January to March 2020 - News

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PHOTOGRAPHS OF RECENTLY RELEASED CORGI OOC AND OXFORD DIECAST MODELS
Please see photographs of two recently released models taken by myself:

Corgi OOC
OM46316A AEC RM - London Transport
Fleet number: RM2050
Registration number: ALM50B
Route number: 15
Destination: Tower Hill
Quantity: 600 (Total run 1200 pieces split between the A and B version of this model).

Oxford Diecast
76SB005 - Saro Bus - Ulster Transport Authority
Fleet number: H301
Registration number: PZ4874
Route number: 108
Destination: Aldergrove

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Tuesday 25th February 2020


CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM OXFORD DIECAST
The following model has now been released and is on sale on the Oxford Diecast website, it will be in the shops in the near future:
76SB005 - Saro Bus - Ulster Transport Authority
Fleet number: H301
Registration number: PZ4874
Route number: 108
Destination: Aldergrove

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PHOTOGRAPH OF NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY PRE-PRODUCTION SAMPLE
John Ayreys have published a photograph showing a pre-production sample of model UKBUS6516:

Enviro400 MMC - Stagecoach South Gold
Fleet number: 10770
Registratiopn number: SN66VYR
Route number: 1
Destination: Aldershot
Release date: Not yet confirmed

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Thursday 13th February  2020


PHOTOGRAPHS OF TWO RECENTLY RELEASED MODELS
Please see photographs of one Corgi OOC and Oxford Diecast Diecast model

Corgi OOC
OM46623 New Routemaster - London United
Fleet number: LT148
Registration number: LTZ1148
Route: 10
Destination: Kings Cross
Quantity: 1500 pieces

Oxford Diecast
76DC003 Duple Commander II - Neath & Cardiff
Fleet number: -
Registration number: HTG602D
Route: -
Destination: TOUR

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Monday 10th February  2020


PHOTOGRAPHS OF NEW ROUTEMASTER LT914 - GO AHEAD LONDON EAST LONDON TRANSIT
On Monday 3rd February 2020, John Bennett and I photographed Go Ahead London, East London Transit, New Routemaster LT914 (LTZ2114) at Station Parade, Barking. This is soon to be represented in model form by Oxford Diecast model NNR008

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Thursday 6th February  2020

CORGI 2020 TOY BUSES
As part of their 2020 announcement on  6th January 2020, in addition to their OOC models, Corgi also announced six 1:64th scale bus models on Monday as part of their Toy & Beatles ranges:

CC82331 Paddington™ London Bus and Figurine - Due: Summer 2020
CC82333 The Beatles - London Bus - 'Yellow Submarine' - Due: Spring 2020
CC82334 The Beatles - London Bus - 'A Hard Days Night' - Due: Spring 2020
CC82335 The Beatles - London Bus - 'Help!' - Due: Spring 2020
GS82336 Best of British London Bus - Union Jack - Due: Winter 2019/2020
GS82337 London Bus - Rainbow - Due: Spring 2020

Yesterday, Hornby advised me that two of the models  are scheduled for release week commencing 10th February to 23rd February:
GS82336 Best of British London Bus - Union Jack
GS82337 London Bus - Rainbow

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Thursday 6th February  2020


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

NEW CASTING

UKBUS6800 ADL Enviro400City on the Trident 2 & BYD Chassis

Northcord Model Company is now pleased to announce that the company has successfully concluded its licensing negotiations with Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and has been authorised to model the Enviro400 “City” body based on both the Dennis Trident 2 chassis and the BYD chassis, the latter named as the Enviro400EV.

#Northcord Model Company had developed the ADL Enviro400MMC models (UKBUS6500 series) since January 2018, and during the two years since then, more than 15,000 units of UKBUS6500 bus models have been produced. All UKBUS6500 series models have gained excellent success and reputation worldwide, and especially in both the Hong Kong and UK markets.

The first production model of the brand-new casting should be available in the United Kingdom by the end of the fourth quarter in 2020. As the Enviro400City is developed from the former Enviro400 series, Northcord Model Company will put the new products into a new sub-series categorised UKBUS6800 et seq, as a continuation from the current UKBUS6500 model range, and the UKBUS6000 range before that. The collectors will therefore recognise these models as the follow up version within the ADL Enviro400 double deck bus family.

The newly developed comprehensive casting will initially include the following versions of Britain’s best-selling double-deck buses:

1. 10.8 metre 1 & 2 door BYD-chassised Enviro400 City
2. 10.9 metre 1 & 2 door Enviro400 City Trident 2-chassised to follow as a continuation of the previous Enviro400 MMC Licence Agreement.
Northcord Model Company will make an announcement in detail about planned liveries and model dimensions nearer to its launch date. The range will be expanded with the shorter versions of each type in due course.

