April to June 2020 - News

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BRITBUS SCANIA OMNIDEKKA – LONDON GENERAL UPDATE
Further to my recent updates over the past couple of weeks, Chris Cotton has sent me photographs showing the design of the certificates that will accompany the models. You will note that the model stock code has changed from the previously advised ES2-06A&B to ES2-04A&B. Chris has confirmed to me that the correct stock code for the models is as shown on the certificates.

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3rd posting Sunday 25th May 2020


PHOTOGRAPH ADDED TO GALLERY PAGES
I have added a photograph to the Wright Eclipse Gemini Gallery page of Transdev Lancashire United fleet number 408 (YK55ATV). To read about the bus and the models represented by it, please click on the thumbnail image.

2nd posting Sunday 25th May 2020


CORGI LEYLAND OLYMPIAN 3 AXLE SERIES 432XX
A large number of photographs of the entire 432xx and OM432xx series, courtesy of Mr J P Chen have been added to Corgi Page 4. Click on the thumbnail photograph to be taken to the page.

Sunday 25th May 2020


CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM OXFORD DIECAST
Many thanks to Iain MacLennan for reminding me that I had not published details of the below release. I reported it on Facebook on 12th March, but inadvertently forgot to upload details to the
website.

76TK016 Bedford TK - MacBraynes
Fleet number: L155
Registration number: FYS92T

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Friday 22nd May 2020


BRITBUS SCANIA OMNIDEKKA – LONDON GENERAL UPDATE
Chris Cotton sent me the attached photograph a short time ago. He writes “I have in the last ten minutes just got the following picture from Britbus, the next stage is cleaning then painting into the base red”.

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Wednesday 20th May 2020


BRITBUS SCANIA OMNIDEKKA – LONDON GENERAL UPDATE
Chris Cotton has sent me some updated drawings for his two commissioned Britbus models.

Go Ahead London - Docklands Buses

ES2-06A – Destination Clapton
ES2-06B – Destination Stratford

Since publication of the original drawings, Chris has received a number of comments and has taken advice. As a result, changes have been made to the window layout and the legal lettering.

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Tuesday 19th May 2020


PHOTOGRAPH ADDED TO GALLERY PAGES
I have added a further photograph to the Gallery pages this morning:

ADL Enviro400 MMC - Xplore Dundee 6695 (SK68MBO) courtesy of Stefan Dunn

Click on the thumbnail below to be taken to the relevant Gallery page and read about the bus and the model represented by it.

Monday 18th May 2020


PHOTOGRAPHS ADDED TO GALLERY PAGES
A number of photographs have been added to the Gallery pages:

AEC Regent 1 Tilling - London Transport ST922 (GJ2098) - Courtesy of Phil Hambling.
AEC Regent 1 Tilling - Thomas Tilling GJ2098 - Courtesy of Phil Hambling and myself.
AEC RT - Browns Blue - Courtesy of Phil Hambling.
Daimler DMS - Ensignbus - Round London Sightseeing Tour
- Courtesy of Phil Hambling.
East Lancs Scania Omnidekka - Transdev
SLE38 (YN55 NKG) - Courtesy of John Bennett
Leyland National - East London LS35 - Courtesy of Phil Hambling

Click on the thumbnails below to be taken to the relevant Gallery page and read about the bus and the model represented by it.

Sunday 17th May 2020


THE BUCKIE MODEL CENTRE ANNOUNCES TWO ENGLISH COACH MODELS
The Buckie Model Centre has announced their first two English coach models. Both will be available in approximately 10 weeks, further details will be released when known:

VDL Futura 2 – Tamar Coaches WA13DXC
VDL Futura 2 Double Deck – Barnes WJ18EAE

The models will be available directly from the Buckie Model Centre via their website www.buckiemodelcentre.com or email info@buckiemodelcentre.com

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Friday 15th May 2020


BUCKIE MODEL CENTRE - BAY TRAVEL COACHES (KIRKALDY) 
The Buckie Model Centre issued model number 14 in their Scottish Coach Collection in late January. The model a VDL Futura 2 in1/87 Scale, represents Bay Travel Coaches (Kirkaldy) registration number SJ19VNP.

