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Wednesday 17 April
LBC Model Kits Update
Tony Asquith has sent me an update on the LBC Model kits range.

You can find contact details & a full list of all the other proposed kits on the LBC Model Kits page.
KITS IN STOCK (17th April 2019)
Image Ref No. Model Availability
DUPAL Bristol LL Duple A Coach - Southern/Western National 1951 In Stock
LHM Bristol LH Marshall Royal Blue Coach 1973 In Stock
TS6T Leyland TS6T Short Bros Bus `Southdown Beachy Head` 1938 In Stock

WAY 4 AEC/Leyland Harrington Wayfarer 4 1956 In Stock
Upcoming Releases & New Announcements
BD 2 Bedford Duple MK IV service bus Available
May/June 19
CPO1 Leyland Comet CPO1 Duple C32F - 1950 In Production
Due 2019
DCN1 Duple Carribean Coach 1983 In Production
Due 2019
HAR60 Commer Avenger I Harrington 'Crusader' Southdown - 1960
May/June 19
LOLI Dennis Loline Aldershot & District 1958 Available
May/June 19
NC 69 Leyland Leopard/N.C.M.E. Dual Purpose `Southdown` Future Kit
NL Bova Europa C53F Coach Future Kit
PR48E Leyland Tiger PS1 Park Royal `East Kent` 1948 Available
May/June 19
PRV 3 Leyland TD5 Park Royal Lowbridge 'East Kent/Southdown' 1938 Re-Issue Due 2019
In Production
WAY 4S Leyland Harrington Wayfarer 4 `Silver Star` In Production
Due 2019

Tuesday 16 April & Updated 18 April
Latest Oxford Diecast Bus Related Releases
That latest edition of Globe indicates that the following models are among the next batch of Oxford Diecast releases.

Update 18th April: These models have now been released by Oxford Diecast & should reach model retailers shortly.

76MW6004 Tilling Transport - Bristol MW6 ECW Coach (1/76)

76OWB014 Isle of Man Road Services - Bedford OWB Utility Bus (1/76)

NLRT004 Maidstone & District - Leyland Royal Tiger Coach (N Scale)

The first version of the Volkswagen T1 Samba bus in 1/76 scale is also included in this latest batch of releases along with the London Fire Brigade Ford 400E minibus.

76VWS001 Sealing Wax Red & Beige Grey - Volkswagen T1 Samba Bus (1/76)

76FDE016 London Fire Brigade (Green) - Ford 400E Minibus (1/76)

Monday 8 April
Press Release From Bachmann Europe
I've received the following press release & associated PDF Release Sheets from Bachmann regarding the new EFE Cravens bodied RT bus tooling announced yesterday at the London Bus Museum and some updates on new Sea Dog open top Leyland Atlanteans & Northern Counties Palatine double deck bus models.


Another craving satisfied by E.F.E.

  At the London Bus Museum’s Spring Gathering, held at Brooklands, Surrey on Sunday 7th April 2019, Bachmann Europe announced a brand new 1/76 scale model of the Cravens RT bus for its Exclusive First Editions range.

  In the early post-war years when coachbuilders Park Royal Vehicles and Weymann were at full capacity and unable to fully meet London Transport’s enormous requirements for new RT buses, tenders to supply were sent to other manufacturers. Saunders Engineering of Anglesey and Cravens Railway Carriage & Wagon Co. of Sheffield built 300 and 120 RTs respectively. Saunders RTs were similar to standard RTs in many respects and were interchangeable with the Park Royal and Weymann bodies on overhaul, but Cravens RTs were quite different. The 5-bay window design could not be mixed with standard bodies at overhaul, and although wellbuilt, all except one were sold when only seven years old. Cravens RTs were quickly bought by independent bus operators, glad to acquire youthful London-spec vehicles in excellent condition and gave long reliable service to their new owners in many parts of the UK.

  Today two complete Cravens RTs are preserved in full running order, RT1431 and RT1499, both with Ensignbus.

