UKBUS0062 Reading Buses Greenline

Following the significant success in launching the brand new casting of the Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC model in the livery of Go-Ahead London, National Express West Midlands, Stagecoach London, Stagecoach in Oxfordshire, and First Bristol, Northcord Model Company is releasing the sixth and seventh versions – UKBUS0061 and UKBUS0062 in the livery of Reading Buses.

UKBUS0061 / 0062 represents fleet number 758 (YX64 VRU), utilising the 10.9 metre, single door casting (the actual bus has 11.5 metre long body), that was new to Reading Buses in 2015. 758 is unique in carrying Reading Buses’ full, standard livery whilst other E400 MMCs in the fleet carry different route brandings. UKBUS0061 also carries the very special UK Bus Awards commemorative adverts on both sides, that read, “proud to run one of Britain’s best bus services”, “proud to be one of Britain’s best bus companies”, “Bus Operator of the Year 2015” and “Shire Operator of the Year 2012-2016”. UKBUS0061 is showing the “generic livery” 758 operating on busy route 17 which runs between Wokingham Road and Tilehurst, a route that had previously featured on the much acclaimed UKBUS9005 that carried full route branding for route 17.

Reading Buses took over operation of “Green Line” route 702 (London Victoria – Bracknell) from First at the end of 2017. As one of the spare buses in the fleet, 758 was allocated to this ‘Green Line’ duty accordingly. UKBUS0062 carries special Green Line banners on each side as a temporary scheme on 758, with the destination at the front displaying “Legoland Windsor 702”. 

Further additional details carried by both models include the free wifi logo on the windows on the front and offside, and full rear advertising to promote “cheaper tickets on your phone”.

The Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC UKBUS0061 / 0062 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 UKBUS0061 / 0062 models is twin 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 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 UKBUS0061 model is limited to 1008 pieces, whilst UKBUS0062 model is limited to 504 pcs worldwide.

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

Monday 10th September 2018


OXFORD DIECAST MODEL SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE
The following model is scheduled for release next week:
76WFA007 Weymann Fanfare - North Western  CLICK HERE

CONFIRMED RELEASE OF TWO CORGI OOC MODELS
I can confirm that the following models have now been released and are on sale:
OM43917A Guy Utility Bus - Burton Corporation CLICK HERE
OM43917B Guy Utility Bus - Burton Corporation CLICK HERE

Tuesday 4th September 2018


EFE BUS GARAGE 99660 ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS
Further to my post of earlier this week, attached are photographs as promised showing my garage and the free model that accompanies it. The model is supplied in one of the previously used EFE boxes, not the new Bachmann EFE boxes and carries no stock code or other details.

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ANOTHER NEW ROUTEMASTER MODEL FROM TINY HONG KONG
Many thanks to Andrew Webb for advising me that Tiny Bus Hong Kong have announced another New Routemaster model in their range of New Routemaster models. Model P6 features a plain white model with no fleet or another markings. Click on the link to order: http://www.tiny.com.hk/v33/pdtdetail.asp?pdt_id=ATC64294

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Saturday 1st September 2018


NEW ROUTEMASTER MODEL FROM TINY HONG KONG
Tiny Bus Hong Kong have announced a further model in their range of New Routemaster models. Model UK4 features LT2 in London Transport Green on route 38 to Clapton Pond. You can order one of the models by following the link: http://www.tiny.com.hk/v33/pdtdetail.asp?pdt_id=ATC64303

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NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY NEWS RELEASE

Model Release Update

As the first tranche of models announced last year will be completed with the release of the Reading Buses models early next month, it is good timing for NMC to announce some further planned releases that will cover quarter 4 of 2018 and into early 2019.

