September 2005 - News

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CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM BRITBUS
I can confirm that the following model has now been released and is on sale:
R901 Alexander Belfast RH Olympian (2 door) Westlink

CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM CORGI OOC
I can confirm that the following models have now been released and are on sale:
OM40904 Leyland PD2/Orion Exeter
OM42411 Plaxton Panorama Barton
OM44705 Dart SLF Scottish Citylink
OM45901 Van Hool T9 Shearings

CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM EFE
I can confirm that the following models have now been released and are on sale:
16322 Bristol LS Bath Services
30702 AEC Renown North Western

IAN ALLAN - EFE COMMISSIONED RML LONDON GENERAL
EFE have advised me that the stock code for this model will be 25520. Details of models 25518 and 25519 are not being announced at this time.

Thursday 29th September 2005


IAN ALLAN - EFE COMMISSIONED RML LONDON GENERAL
Further to my Showbus news update of 26th September, I am grateful to Nick Norrington for advising me that the telephone number Ian Allan show on their order form as their Credit Card line is in fact a fax. The correct phone number should read 01932 266622

Wednesday 28 September 2005


CREATIVE MASTER NORTHCORD - PRESS RELEASE

NEW CASTING

UKBUS5001 Mercedes Benz Citaro

First London – Riverside RV1

Creative Master Northcord Limited is pleased to announce the release of UKBUS5001, the first model of the second new casting introduced during 2005.

The first livery to be carried on the brand new model is First London’s all-red colour with First and Riverside fleet names. The model also carries the special logos and names along the glazed panels above the side windows showing many of the attractions that the route passes on its way from Tower Gateway to Covent Garden.

UKBUS5001 represents fleet number ES64002 (LT02 NTX) that was new in 2002. Eleven Citaros were delivered for the route RV1 that commenced on 27th April 2002. At the time these 12m buses were the longest in use on TfL services. Subsequently, three Hydrogen-powered Fuel-Cell Citaro buses have also entered service.

The Mercedes Benz Citaro UKBUS5001 is a one-piece casting whose clean lines accentuate the square-mounted, double-glazed windows and the livery application on which all logos and lettering are clearly legible. Another main feature on the UKBUS4001 model is its extensive portrayal of handrails, combined with the special screens, linked by satellite technology, that display the name of the next stop. The headlight / indicator units at the front and indicator / tail light units at the rear are made of individual components to look more realistic.

The brand new dual-door RV1 Mercedes Benz Citaro bus models will be distributed by John Ayrey Die-Casts Limited (UK), Porte Publishing Company (Japan) and Concorde Hobby Shop (HK) respectively. The UKBUS5001 model is limited to 2100 pieces worldwide.

Creative Master Northcord Limited (CMNL)

------The World’s Miniature Bus Co.

 

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This photograph shows the production version of UKBUS5001

Photograph © Creative Master Northcord Ltd

Tuesday 27th September 2005


IAN ALLAN - EFE COMMISSIONED RML LONDON GENERAL
Further to my Showbus news update, I am grateful to Andrew Tate for sending me a copy of the order form for the above model.

CLICK HERE to view.

Monday 26 September 2005


CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM BRITBUS
I can confirm that the following model has now been released and is on sale:
MRL01 MCW Midibus Westlink

CORGI OOC MODELS SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE NEXT WEEK
The following models are scheduled for release week commencing 26th September 2005:
OM40904 Leyland PD2/Orion Exeter
OM42411
Plaxton Panorama Barton
OM44705
Dart SLF Scottish Citylink

Friday 23 September 2005


CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM BRITBUS
AS2-06 AEC Swift London Country - SuperBus (yellow/blue)

CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM CREATIVE MASTER NORTHCORD LTD
UKBUS2013 The Plaxton President/Dennis Trident Brighton & Hove
UKBUS3017 The Plaxton Dennis Dart MPD Brighton & Hove

CREATIVE MASTER NORTHCORD LTD UKBUS 4006 LONDON UNITED
CMNL have this morning advised me that the above model will feature the original Airbus livery as in 1996 when the brand new Royale Olympian entered into service in London

Thursday 22 September 2005


SHOWBUS EFE AND BRITBUS PHOTOGRAPHS

EFE update
I inadvertently missed one new EFE model from my list of new models last evening. EFE also announced the following model at Showbus:
30004 AEC Regal 10T10 London Transport

Further to my news article of last evening, click on the links below to view photographs of some of the models on display. All EFE models shown are early pre-production samples. I hope to publish further photographs of all of these models late this week/early next week.