  To coincide with the announcement, Bachmann hired one of the preserved vehicles (RT1431) to attend the event and in doing so members of the Bachmann Collectors Club were offered the chance to ride on the bus to and from the event.

  CAD work for the model is now at an advanced stage with tooling expected to commence shortly. Features include a new single-piece body, detailed interior with new seating and handrails, and a new chassis. Four models will be produced initially and these are expected to be available in late-2019/early-2020:

    E40301 Cravens RT London Transport green & cream livery RRP £39.95

    E40302 Cravens RT London Transport green livery                RRP £39.95

    E40303 Cravens RT London Transport red & cream livery     RRP £39.95

    E40304 Cravens RT London Transport red livery                    RRP £39.95

  For the first time, members of the public are invited to join the design process by letting us know which routes, destinations and fleet numbers they would like to see applied to the initial models. Suggestions are invited by post: The Bus Works, Bachmann Europe Plc, 13 Moat Way, Barwell, Leicestershire, LE9 8EY or email: by 30th June 2019.

Click thumbnails to open the PDF files in a new browser window/tab (There are two pages for each of the models)

Sunday 7 April
Bachmann Announce New Cravens Bodied RT Model
Bachmann attended Brooklands today for the London Bus Museum's annual Spring Gathering Event, as promised they revealed another new bus model for the EFE range.

The new model will be a Cravens bodied version of the London RT bus. These Cravens bodied vehicles were notable in having more side windows than other RT vehicles bodied by Weymann & Park Royal.
They were the first of the class to be withdrawn and many were snapped up by other smaller operators after a relatively short life with their original owner.

Four versions have been announced and Bachmann are asking for suggestions as to which vehicles & routes should be depicted on each.

E40301 London Transport Country Area (Green & cream livery)
E40302 London Transport Country Area (Green livery)
E40303 London Transport Central Area (Red & cream livery)
E40304 London Transport Central Area (Red livery)

The models are due to be released in late 2019 or early 2020 and will have a single piece diecast body and new plastic internal detailing which includes grab rails. The suggested RRP will be £39.99.

There were also updates on the Northern Counties Palatine & Sea Dog open top Leyland Atlanteans which are also now expected to be released in late 2019 or early 2020.

Finally there were samples of the upcoming London Transport Golden Jubilee Leyland National E16611 & Blue Browns RT E34116 which look set to be released soon.

Sunday 7 April
New Manchester Mancunian Model
TTC Diecast have posted a photograph of the pre-production sample of their forthcoming Manchester Mancunian double deck bus model on Facebook. This model is expected to be released later this year.

Sunday 7 April
New Oxford Diecast Facebook Page & Seat Replacement Offer
Oxford Diecast have now opened a new Facebook page and one of the recent posts gives details of how to obtain a replacement seating unit for the Southdown Beadle integral coach model 76BI004 which was issued late last year with the wrong version of the unit fitted.

Friday 29 March
New Waterslide Transfers From LBRT
LBRT Model Bus Transfers have just released a brand new batch of eighty plus new waterslide route transfers for 1/76 scale models.
Further details & images of all the new & existing transfers can be found on the site.