Part One : Models that have had the pre-production samples produced and / or authorised for final production by the operator

UKBUS0061 : Reading Buses (758 – YX64VRU) – September 2018 (renumbered from UKBUS6505)
UKBUS0062 : Reading Buses Greenline (758 – YX64VRU) – September 2018 (new details)
UKBUS6507A : Bluestar (1641 – HF66CFM) Rt1 Winchester – October 2018
UKBUS6507B : Bluestar (1641 – HF66CFM) Rt1 Southampton – October 2018
UKBUS6508A : National Express West Midlands (6843 – SN66WFM) X1 Coventry – November 2018
UKBUS6508B : National Express West Midlands (6843 – SN66WFM) X1 Birmingham – November 2018

Part Two : Planned models that are awaiting pre-production samples to be made and / or final operator authorisation.

UKBUS6509 : Abellio Bus (2600 – YY67GZW)
UKBUS6510 : Yellow Buses (200 – SN17MTO)
UKBUS6511 : Stagecoach West Scotland (10930 – SN67XAY)
UKBUS6512 : Southern Vectis (1660 – HW67AHY)
UKBUS6513 : Stagecoach South (10892 – YX67VCE)
UKBUS6514 : First in Glasgow (33982HB – SN65OFX)
UKBUS6515 : Metroline (TEH2087 – LK15CUH)

Northcord Model Company Ltd (thereafter referred to by the shorthand name “Northcord”) has become increasingly aware of a number of questions, rumours and comments on Social Media that refer to various aspects of Northcord’s status.

We wish, therefore, to clarify the current situation regarding these questions.

“The former toolings that were used by CMNL / NMC were taken away by third parties and are not in the ownership of NMC”.

This is completely untrue. NMC has all former CMNL toolings safely stored at the factory which will produce future models initiated by Northcord.

Secondly, “The old CMNL / NMC toolings are unable to be reused due to damage from inactivity”.

This is also untrue. The older castings are quite able to be reactivated when the time is right and when further liveries are found that will be commercially viable.

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

Friday 31st August 2018 


CONFIRMED RELEASE EFE BUS GARAGE 99660
I can confirm that the model has now been released. Please see a selection of photographs of my model, I hope to add some additional photographs later this next week.

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Sunday 26th August 2018 


CORGI 00C FUSILIER 50 GIFT SET
Further to my post of 23rd August, many thanks to Peter Edgar and Ray Parnaby for sending me photographs of the two buses that will be modelled:
Go North East Wright Gemini 2 fleet number 6117 (NL63XCB) and
Go London New Routemaster fleet number LT394 (LTZ1394).

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PHOTOGRAPHS FROM RECENTLY RELEASED MODELS
Please see below photographs of recent releases from Northcord Model Company and Oxford Diecast which arrived whilst I was on holiday:
UKBUS6506 ADL Enviro400 MMC -  First Bristol
76PAN007 Plaxton Panorama - Ribble
NSEA002 Burlingham Seagull - Stratford Blue

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Saturday 25th August 2018 


NEW MODEL ANNOUNCED BY CORGI
Many thanks to Neil at Time Tunnel Models for advising me of a new model to be released by Corgi in their Best of British range. The model is being produced for the Edinburgh Festival 2019, but is being released this autumn exclusively to Corgi retailers in the Edinburgh area. The model with stock code GS82329 will be limited to 1008 pieces and features a Routemaster in a "Lothian Buses" livery with adverts for the Festival. To order, visit the Time Tunnel Models website at https://www.timetunnelmodels.com

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NEW CORGI OOC GIFT SET ANNOUNCED
Many thanks to David Thompson for advising me that his Corgi Collector Club magazine arrived today and advises that Corgi are working with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers to produce a gift set featuring the two Wright Buses that are currently carrying the Fusiliers all over livery. Click on the links below for more information.

Photograph 1 CLICK HERE
Photograph 2 CLICK HERE

NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY UKBUS6504 ADL ENVIRO400MMC - STAGECOACH IN OXFORDSHIRE
I understand that stock of this model has now arrived in the UK so it should be in the shops very soon. CLICK HERE

Thursday 23rd August 2018


PRESS RELEASE FROM BACHMANN
Further to my news of yesterday, the following news release has been received from Bachmann today:

New Releases from EFE announced at Buses Festival 

At the Buses Festival held at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon on Sunday 19th August 2018, Bachmann Europe Plc, the owners of Exclusive First Editions (EFE), announced several new models that are currently in development. They include the first all-new tooling to be announced since the company acquired EFE in October 2016.

