Sun Star

Table listing releases in model number order

2004 sees the 50th anniversary of an international design icon, the London Transport Routemaster bus, the first prototype of which was unveiled at the Commercial Motor Exhibition at Earl's Court on 24th September 1954. Sun Star Models Development Limited, renowned in the model world for its high quality die-cast road vehicles, has focused all its design expertise on producing a scale model Routemaster and in so doing, has created the best model bus ever manufactured.

The first model stock number 2901 was "officially" announced by British Model Buses on the Internet at 9.00am on 29th January and was unveiled at the London Toy Fair later the same morning.

On 24 January 2006 Sun Star announced a second casting in the form of a 1:24 scale Bedford OB Duple Vista coach. The text below gives a brief history of the OB:

Introduced in August 1939, the Bedford OB chassis was designed specifically for public transport. The off-set differential on the rear axle combined with the mounting of the engine and the gearbox at a slight angle permitted a sunken, central gangway for easier passenger access. However two months later, following the outbreak of World War II, production was stopped after only 73 chassis had been manufactured. In January 1942, production of a more utilitarian version known as the OWB recommenced. In October 1945, production of the OB resumed and the Bedford OB chassis went on to play a major role in the re-equipping of many transport fleets as demand rose sharply. Over 40 different coach-builders used the chassis, but by far the biggest was the Hendon-based firm of Duple, whose Vista body was to become synonimous with the OB coach.

However, the Vista body underwent many changes during its life. Unlike the original pre-war and the first 46 post-war Duple Vistas, which had an entrance door which slid behind the main side body panel, the door on the following models slid open into an external recess. During 1947, the destination and fleet-name boxes were modified, a rounded outer edge replacing the earlier angular one.

In 1948, due to material shortages,  the characteristic side “flash” was omitted and replaced by a single aluminium bead about 3 inches below the waistline, and the operator’s name plate box was removed from the rear. The original 4-spoked steering wheel was replaced by a 3-spoked version. In 1949, the side flash and the operator’s plate returned. Later that year, the luggage door locks, which had been operated by a T-key, were replaced by a single locking handle and the rear direction indicator lights were changed. The large chromed bumper over-riders were removed, a deeper rear bumper/body trim was added which incorporated the wording Bedford-Duple and a Duple motif was added to both sides of the 1950. As an option for sight-seeing services, quarter-lights in the roof were offered which necessitated different, tubular luggage racks.

A third casting featuring the AEC Regent III was announced on Monday 15 January 2007

 

MODELS BY VEHICLE TYPE

AEC Regent III AEC Routemaster Bedford OB    

 

AEC REGENT III
Model No Company Fleet No Reg No Route No Quantity Release date
H2920 London Transport RT113 FXT 288 37 2999 1/08
H2921
PHOTO 1
London Transport RT10 FXT 185 96 2000 1/09
H2922
PHOTO 1
London Transport RT36 FXT 211 327 2000 6/09
H2923
PHOTO 1
London Transport (Adverts on side of vehicle are Genasprin on one side and Gilbey's Gin not as shown on PP photograph) RT402 HLX 219 10 1500 2/10
H2924
PHOTO 1
London Transport RT7 FXT 182 28 628 n/k
H2925 London Transport Country RT597 HLX 414 347 n/k n/k
H2926
PHOTO 1

London Transport

RTL501 JXC 20 91 n/k n/k
H2927
PHOTO 1
London Transport -  1948 - Green  RT1045  JXN 73 345 n/k n/k
H2928
PHOTO 1
London Transport - 1948 - Red RT852 JXC 230 117 n/k n/k
H2929 London Transport -  1939  - RT1 - This model was cancelled by Sunstar in July 2013 and is believed that no more 1:24th scale buses will be released by them - - - - -

 

AEC ROUTEMASTER
Model No Company Fleet No Reg No Route No Quantity Release date
2901 LT - The Original Routemaster RM8 VLT 8 - 4000 9/04
2902 LT - The Standard Routemaster RM254 VLT 254 272 3500 12/04
2903 LT - The Silver Lady RM664 WLT 664 285 2500 2/05
2904 Green Line - The Original Green Line Routemaster Coach RMC1453 453 CLT 715 5000 8/05
2905 LT - Vernon’s Pools RM686 WLT 686 18 2500 10/05
2906 LT - Queen’s Silver Jubilee - Woolworth SRM25 850 DYE 1 2000 12/05
2907 LT - Shillibeer - Watney’s RM2191 CUV 191C 9 2250 3/06
H2908 London Transport Red - (The first production model with a Leyland engine) RM870 WLT 870 207 4500 5/06
H2909 London Transport Red with silver roof (50th Anniversary of London Transport - The Lock Tavern) RM1933 ALD 933B 24 3500 9/06
H2910 London Transport Red (The Original London Transport Sightseeing Tour - Red) RM94 VLT 94 - 4000 12/06
H2911 London Transport Gold (50th Anniversary of London Transport - Gold) RM1983 ALD 983B 190 1500 3/07
H2912 Greenline RMC1486 486 CLT 718 2750 7/07
H2913 The GLC Years RM21 VLT21 65 1999 10/07
H2914 The Last Routemaster RM2217 CUV 217C 159 1899 7/08
H2915
PHOTO'S
East London - ModelZone commissioned model RMC1485 464 CLT X15 639 7/11
H2916
PHOTO 1
Gray Line - The Big Pink Sightseeing RM686 WLT 686 18 539 8/11
H2917
PHOTO 1
South London - ModelZone commissioned model RM6 VLT 6 159 600 n/k
H2918 London Transport (Operated by Stagecoach London) - Destination: n/k RM2089 ALM 89B 15 n/k 1/16
H2919 London Transport (Operated by Stagecoach London) - Destination: n/k RM324 WLT 324 15 n/k n/k

 

BEDFORD OB
Model No Company Fleet No Reg No Route No Quantity Release date
H5001 Yelloway Motor Service - FDK 571 - 3250 8/06
H5002
PHOTO 1
PHOTO 2
Southern Vectis 208 EDL 637 - 2500 8/06
H5003
PHOTO 1
PHOTO 2
King Alfred - FOT 214 - 2500 1/07
H5004
PHOTO 1
Hants & Sussex 88 HAA 558 - 1500 6/07
H5005 Not yet released - - - - -
H5006
PHOTO 1
Grey Cars TCB608 JUO 608 - 1500 9/07
H5007
PHOTO 1
Southdown 70 JCD 370 - 1750 8/08
H5008
PHOTO 1
Royal Blue 580 HOD 120 - 2000 2/09
H5009
PHOTO 1
Southern National 1430 LTA 906 - 1500 2/10
H5010
PHOTO 1
East Yorkshire n/k SS 7376 - n/k n/k
H5011 Crosville n/k KFM 429 n/k n/k n/k
H5012

Bowles Coaches

n/k HOD 75 n/k n/k n/k
H5013
PHOTO 1
British Railways n/k FWO 615 n/k n/k n/k
Dates please note the following:
Date in Red = the expected release date
Date in Green = the original advertised release date when the actual release date is not known
Date in Black = the actual confirmed release date

 

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