The majority of the new transfers are new route destination blinds for London Transport RT class vehicles. Most include two versions of the intermediate blinds with the earlier upper case only & the latter style mixed case lettering.
Here's a summary of the routes & ultimate destinations supplied
B761 Route 1 - Willesden / Surrey Docks Stn / Deptford
B716 Route 28 - Fulham Broadway / Golders Green Station / Wandsworth
B712 Route 30 - Marble Arch / Hackney Wick / Roehampton
B719 Route 31 - Camden Town / Chelsea / Battersea Garage
B722 Route 34 - Arnos Grove Station / Barnet Church / Leytonstone
B738 Route 40 - Norwood Junction / Blackwall Tunnel / Herne Hill
B720 Route 54 - Woolwich Arsenal Stn / Catford Garage / Croydon
B29 Route 62 - Barking / Chadwell Heath / Barkingside (Re-run)
B708 Route 66A - Harold Hill/ Grants Hill Station / Romford
B724 Route 76 - Tottenham Hale / Victoria / Stoke Newington
B748 Route 86 - Upminster Station / Limehouse / Upton Park
B717 Route 87 - Rainham / Becontree / Harold Hill
B718 Route 89 - Eltham / Lewisham / Bexleyheath
B34R Route 94 - Brockley Rise / Orpington / Lewisham (Re-done)
B715 Route 101 - North Woolwich / Wanstead Station / East Ham Station
B721 Route 102 - Muswell Hill Bdy / Golders Green Station / Chingford
B723 Route 105 - Shepherds Bush / Heathrow Airport Central / Southall
B730 Route 107A - Enfield Lock / Queensbury Stn / Oakwood Station
B766 Route 109 - Blackfriars / Purley / Westminster
B737 Route 112 - Finchley / Palmers Green Garage / Eailing Broadway
B753 Route 115 - Whyteleafe / Wallington / Purley
B750 Routes 115 & 115A - Whyteleafe / Croydon Airport / Wallington
B727 Route 119 - Thornton Heath Garage / Bromley North Station / West Croydon
B726 Route 120 - Greenford / Hounslow Heath / Southall Garage
B728 Route 122 - Crystal Palace / Bexleyheath Garage / Woolwich Arsenal Stn
B733 Route 125 - Winchmore Hill / North Finchley / Southgate Station
B729 Route 128 - Chase Farm Hospital / Lower Edmonton Stn / Enfield
B714 Route 121 - Kingston / West Molesey / Wimbledon Station
B130R Route 140 - Heathrow Airport / Mill Hill Bdy Stn / Harrow Weald Garage (Re-done)
B768 Route 146 - Bromley North Station / Downe / Bromley Garage
B746 Route 147 - Royal Albert Dock / Redbridge Station / East Ham
B731 Route 150 - Ilford And Seven Kings Garage / Becontree Heath / Lambourne End
B55R Route 158 - Ruislip Lido / South Harrow Station / Watford Junction (Re-done)
B747 Route 165 - Rainham / Hornchurch Garage / Havering Park
B742 Route 167A - Chigwell Stn / Loughton Garage / Abridge
B751 Route 168 - Farringdon Street / Wandsworth Garage / Putney Heath
B760 Route 170 - Bloomsbury / Hackney Station / Wandsworth
B752 Route 172 - West Norwood Station / Aldwych / Highgate
B744 Route 176 - Forest Hill / Willesden Garage / East Dulwich
B736 Route 185 - Greenwich / Forest Hill / Victoria
B713 Route 190 - Old Coulsdon / South Croydon Garage / Thornton Heath
B740 Route 191 - Enfield / Chingford Station / Lower Edmonton
B741 Route 194B - Thornton Heath / Shrublands / Shirley
B709 Route 205A - Waltham Abbey / Hammond Street / Epping Forest
B710 Route 213 - Sutton Garage / Cheam Village / Kingston
B739 Route 217 - Upshire / Turnpike Land Station / Enfield
B758 Route 229 - Orpington Station / Sidcup Garage / Woolwich
B743 Route 231 - Muswell Hill / Forty Hill / Turnpike Lane Stn
B749 Route 252 - South Hornchurch / Romford Station / Collier Row
B745 Route 280 - St Helier / Tooting Broadway / Belmont Station
B756 Route 302 - Watford / Hemel Hempstead / Little Bushey
B773 Route 306 - Leavesden / New Barnet Stn / Borehamwood
B769 Route 310 - Hoddesdon / Enfield / Hertford
B767 Route 311 - Leavesden Works / Garston Garage / Shenley
B771 Route 316 - Hoddesdon / Enfield / Ware Crossing
B734 Route 321 - St Albans Garage / Luton / Uxbridge
B71R Route 330 - St Albans / Welwyn Garden City / Hemel Hempstead (Re-done)
B770 Route 331 - Buntingford / Standon / Hertford
B754 Route 339 - Brentwood / Warley / Harlow
B72R Route 341 - St Albans / Hatfield Station / Hertford (Re-done)
B711 Route 370 - Romford / Tilbury Ferry / Grays
B762 Route 371 - Tilbury / Grays / Rainham
B763 Route 403 - Chelsham / West Croydon / Warlingham Park Hospital
B759 Routes 406F / 410 - Epsom Station & Epsom Downs / Bromley Nth Stn & Biggin Hill Air Display
B765 Route 418 - Leatherhead Garage / Bookham Station / Kingston
B87R Route 423 - Dartford / Longfield Station / Wrotham (Re-done)
B764 Route 428 - Dormansland - Lingfield / East Grinstead
B90 Route 441 - Staines - High Wycombe - Windsor (Re-run)
B757 Route 481 - Epsom Station / Epsom The Wells
B755 Route 495 - Northfleet Church / Gravesend / Kings Farm Estate
B772 Route 804 - Latton Bush / Harlow Bus Station
B725 Route N95 - Barking Garage / Victoria / High Holborn
B735 Route N98 - Barking Garage / Victoria / Romford Station