VOLVO OLYMPIAN/PALATINE I FIRST ALL NEW TOOLING UNDER BACHMANN OWNERSHIP 

All-new tooling is being developed for a 1:76 scale Volvo Olympian/Palatine I with single door which will appear in three liveries. These buses were built at Volvo’s Irvine plant in Ayrshire, Scotland between 1992 and 2000 and saw service with many operators both in the UK and overseas.

E41001 – Volvo Olympian/Palatine I – in London Central livery on route 51 to Orpington Station [TFL Official Licensed Product] 
E41002 – Volvo Olympian/Palatine I – in London Central Docklands Express livery on route D1 to Waterloo [TFL Official Licensed Product] 
E41003 – Volvo Olympian/Palatine I – in Metrobus livery on route 64 to Thornton Heath [TFL Official Licensed Product] 

REVISED TOOLING 

Under Bachmann ownership several EFE models have been upgraded by adapting the tooling to add body side ribs and wing mirrors and these enhancements have featured on several recent releases. In addition to these enhancements, a new top deck tooling is being developed for use with the existing Leyland Atlantean lower deck tooling to allow models of the ‘Sea Dog’ Leyland Atlantean Open Top bus to be produced. 

Nine of these vehicles were built new for Devon General in 1961 for use on their coastal routes such as those around Torbay. They were transferred to the Western National Bus Company who took over Devon General in 1971 and they remained in service with them until 1982. They were subsequently acquired by other operators and remain popular for excursion work in tourist areas. The model will be available in three liveries: 

E40602 – Leyland Atlantean Open Top in Ribble livery – Reg. 927 GTA 
E40801 – Leyland Atlantean Open Top in Round London Sightseeing Tour (Holman) livery – Reg. 933GTA [TFL Official Licensed Product] 
E40802 – Leyland Atlantean Open Top in Cityrama blue livery – Reg. 933GTA 

NEW LIVERIES

Four existing models will be appearing over the coming months in new liveries: 

E25006 – Bristol RELL Flat Front Type A in Devon General NBC livery on route 374 to Exeter – Reg. POD825H. This model will be available in late September 2018 
E16611 – Leyland National (Mark 1 short body, 2-door) – in London Transport Golden Jubilee livery on route 234A to Purley – Reg. THX194S [TFL Official Licensed Product] 
E34115 – AEC RT in London Transport livery on route 75 to Catford Garage – Reg. LLU652 (Limited Edition of 800, supplied with certificate) [TFL Official Licensed Product] 
E34116 – AEC RT in Brown’s Blue livery with blinds for Coalville via Barwell – Reg. KLB596 (as preserved) .

These vehicles are now available to pre-order from Bachmann stockists. 

The following documents have accompanied the press release, please note these are large images so might take a while to download:

EFE Atlantean Open Top Announcement CLICK HERE
EFE Volvo Olympian/Palatine 1 Announcement CLICK HERE
EFE 16611 Announcement CLICK HERE
EFE 25006 Announcement CLICK HERE
EFE 34115 Announcement CLICK HERE
EFE 34116 Announcement CLICK HERE

SPECIAL MODEL PRODUCED FOR BUSES FESTIVAL FOR CHELTENHAM MODEL CENTRE
The Cheltenham Model Centre have written to advise me that for the
second year running they have had another limited edition model made again for the show. The model comes in a special edition box and features a Leyland Atlantean in Travel de Courcey livery with blinds and side banner adverts for the Show. I understand that a small quantity of models are available from the Cheltenham Model Centre website CLICK HERE to view a photograph of the model CLICK HERE to view the Cheltenham Model Centre web page.

