April to June 2019 - News

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CONFIRMED RELEASES FROM OXFORD DIECAST
I can confirm that the following models have now been released and are on sale. I have attached a couple of quick photographs of my models, I hope to publish additional high resolution photographs of both models tomorrow evening:
76LAN2018 Land Rover Series II LWB Canvas – Southdown
76LRT009 Leyland Royal Tiger - Alexander Bluebird
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Thursday 16th May 2019


ROUTEMASTER RM MODEL PRODUCED FOR JERSEY ZOO
Many thanks to Dave Arnold who has written to advise me of a Routemaster RM model produced for Jersey Zoo. Dave advises "Jersey Zoo have had a model made of a Routemaster in the livery of the advert on a Liberty bus Enviro 400, paid £12.50 in the zoo shop and looks like a Corgi copy". 

For information the bottom of the box shows the model as being produced in China for Richmond Toys.

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CONFIRMED RELEASE TTC DIEAST COMMISSIONED NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY MODEL
Further to my News of 30th April, I can confirm that the following model has now been released and is on sale:
N6510 Enviro400 MMC - Dealer White (this model is plain white and carries no operator details, registration numbers etc). This model can only be purchased from TTC Diecast:
Fleet number: -
Registration number: -
Route number: -
Destination: -
Quantity: 240
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OXFORD DIECAST MODEL SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE
The following model is scheduled for release this week:
76LRT009 Leyland Royal Tiger Alexander Bluebird
Fleet number: PC31
Registration number: DWG527
Route number: -
Destination: Glasgow
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Tuesday 14th May 2019


PHOTOGRAPHS OF FINISHED JOTUS.COM - OPTARE SPECTRA DEMONSTRATOR MODELS
Production of the two models is continuing and some of the models have now been completed. Please see the first photographs of the production version of the two models which have been sent to me this evening by jotus.com
from their factory.
RS76623A Optare Spectra - Demonstrator – Route 003
RS76623B Optare Spectra - Demonstrator – Trent Buses – Route R11
It is hoped that the models might be released at the end of this month.
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Thursday 9th May 2019


NEW MODELS RELEASED BY THE BUCKIE MODEL CENTRE
Further to my news of early March, The Buckie Model Centre has written to advise me that they have now released models 9, 10 and 11 in their Scottish Coach Collection.

They again feature the 1:87th scale VDL Futura 2 casting and are manufactured for the Buckie Model Centre by Holland Oto:

Buckie 9 - VDL Futura 2 - Watermill Coaches FXZ8492
Buckie 10 - VDL Futura 2 - RS Coaches of Sauchen SF18MYN
Buckie 11 - VDL Futura 2 - Watermill Coaches - 40th Anniversary livery WM11LLL

Please visit the Buckie Model Centre website to order https://buckiemodelcentre.com or email info@buckiemodelcentre.com for further information

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Wednesday 8th May 2019


CONFIRMED RELEASE OF NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY COMMISSIONED MODEL
TTC Diecast have advised that they have now taken stock of their Dealer white Enviro400 MMC stock code N6510. See my News dated Tuesday 30th April below CLICK HERE for details and photograph.

VARIATION ON ATLAS EDITIONS GREAT BRITISH BUS COLLECTION MODEL
Rod Hebden has written to me to advise that he has come across a variation to an Atlas Editions Weymann Trolleybus in Hull Corporation transport livery. Rod writes:

“As a native of Hull I thought I had all the models of our local buses – i.e. East Yorkshire and Hull Corporation.

It took me a while to find the Atlas Hull trolleybus as I did not collect the series but fortunately I was able to obtain one when Atlas went bust. Your website shows the model being number 1 registration CRH925 on route 62B which is the one I bought.

However last week a friend of mine posted photos on Facebook of 2 Hull trolleys – number 1 as above and number 2 (CRH926) on route 61. On looking at Hattons’ website I saw they had two pre-owned version of the latter one of which is now in my possession. I am attaching two photos of this model together with a photo of my friend’s photo of the two side by side.

I know Corgi issue models with different destinations but was unaware that Atlas did the same (well at least in this case). The box shows the model number as 4655128 – PO03 although this is Hattons’ code covering the original Atlas code.

Hope this is of interest".