In addition to the above new routes there are some special blinds.
B706 LCBS Private RT Blinds
B702 LTE Private (ABBEY phone number / Upper case only) RT Blinds          
B701 LTE Private (Abbey phone number / Mixed case) RT Blinds
B700 LTE Private (01 222 phone number) RT Blinds
B704 LCBS Private Routemaster Blinds
B703 LTE Private Routemaster Blinds
B705 LTE Driver Under Instruction / Skid Bus Routemaster Blinds
B707A Blank Black RT Blinds
B707 Blank Black Routemaster Blinds
RF68 LCBS Private RF Blinds
RF67 LTE Private (ABBEY Phone number / Upper case only) RF Blinds
RF66 LTE Private (Abbey Phone number / Mixed case) RF Blinds
RF65 LTE Private (01 222 Phone number) RF Blinds

Thursday 28 March
Press Release for Nothcord UKBUS6509
Northcord Models have issued the following press release for model UKBUS6509 which has now been released in Hong Kong and is expected to reach UK model retailers during April or early May.

Note the vehicle depicted is different to that originally announced by NMCL last year.

Northcord Model Company

UKBUS6509 ADL Enviro400H MMC - Abellio London

Northcord Model Company is pleased to announce the release of UKBUS6509, the third release of the long awaited 10.3 metre 2-door casting of this distinctive, modern, double-decker in the United Kingdom.

The third livery to be carried on the brand-new Alexander Dennis Enviro400H MMC model, is Abellio London with standard London red livery.

UKBUS6509 represents fleet number 2616 (SN18 KLJ) that has 10.3 metre, dual-door bodywork and was new to Abellio London in 2018. 2616 has a Euro6 hybrid driveline and the newly released model demonstrates the special cooling apertures that are appropriate to this hybrid bus. The model carries the roof fleet number ABL2616.

This bus is based at Abellio London’s Walworth Depot where it operates on busy route 196 which runs between Elephant & Castle and Newington Causeway.

The Alexander Dennis Enviro400H MMC UKBUS6509 is a one-piece casting whose clean lines accentuate the square-cornered, patented quick-release windows of the real bus and the livery application on which all logos and lettering are clearly legible. Another main feature on the UKBUS6509 model is its dual individual 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 Enviro400H MMC, such as the additional ventilation equipment on the upper deck ceiling, and the extensive portrayal of handrails on upper deck and lower deck, etc.

The brand new Enviro400H 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 UKBUS6509 model is limited to 1200 pieces worldwide.