EFE Models
17304 Leyland National Greenline CLICK HERE
25106 Bristol RELL West Yorkshire CLICK HERE
255xx RML London General (Go Ahead) CLICK HERE
29406 Bristol RE Eastern Counties CLICK HERE
30004 AEC Regal 10T10 London Transport CLICK HERE
31301 B20 DM Shillibeer CLICK HERE

Photographs of previously announced models
EFE also had on display pre production samples of the three models announced in the last Subscriber newsletter last week:
27310 Leyland TD1 Hants and Dorset CLICK HERE
27616 Wright Volvo Renown Strathtay CLICK HERE
30506 Guy GS Special Southern Motorways CLICK HERE

LT Museum commissioned models
15637 Routemaster RM Great Northern CLICK HERE
15638 Routemaster RM Great Northern CLICK HERE
25516 Routemaster RML Shillibeer CLICK HERE
25517 Routemaster RML Shillibeer CLICK HERE

BRITBUS SHOW SPECIAL MCW MIDIBUS
Click on the links below to view photographs of the Britbus Showbus 2005 special model:
Photograph 1 CLICK HERE
Photograph 2
CLICK HERE
Photograph 3 CLICK HERE
Photograph 4 CLICK HERE

Monday 19 September 2005


SHOWBUS REPORT
I visited Showbus this afternoon with my wife and daughter (unfortunately we were not able to get there until 2.15). The weather was good (cloudy and about 16 degrees) with NO rain.

EFE had a number of new models on display which are detailed below including a surprise 1/24th scale DMS which they hope to release at the end of this year (hopefully in time for Christmas). Britbus were present and had no new model news although they did have a Show special model.

EFE NEWS

1/24th scale DMS:
EFE only took delivery of this very early sample a few days before Showbus. It features opening doors, engine cover (with detailed engine) and revolving destination blinds (controlled by small buttons) allowing the purchaser to select their own route details. The model will be marketed under the Gilbow name and will hopefully be released in time for Christmas. I took a number of photographs and these are shown below:

 

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The photograph above shows a very early sample next to a 1/76th scale model (30701 AEC Renown Burwell and District)

Photograph © British Model Buses

Click on the links to view further photographs of the 1/24th scale DMS
Nearside view CLICK HERE
Offside/Rear view CLICK HERE
Front view CLICK HERE

1/76th scale models:
EFE had early pre-production samples on display for the following new (previously unannounced models):
17304 Leyland National Greenline
25106 Bristol RELL West Yorkshire
29406 Bristol RE Eastern Counties
30601 AEC Renown King Alfred
30602 AEC Renown King Alfred
31301 B20 DM Shillibeer
Stock code not known RML London General (Go Ahead) - Commission for Classic Bus and Coach magazine

I hope to publish photographs of these models over the next few days.

LT Museum models:
On display were early pre-production samples for a number of previously announced Museum models, namley:
15637 Routemaster RM Great Northern
15638 Routemaster RM Great Northern
25516 Routemaster RML Shillibeer
25517 Routemaster RML Shillibeer

It is hoped these will be available towards the end of the year. Again I hope to publish photographs of these models over the next few days.

BRITBUS NEWS
As previously mentioned there were no new models announced by Britbus. They did have a number of previously released models at extremely competitive prices and whilst I was at their stall trade seemed very brisk. On offer for £5.00 if you purchased two models from their stall was a special show model featuring their new casting of an MCW Midibus in "Britbus" livery. This model was limited to 240 pieces and when I visited the stall about 4.00pm they had less than one box left. Britbus stock code for this model is MRL-SB05.

Sunday 18 September 2005


SHOWBUS
A reminder that Showbus takes place this Sunday at The Imperial War Museum, Duxford. I shall be going to the Show and will hope to publish an update on Sunday evening of any news.

CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM CORGI OOC
I can confirm that the following has now been released and is on sale:
OM99172 Metrobus Set SLF & Lolyne

EFE SUBSCRIBER NEWSLETTER
The 7th 2005 Subscriber news letter arrived today and contains a number of items of news and details of 4 new models (including this years Showbus special model. I have copied extracts from the newsletter below:

"This years Exclusive First Editions Showbus Rally is upon us and we are hoping that we will be blessed with a sunny day similar to last year. Preparations for this years Rally are well under way and to date there is a record number of visiting buses and coaches booked in. All the novel features for the Exclusive First Editions display marquee are now coming together, with a complete update of our fleet board display, a new working underground train layout, plus there will be your chance for visitors to drive an underground train on a simulator, prize competitions and our ever popular Tombola.

It was in 1988 that I designed and made the tooling for our first bus model, the AEC RT, so the model has been around for almost 18 years. During this time, manufacturing and decorating techniques have advanced considerably and it is now possible to achieve a much higher standard of detail so during 2006 our RT will be taken out of service for a complete rebuild. The tooling for our new coach bodied Bristol RELH is now nearing completion and you can expect to see this model released at the beginning of 2006.

There are also three significant Routemasters missing from our range, the RMC coach, the RMA Airport coach and the front entrance RMF . New tooling for these three versions is now underway along with a complete rework of our existing Routemaster tooling. After much ear bashing from ' her in doors ' I have also now completed the tooling to produce the B20 Fleetline version of the DMS with its rear chimneys.

Finally just to show that Exclusive First Editions is not stuck in the past we are working on the patterns and tooling for a new modern bus and we will send you more news on this as the project progresses".

NEW MODELS FROM EFE
EFE have announced the following four new models:
30701 AEC Renown Burwell and District (Showbus special model - see photograph below)
27310 Leyland TD1 Hants and Dorset
27616 Wright Volvo Renown Strathtay
30506 Guy GS Special Southern Motorways

 

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This photograph shows an early pre production sample of 30701 AEC Renown Burwell and District (Showbus special)

Photograph courtesy of Exclusive First Editions © British Model Buses

Friday 16 September 2005


CREATIVE MASTER NORTHCORD LTD PRESS RELEASE

City Sightseeing Stratford Upon Avon

UKBUS0008

Creative Master Northcord Limited (CMNL) is proud to announce the imminent release of its eighth specially commissioned model. In this instance the model has been commissioned by City Sightseeing and appears in the livery of City Sightseeing Stratford Upon Avon. The base for this special model is the Plaxton President Open-top Dennis Trident casting and the model is certain to be a collectible item due to the precise application of the City Sightseeing Stratford Upon Avon livery. The model is numbered UKBUS0008 in a special series for commissioned models.

The eye-catching livery is applied with care to ensure that its multi-faceted icons and motifs are represented like in real life. The smooth sides of the Plaxton President base model assist in the application of the complex livery and ensure that no detail is lost.

Each of the icon on the replica has its own unique character and family connection to Shakespeare, offering a different insight into the world in which the famous playwright was born, lived, worked and died. These include Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Hall’s Croft.

This replica is a one-piece casting whose construction ensures that there are no ugly metal poles to hold it together.

The City Sightseeing Stratford Upon Avon bus models will be distributed by John Ayrey Die-Casts Limited (UK), Porte Publishing Company (Japan) and Concorde Hobby Shop (HK) respectively. These models will also be available through certain City Sightseeing outlets.

Creative Master Northcord Limited (CMNL)

------The World’s Miniature Bus Co.

 

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This photograph shows the production version of UKBUS0008

Photograph © Creative Master Northcord Ltd

Tuesday 13 September 2005


CONFIRMED RELEASE OF EFE AUSTRALIAN SUBSCRIBER OFFER MODEL
I can confirm that the following model has now been dispatched to those who ordered it:
16125 Leyland PD2 Highbridge Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board
(EFE Subscriber offer model)

Monday 12 September 2005


WHAT GOES INTO A BRITBUS MODEL?
I am very grateful to Britbus for sending me the below photographs showing the component parts making up a Britbus model. Britbus have released these photographs so that collectors may more readily understand the complexities and degree of detail involved in manufacturing each of the latest Britbus range of models. Each model contains more than 100 individual parts!

R7xx series CLICK HERE
R8xx series CLICK HERE
R9xx series CLICK HERE

CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM EFE
I can confirm that the following models have now been released and are on sale:
29702 Leyland Olympian London and Country
29702SB Leyland Olympian London and Country (Showbus model)

CORGI OOC MODEL SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE NEXT WEEK
The following model is scheduled for release week commencing 12th September 2005:
OM99172 Metrobus Set SLF & Lolyne

Friday 9 September 2005


CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM BRITBUS
I can confirm that the following model has now been released:
N 6202 Black Prince Scania Metropolitan

BRITBUS AS2-06 AEC SWIFT SUPERBUS
I am grateful to everyone who has contacted me regarding this model. I shall refer to the fleet name for this model as London Country (SuperBus) not as previously reported.