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Monday 6th May 2019


NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY UKBUS6510 YELLOW BUSES - PHOTOGRAPHS
My model has now arrived from Hong Kong and I photographed it a few minutes ago. This should hopefully be in the UK shops approximately 6-8 weeks from now:

UKBUS6510 ADL ENVIRO400 MMC - Yellow Buses
Fleet number: 200
Registration number: SN17MTO
Route number: 3
Destination: Westbourne via Charminster & Bournemouth
Pieces: 1008

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CORGI WILL BE RELEASING MORE OOC BUS MODELS
Several people wrote to me expressing concerns about the apparent demise of the Corgi OOC bus range, following the announcement of the 2019 catalogue. I also received several more emails from people advising me that they had written to Corgi asking if there would be more models but none had received reply. I wrote to Hornby and initially did not receive a reply. However, after sending a chaser the following email has been received from Hornby, this provides some assurances that we will see more bus models next year:

"I do apologise if you have not received a response to your previous email. I have spoken to the Corgi Team and they have asked me to pass on the following for you.

Many thanks for your email and expressing your concerns surrounding the Original Omnibus Company range. We’re more than happy to confirm that we are not cancelling the range and there are various reasons as to why the collection isn’t as big as collectors would’ve liked for 2019.

Corgi has announced a product for release within 2019, the New Routemaster Twin Pack 'Celebrating 50 Years of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers' , however the product’s popularity has resulted in it selling out extremely quickly. As well as this, due to unforeseen circumstances, a big proportion of the 2018 releases arrived very late in the year, with some even falling into the 2019 release period.
We still have a number of OOC models in stock which can be seen on the Corgi website or within the 2019 catalogue.

2020 will certainly see some new additions to the OOC range".

Friday 3rd May 2019


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

UKBUS6510 - ADL Enviro400 MMC - Yellow Buses

Northcord Model Company is pleased to announce the release of UKBUS6510, the second release of the long awaited 10.5 metre single door casting of this distinctive, modern, double-decker in the United Kingdom.

UKBUS6510 represents fleet number 200 (SN17MTO) that has 10.5 metre, single door bodywork and was new to Bournemouth Transport Ltd in 2017. Fleet number 200 carries full Yellow Buses livery and branding for route “3”. The special, comprehensive livery and branding are 100% reproduced onto the UKBUS6510 model. The stand-out features of the branding are: the “contactless on every bus” and “To and From Bournemouth Rail Station” on the front, and “Direct up to every 10 mins Mon to Sat daytimes Bournemouth to Castlepoint” at the back. Additionally, the prominent route number “3” along with the key locations served are repeated on both sides.

Further additional details carried by the model include the free wifi logo on the front and rear.

The Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC UKBUS6510 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 UKBUS6510 model is its dual tree protectors 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.

UKBUS6510 model is limited to 1008 pieces worldwide.

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Northcord Model Company (NMC)
------The World’s Miniature Bus Co
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Wednesday 1st May 2019


UPDATE ON NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY TTC DIECAST  COMMISSIONED MODEL N6510
TTC Diecast have published the following News earlier this evening. The model can be ordered using the link below and is due for release in the very near future:

"This model has now left the Factory and is on its way to us by airfreight, which means it will be with us hopefully within the week. With this we have taken it off Pre Order status and added photos of the finished model. It is now confirmed the actual number produced is 240.

Orders can be placed here. https://www.ttcdiecast.com and search on the stock code of N6510

THIS MODEL WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE BRAND NEW FROM ANY OTHER RETAILER - AFTER ALL THE FUSS OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS WE WANT TO MAKE THIS VERY CLEAR!!"

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Tuesday 30th April 2019


UPDATE ON NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY UKBUS6517 AND TTC DIECAST  COMMISSIONED MODEL N6510
The following update has been received from TTC Diecast:

"Over the last few days we have been in discussion with Northcord regarding the UKBUS6517 CKD and our own N6510A Completed plain white E400MMC. We had originally put forward the suggestion of commissioning the kit, and were on the understanding that it would be produced for us exclusively. However Northcord have made the decision to release the Kit on general sale, which we did not completely agree with as we thought it would have a massive impact on the sales of the completed white N6510A models that are due next month. It has been confirmed and agreed by both parties that the 2 items are significantly different enough for UKBUS6517 to be released as a standard release, and we are now happy for this to happen.

The main reason for this is that N6510A will be here next month and as a stand alone completed model, this will stand up well commercially, as previous 'plain white' releases have held good prices after the model has sold out. this is something we are keen to see, as all our previous commission have continued to rise in price after they have sold out. The second reason is that the kit model is likely to be released in the UK up to 6 months after our model has been released, and hopefully ours will be long sold out by then. Third, final and most important reason is, we are still the biggest retailer of Northcord models in the UK, so we will still sell lots and lots of the kits, and we will make sure our price is as competitive as ever for them".

CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM OXFORD DIECAST
I can confirm that the following models have now been released and are on sale:

76FDE016 Ford 400E Minibus London Fire Brigade (Green)
Fleet number: -
Registration number: 136BGX
Route number: -
Destination: -

76MW6004 Bristol MW6G Tilling Transport
Fleet no: -
Registration no: 13DLY
Route: -
Destination: English Lakes & Scottish Highlands

76OWB014 Bedford OWB Isle of Man Road Services
Fleet number: 26
Registration number: GMN145
Route number: -
Destination: Port Erin

NLRT004 Leyland Royal Tiger - Maidstone & District
Fleet no: CO278
Registration no: OKO22
Route: E4
Destination: London

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HARRODS SOUVENIR ROUTEMASTER BUS MODEL
I am always on the lookout for bus model related products and whilst passing through Heathrow Airport departures just over a week ago, I came across a Routemaster souvenir London Transport model bus in the Harrods shop. Its normal shop price is £12.50, but being duty free I got it for £8.25. It clearly is a toy model, and comes in a Harrods green box. The model is approximately 1:64th scale and has no registration number or fleet number. There is no indication on the model or box as to who the manufacturer is.
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CORGI FUSILIER GIFT SET - PRE-PRODUCTION SAMPLE PHOTOGRAPHS
Further to my news of Wednesday 24th April, Corgi have now released pre-production sample photographs of the models in the Gift Set.
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Saturday 27th April 2019


CORGI FUSILIER GIFT SET - DELAYED
OM46620 – Fusilier50 Wrightbus Twin Pack - This models’ release date appears to have slipped again; it was shown as June 2019, the Corgi website is now saying “Summer 2019”.
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Wednesday 24th April 2019


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

Production Update

To our valued retailers and collectors :

Herewith we itemise an update on likely release dates and production status for previously announced models in the UKBUS6500 range. In addition, two new future releases are announced. Production delays, due to shortage of appropriate labour across all factories in southern China, are affecting many manufacturers and it is appropriate that NMC should advise you accordingly.

UKBUS6510 - Yellow Buses (200 – SN17MTO) : production is scheduled for completion by the end of April 2019.

UKBUS6511 – Stagecoach Western Buses (10930 – SN67XAY) : pre-production samples have been issued for checking and production is scheduled to commence in early June 2019.

UKBUS6512 - Southern Vectis (1660 – HW67AHY) : pre-production samples for checking are in the course of being prepared with an anticipated production slot being available during early July 2019.

UKBUS6513 – Stagecoach South (10892 – YX67VCE) : pre-production samples have been issued for checking and production is scheduled to commence in mid-May 2019.

UKBUS6514 - First in Glasgow (33201 - SK68LWN) : pre-production samples for checking are due to be released in mid-May 2019.

UKBUS6515 - Metroline (TEH2087 – LK15CUH) : pre-production samples are currently being checked for approval with an anticipated production slot being available during early May 2019.

UKBUS6516 – Stagecoach South Gold (10770 – SN66VYR) : pre-production samples for checking are in the course of being prepared with an anticipated production slot being available during mid July 2019.

UKBUS6517 – 10.5m CKD kit – the planning for this kit, comprising a full set of unpainted parts for collector self-assembly, is almost complete and an anticipated release date of mid-June 2019 is planned.

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 the production process.

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

Tuesday 23rd April 2019


OXFORD DIECAST MODELS SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE
The following models are due for release very soon:
76FDE016 Ford 400E Minibus - London Fire Brigade
76MW6004 Bristol MW6G - Tilling Transport 
76OWB014 Bedford OWB - Isle of Man Road Services
NLRT004 Leyland Royal Tiger - Maidstone & District

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Wednesday 17th April 2019


EFE - AEC CRAVEN RT – RADIATOR
In response to several emails and comments regarding the radiator on the original EFE RT casting which has been described by many as "inaccurate" or "toy like", I contacted Bachmann. Bachmann advised me today “As outlined in the launch information, the only parts used from existing E.F.E. inventory will be the front and rear wheel hubs, so please be assured that the radiator will be an all-new design for this new model”. The attached photograph shows the radiator on Craven RT1431, used by Bachmann at the London Bus Museum Spring Gathering on Sunday, to promote the new casting.

