March 2003 - News
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CORGI OOC EAST LANCS. MODELS
I am able to reveal that the sliding door on the East Lancs. models shown in the current OOC catalogue will open! I understand that this feature was added late in the tooling programme and has hence details have not been published in the catalogues.
Monday 31 March 2003
OOC SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE WEEK COMMENCING 31 MARCH 2003
The following model is scheduled for release this week:
OM41101 AEC Regent V/E. Lancs. St. Helens Corporation
Sunday 30 March 2003
FURTHER NEW MODELS ANNOUNCED BY
EFE have announced the following new models scheduled for release in April in addition to the Bristol FLF announced earlier this week (see news 24 March 2003):
17214 Leyland National Northumbria Motors
20429 Bristol VR3 Solent Blue Bus
24321 BET AEC Reliance Jones of Aberbeeg
27701 AEC STL Bus Type A London Transport
28807 Leyland Titan Cambridgeshire Police
28902 GM Atlantean East Kent
I have published photographs of the actual buses represented by two of these buses on the Gallery pages and links can be found from the Updates page. These buses being the Leyland Titan and Bristol VR3
9641T TROLLEYBUS - BOURNEMOUTH CORPORATION TRANSPORT
Saturday 29 March 2003
PRESS RELEASE - CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM CREATIVE
MASTER NORTHCORD LTD
I have received the following press release from CMN confirming that UKBUS1010 has now been released in Hong Kong. At this time an anticipated UK release date is not known but I will publish details as soon as I hear anything.
ukbus 1010 -- Alexander ALX 400 – bodied Dennis Trident
Creative Master Northcord Limited (CMNL) has released its tenth replica bus on its well-known casting, the Alexander ALX 400-bodied Dennis Trident. The ukbus1010 model carries Arriva the Shires & Essex colours.
Arriva the Shires & Essex introduced 27 Alexander ALX400 buses at its Luton and Southend depots in July 2000 as part of a major fleet upgrade. Twenty of these were allocated to Luton, including 5429, and many received route branding for the busy 38 route, linking Luton, Houghton Regis and Dunstable. These low-floor Dennis Trident buses replaced elderly Bristol VRs and were instantly popular with customers, bringing the benefits of easy access to an important corridor on which buses run up to every 10 minutes.
The replica is a one-piece casting whose clean lines accentuate the windows and livery application on which all logos and lettering are clearly legible. The model has no ugly metal poles to hold it together and has a new anti-branch feature. The ukbus 1010 model is limited to 2800 pieces worldwide.
The Arriva bus models will be distributed by Corgi Classics Limited (UK), Porte Publishing Company (Japan) and Concorde Hobby Shop (HK) respectively.
This picture shows the final
production version in it's packaging. I hope to bring further close up pictures
Photograph © Creative Master Northcord Ltd
FROM CORGI OOC
Thursday 27 March 2003
CONFIRMED RELEASE OF EFE
I can confirm that the following models have now been released and are on sale:
15633 RM Routemaster Arriva Golden Jubilee
20904 Leyland PS1 Windover Southdown
22512 Alexander Y Type Western
27610 Volvo / Wright SLF Ulsterbus
29002 GM Standard Fleetline Lancashire United
Wednesday 26 March 2003
NEW MODEL ANNOUNCED BY EFE
EFE have announced a new model in addition to those previously announced and listed on this site as follows:
14011 Bristol Lodekka FLF CBC late radiator, Scottish Motor Traction. I have spoken with EFE this morning and no further details are available at this time.
Monday 24 March 2003
MODEL COLLECTOR MAGAZINE NEW
Model Collector Magazine have announced details of their next reader offer. The model will be a Corgi OOC Leyland PD3 E.Lancs in the livery of Greater Manchester Transport. Full details of how to purchase the model can be found in the May issue of the magazine which is on sale now. I am very grateful to Model Collector for sending me the pictures shown below of an early pre-production sample.
Photograph © Model Collector Magazine
Photograph © Model Collector Magazine
Saturday 22 March 2003
CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM CORGI OOC
AND CREATIVE MASTER NORTHCORD
I can confirm that the following models have now been released and are on sale, pictures to follow:
CREATIVE MASTER NORTHCORD
Friday 21 March 2003
LT MUSEUM GOLD MODELS UPDATE
I am grateful to the LT Museum for giving me additional information regarding the previously announced Gold RML's, Gold RT's and Gold Set 11. The additional details include EFE stock numbers, vehicle details etc as follows:
RML's (scheduled for
release May 2003)
RT's (scheduled for
release March 2003)
SET 11 (scheduled for release April 2003)
Monday 17 March 2003
COUNTRY BUS RALLIES
The Country Bus Rallies page has been updated with details of models available for the 2003 Rally season. Contact details to purchase the models are shown at the bottom of the page.