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

Monday 25 March
Another IXO 1/43rd Bus Model For UK
According to Wholesaler John Ayrey Diecast's website, the latest IXO 1/43rd scale bus to reach the UK is a Los Angeles Police Department GMC 6000 single deck bus dating from 1988.

Los Angeles Police Department - 1988 GMC 6000 Bus
The model has a RRP of £53.99.

The latest batch of IXO releases doesn't appear to include the expected Open Top London Transport AEC Regent III RT model (BUS018).

Monday 18 March
Marsden Model Kits Update
Marsden Model Kits current & proposed 2019-20 products have now been added to the Marsden Models Kit Page

The latest brochure is also available:

Image Ref No. Model Availability &
Price (exc Postage)
1/76 Scale Kits
(Stock & Upcoming Items)

MMK042 1937-40 Metro-Cammell H54R 'Birmingham Standard' Exposed Radiator. Includes route stencil holder.
  • A – AEC Regent I
  • D – Daimler COG5
  • L – Leyland TD5
Please specify front when ordering.
Available Now
£48.00 + P&P
Limited Numbers
MMK046 1938 Northern Counties H54R.
  • A – AEC Regent I
  • L – Leyland TD5
Please specify front when ordering.
Available Now
£48.00 + P&P
Limited Numbers
MMK050 1946 Duple 'C-Type' Dual Purpose
Comes with optional sliding door conversion part.
  • A – AEC Regal I
  • L – Leyland PS1
Please specify front when ordering
Available Now
£42.00 + P&P
Limited Numbers

MMK054 1947 Plaxton C33F
  • A – AEC Regal III
  • L – Leyland PS1
Please specify front when ordering
Available Now
£42.00 + P&P
MMK055 1947 Brush Dual Purpose
Comes with optional sliding door conversion part.
  • A – AEC Regal I
  • L – Leyland Lion
Please specify front when ordering
Available Now
£42.00 + P&P
Limited Numbers

MMK056 1958 Plaxton 'Consort' C41F Coach.
Comes with 2 optional front panels to depict 1958 season and earlier 1956 season.
Available Now
£42.00 + P&P
Limited Numbers
1/76 Scale Kits
(Newly Announced Pre-order Kits)

MMK073S Alexander A-Type Leyland Atlantean / Daimler Fleetline
Single Door
  • A – Early Front Single Headlamp
  • B – Early Front Dual Headlamp
  • C – Late Front Oval Surround
Please specify front when ordering
  • L – Leyland Atlantean Bustle
  • F – Daimler Fleetline Bustle
Please specify bustle when ordering
Pre-Order Now
MMK073D Alexander A-Type Leyland Atlantean / Daimler Fleetline
Dual Door
  • A – Early Front Single Headlamp
  • B – Early Front Dual Headlamp
  • C – Late Front Oval Surround
Please specify front when ordering
  • L – Leyland Atlantean Bustle
  • F – Daimler Fleetline Bustle
Please specify bustle when ordering
Pre-Order Now
MMK074 Strachan Leyland Panther as operated by Sunderland Corporation / Tyne & Wear PTE Pre-Order Now
MMK075 Park Royal H56R 8ft Wide Double Deck
  • A – AEC Regent III
  • G – Guy Arab III
Please specify front when ordering
Pre-Order Now
MMK076 Mellor Strata Mercedes Sprinter Low Floor Minibus Pre-Order Now
Due Soon
MMK077 MCW Orion H72R 30ft Rear Entrance
  • A – AEC Regent V Tin Front
  • G – Guy Arab IV Tin Front
  • L – Leyland PD3 Exposed Radiator
Please specify front when ordering
Pre-Order Now
MMK078 Massey Low Bridge Double Deck
  • A – AEC Regent III
  • D – Daimler Exposed
Please specify front when ordering
Pre-Order Now
MMK079 Weymann B34F Leyland PS2 Birmingham Corporation Pre-Order Now
Due Soon

Saturday 16 March & Updated 17 March
Even More 1:43 Scale Buses For UK
Wholesaler John Ayrey Diecast has secured a further selection of models from Hatchette Buses of the World partwork series, the RRP for these is once again £29.95. These are expected to available from UK model retailers during April.