Tuesday 21st August 2018


EFE ANNOUNCED 9 NEW MODELS AT YESTERDAYS BUSES FESTIVAL
EFE announced 9 new models yesterday, I will publish further details and photographs in due course:

16611 Leyland National MK1 Short - LT Golden Jubilee
35115 AEC RT - London Transport
34116 AEC RT - Browns Blue Coalville
40801 Leyland Atlantean MCW (open top) - Round London Sightseeing Tour (Holman) 933GTA
40802 Leyland Atlantean MCW (open top) - Cityrama 933GTA
40602 Leyland Atlantean MCW (open top) - Ribble NBC 927GTA
41001 Volvo Olympian Palatine 1 - London Central N426JBV
41002 Volvo Olympian Palatine 1 - London Central Docklands Express M409RVU
41003 Volvo Olympian Palatine 1 - Metrobus M401RVU

Monday 20th August 2018


PHOTOGRAPHS ADDED TO GALLERY PAGES
Courtesy of John Bennett, I have added 6 photographs to the Gallery pages. Click on the thumb nail images below to be taken to that buses Gallery entry to read when and where the photograph was taken and the models these buses have been represented by:

Saturday 18th August 2018


POST BUS RELEASED BY OXFORD DIECAST
One model I inadvertently missed when the last batch of models were released a couple of weeks ago, is a Royal Mail Post Bus n-gauge Land Rover Defender model code NDEF002.

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LONDON BUS REPAINTS AND TRANSFERS (LBRT)
Nigel Mitchell from LBRT has written to advise me that he has a new website. Since he retired in 2016, Nigel has been selling his remaining stock on eBay but has now decided to stop selling via eBay and sell his remaining stock from his new LBRT website. 

The LBRT website explains...... "During 2016 I decided to retire and ceased the production of all bus models, during 2017 the owner of Bus Stop Models also decided to retire, and with the closure of their site I once again took over the sale of the transfers using eBay. eBay was a useful and popular outlet for the transfers, but in July 2018 eBay said I had reached my item limit and demanded I upgrade to a much more expensive account with an eBay shop. In response to this problem, I decided to open this online store and offer the transfers directly to customers, it also allows me to offer a lower threshold for free postage as I can now avoid the high eBay fees.

The aim of this site is to clear all the remaining stock of transfers, model parts & model buses. Sadly I will not be producing anymore new transfers or printing any further batches of existing products. When they've gone they've gone for good!"

To view Nigel's new website visit https://www.lbrtransfers.co.uk/

BACHMANN TO ANNOUNCE NEW EFE MODELS THIS WEEKEND
I have been in contact with Bachmann today who have advised that their Roadshow team will be attending this weekends Buses Festival at
The British Motor Museum, Gaydon this Sunday - 19th August 2018. They will be announcing several new models at the show and I will publish details as soon as I can after I receive them. 

Friday 17th August 2018


PHOTOGRAPHS ADDED TO GALLERY PAGES
Courtesy of John Bennett, I have added 4 photographs to the Gallery pages. Click on the thumb nail images below to be taken to that buses Gallery entry to read when and where the photograph was taken and the models these buses have been represented by:

Wednesday 15th August 2018


PHOTOGRAPHS ADDED TO GALLERY PAGES
Courtesy of Phil Hambling, I have added more Routemaster photographs to the Gallery pages (RCL2240, RM2000, RML2306 and RML2759). Courtesy of John Bennett is a photograph of RM848 (I published a photograph of this bus in Blackpool livery on 10th August - see below). Click on the thumb nail images below to be taken to that buses Gallery entry to read when and where the photograph was taken and the models these buses have been represented by:

Sunday 12th August 2018


PHOTOGRAPHS ADDED TO GALLERY PAGES
Courtesy of Phil Hambling, I have added a number of Routemaster RM, RMA and RMC photographs to the Gallery pages. Click on the thumb nail images below to be taken to that buses Gallery entry to read when and where the photograph was taken and the models these buses have been represented by:

Friday 10th August 2018


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

NEW CASTING

ADL Enviro400 MMC - UKBUS6506 First Bristol

Following the significant success in launching the brand new casting of the Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC model in the livery of Go-Ahead London, National Express West Midlands, Stagecoach London and Stagecoach in Oxfordshire, Northcord Model Company is releasing the fifth version – UKBUS6506 in the livery of First Bristol.