The model is priced at £36.00 and is available directly from the Buckie Model Centre via their website www.buckiemodelcentre.com or email info@buckiemodelcentre.com

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PHOTOGRAPHS OF A BUS AND COACH BOTH REPRESENTED AS MODELS
Please see photographs of one bus and two coaches that have been represented in model form:

ADL Enviro400 MMC – First Glasgow 33201 (SK68LWN) taken in its depot and on route 75 to Castlemilk via City Centre, as represented by Northcord Model Company model UKBUS6514. Photographs courtesy of Campbell Morrison.
Scania Irizar i6 - City Link Air YS16LMV on route to Edinburgh Airport via Harthill, as represented by Oxford Diecast model 76IR6006. Photographs courtesy of Campbell Morrison and Blair Cameron.
VDL Futura 2 - Bay Travel Coaches (Kirkaldy) registration number SJ19VNP, as represented by Buckie Model Centre, Scottish Bus Collection model number 14. Photographs courtesy of the Buckie Model Centre.

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Thursday 14th May 2020


SCANIA OMNIDEKKA – LONDON GENERAL DOCKLANDS BUSES
Further to my news updates over the past couple of days regarding the commissioning of a Britbus model of fleet number SO5 (BV55UCY), two photographs have been added to the East Lancs Scania Omnidekka Gallery page courtesy of John Bennett and Terry O'Neill.

Wednesday 13th May 2020


BRITBUS SCANIA OMNIDEKKA – LONDON GENERAL UPDATE
Chris Cotton has sent me some updated details for his two commissioned Britbus models:

Go Ahead london - Docklands Buses

Both models will be limited to 200 pieces each.
ES2-06A – Destination Clapton
ES2-06B – Destination Stratford
The updated images show the mirrors in the correct position.

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Tuesday 12th May 2020


EFE CRAVENS RT – UPDATE
The latest edition of the Bachmann Times arrived today and features an update on the Cravens RT casting.

“EFE announced an all-new model of the Cravens RT during the 2019 London Bus Museum’s Spring Gathering event and we had hoped to share the latest progress on these models with visitors to this year’s event – but that was not to be due to the event being cancelled due to the current situation. We are however delighted to share with you here images of the CAD drawings which have now been completed and the project moved forwards to the next stage which is to produce the tooling”.

The article also states that the tooling is underway for both the Leyland Atlantean Open Top and the Volvo Olympian/Palatine 1, but no dates are given.

There was also no update on the previously announced Routemaster model 42301 Routemaster RML - Clydeside Scottish

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2nd posting Monday 11th May 2020


NEWS OF A BRITBUS SCANIA OMNIDEKKA COMMISSION
Chris Cotton has contacted me to advise that he has commissioned two models on the Britbus Scania Omnidekka casting. 

Both models feature Go Ahead London vehicle fleet number SO5 (BV55UCY)

One model is on route 425 to Clapton
The second model is on route 425 to Stratford

The models will be priced at £60 for 1 model or £115 for both (postage is included in the prices).

Chris advises that the driver’s side mirror will be changed to the right place prior to production. Delivery is expected in late July.

To order one or both models, please contact Chris at cwc18@live.co.uk for further details

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Monday 11th May 2020


HACHETTE PARTWORKS BUILD YOUR OWN 1:12TH SCALE ROUTEMASTER – UPDATE
I have now completed Issues 91 to 95. Click on the magazine front cover below and scroll down the Build Your Own Routemaster page 91 to 100 to read about how I got on.

Wednesday 6th May 2020


HACHETTE PARTWORKS BUILD YOUR OWN 1:12TH SCALE ROUTEMASTER – UPDATE
I have now completed page 9 covering Issues 81 to 90. Click on the magazine front cover below and scroll down the Build Your Own Routemaster page 81 to 90 to read about how I got on.

