October to December 2022 - News

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RAPIDO TRAINS UK - NEWS UPDATE
Having announced on 22nd April last year that Rapido would be producing a Leyland National casting, at this past weekends Warley show, Rapido announced the first models that they will be modelling. The models are due for release during 2023 and further details will be published when known:

941001: HNE647N, Greater Manchester PTE brown/cream. This will be a 1051/1R (short, single door), Phase 1 version.
941002: ABA15T, Greater Manchester PTE brown/cream. This will be a 1151/1R (long, single door), Phase 2 version.
941003: NOE544R, Midland Red (West) red/cream. This will be a 1151/1R (long, single door), Phase 2 version.
941004: NOE551R, Midland Red (South) NBC red with white roof stripe. This will be a 1151/1R (long, single door), Phase 2 version.
941005: SKN905R, Maidstone & District NBC green with white roof. This will be a 1151/1R (long, single door), Phase 2 version.
941006: SKR556R, Maidstone & District green/cream. This will be a 1151/1R (long, single door), Phase 2 version.
941007: PCD75R, Southdown East & Mid Sussex green/cream. This will be a 1151/1R (long, single door), Phase 2 version.
941008: BCD807L, Southdown NBC green with white stripe. This will be a 1151/1R (long, single door), Phase 1 version.
941009: WFM801K, Crosville plain green (as preserved). This will be a 1151/2R (long, dual door), Phase 1 version.
941010: KMA406T, Crosville green/orange. This will be a 1151/1R (long, single door), Phase 2 version.
941011: GFX972N, Perth Panther. This will be a 1051/1R (short, single door), Phase 1 version.
941012: GRM353L, Cumberland. This will be a 1151/1R (long, single door), Phase 1 version.
941013: OTO594R, Mansfield & District. This will be a 1151/1R (long, single door), Phase 2 version.
941014: XNG763S, Eastern Counties red with stripes. This will be a 1151/1R (long, single door), Phase 2 version.
941015: TVF617R, Eastern Counties NBC red. This will be a 1151/1R (long, single door), Phase 2 version.
941016: DET473V, Yorkshire Traction white/maroon. This will be a 1151/1R (long, single door), Phase 2 version.
941017: WWA121S, Yorkshire Traction NBC plain red. This will be a 1151/1R (long, single door), Phase 2 version.
941018: NTC624M, Ribble NBC plain red. This will be a 1151/1R (long, single door), Phase 1 version.
941019: PTF758L, Ribble NBC red with white stripe. This will be a 1151/2R (long, dual door), Phase 1 version.
941020: MOD823P, Western National BR Sealink. This will be a 1151/1R (long, single door), Phase 2 version.
941021: GFN552N, East Kent BR Sealink. This will be a 1051/1R (short, single door), Phase 1 version.
941022: AYR349T, London Transport red, Route 182 Wembley (licensed from TfL). This will be a 1051/2R (short, dual door), Phase 2 version.
941023: THX124S, London Transport red, Route 10 Victoria (licensed from TfL). This will be a 1051/2R (short, dual door), Phase 2 version.
941024: BYW402V, London Transport 50th anniversary red, Route 136 South Harrow (licensed from TfL). This will be a 1051/2R (short, dual door), Phase 2 version.

Monday 28th November 2022


NEWS FROM OMNIDEKKA MODELS
During the past week, Omnidekka Models have made a number of announcements which I believe will be of interest to you. I have copied and pasted the announcements for your information:

New casting in conjunction with 80M - Announced 6 days ago:
“Enviro 200MMC 8.9m - In partnership with 80M I am having the following bus cast made in 1/76 scale and will be owned by Omnidekka Models. 80M are in the process of getting the information needed for it from me and I aim to have a release some point in 2023/2024 but this could change.”

The first models for the Enviro200MMC announced on 4th November
“Enviro 8.9m 200MMC - I now have the permission for the following models that I will be modelling and they are the following:
YX18KUW - Stagecoach South Wales with routes 99 Pontypridd & 404 Bridgend 
YX16OBP in Abellio London livery with routes 481 West Middlesex Hospital & K1 New Malden Station
YX19OVS - East Yorkshire details to be confirmed
YX20OLH - London United details to be confirmed
The Stagecoach one will be done first and the Abellio after it, for both these models 800 units will be ordered at 400 of each route. I will confirm prices one the cast is made which will be in the 2 half of 2023. Please note more buses will be done but these are companies that I have worked with in the past and have got permission faster”.

Please see below photograph of Abellio Enviro200MMC 8139 (YX16OBP) courtesy of John Bennett. If anyone has photographs of the other models announced and would be happy to share them with me for publication, please CLICK HERE to email.

Britbus castings cancelled - Announced 4 days ago
Three previously announced castings will no longer be produced:
“Optare Excel 10.7m - This is now cancelled and will not be made
Optare Olympus 10.6m - This is now cancelled and will not be made
ALX 200 8.8m - This is now on a long term hold and may not be released
This is due to me now wanting to use my new 200 MMC casting that I am working with 80M with and has more that I can do with it”.

