May 2003 - News

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CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM EFE
I can confirm that the following model has now been released and is on sale:
23315 AEC RF MK1 London Transport

Wednesday 28 May 2003


LT MUSEUM TWO NEW MODELS
I am able to exclusively reveal that the LT Museum in conjunction with Stagecoach London are hoping to release two EFE models for the Romford Garage open day in September. The models will only be available on the day and will not be available to mail order customers. No further details are being released by the LT Museum or Stagecoach London at this time.

CONFIRMED RELEASE OF JOTUS CARICATURE LT DMS MODELS
I can confirm that the following models were released on 25 May 2003 and are now on sale:
qb-lt-001 DMS Fleetline London Transport
qb-lt-002 DMS Fleetline Round London Sightseeing Tour
qb-lt-003 DMS Fleetline London General - Driver Training (the final release model has a different registration number to that previously reported and is now OJD 384R NOT THM 682M).

Monday 26 May 2003


ALLSORTS CLOSING DOWN
I have today spoken with Allsorts, at present the closing date has not been finalised. Allsorts will be contacting me when a date is known and I will then publish details.

Sunday 25 May 2003


FIRST ABERDEEN - ARCHIE BUS ORDERING DETAILS
I have now received details from First Aberdeen on how to order one of their commissioned models, I am also grateful to Steve Newens who emailed me today confirming the same:

Cost is 23.00 plus 3.00 postage and packing. Cheques payable to "Model Archie Bus" and sent to:

Mr. Joe Mackie
Commercial Director
First Aberdeen Ltd
395 King Street
Aberdeen AB24 5RP.

Please mention this web site when posting your cheque.

Wednesday 21 May 2003


CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM CORGI OOC
I can confirm that the following model has now been released and is on sale:
OM45607 BMMO D9 (open top) London Transport Round London Sightseeing (London Zoo)

FIRST ABERDEEN - "ARCHIE BUS" COMMISSIONED MODEL
Further to my news article of 13 May 2003, I am still awaiting confirmation of mail order details. I will publish these as soon as they are known.

Monday 19 May 2003


CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM
I can confirm that the following models have now been despatched to standing order customers, I hope to publish photographs of both models over the coming weekend:
25513B RML (Gold) Stagecoach
10131 RT (Gold) TfL Route 23

Please note:
The RML 25513B Stagecoach is sold out, all models having been pre-ordered by standing order customers, there are none available for general sale.
The RT 10131 will be available to visitors at the Acton Depot open weekend Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 May , priced at 22.99. A supply of any remaining models will be available at Covent Garden from Wednesday 21 May. There is no limit to purchases on this model.

For the latest release update on all LT Museum Gold models please see my News article of 27 April 2003 CLICK HERE to view.

Thursday 15 May 03


FIRST ABERDEEN - "ARCHIE BUS" COMMISSIONED MODEL
I am grateful to Campbell Morrison for advising me that First Aberdeen have commissioned a model bus from Creative Master Northcord to raise money for the "The Archie Foundation" of whom they are sponsors. If you would like to find out more about the charity then their web site can be found at www.archiefoundation.org

The model will be based on First Aberdeen fleet number 133 a Volvo B7TL with Alexander 400 bodywork. Although commissioned from Creative Master Northcord Ltd., I understand it will not carry a CMNL stock code. Details of the model are as follows:
Fleet number : 133
Registration number : X771 NSO
Route: 12
Destination : Foresterhill
Livery : The Archie Foundation
Quantity: 2000 pieces.

I understand that the model will be available for purchase from First Aberdeen at a cost of approximately 23.00 + P&P and will be released late June/July. I hope to give details of how it is possible to order the model and exact cost within the next few days. The pictures below show a pre-production sample of the model.

 

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Photograph Campbell Morrison

 

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Photograph Campbell Morrison

 

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Photograph Campbell Morrison

EFE NEW RELEASE DETAILS AN AMENDMENT
Further to my news article of Saturday 10 May 2003. EFE have confirmed that their literature contained an error. Model number 29801 should read:
29801 Wright Dennis Lance London & Country NOT Wright Dennis Arrow.

Tuesday 13 May 2003


EFE COBHAM RUNNING DAY AEC RF
I have today received a letter from the Cobham Bus Museum indicating that the above model scheduled for release at the Cobham Annual Open day in April has now been delayed until approximately the third/fourth week of June.

Monday 12 May 2003


NEW MODELS ANNOUNCED BY EFE
EFE have announced new models for release as follows. Further details will be published as soon as they are available:
17303 Leyland National MK1 Southend Transport
20129 Bedford OB Leathers Coaches
27210 Leyland TD1 (open) Western National
26404 Daimler Utility East Yorkshire
28004 Daimler DMS (1 Door) Derby City Transport
29801 Wright Dennis Arrow London & Country

EFE SUBSCRIBER NEWSLETTER

The EFE subscriber Newsletter (2nd Mailing 2003) arrived this morning. I have reproduced below some extracts from Mr Frank Joyce's (Managing Director of Gilbow Holdings Ltd) letter to subscribers which I feel may be of interest to you.