UKBUS6506 is another launch model of the new family of castings and this is the 10.5 metre long version with 1 door.

UKBUS6506 represents fleet number 33960 (SN65 ZCU) that has 10.5 metre, single door bodywork and was new to First Bristol in 2016. 33960 carries a full and colourfully branded livery for route 1. The special, comprehensive livery and branding are 100% reproduced onto the UKBUS6506 model. The stand-out features of the branding are, the “up to every 5 minutes” frequency and the prominent route number “1” along with the key locations served that are repeated on the front and both sides. All day, all Bristol fares details are carried on all sides. Further additional details carried by the model include the free wifi logo on the widows on both sides and rear and the special sunlight protection shade on the top of the front upper windscreen.

The Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC UKBUS6506 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 UKBUS6506 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 10.5 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 UKBUS6506 model is limited to 1200 pieces worldwide.

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

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Tuesday 7th August 2018


A SECOND NEW MODEL ANNOUNCED BY JOTUS.COM
jotus.com have today announced a second Optare Spectra resin model. This time featuring Reading Buses fleet number 701 (MRD1) on route 38 to Woodley South Lake. I understand it will be released at the same time as the Demonstrator model announced earlier this week. The model carries the stock code RS76624.

Jotus have advised me that the photographs shown are of a pre-production sample and that some of the colours will be adjusted ahead of production. They also advise that they also hope to apply the chrome wheel covers ahead of production.

As with the Demonstrator, the release date and price have not been advised at this time.

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Friday 3rd August 2018


CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM OXFORD DIECAST
I can confirm that the following models have now been released and are on sale:
76PAN007 Plaxton Panorama - Ribble CLICK HERE
NSEA002 Burlingham Seagull - Stratford Blue CLICK HERE

Thursday 2nd August 2018


NEW MODEL ANNOUNCED BY JOTUS.COM
Jotus.com have announced their next model.
RS76623 Features Optare Spectra Demonstrator K170FYG and will be released end of September/early October.
The price of the model has not been confirmed at this time.

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Monday 30th July 2018


CORGI RELEASE THEIR FIRST PHOTOGRAPHS OF BRIGHTON AND HOVE PRIDE WRIGHT GEMINI 2
Corgi have now released their first photographs of actual pre-production samples of their two Brighton & Hove Gemini 2 models:
OM46515A and OM46515B

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CORGI UPDATED RELEASE DATES
The Corgi website are currently showing the latest release dates for their outstanding models:

1st Half 2018 Models
OM40821A Bristol Lodekka - Wilts and Dorset - Was June 2018 now October 2018
OM40821B Bristol Lodekka - Wilts and Dorset - Was June 2018 now October 2018 
OM43917A Guy Utility Bus - Burton Corporation - Was June 2018 now September 2018 
OM43917B Guy Utility Bus - Burton Corporation - Was June 2018 now September 2018
OM46515A Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 - Brighton & Hove (Brighton Pride) - Was May 2018 now December 2018 
OM46515B Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 - Brighton & Hove (Brighton Pride) - Was May 2018 now December 2018

2nd Half 2018 Models
OM46514A Wright Eclipse Gemini 2, Go-Ahead East London Transit - Was December 2018 now January 2019 
OM46514B Wright Eclipse Gemini 2, Go-Ahead East London Transit - Was December 2018 now January 2019
OM46713A Wright Eclipse II (Single Deck), Transdev The Shuttle - Was October 2018 now December 2018 
OM46713B Wright Eclipse II (Single Deck), Transdev The Shuttle - Was October 2018 now December 2018 
CC42418 Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour bus - Was October 2018 now October 2018

