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PHOTOGRAPH OF RECENTLY RELEASED OXFORD DIECAST MODEL
The following Oxford Diecast model was released during December:
NNR008 New Routemaster - East London Transit
Fleet number: LT914
Registration number: LTZ2114
Route number: EL1
Destination: Ilford Station
Quantity: n/a

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CORGI CLASSICS - METROBUS MK2 – PMT
I recently came across this model, having forgotten I had it in my collection. It is 31 years old this year and the box is beginning to show it’s age.
675/17 Metrobus MK2 – Potteries Motor Transport
Fleet number: -
Registration number: G754XRE
Route number: 28
Destination: Newcastle via Stoke
Quantity: 5000

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Wednesday 13th January 2021


NEW MODEL ANNOUNCED BY MODEL 1
Model 1 in Hong Kong have announced that they are taking pre-orders for an Optare Solo SR Model in Metroline livery, which is due for release in July this year:

Stock code: 63864
Optare Solo SR - Metroline
Fleet number: OS2502
Registration number: YJ68FXC
Route: H2
Destination: Golders Green

The model can be pre-ordered from the Network Shuttle website at https://networkshuttle.com/

The model will cost US$46.10 plus postage, which approximately equates to £45.00 including airmail postage to the UK. Depending on exchange rate at the time you order.

Please note: if ordering from abroad you might incur customs charges. Please check the HMRC website if you are not sure.

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Tuesday 12th January 2021


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

UKBUS6520 ADL Enviro400 MMC -  Stagecoach South – 700 coastliner

Following the significant success in launching the brand new casting of the Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC model in the liveries of National Express West Midlands, Stagecoach in Oxfordshire, Bluestar, Stagecoach West Scotland, Southern Vectis, Stagecoach South, Ensign Bus and Xplore Dundee, Northcord Model Company is now releasing the eleventh livery on the 10.9 metre long, single-door casting – UKBUS6520 in the livery of Stagecoach South with full branding for route 700 coastliner.

UKBUS6520 represents fleet number 10942 (SN18 KNF) that has 10.9 metre, single door bodywork and was new to Stagecoach South in 2018. 10942 carries a full, branded livery for route 700 coastliner, showing the destination to Brighton. The special, comprehensive livery and branding are 100% reproduced onto the UKBUS6520 model. The stand-out features of the branding are : “free WiFi, USB charging” and the full route map with the name of every main stop “Portsmouth, Hilsea, Havant, Emsworth, Chichester, Wick, Bognor Regis, Littlehampton. Worthing, Shoreham, Hove, Brighton”, “frequent connections along the south coast” on both sides; “up to every 10 mins” and “700 coastliner” on all sides, except the front; “Great value travel between Littlehampton, Worthing & Brighton” and “only £23 a week 7 day megarider gold ticket” on the rear. 

The Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC UKBUS6520 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 UKBUS6520 model is its single tree protector 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 10.9 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. The UKBUS6520 model is limited to 1008 pieces worldwide.

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

Monday 11th January 2021


CORGI 2021 RELEASES ANNOUNCED TODAY
Please see a list of Corgi's 2021 bus models announced this morning:

A point to note, TTC Diecast have advised me of pricing errors on the Corgi website, in that "all the buses advertised at £29.99 are an error and should be £38.99. The trams should also be £38.99." I understand that Corgi will be rectifying this asap.

OM46625A New Routemaster, Stagecoach London, LTZ 1406/LT406, Route N8 Tottenham Court Road, Supporting World Environment Day
OM46625B New Routemaster, Stagecoach London, LTZ 1406/LT406, Route N8 Hainault: The Lowe, Supporting World Environment Day
OM46517A Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 Go North East NL63XCB Route X10 Newcastle Royal Fusilliers (No photograph available yet)
OM46517B Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 Go North East NL63XCB Route X10 Middlesborough Royal Fusilliers (No photograph available yet)
OM46518A Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 Arriva London - LJ13CCN/DW512 'Your Army Needs You' - Route A 466 Caterham-on-the-Hill
OM46518B Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 Arriva London - LJ13CCN/DW512 'Your Army Needs You' - Route B 466 Addington Village
OM46627A Wrightbus New Routemaster GoAhead London LT394/LTZ1394 Route 15 Blackwall Royal Fusilliers (No photograph available yet)
OM46627B Wrightbus New Routemaster GoAhead London LT394/LTZ1394 Route 15 Stepney Arbour Square Royal Fusilliers (No photograph available yet)
OM46638A Wrightbus New Routemaster 'Release the Kraken' LT716/LTZ1716 - Special Edition - Route A 59 Euston
OM46638B Wrightbus New Routemaster 'Release the Kraken' LT716/LTZ1716 - Special Edition - Route B 59 Streatham Hill
OM46633A Wrightbus New Routemaster Stagecoach London - LT372/LTZ1372 'Only Fools and Horses' Stage Show - Route A Route 73 Victoria (Model photograph shows Route 55 Walthamstow Central)
OM46633B Wrightbus New Routemaster Stagecoach London - LT372/LTZ1372 'Only Fools and Horses' Stage Show - Route B Route 73 Stoke Newington (Model photograph shows Route 55 Oxford Circus)
OM46632A Wrightbus New Routemaster Arriva London LT230/LTZ1230 Route 38 Hackney Central "Sehba Basras Our Hillingdon" (No photograph available at time of writing)
OM46632B Wrightbus New Routemaster Arriva London LT230/LTZ1230 Route 38 Victoria "Sehba Basras Our Hillingdon"
OM46629 Wrightbus New Routemaster, London United, LT148/LTZ1148, Route 10 Hammersmith, Coca Cola®
OM46631A Wrightbus New RM - Arriva London - LT980/LTZ2180 - Route 59 Euston - Seedlip Tonic
OM46631B Wrightbus New RM - Arriva London - LT980/LTZ2180 - Route 59 Streatham Hill - Seedlip Tonic
CC44013 Coca Cola Single Decker Tram - Coke Side of Life (Fictitious livery, no other details known)
CC43515 Coca Cola Double Decker Tram - Open Happiness (Fictitious livery, no other details known)
CC89204 New Routemaster NHS Charities Together Bus (Fictitious livery, no other details known)

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Thursday 7th January 2021


BUILD YOUR OWN ROUTEMASTER - UPDATE
I have now completed Build 96 of my big Routemaster. The roof has been fitted to the lower and upper deck bodies. Passengers have been affixed in both and the external frames have been affixed to both sides of the upper deck.

To read about issue 96 and see photographs of my progress, click on the thumbnail photograph below.

Saturday 2nd January 2021


HAPPY NEW YEAR
Wishing all my website followers and friends a very Happy and healthy New Year. I hope you were all able to have a restful, albeit different Christmas celebration. I am hoping and looking forward to a number of things during 2021. Firstly that this pandemic can be controlled sufficiently, so that we can resume the enjoyment our hobbies and love of all things buses including visiting toy fairs and bus rallies. I am also hoping that Corgi will not disappoint us for a second year running and will announce more and more exciting models in a weeks time than they did last year. I am looking forward to hearing of new models from Northcord Model Company, including perhaps the first release of a model on their new Enviro400 MMC City casting and the release of the first of EFE's new castings. I might even complete my 1:12th scale Hachette Partwork Routemaster model!

Friday 1st January 2021


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