Wednesday 29th April 2020


CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM THE NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY
I can confirm that the following model has now been released in the UK and will be in the shops imminently:
UKBUS6516 ADL Enviro400 MMC - Stagecoach South Gold 
Fleet number: 10770
Registration number: SN66VYR
Route number: 1
Destination: Aldershot
Quantity: 1008 pieces

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Thursday 23rd April 2020


HACHETTE PARTWORKS BUILD YOUR OWN 1:12TH SCALE ROUTEMASTER – UPDATE
I have now completed page 8 covering Issues 71 to 80. Click on the magazine front cover below and scroll down the Build Your Own Routemaster page 71 to 80 to read about how I got on..

Sunday 19th April 2020


HACHETTE PARTWORKS BUILD YOUR OWN 1:12TH SCALE ROUTEMASTER – UPDATE
I have now completed page 7 covering Issues 61 to 70. Click on the magazine front cover below and scroll down the Build Your Own Routemaster page 61 to 70 to read about how I got on..

Friday 17th April 2020


HACHETTE PARTWORKS BUILD YOUR OWN 1:12TH SCALE ROUTEMASTER – UPDATE
Another major landmark was reached this morning with Issue 66, all front lights and horn now working. The bulkhead light was not designed to work by Hachette and no wiring was supplied. I am aware that some people have fitted their own led light and wired it into the circuit for the nearside headlamp and fog light. I won’t be doing this on my build. Click on the magazine front cover below and scroll down the Build Your Own Routemaster page 61 to 70 to find photographs showing the working front lights.

Monday 13th April 2020


HACHETTE PARTWORKS BUILD YOUR OWN 1:12TH SCALE ROUTEMASTER - UPDATE
I have just updated page six with builds 61 to 65. Each issue has its own section with photographs showing the magazine, and the progress of my build. Click on the image below (to be taken directly to page seven), or on the "Build Your Own Routemaster" link on the menus to the left, and then select weeks 61 to 70 from the menu.

Sunday 12th April 2020


NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY – UKBUS0063 ADL ENVIRO400 MMC – ENSIGN BUS
Please see photographs of my model which has arrived from Hong Kong:
Fleet number: 132
Registration number: YX66WLH
Route number: -
Destination: Private Hire
Quantity: 1008

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Thursday 9th April 2020


HACHETTE PARTWORKS BUILD YOUR OWN 1:12TH SCALE ROUTEMASTER - UPDATE
I have just updated page six with builds 59 & 60. Each issue has its own section with photographs showing the magazine, and the progress of my build. Click on the image below (to be taken directly to page six), or on the "Build Your Own Routemaster" link on the menus to the left, and then select weeks 51 to 60 from the menu. 

Wednesday 8th April 2020


HACHETTE PARTWORKS BUILD YOUR OWN 1:12TH SCALE ROUTEMASTER - UPDATE
I have been busy catching up over the weekend and have just updated page six with builds 51 to 58. Each issue has its own section with photographs showing the magazine, and the progress of my build. Click on the image below (to be taken directly to page six), or on the "Build Your Own Routemaster" link on the menus to the left, and then select weeks 51 to 60 from the menu. Updates will slow this next week as it is back to work tomorrow, but I will try and do a couple of updates per week.

Sunday 5th April 2020


HACHETTE PARTWORKS BUILD YOUR OWN 1:12TH SCALE ROUTEMASTER - UPDATE
I have been taking advantage of the enforced social isolating by recommencing work on my model. For various reasons, I put this on hold roundabout Easter last year, but have now got everything out and have restarted. I have just updated page five which covers builds 41 to 50. Each issue has its own section with photographs showing the magazine, and the progress of my build. Click on the image below (to be taken directly to page five), or on the "Build Your Own Routemaster" link on the menus to the left, and then select weeks 41 to 50 from the menu.

Saturday 4th April 2020


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