Sunday 29th July 2018


OXFORD DIECAST MODELS SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE
The following models are scheduled for release next week:
76PAN007 Plaxton Panorama - Ribble CLICK HERE
NSEA002 Burlingham Seagull - Stratford Blue CLICK HERE

BACHMANN SEND OUT PACKS OF FREE EFE RELEASE SHEETS TO SUBSCRIBERS
I have received a surprise package from Bachmann containing the attached letter and a selection of over 50 assorted EFE release sheets dating back to May 1997. CLICK HERE to view the letter

Saturday 28th July 2018


BACHMANN CONFIRM IDENTITY OF MODEL IN THE BUS GARAGE
Bachmann today advised me of the identity of the model which will accompany their recently announced bus garage:
"The model included with the EFE Bus Garage will be a National Plaxton Panorama Bristol RELH coach. The operator’s name and number plates are blank allowing collectors to customise the vehicle with their own markings (scale transfers and markings are available on the aftermarket). This model has not previously been available".

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Tuesday 17th July 2018


CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM IXO
I have been made aware of the release of a 1:43rd scale AEC RT in London Country (green). At the time of writing, I have only seen photographs of the model on eBay. The model features AEC Regent III RT4742 (OLD564) in London Country livery. The model is represented on route 406 to Reigate Garage.

If anyone has purchased the model and could send me copies of the photographs for publication, they would be most appreciated. CLICK HERE to email

Monday 16th July 2018


BUILD YOUR OWN ROUTEMASTER WEEKS 16 AND 17
I have now completed weeks 16 and 17, and added text and photographs to the Build your own Routemaster pages.

To view week 16 CLICK HERE
To view week 17 CLICK HERE

Alternatively click on the link at the top of this page.

Thursday 12th July 2018


PHOTOGRAPH OF RECENTLY RELEASED EFE MODEL
Please see photographs of recently released EFE model 34112 AEC RT - London Transport:

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Tuesday 10th July 2018


EFE BUS GARAGE PHOTOGRAPHS
Further to my news of Tuesday, Bachmann have sent me two high resolution photographs of the bus garage one in a diorama. Bachmann have advised me: "Bus Garage (E99660), this was available as part of our Bachmann OO scale Scenecraft range several years ago and is being re-launched as part of the EFE range as it is the ideal way to display model buses in addition to being suited to model railway layouts/dioramas. The Bus Garage should be available around the end of this month and has a RRP of £84.95".The Bachmann website reports that the garage comes complete with a free EFE model (worth £19.95).

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Thursday 5th July 2018


CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM EFE
Long awaited EFE RT model 34112 has now been released, the Bachmann website reports:
"The eagerly awaited London Transport RT (E34112) is now on its way to Bachmann Stockists. The model depicts RT2177 registration KGU 106 allocated to Walworth garage (WL), with blinds for route 12 to Oxford Circus. RT2177 was new in 1949 and saw service at several garages in South London including Elmers End, New Cross and Walworth. Sold by L.T. in 1977, RT2177 has been preserved in very fine condition for many years and is regularly displayed at bus rallies. This model has a RRP of £34.95".

EFE ANNOUNCE NEW BUS GARAGE
The Bachmann website carries news of a new addition to Bachmann's range of accessories in the form of a bus garage, their website reports:

"This month will see the arrival of a new addition to the EFE range of accessories! With its Art Deco styling, the Bus Garage (E99660) is the perfect way to display a bus collection and is also ideal for use on model railway layouts or dioramas. With a free EFE vehicle (worth £19.95), the Bus Garage has a RRP of £84.95 and is sure to be popular with collectors & modellers alike! Pre-order yours today from your local Bachmann Stockist to avoid disappointment".

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OXFORD DIECAST MODELS DUE FOR RELEASE
Many thanks to Jacksons Models for advising me that the following Oxford Diecast model is due for imminent release:
76FT031 Ford Transit Mk5 SWB Low Roof - London Underground CLICK HERE

Also being released is a re-release of 76ANG032 Southdown Anglia Van

Tuesday 3rd July 2018


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