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Monday 7th November 2022


PHOTOGRAPH OF RECENTLY RELEASED OXFORD DIECAST MODEL
Please see photographs of a recently released model from Oxford Diecast:
76IR6008 Irizar i6 - Bus Eireann Expressway
Fleet number: SE32
Registration number: 151-D-2631
Route number: X8
Destination: Dublin Airport

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Friday 4th November 2022


NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY UKBUS6527 – PHOTOGRAPHS
Further to Northcord’s news release of yesterday, please see photographs of my model:

UKBUS6527 – ADL Enviro400 MMC – Stagecoach North Scotland
Fleet number: 11173
Registration number: SK19EKU
Route number: 35
Destination: Macduff for Aberdeen
Quantity: 1008

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Thursday 3rd November 2022


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

UKBUS6527 ADL Enviro400 MMC - Stagecoach North Scotland

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, Xplore Dundee, Stagecoach North West, and Go North East, Northcord Model Company is now releasing the seventeenth livery on the 10.9 metre long, single-door casting – UKBUS6527 in the livery of Stagecoach North Scotland.

UKBUS6527 represents fleet number 11173 (SK19EKU) that was new to Stagecoach North Scotland in early 2019. 11173 is one of fifteen new Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC SmartHybrid double-deckers deployed at Macduff depot for service 35 (Aberdeen-Banff / Elgin) by April 2019. 1173 carries a colourfully branded livery for service 35, heading to Macduff, and onto Aberdeen. Such unique feature of the special, comprehensive livery and branding are 100% reproduced onto the UKBUS6527 models.

The stand-out features of the branding are : big “SERVICE 35” and “GET A BONNIE VIEW / FAE THE TOP DECK” lettering together with an icon illustration on both sides, along with key locations served “35, ABERDEEN, BANFF , ELGIN” on both sides’ upper deck windows. Further branding on each side includes : “TOP UK DEPOT FOR ECO DRIVING MACDUFF 2016 2017 2018 2019”. The wording on the main side, upper panels within the advert frames is phrased with reference to the “Doric”, the famous and iconic dialect associated with the north-east of Scotland.

The Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC UKBUS6527 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 UKBUS6527 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 UKBUS6527 model is limited to 1008 pieces worldwide.

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------The World’s Miniature Bus Co.

Wednesday 2nd November 2022


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

Herewith we itemise an update on likely release dates and status for announced models in the UKBUS6200, UKBUS6500, UKBUS6800 and UKBUS9500 range. In addition, two further future releases are announced. Production delays due to shortage of appropriate labour in all factories in southern China continue to affect many manufacturers and it is appropriate that NMC should advise you accordingly. The continuing influence of Covid is also continuing to have a negative impact on the timescale of our release schedule because of the inability to have face-to-face meetings at the production facilities which has slowed down the decision-making process in approving the minutiae of our models. Furthermore, deliveries are experiencing delays worldwide. Covid, Importing, and now a war in Europe have each impacted shipping badly.

UKBUS6200 Range (Alexander Dennis Enviro400)

The castings are being fine-tuned in the factory. Some modifications will be applied due to the long silence on the toolings’ use. 

UKBUS6201 – All Plain White: pre-production samples will be prepared with an anticipated production slot being available during late February 2023.

UKBUS6202 – Stagecoach Bluebird (19377 – OO05BLU): pre-production samples will be prepared with an anticipated production slot being available during late February 2023.

UKBUS6500 Range

UKBUS6529 – Stagecoach South (10945 – SN18KNJ) The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee : models are now available in the UK.

UKBUS6530 – Go North East (6341 – YX20OKA) xlines: models are now available in the UK.

UKBUS6527 – Stagecoach North Scotland (11173 – SK19EKU): models will depart for the UK shortly.

UKBUS6518 – Go South Coast (1560 – HF66CGE): production will be concluded by early December 2022.

UKBUS6800 Range

The preparation work for the new casting of the ADL Enviro400 City on Trident 2 and BYD ADL Enviro400EV City is scheduled to be commenced in the second part of 2023. The newly developed comprehensive casting will initially include the following versions of Britain’s best-selling double-decker buses:

1. 10.8 metre 1 & 2 door BYD ADL Enviro400EV 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.

UKBUS9500 Range (Scania OmniCity Double-Decker)

UKBUS9501 - National Express West Midlands (Heritage Livery) (4780 – BU08EHZ) pre-production samples will be prepared with an anticipated production slot being available by late March 2023.