Update 17th March
The Yardley Wood Bus Club will be stocking these for £15 plus delivery and have advised that there are further models to those currently listed on Ayrey Diecast site and orginally posted here yesterday. Available stock of some models is very limited.

Here's a full list of all 50 models that have been secured by Ayrey Diecast. 31 of these will be exculsive to the Yardley Wood Bus Club.

Information kindly supplied by

MAG HC05 Saurer L4C - Swirzerland 1959

MAG HC06 Citroen T45 - France 1934

MAG HC07 GMC 600 Sschool Bus - USA 1990

MAG HC08 Pegaso Z-403 Monoscocca - Spain 1951-57

MAG HC09 Citreon U55 Cityrama Currus France 1955

MAG HC10 Lancia Esatau - Italy 1953

MAG HC11 Mercedes-Benz Lo3100 Stromlinien Germany 1939

MAG HC12 Isuzu BXD-30 - Japan 1962

MAG HC14 Chausson APH 47 - France 1951

MAG HC15 Citreon T23RU - France 1947

MAG HC16 AEC Regal III - Dorsel Fin - UK 1950

MAG HC17 Isobloc 648 DP - France 1955

MAG HC19 Renualt AGP85 - France 1938

MAG HC25 Citroen 46 DP UAD - France 1955

MAG HC27 Neoplan Skyliner NH22L - Germany 1983

MAG HC29 GM TDH Rosa Parks - USA 1955

MAG HC30 Berliet Phl 10 'Grand Raid' - France 1966

MAG HC33 Bedford Rocket - Pakistan 1980

MAG HC34 Renualt TN6 C2 - France 1934-69

MAG HC35 Leyland Victory MKII - Hong Kong /UK 1978/81

MAG HC38 Krupp Titan 080 - Germany 1951

MAG HC39 Saviem SC10U - France 1965

MAG HC40 Berliet Jeicz PR100 - Poland 1971-77

MAG HC42 Ford Super Coach GreyHound Travel - Australia 1937

MAG HC43 MAN 535 HO - Germany 1962-69

MAG HC44 Pegaso 6035 EMT - Spain 1972

MAG HC45 Heuliez 0 305 HIZ - France 1969

MAG HC47 Berliet PLR 10MU - France 1955

MAG HC48 Skoda 706 RO - China 1947-58

MAG HC49 Van Hool VHF 306 - Netherlands 1961

MAG HC51 Neoplan NH 9L - Germany 1964

MAG HC52 Bedford OB Duple Vista - UK 1947-51

MAG HC53 Chausson ANG - France 1956

MAG HC54 Ford F-600 Chiva - Colombia 1990

MAG HC55 Renault R 4192 - France 1954

MAG HC56 Kassbohrer Setra S 215 HD - Germany 1976

MAG HC57 Bussing Senator 12 D - Austria 1964

MAG HC58 Panhard Movic Ie 24 - France 1948 - 1953

MAG HC59 GM New Look Fishbowl 530 - Canada 1959-67

MAG HC60 Borgward Bo 4000 - Germany 1952

MAG HC61 Renault R 4192 Gonthier & Nouhaud - France 1952

MAG HC62 Berliet Cruisair 3 Air France - France 1969

MAG HC63 Kassbohrer Setra S-14 - Germany 1961

MAG HC64 AEC Regent III Rt London Country - UK 1947

MAG HC65 Mercedes-Benz 0 305 - Germany 1979

MAG HC66 Chausson Apvu Ratp Apu/53 - France 1953

MAG HC67 Brossel Bl55 Valenciennes - France 1966

MAG HC68 Mercedes-Benz 0 10000 Osterreichische Post - Germany 1938

MAG HC69 Berliet Plr 8 Mu - France 1956

MAG HC70 Renualt TN4F (A Gas) - France 1940

Saturday 16 March
TiNY Kits Update
TiNY have made some revisions to their previously proposed new kits for 2019. The following kits have either been transferred to other suppliers or cancelled.

