October to December 2019 - News

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CONFIRMED RELEASES IN THE UK FROM THE NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY
I can confirm that the following models have now been released in the UK:

UKBUS6513 ADL Enviro400 MMC – STAGECOACH SOUTH
Fleet number: 10892
Registration number: YX67VCE
Route number: 64
Destination: Winchester via Alresford
Quantity: 1008 pieces

UKBUS6514 ADL Enviro400MMC – FIRST GLASGOW
Fleet number: 33201
Registration number: SK68LWN
Route number: 75
Destination: Castlemilk via City Centre
Quantity: 1200 pieces

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CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM OXFORD DIECAST
I can confirm that the following models have now been released:

76WFL003 Weymann Fanfare (Leyland) - Southdown
Fleet number: 1134
Registration number: XUF134
Route number: -
Destination: Bournemouth

NTRAIL014 Mobile Trailer - Southdown
Fleet number: -
Registration number: 316SCS (fictitious)
Route: -
Destination: -

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Thursday 5th December 2019


PHOTOGRAPHS OF EFE MODEL 16611
Please see photographs taken by me of EFE’s recently released model:
16611 Leyland National – LT Golden Jubilee (1933-1983)
Fleet number: LS194
Registration number: THX194S
Route: 234A
Destination: Purley Old Lodge Lane

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TWO NEW MODELS FROM THE BUCKIE MODEL CENTRE
Further to my news of 28th July, the next two VDL Futura 2 models in The Buckie Model Centre, Scottish Coaches Collection will be released next week. Please see attached photographs. The production versions will display registration numbers:
The two models represent Hunters Coaches, Loanhead and Millbank Coaches. Peterhead

To order, or for additional information, please visit The Buckie Model Centre website: www.buckiemodelcentre.com or email info@buckiemodelcentre.com

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Wednesday 27th November 2019


NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY - PRESS RELEASE
The following press release has been received a few minutes ago from The Northcord Model Company:

UKBUS6513 ADL Enviro400 MMC - Stagecoach South

Following the significant success in launching the brand new casting of the Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC model in the livery of National Express West Midlands, Stagecoach in Oxfordshire, Bluestar and Stagecoach West Scotland, Northcord Model Company is now releasing the sixth livery on the 10.9 metre long, single-door casting – UKBUS6513 in the livery of Stagecoach South with full route branding for the famous route 64.

UKBUS6513 represents fleet number 10892 (YX67VCE) that has 10.9 metre, single door bodywork and was new to Stagecoach South in 2018. 10982 carries a full and colourfully branded livery for route 64, showing the destination to Winchester. The special, comprehensive livery and branding are 100% reproduced onto the UKBUS6513 model. The stand-out features of the branding are : “The regal route between Winchester, Alresford & Alton”, and “every 30 mins mon-sat daytime” frequency with the prominent route number “64” on both sides, the banner-type “Make up for lost time free WiFi onboard” together with the beautiful Winchester Cathedral photo on the nearside and another banner-type “Best of both worlds bus & train connect for London” as well as the classical Winchester Cathedral photo and the outline of King Alfred The Great on the offside.

Further additional details carried by the model include the free wifi and USB charging logos on both sides.

The rear of 10892 is also carrying full route branding decoration which are, from the top, : “The regal route between Winchester, Alresford & Alton”, “every 30 minutes, mon-sat daytime”, “via Bishop’s Sutton, Ropley & Four Marks”.

The Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC UKBUS6513 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 UKBUS6513 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 UKBUS6513 model is limited to 1008 pieces worldwide.

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

Tuesday 29th October 2019


UKBUS6514 ADL Enviro400MMC – FIRST GLASGOW
Further to the Northcord Model Company news release of Tuesday, please see photographs of my model:

UKBUS6514 ADL Enviro400MMC - First Glasgow
Fleet number: 33201
Registration number: SK68LWN
Route number: 75
Destination: Castlemilk via City Centre
Quantity: 1200 pieces

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Thursday 17th October 2019


NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY - PRESS RELEASE
The following press release has been received this morning from The Northcord Model Company:

UKBUS6514 ADL Enviro400MMC - First Glasgow

Northcord Model Company is pleased to announce the release of UKBUS6514, the long-awaited, third release of the 10.5 metre single door casting of this distinctive, modern, double-decker in the United Kingdom.