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

Monday 31st October 2022


CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM THE NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY IN UK
I can confirm that the following model has now been released in the UK and is on sale:
UKBUS6530 ADL Enviro400 MMC – Go North East – Xlines
Fleet number: 6341
Registration number: YX20OKA
Route number: X71
Destination: Consett via Gateshead and Sunniside
Quantity 1008 pieces
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CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM CORGI OOC
I can confirm that the following model which is a Corgi “Web exclusive model” has now been released and is on sale on the Corgi website: 
OM44013 Brush Railcoach - Blackpool Transport - Interflora livery
Fleet number: 621
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CONFIRMED RELEASE FROM OXFORD DIECAST
I can confirm that the following model has now been released and is on sale:
76IR6008 Irizar i6 - Bus Eireann Expressway
Fleet number: SE32
Registration number: 151-D-2631
Route number: X8
Destination: Dublin Airport
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Saturday 22nd October 2022


NEWS FROM EFE ROAD (BACHMANN)
Many thanks to Neil at Time Tunnel Models for advising me that the following models are now on their way to the UK and are expected to arrive at Bachmann in the next 4 weeks and for forwarding the below photographs he has received today from Bachmann. For information the RRP for each model is £41.95, however, Time Tunnel Models are still taking pre-orders at £35.65 each.

15112 Leyland National – MK1 11.3m Dual Door - Demonstrator on loan to Aberdeen Corporation
Fleet number: -
Registration number: FRM499K
Route number: 5
Destination: Woodend

15113 Leyland National – MK1 11.3m Dual Door – Cumberland Motor Services (The first Leyland National to enter Service).
Fleet number: 350
Registration number: ERM35K
Route number: 5
Destination: Town Service

15114 Leyland National – MK1 11.3m Dual Door - London Country Bus Services - Superbus
Fleet number: LN1
Registration number: KPA101K
Route number: SB1
Destination: Chells

15115 Leyland National – MK1 11.3m Dual Door – Northern General Transport
Fleet number: 11K
Registration number: UUP831K
Route number: 55
Destination: Sacriston

15117 Leyland National – MK1 11.3m Dual Door – Nottingham City Transport 
Fleet number: 653
Registration number: NPD110L
Route number: 88
Destination: Central Area special bus service.
London Country LN10 on hire

15118 Leyland National – MK1 11.3m Dual Door – Crosville Motor Services
Fleet number: SNL801
Registration number: WFM801K
Route number: C40
Destination: Upton

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Wednesday 19th October 2022


MODEL BUSES CREATIONS - PRESS RELEASE
The below news has been released today by Model Buses Creations:

Model Buses Creations and Northcord Models announce 2 new releases for Q4 2022 / Q1 2023

The Spirit for Christmas..
Following the success and wonderful reception our first Northcord release, The Enviro 400 MMC Stagecoach Macmillan Cancer Support Model, we are thrilled to announce the second release in our Stagecoach London fundraising campaign. 
UKBUS0067 - The Spirit of London Enviro 400 MMC Stagecoach London 
The Spirit of London Bus is currently in operation with Stagecoach London, the bus is a reminder of the tragic terror attack in London at Tavistock Square where 52 died and many life’s terribly altered forever. 
The original Spirit of London was the first 1:76 Enviro 400 Diecast models to be released by Creative Master Northcord Limited, now Northcord model Company Limited. We are really pleased to be announcing this Enviro 400 MMC model which should sit perfectly next to the original model. 
This limited edition model will help raise much needed funds for our continued campaign with Stagecoach & Macmillan Cancer Support, with profits helping raise much needed funds..
Number produced - 504 models 
Destination - 25 City Thameslink
Reg - SK20 BBF
Fleet number - 11377
Price £65

Let us Demonstrate our next release 
Our next release is the very special edition, the original Enviro 400 MMC Demonstrator as appeared and used for the launch of the ADL Enviro 400 MMC. Built at the ADL Factories in the UK and shown at UK Bus & Coach events in 2014, before appearing in London for the public to experience this superb result with the latest technology and cutting edge design, The Enviro 400 MMC soon became the bus of choice for countless operators across the country with many examples released by Northcord offering a highly detailed example of this stunning bus..
Product Details 
Number produced - 504
Destination - Enviro 400 
Reg - Enviro 400
Fleet number - N/A
Price £65

The prices for these models does not include posting and packing, this will be at extra cost and shown on the website when pro orders are being taken. If customers wish to purchase both models together we will be offering a special pre order price of £115 for the pair. This is also plus posting and packing shown on the website.

We hope you enjoy our next releases and look out for next model release announcement featuring the classic Enviro 400.

We will announce the expected release date when the Pre-order service opens on Friday 14th October.

Manufacturing and Worldwide Shipping Issues continue to cause delays due to circumstances beyond our control. We will ensure our customers are kept informed and updated if any delays occur.
Special Thanks to : Maurice Chen. Design
Danny Chan Northcord Production
Kevin Cooper Stagecoach London 
Images supplied by Tim Squires and Terry Wong.

Further Information from Mark@modelbusescollection.com
Available from Model Buses Collection London
https://www.modelbus.uk/creations

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Monday 10th October 2022


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