NMC is currently engaged in researching and negotiating licensing with Scania for the possibility of utilising the Trident 2 Enviro400City body as the basis for a Scania N280UD derivation that will, of course, be listed within the UKBUS00xx range due to the different wheelbase and front and rear overhang dimensions compared to the Trident 2 variant. Whilst the metal parts of the body will be those of the Trident 2, the glazing will be to the discrete design as applied to the Scania. These buses are being taken by a number of high-profile fleets such as Nottingham, in its variety of route branding colours, and various First fleets, and production of all NMC models is subject to end user agreement, of course.

NB : As a footnote to the previously advised plans and dates for 2020 model releases, NMC wishes to advise retailers and collectors that, due to some severe travel restrictions to and within Mainland China in order to attempt to slow down the spread of the Coronavirus, the factory will not resume manufacture for at least a further week following the traditional LNY holiday period. This will have a knock-on effect, delaying when the models will be released following production.

 

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

Wednesday 4th February 2020


CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY
I can confirm that the following model has now been released in the UK:
UKBUS6512 ADL Enviro400 MMC - Southern Vectis (1660 – HW67AHY)

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Wednesday 29th January 2020


PHOTOGRAPH OF PREVIOUSLY UNANNOUNCED OXFORD DIECAST MODEL
Many thanks to Adrian Lemon for sending me a photograph of a previously unannounced Oxford Diecast model that he took at the Oxford Diecast stand at Olympia. The photograph shows a Scania Irizar i6 in Citylink Air livery which serves the route between Glasgow City Centre and Edinburgh Airport. No further details are known at this time.

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Sunday 26th January 2020


OXFORD DIECAST - DETAILS OF RECENTLY ANNOUNCED MODELS
Oxford Diecast have advised me of the confirmed details of their recently announced models:

NMW6003 - Bristol MW6G Eastern Counties NBC
Fleet number: LS804
Registration number: 3804PW
Route number: 499
Destination: ELY

76LRT010 - Mexborough & Swinton Leyland Royal Tiger
Fleet number: 107
Registration number: LUF637
Route number: -
Destination: PRIVATE

76MW6006 - Bristol MW6G West Yorkshire
Fleet number: 1077
Registration number: 797CWU
Route number:
Destination: YORKSHIRE BLACKPOOL/BLACKPOOL

76PB010 - Royal Mail (Scotland) Commer PB Postbus
Fleet number: -
Registration number: USG706R
Route number: -
Destination: ELGOL

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Thursday 23rd January 2020


OXFORD DIECAST ANNOUNCES NEW MODELS
Oxford Diecast have announced new models for their February to May 2020 catalogue on the Oxford Diecast Collectors Facebook page.

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Monday 20th January 2020


OXFORD DIECAST MODEL SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE
I can confirm that the following model is scheduled for release week commencing 20th January 2020:
76DC003 Duple Commander II - Neath & Cardiff

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Thursday 16th January 2020


FOUR NEW MODELS FROM JOTUS.COM
Further to my post of 26th December, please see photographs showing the production versions of the 4 variations of the Stagecoach Magic Bus model, manufactured to celebrate Resin Specialist’s 10th Anniversary (Their first model being the LT Volvo Alisa V3). 

Also shown are photographs highlighting the differences between the models which are show in purple colour lines.

Jotus will be taking delivery of the models on Saturday this week and will be available for sale from the Jotus.com website on Monday 13th January:

Stagecoach Dennis Dragon Duple Metsec 11M - Magic Bus
Fleet No.: 681 (M681TDB)
Route No.: 142 EAST DIDSBURY
Limited Edition: 50
Manufacturer: RESIN SPECIALIST
Product Code: RS76515A
Scale: 1/76
Type: DIE CAST + RESIN MODEL

Stagecoach Dennis Dragon Duple Metsec 11M - Magic Bus
Fleet No.: 685 (M685TDB)
Route No.: 143 PICCADILLY
Limited Edition: 50
Manufacturer: RESIN SPECIALIST
Product Code: RS76515B
Scale: 1/76
Type: DIE CAST + RESIN MODEL

Stagecoach Dennis Dragon Duple Metsec 11M - Magic Bus
Fleet No.: 686 (M686TDB)
Route No.: 142 WEST DIDSBURY
Limited Edition: 50
Manufacturer: RESIN SPECIALIST
Product Code: RS76515C
Scale: 1/76
Type: DIE CAST + RESIN MODEL

Stagecoach Dennis Dragon Duple Metsec 11M - Magic Bus
Fleet No.: 691 (M691TDB)
Route No.: 86 CHORLTON
Limited Edition: 50
Manufacturer: RESIN SPECIALIST
Product Code: RS76515D
Scale: 1/76
Type: DIE CAST + RESIN MODEL

Version A

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Version B

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Version C

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Version D

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Differences between the models

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Packaging

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Thursday 9th January 2020


CORGI ANNOUNCE 2020 CATALOGUE
Corgi announced their new catalogue at 6.00am this morning, with 10 new bus models. One is shown as being available now, the others later in the year. Their email states "The Original Omnibus range expands this year with more exciting liveries to be announced throughout the course of 2020", so hopefully there is more to look forward to:

OM46516A Wright Eclipse Gemini 2, Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company, BK13OAU, Route 5 Patcham, The Snowman - Due Autumn
OM46516B Wright Eclipse Gemini 2, Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company, BK13OAU, Route 5 Hangleton, The Snowman - Due Autumn
OM46623 New Routemaster - London United - LTZ1148 - Route 10 - Kings Cross - Coca Cola® 1:76 – Due January (Available now)
OM46624A New Routemaster - Arriva London - LTZ1192 - Route 38 Hackney Central, ‘Release the Kraken’ - Due Summer
OM46624B New Routemaster - Arriva London - LTZ1192 - Route 38 Victoria - ‘Release the Kraken’ - Due Summer
OM46315A AEC Type RM - London Transport - CLT359- Route 88 Acton Green - ‘Boulogne, The motorway to Europe’ - Due Autumn - Correct registration number for this model is: 359CLT (RM1359). Not CLT359 as shown on the PP model.
OM46315B AEC Type RM - London Transport - CLT359 - Route 88 Mitcham Cricketers - ‘Boulogne, The motorway to Europe’ - Due Autumn - Correct registration number for this model is: 359CLT (RM1359). Not CLT359 as shown on the PP model.
OM46316A AEC Type RM, ALM50B, Heritage Route 15 Tower Hill, 'Mamma Mia!' - Due February
OM46316BAEC Type RM, ALM50B, Heritage Route 15 Trafalgar Square, 'Mamma Mia!' - Due February
CC02741 Only Fools and Horses - 'The Jolly Boys Outing' - Plaxton Panorama - Percy's Luxury Tours of Peckham - Due Autumn

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2nd posting Monday 6th January 2020


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

Herewith we itemise an update on likely release dates and status for announced models in the UKBUS1500 and UKBUS6500 range. In addition, nine further future releases are announced.

Production delays due to shortage of appropriate labour in all factories in southern China are affecting many manufacturers and it is appropriate that NMC should advise you accordingly. Furthermore, the usual delays will be accommodated due to the return of factory staff to their provinces during Lunar New Year and the resultant need to recruit staff to replace those who do not return to the factories.

UKBUS1500 Range

NMC will relaunch the model based on the casting of the Alexander ALX400 – bodied Dennis Trident opentop in 2020.

UKBUS1501 – megasightseeing.com (18496 – LX06AHC)

UKBUS1502 – Stagecoach North West “the White Lady” (17012 – S812BWC)

The pre-production samples of both items for checking are in the course of being prepared with an anticipated production slot being available during early April 2020.

UKBUS6500 Range

UKBUS6516 – Stagecoach South Gold (10770 – SN66VYR): production is scheduled for completion by early January 2020.

UKBUS0063 – Ensign Bus (132 – YX66WLH): production is scheduled for completion by the end of January 2020.

UKBUS6519 – Stagecoach Oxford Gold (10786 – SN66VZH): production is scheduled for completion by early March 2020.

UKBUS6520 – Stagecoach South 700 Coastliner (10942 – SN18KNF): pre-production samples for checking are in the course of being prepared with an anticipated production slot being available during early June 2020.

KBUS6521 – Xplore Dundee (6695 – SK68MBO) pre-production samples for checking are in the course of being prepared with an anticipated production slot being available during early May 2020.

IEBUS0005 – Dublin Bus (AH1 – 191-D-44403) pre-production samples for checking are in the course of being prepared with an anticipated production slot being available during late June 2020.

UKBUS6524 – Stagecoach North West 555 Lakes Connection (10555 – SN16ONX): pre-production samples for checking are in the course of being prepared with an anticipated production slot being available during early July 2020.

UKBUS6526 – National Express West Midlands (6937 – SK68MJE) pre-production samples for checking are in the course of being prepared with an anticipated production slot being available during early August 2020.

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

Monday 6th January 2020


NEW IRISH BRITBUS MODEL ANNOUNCED BY ADRIAN LEMON
Adrian has written to me to advise details of his latest Britbus commission: “Please find pictures of my new commission, a Dublin Bus Volvo Olympian (Belfast Alexander) Airlink. There was 8 of these on route 747 and unusually, the destination switched between several language's and on the model, its depicted in Spanish. The model is a run of 448 models with new style coloured boxes, delivery is expected on Tuesday 7th January. Price is 55€/49£ and can got at the Chris Dyer Dublin Swapmeet in February from me in person, or by post at an extra 5£/5€ cost. Payment by PayPal as friends and family please to lemon1970@eircom.net

To order please email Adrian at ajlemon1970@gmail.com

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Sunday 5th January 2020


HAPPY NEW YEAR
Wishing you all a very Happy, peaceful and healthy New Year.

I am looking forward to Corgi announcing their 2020 models on Monday 6th January. After the last Corgi catalogue, we will see how many buses feature, which might give an indication of Corgi's intentions to continue their OOC range. Lets hoping they will not disappoint and we will have a good number of models to look forward to.

Friday 3rd January 2020


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