Saturday 15 March 2003
CORGI OOC RELEASES WEEK
COMMENCING 17 MARCH 2003
The following models are scheduled for release week commencing 17 March 2003:
OM43506 Balloon Tram Blackpool 1980's livery, Special Edition
OM44007 Brush Rail Car Blackpool Brannigans, Special Edition
OM45307 Bova Futura The Kings Ferry
Friday 14 March 2003
AEC RF LONDON TRANSPORT
I am grateful to Jim Howat for advising me that this model will be fitted with black wheel arches not red as shown in the EFE promotional photograph.
PICTURE OF RF368
Thursday 13 March 2003
CONFIRMED RELEASE OF PEARSONS
CODE 2 EFE RT
I am grateful to Tony Price and Peter Harrison for advising me that their models arrived in the post this morning. The model has the standard EFE sticker for 10132 on the end of the box but carries a Pearsons Centenary sticker placed on the top of the box at the left hand end. The model is certificated to 996 pieces.
Can anybody send me a digital picture (highest resolution possible please) as I have not ordered one of these models at this time?
Monday 10 March 2003
PICTURES OF TWO MODELS RELEASED
Shown below are pictures of two models released today, the Britbus MCW Metropolitan (see press release below from this morning) and the LT Museum Acton Open Weekend Special EFE AEC STL. Further pictures of both models will be published tomorrow. I also hope to publish pre-production sample photographs of the 3 gold EFE models that make up LT Museum Gift Set 11 and the next LT Museum EFE RML in the gold livery of Stagecoach London.
The picture above shows Britbus
model N62-001 MCW Metropolitan London Transport. This model is exclusive to the
members of the Model Bus Federation.
Photograph © British Model Buses
The picture above shows LT Museum
Acton Open Weekend EFE model 27809A AEC STL London Transport. I understand that
any unsold models from the weekend will be available in the Covent Garden Shop
from Thursday 13th March.
Photograph © British Model Buses
Saturday 8 March 2003 (second posting)
BRITBUS MCW METROPOLITAN: MODEL BUS FEDERATION MEMBERS MODEL
I am extremely grateful to the Model Bus Federation for providing the following press release. I hope to bring photographs of the actual model later today/tomorrow.
MCW Metropolitan diecast metal model bus
From: Model Bus Federation (London area)
Date: 8th March 2003
The London area of the Model Bus Federation is pleased to announce the release of a new model bus casting, The Metro Cammell Weymann “Metropolitan” double decker, a type that first appeared on British streets in 1974.
This all new casting has been produced in China by the Britbus Company and is to a scale of 1/76.
The new model has the following features;
The first release of this model is of London Transport MD34 (KJD234P). This vehicle entered service on route 36B (Grove Park-Paddington) after display at an LT event at Syon Park. This bus has carried special adverts for this event and retained them for a few weeks after entering passenger service from Peckham garage. The model depicts this bus in this condition.
The model has been chosen as a tribute to the memory of MBF members, the late Peter and Leah Burrows, through whose generosity it was possible to produce this model.
This model has been commissioned by the Model Bus Federations` London area and will only be available to members via the Model Bus Federation sales organisation.
Future releases of this casting will be available to all collectors, via retail outlets.
End of Press release.
To view pictures of the real MCW Metropolitan MD34 in the livery represented by the MBF model, please visit Gallery Page 4 or CLICK HERE to be taken directly to them.
Saturday 8 March 2003
I have just been advised by the LT Museum of two items of news exclusive to British Model Buses:
1. The LT Museum will be releasing
a special EFE model to be on sale at this weekends Acton Open Weekend as
2. The LT Museum have commissioned a museum exclusive Britbus Metropolitan which will be available during the summer. No other details are known at this time.
LT MUSEUM GIFT SET 11 (GOLD
NEXT MODELS TO BE RELEASED BY EFE
Thursday 6 March 2003
CORGI CLASSICS LTD PROVIDE
PHOTOGRAPHS TO BRITISH MODEL BUSES
I am extremely grateful to Corgi Classics Ltd for allowing me access to their library of photographs back to January 2002. Over the next few weeks I will be replacing scanned images where these have been used and also creating new pages for models where I have no images at all.
I have today replaced the scanned
images of the following models:
C'SM 1/50TH SCALE UPDATE
I understand from C'sM that of the models currently shown on my C'sM page as outstanding, models numbers MCW73104 and MCW73105 are scheduled for release within the next few months all others are pending and a release date is not known.
Tuesday 4 March 2003
NEW STOCKIST ADDED TO STOCKISTS
A new stockist has been added to the stockist page. Mels Collectables based in Leeds can be found by visiting my Stockists Page or visited directly via their web address at www.melscollectables.com
Sunday 2 March 2003
DIECAST BUSES INTERACTIVE CLUB
Do you want to correspond with fellow model bus collectors online and enter discussions? A reminder that there is a link for the club on my links page. Alternatively the club home page has a new web address which can be found at www.diecastbuses.2ya.com
Saturday 1 March 2003
March 2003 - News
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