A full list of the other kits still planned for 2019 can be found on the TiNY kits page.

Image Kit Ref No. Model Availability
TK29 Midland General RG111/Weymann s/d Regret kit cancelled
TK43B NEW - 1955-60 Alexander 'curved waist' B45F Kit transferred to
Sunrise Kits & Transfers
Please contact direct on
TK43C NEW - 1955-60 Alexander 'curved waist' C41F Kit transferred to
Sunrise Kits & Transfers
Please contact direct on
TK43D NEW - 1955-60 Alexander 'curved waist DP41F Kit transferred to
Sunrise Kits & Transfers
Please contact direct on
TK43M NEW - 1960 Alexander 'curved waist' C30Ft 'Western' Kit transferred to
Sunrise Kits & Transfers
Please contact direct on
TK43R NEW - 1955 Alexander 'curved waist' B44F 'Western' Kit transferred to
Sunrise Kits & Transfers
Please contact direct on
TK51B NEW Leyland PSU3 NCME B53F Kit cancelled
TK51S NEW Leyland PSU3 NCME DP49F 'Southdown' Kit transferred to
Little Bus Company
Please contact direct on
TK59 NEW – Leyland PS2 Weymann B34F - Birmingham Regret kit cancelled due to
duplication within
the hobby

Sunday 10 March
Bachmann To Announce New Model At London Bus Museum Event
Bachmann have announced that their Roadshow will be attending the London Bus Museum's Spring Gathering event at the Brooklands Museum on Sunday 7th April.

They will reveal details of their "next all-new 1/76 scale bus" at the event and are also offering members of the Bachmann Collectors Club the chance to travel to & from Lakeside to the event on the real vehicle for free.

Each passenger for this unique trip will receive a goody bag including several items, one of which will be a special EFE model which cannot be bought in the shops!

Further details can be found on the Bachmann site, these include details of how members can apply for tickets for the bus ride.
Bachmann Europe Site Link

This year's London Bus Museum Spring Gathering will include the usual Classic Bus Show, large enthusiasts market, bus rides & other attractions. The theme of the event is the RT bus, commemorating the 80th anniversary of them entering service, and 40 years since the last RTs carried passengers in London.

Further details can be found on the Museum's site, advance tickets can be booked for the event at a reduced rate via the site.

The Museum is organising another event in Barking, East London on the Saturday 30th March, this will mark the 40th anniversary of the withdrawal of the last London RF & RT vehicles in 1979.

This event will include an Open Day at Stagecoach London's Barking Bus Garage & a vehicle display at the River Road Garage of Go Ahead London. These locations will be linked by free RT services on routes 62 and 23C, plus other free services. At the end of the day, there will be an RT procession to remind us of the procession held back in April 1979.

Further details can be found on the London Bus Museum site.

Wednesday 6 March
BBC Series Goes Behind The Scenes At Hornby Hobbies
The BBC has just broadcast part one of a two part series that takes a look at Hornby Hobbies and follows the attempts to turn the company around follow losses of over £30 million in the previous five years.
The first episode focused mainly on the Hornby Railways & Airfix side of the business, it included contributions from the new CEO Lyndon Davies and Director Simon Kohler, who has returned to the company after a five absence.

The programme is presented by James May (Top Gear & The Grand Tour), in his slightly tongue in cheek style, the second part will be broadcast next Wednesday (13 March) at 9pm on BBC4. The first part of "James May's Big Trouble in Model Britain" is now available on the BBC iPlayer and will also be repeated on BBC4 on Sunday evening (10 March) at 8pm.

There was no mention of the Corgi range in the first episode, but nonetheless an interesting programme.
One rather shocking revelation was that the former management team had scrapped thousands of tooling moulds stored at the original Margate factory!