".........I have received a number of comments and concerns regarding gimmicks and toy like features that are being added to some of the model buses that have appeared on the market recently from Hong Kong companies. The concerns are that we might consider incorporating these types of gimmicks into Exclusive First Editions bus models. As new models are designed I must keep aware of market trends while keeping focused to our objective of producing models that capture the spirit of the vehicle while achieving fine body detail. The inclusion of opening windows, doors and engine covers in almost all instances detracts from the fine detailing of the model and in the long term is not the way to go as it turns models into toys. However there are some features like rear view mirrors that can improve some models and where appropriate these will be included on suitable models. I have been at this same point before at Matchbox Toys when moving gimmicks were added to the 1-75 range. The long term effect was very destructive on the brand as it was not sustainable at the price and gradually as prices increased the market was eroded. Similarly the argument is made to me that these extra complicated models can sell at a higher price and collector will be happy to pay more, I think not. History tells us that it is not the case and we will not be following this trend.

I have been considering what other themes could be created and on trawling through the photo's and suggestions sent to us over the years we have found a number of buses used by the police forces across the country. Having identified about 6 good subjects to be modelled, it is our intention to release these over a period of 12 to 18 months, any thoughts and comments from subscribers would be welcomed.

We have arranged to make two Leyland TD1 bus models for the Australian market and these will be sold in Australia by a company called Trux. They are both in the livery of the Metropolitan bus company working routes 88 Enfield and Sydney and 120 Bondi Beach North and Railway. As part of our service we have arranged to make a small quantity of each available to subscribers in the U.K. and the full details and order forms will be sent to you in the next mailing......."

Saturday 10 May 2003


CORGI OOC RELEASE SCHEDULED FOR WEEK COMMENCING 12 MAY 2003
The following model is scheduled for release week commencing 12 May 2003:
OM45607 BMMO D9 (open top) London (London Zoo)

EFE 23315 AEC RF MK1 LONDON TRANSPORT
EFE anticipate that this model will be released at the end of this month.

Friday 9 May 2003


CORGI OOC CATALOGUE JULY TO DECEMBER  2003 HIGH QUALITY IMAGES
I have uploaded high resolution pre-production sample photographs of each of the models from the new catalogue. All images are courtesy of and copyright Corgi Classics Ltd. Click on the link next to each model to view. Please note these are large images and may take a while to download. I will be creating individual pages for each model with full details during the course of this week.

OM40403 AEC Regent/Weymann London Transport CLICK HERE
OM40506 Feltham Tram Metropolitan CLICK HERE
OM40808 Bristol Lodekka FS Hants & Dorset CLICK HERE
OM40809 Bristol Lodekka FS Crosville Motor Services CLICK HERE
OM41007 AEC 4Q4 London Transport (Post war) CLICK HERE
OM41008 AEC 4Q4 London Transport (Central) CLICK HERE
OM41104 Leyland PD2/E. Lancs. Stockport Corporation CLICK HERE
OM41105 Daimler CVG6/E. Lancs. Bolton Transport CLICK HERE
OM41908 Leyland PD3/Queen Mary (open) Provincial CLICK HERE
OM42501 East Lancs. Lowlander Ipswich Buses Centenary CLICK HERE
OM42502 East Lancs. Vyking London General CLICK HERE
OM42503 East Lancs. Lolyne Nottingham City CLICK HERE
OM42902 Optare Delta Wilts & Dorset Bus Co. Ltd. CLICK HERE
OM43002 Leyland Olympian/ECW Stagecoach North West CLICK HERE
OM43102 Leyland Lynx MKI Ribble CLICK HERE
OM43306 Plaxton Premiere Scottish Citylink CLICK HERE
OM43307 Plaxton Excalibur Dunn-Line CLICK HERE
OM43308 Plaxton Premiere Tellings Golden Miller CLICK HERE
OM43705 Trolleybus Rotherham Corporation CLICK HERE
OM43911 Daimler Utility Coventry Corporation CLICK HERE
OM44103 Optare Solo Reading Buses CLICK HERE
OM45114 MCW Metrobus MK2 Walsall Corporation (Heritage) CLICK HERE
OM45115 MCW Metrobus MKI GMT CLICK HERE
OM45710 AEC Q Halifax Corporation CLICK HERE

Tuesday 6 May 2003


CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM CORGI OOC, CREATIVE MASTER NORTHCORD AND C'sM
I can confirm that the following models have now been released and are on sale:

CORGI OOC
OM42408
Leyland Leopard/Panorama I Southdown

CREATIVE MASTER NORTHCORD
UKBUS2003 Plaxton President Metroline

C'SM
MCW-73103 Metrobus MK1 Double Door Arriva - The Original Tour

Friday 2 May 2003


NORTH WEALD AND SOUTHSEA MODELS 2003
Details have been announced for this years models as follows:

North Weald 29 June 2003
EFE AEC RF London Transport (red)
Route: 254
Destination: South Woodford Station, out of Loughton Garage
Roof adverts for event
Certificated: Approx 480 models

Southsea 8 June 2003
EFE Bristol VR (open) Southdown
Route: X16
Destination: Limited stop to Southsea
Side adverts for event
Certificated: Approx 280 models

Models can be ordered from:
Mr P Coe
London Bus Retail
10 Hurst Close
Headley
Surrey
KT18 6DZ

Tel/Fax 01372 386998
Email: pwcoe@tiscali.co.uk

Orders on a first come first served basis, cheques payable to Motorail priced at:
AEC RF 22.00 (inc P&P UK - overseas postage at cost)
Bristol VR 21.00 (inc P&P UK - overseas postage at cost)
Alternatively purchase the pair for 42.00 (inc P&P UK - overseas postage at cost)

JOTUS.COM - CARICATURE BUSES
Jotus.com are releasing three of their
toy "Caricature" or "Cute Buses" in London liveries. The models are scheduled for release mid May CLICK HERE for further details.

Thursday 1 May 2003


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