I am grateful to Jeffrey Lynn for providing the text below which should hopefully clarify the situation:
"SuperBus was a development/improvement on the Blue Arrow service of London Country Bus Services (LCBS) in about 1971 or 1972 onwards. The buses were drawn from the LCBS standard fleet and included SM class AEC Swifts as per the Britbus model".

CREATIVE MASTER NORTHCORD LTD NEW CASTING APPROXIMATE RELEASE DATES
I have been advised by CMNL that the approximate release dates for their two newly announced castings are as follows. As always with any development programme things may be subject to some delay:
Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 - February 2006
Scania OmniCity - March 2006

Tuesday 6 September 2005


CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM BRITBUS
I
can confirm that the following models have now been released and are on sale:
R 800X-BP Scania 113 Black Prince 
N 6006 Guy Arab IV--PRV body Southdown

CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM CORGI OOC
I can confirm that the following model has now been released and is on sale:
OM41210 Wright Eclipse Gemini Travel Dundee

CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM CORGI CLASSICS LTD
I can confirm that the following model has now been released and is on sale:
CC25502
Daimler CWA6 Aberdeen

Saturday 3 September 2005


CREATIVE MASTER NORTHCORD LTD NEWS RELEASE
The below news release from CMNL gives an update on previously announced models and also a number of new models anticipated through December 2005

CMNL UK Release Update

Update on planned releases for Periods 1 & 2 (January - August 2005)

UKBUS4000 range : The Alexander Royale/Volvo Olympian
UKBUS4004 Travel West Midlands (3125 – N125 YRW) Currently in production
UKBUS5000 range : The Mercedes-Benz/Citaro
UKBUS5001 First London (ES64002 - LT02 NTX) Currently in production
UKBUS5002 City of Oxford Motor Services P & R (823 – MB52 OXF)
anticipate October 2005
UKBUS5100 range : The Mercedes-Benz/Citaro G
UKBUS5101 Mercedes-Benz Demonstrator (BU53 ZWV) Currently in production
UKBUS5102 Stagecoach London (23059 - LX04 LBP) anticipate September 2005

Future planned releases for Period 3 (September - December 2005)

UKBUS0000 range : The Plaxton President Open Top/Dennis Trident
UKBUS0008 City Sightseeing Stratford Tour September 2005

UKBUS1000 range : The Alexander ALX400/Dennis Trident
UKBUS1021 First Wyvern (33402 – VX54 MTY) December 2005
UKBUS1022 Stagecoach C & G Unimotion (17729 – MK02 EGY) October 2005

UKBUS2000 range : The Plaxton President/Dennis Trident
No new releases are planned for the current period for this casting

UKBUS3000 range : The Plaxton Dennis Dart MPD
UKBUS3018 Wight Bus  (5863 – HW54 DBZ) October 2005
UKBUS3019 Plymouth Park & Ride (205 – WA03 BJF) November 2005
UKBUS3020 Southern Vectis (301 – HW54 BTU) December 2005
UKBUS4000 range : The Alexander Royale/Volvo Olympian
UKBUS4005 First West Yorkshire (30786 – R606 JUB) December 2005
UKBUS4006 London United (N116 UHP) November 2005
UKBUS5000 range : The Mercedes-Benz/Citaro
UKBUS5003 First (Slough – Heathrow) (EC2013 – LT52 WXB) December 2005
UKBUS5100 range : The Mercedes-Benz/Citaro G
UKBUS5103 Go-Ahead London General Route 507 (MAL31 – BX02 YZT)
November 2005
UKBUS5104 Stagecoach London (UEL livery) (23033 – LX03 HEJ) December 2005
HKBUS 2000 range : The Alexander RX-type/Leyland Olympian
HKBUS2006 Stagecoach Manchester (gasket glazing) (13642 – H625 LNA)
October 2005

Please note that the release dates quoted above are anticipated completion dates, not necessarily when the models will be on sale at your retailer. Some detail may change during production.

10.00am Thursday 1 September 2005


September 2005 - News

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