More details and an iPlayer link can be found on the BBC Website.

Tuesday 5 March
Next UK Northcord Model Co. Releases
These models are expected to be released in the UK either later this month or in early April.
This is the press release issued by Northcord Models upon their release in Hong Kong last month. Yes, I know I'm a bit late reporting this, but Northcord don't send these to me, so I have to search the internet when I get the time!


ADL Enviro400 MMC
ukbus 6508A / 6508B National Express West Midlands

Following the significant success in launching the brand new casting of the Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC model in the livery of Go-Ahead London, National Express West Midlands, Stagecoach London & Stagecoach in Oxfordshire, First Bristol, Reading Buses and Bluestar, Northcord Model Company is releasing the tenth and eleventh versions - ukbus 6508A and ukbus 6508B - in the livery of Platinum X1 of National Express West Midlands.

ukbus 6508A / 6508B represents fleet number 6843 (SN66 WFM) that has 10.9 metre, single door bodywork and was new to National Express West Midlands in 2017. 6843 carries a full and colourfully branded livery for Platinum X1. The special, comprehensive livery and branding are 100% reproduced onto the ukbus 6508A and 6508B models.

The stand-out features of the branding are : “Birmingham I NEC & Airport I Coventry”, “up to every 20 minutes” frequency, and the prominent route number “X1” along with the key locations served that are repeated on each side (“Fast via Coventry Road) and on the front, upper windscreen and the rear (Fast between Sheldon, Yardley, Birmingham City Centre”). Fares details are carried in the first nearside window. On the nearside panels and engine access door, wording refers to the extra legroom available on board in addition to the “comfier seats” whilst the offside advertises the “greener emissions, free WiFi and next stop announcements”.

The model also correctly portrays the name “Connie” that is carried on the front, below the windscreen on the nearside, and on the rear, at the top of the engine cover on the offside, of the bus 6843. Both ukbus 6508A and 6508B operate on route X1. ukbus 6508A is showing the destination Coventry, whilst ukbus 6508B shows Birmingham.

The Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC ukbus 6508A / 6508B 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 ukbus 6508A / 6508B models is the provision of a 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 Concorde Hobby Shop (HK) & John Ayrey Die-casts Limited (UK) respectively. The ukbus 6508A and 6508B models are each limited to 600 pieces worldwide respectively.

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

Sunday 3 March
Mark Hughes Models 2019 Catalogue
Mark Hughes has sent me an updated version of his catalogue supplement, this contains a couple of new model detailing parts:

Tilling-Stevens radiator, C1950 White metal casting £1.50 plus postage
Foden bumper with or without number plate. Etched nickel silver £1.20 plus postage.

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View March 2019 catalogue supplement to the last full catalogue issued in August 2015 that contains the full lists of kits & detailing parts.

Sunday 3 March
Low Cost Replica Dinky Toys Model Buses
Wholesaler John Ayrey Diecasts has secured a limited quantity of the Replica Dinky Toys models that have previously been produced for the for the Atlas Edition Partworks.
The Yardley Wood Bus Club will be offering some of these models, among the range of both French & UK replica models are five model buses from the French range these will be priced £10 each plus P&P,

Below are the bus models, details of how to orders these can be found on YWBC website.
The Yardley Wood Bus Club will also have a selection of other British cars, vans & lorries from this range.

The full list of all the models secured by John Ayrey can be found HERE along with photographs. The majority of theses models are based on items from the French Dinky Toys range.

MAG LE2163911 Renault TN 4 H Autobus Parisien (29D)

MAG LE2576007 Autobus Parisien (29D)

MAG LE2576018 Isobloc Autocar - Green (29E)

MAG LE2576043 Isobloc Autocar - Red/Silver (29E)

MAG LE4677112 Isobloc Autocar - Blue/Silver (29E)
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 February 2019  Model Bus Zone News Index