I am grateful to John Bennett for compiling the below list (from Ian’s Bus Stop website) of companies that ran Craven RT’s after they left London:
- A1 Service (had several)
- Barton
- Beckett of Bucknall (had several)
- A.E.Marsh & Sons (Harvington): repainted white/black
- Priory Garage & Coaches Ltd, Leamington Spa
- Garelochhead Coach Services
- Clintona Coaches, Harold Hill
- Dundee Corporation (had loads - 32?)
- Charlton on Otmoor Motor Services
- Lowland Motorways, Glasgow -> Lowland -> Scottish Omnibuses
- J.Dengate & Sons, Beckley, Rye
- Burwell & District
- Lloyds, Nuneaton (had several)
- McGills Bus Services, Barrhead
- Smith, Upper Heywood
- F.Proctor, Bucknall: painted blue/cream
- Wass Brothers -> East Midland
- Alberts Coaches, Hackney
- West Herts Coaches, Garston
- H&C Transport, Garsto
- Link Line (J.Thorpe), Willesden
- Red Coach & Car Hire, Chigwell
- Stevenson's, Uttoxeter: repainted yellow/black
- Harper, Heath Hayes
- Red Rover, Aylesbury
- York Bros, Northampton
- Cunningham's Bus Service, Paisley
- S.Turner, Brown Edge
- P.Irvine & Sons, Salsburgh, Lanarkshire
- Scots-Greys, Darlington
- J.J.Longstaff (Mirfield)
- Hill & Paterson, Stevenston
- Shield, Saltcoates: Clyde Coast Services, Ardrossan
- Mulley's Motorways, Ixworth
- Grey's Coaches, Mildenhall, Suffolk

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Wednesday 10th April 2019


NEW MODELS ANNOUNCED BY EFE AND BROOKLANDS UPDATE
This year, I travelled to the London Bus Museum on the Bachmann EFE Subscribers bus from The Lakeside Shopping Centre in Essex (Ensignbus owned Craven RT - London Transport RT1431) to Brooklands. The bus was used to promote EFE's new casting the Craven RT and displayed blinds making the announcement. Further details of the model were released at Brooklands. Thank you to the guys from Bachmann, together with the driver and conductor from Ensignbus for making the day so enjoyable.

In the London Bus Museum, Bachmann had a display which included flyers showing: 1 Details of the Craven RT and on the rear the latest CAD drawing of the model. 2 Information regarding their previously announced Volvo Olympian/Palatine 1 models and on the rear the latest CAD drawing of the models and 3. Information regarding the previously announced open top Leyland Atlantean models and again a flyer of the latest CAD drawing on the rear. A selection of previously released models were on display together with the latest pre-production samples of models of 16611 Leyland National - London Transport Golden Jubilee and 34116 AEC RT - Brown’s Blue. The actual Browns Blue RT being modelled, was on display together with a number of other RT buses on the Rally site.

The first models of the new Cravens RT casting were announced as:
40301 - Craven RT - London Transport - (Green and Cream)
40302 - Craven RT - London Transport - (Green)
40303 - Craven RT - London Transport - (Red and Cream)
40304 - Craven RT - London Transport - (Red)
Vehicle details have yet to be confirmed and a release is expected late 2019/early 2020.

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NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY PLAIN WHITE ENVIRO400MMC
A stallholder had the NMC Plain white Enviro400MMC on display on their stall at the South East Bus Festival at the Kent Showground on Saturday (6th April). I was very grateful to her for removing the model from its box so I could photograph it. This was the first time I had seen one of these models on sale on a stall (rather than on line) and it was priced at £120.00. I have been advised by a reliable source that fewer than 48 of these models were produced as a private commission and have the stock code of N6505A (I have since been advised by a visitor to the British Model Buses Facebook page that the quantity produced is 36). They are based on the Reading Buses casting UKBUS0062 and carry the destination of Legoland Windsor on Route 702. The models carry no further markings. The model was supplied in a completely blank box.

At the London Bus Museum Spring Gathering yesterday, I learned that TTC Diecast have commissioned a totally plain white Enviro400MMC model from The Northcord Model Company. These models WILL NOT carry any vehicle markings, route or destination. I understand that TTC Diecast will be releasing further details shortly.

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TTC DIECAST EFE COMMISSIONED MODEL LATEST PRE-PRODUCTION SAMPLE PHOTOGRAPHS
TTC Diecast attended the South East Bus Festival at the Kent County Showground at Detling today and had the latest pre-production sample of their EFE commissioned model 16610Z Leyland National - East London on display. I understand that this model has a number of modifications from previous pre-production samples that TTC Diecast have displayed on their stall and once this sample is signed off, it will go into production.
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Monday 8th April 2019


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