UKBUS6514 represents fleet number 33201HB (SK68LWN) that has 10.5 metre, single door bodywork and was the first of 75 new buses for First Glasgow in 2018. 33201HB carries a full and colourfully branded livery for route 75. The new buses formed part of a £31m investment from First Glasgow covering 150 new buses over two years in anticipation of meeting the annually increasing percentage of Euro6 buses to meet the city’s Low Emission Zone requirement. By Hogmanay 2019 this target requires 40% of the fleet entering or operating within the city LEZ to be Euro6 compliant until reaching 100% by 2022.

33201HB was the star of the high-profile new bus launch on an unusually dreich and sodden George Square on 9th October 2018. The bus was placed inside a 20 foot-high structure designed to replicate a model bus box. The new buses feature USB charging points, extra padded ELeather high-back seating and free WiFi. The Euro VI engine uses stop/start technology but the letters “HB”, that are appended to the fleet number, do not reference any sort of “hybrid” power source; they represent the formerly used term “highbridge” to denote a taller bus than one that is “lowbridge”.

Apart from the presentation of the 1:1 scale big model box at George Square, the mirrorless double-decker bus made a great attraction at the launch. First Glasgow worked with Alexander Dennis and 21st Century Technology on the trial of a camera system which replaced conventional external rear-view mirrors (also colloquially, and incorrectly, referred to as “wing mirrors”) with four cameras and two interior displays. 33201HB was the first double-decker bus having this system in the UK.

The first of the batch of 75 vehicles entered service on 10th October on route 75 between Castlemilk and Milton via Glasgow City Centre, although 33201HB did not enter service until later to allow time for driver familiarisation with the camera mirrors, and, even then, it was allocated to a set diagram every day so that the number of drivers was limited at first. During the summer of 2019 it was regularly allocated to the X7 M&D’s Express route to Strathclyde Country Park. The UKBUS6514 model represents its allocation to route 75, heading for Castlemilk, a large housing scheme to the south of the city, developed by Glasgow Corporation dating back to the 1950s to alleviate the slum conditions in the inner city, particularly in The Gorbals, near to the home depot for 33201HB. The side destination references Hampden Park, Scotland’s national football stadium.

The driver rear-view camera, and special, comprehensive livery and branding of 33201HB are 100% reproduced onto the UKBUS6514 model in 1:76 scale. The stand-out features of the branding are : the big “75” on both sides and rear, along with key locations served “Castlemilk, Hampden, City Centre, Possilpark, Milton” on the nearside, and the special banner-type “Your new buses have arrived” decorations on both sides and rear.

Further additional details carried by the model include the “Free WiFi’, “USB chargers”, “Comfy seats” on the rear, and the special sunlight protection shades on the top of both front windscreens.

The Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC UKBUS6514 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 UKBUS6514 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 UKBUS6514 model is limited to 1200 pieces worldwide. 

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

Tuesday 15th October 2019


NEW MODELS ANNOUNCED BY OXFORD DIECAST 
Oxford Diecast have advised that the following new models. The Barnes Coaches model is advertised on the Barnes Coaches website, but Oxford Diecast have advised that it will also be available via them.

1:76 Omnibus 
76DC004 - Duple Commander II – Greenslades
Fleet number: -
Registration number: FFJ15D
Route: -
Destination: Plymouth

76IR6007 Irizar i6 - Barnes Coaches
Fleet number: -
Registration number: YN18ZNP
Route number: -
Destination: -
Quantity: 1000 pieces

76SB006 - Saro Bus - Trent
Fleet number: 816
Registration number: FCH16
Route: 34
Destination: Derby

1:148 Omnibus
NNR008 - New Routemaster - Go Ahead London East London Transit
Fleet number: LT914
Registration number: LTZ2114
Route: EL1
Destination: Ilford Station 

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OXFORD DIECAST MODELS DUE FOR RELEASE
Oxford Diecast have advised that the following models are due for imminent release:

43WFL001 Weymann Fanfare Southdown
76IR6007 Irizar i6 Barnes Coaches 

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Wednesday 9th October 2019


CORGI FUSILIER GIFT SET RELEASED
Corgi have now released the Fusilier Gift Set OM46620, so it should be in the shops any day.
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CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM SUNSTAR
I can confirm that the following models were released in the UK during September:
H2941 Routemaster RM - Arriva London (Red)
H2942 Routemaster RM - Arriva (Gold)

Tuesday 1st October 2019


October to December 2019 - News

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