July to September 2018 - News

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

 

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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