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October 2017
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Friday 13 October
Next Oxford Diecast Release
The following Oxford Diecast Omnibus Range model is expected to be released to UK model retailers next week.

1/76 Scale

76SB001 Ribble - Saro Single Deck Bus
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Wednesday 11 October
Another Atlas Editions 1/43 Scale Model For UK
John Ayrey Diecast have imported another 1/43 scale Atlas Editions Partwork bus model into the UK. The model is from a French collection which contains mainly vans used by various trades people and comes attached to a diorama display.
Thanks are extended to John at Diecast Models Direct Ltd for bringing this model to my attention.

MAG HP14 Citroen Type Hz Bus - Excursion Touristique

Monday 9 October
Confirmed Oxford Diecast Releases
The following Oxford Diecast Omnibus Range models have now been released to UK model retailers.

1/76 Scale

76MW6003 Eastern Counties (National white livery - LS804 / 3804 PW on route 499 to Ely) - Bristol MW6G ECW Coach

N Scale

NAEC014 Southdown - AEC Matador Recovery Truck


NSET003 Southdown Bus & Coach Set - (5 Models)
Set contains following models: Weymann Fanfare Coach (NWFL001), Leyland Royal Tiger Coach (NLRT002), Plaxton Panorama Coach (NPP002), Leyland PD3 Queen Mary Bus (NQM001) & Guy Arab Utility Bus (NUT001)
(All models also released as individual items previously bar the Wemann coach which is due to be released in early 2018)

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Thursday 5 October & Updated 6 October
Newly Announced Oxford Omnibus Range Models
These are the latest Oxford Diecast Omnibus range models which feature in the new catalogue for the period October 17 to January 18.
These have been revealed tonight by the Oxford boss Taff via the Oxford Diecast Collectors Facebook group.

Full details of all the other new Oxford Diecast models are expected to be published on the Oxford Diecast website tomorrow. (6th October)

1/43 Scale

43WFA001 South Wales Transport - Weymann Fanfare Coach (Oxford Diecast 25 years Special Box) - Due Q3/2018

1/76 Scale

76COM007 Skyways of London - Commer Commando Coach - Due Q1/2018


76MW6003 Eastern Counties NBC - Bristol MW6G - Release Pending


76OWB013 Belfast Corporation - Bedford OWB Utility Bus - Due Q1/2018


76PAN007 Ribble - Plaxton Panorama Coach - Due Q1/2018


76SB002 Maidstone & District - Saro Bus - Due Q1/2018

N Scale

NWFL001 Southdown - Weymann Fanfare Leyland Coach - Due Q1/2018


NDEF002 Royal Mail Post Bus - Land Rover Defender - Due Q1/2018

Tuesday 3 October
Oriental Model Buses Site Back Online
Graham White's long running Oriental Model Buses site ceased updates at the end on March this year and then went off-line completely during the Summer.

I've noticed over the weekend that the whole site was back on line and what's more, it's been announced tonight that the site is being updated with over 80 new models released since March.

Graham also intends to resume the news service once he's completed the model list updates.

www.orientalmodelbuses.co.uk


Monday 2 October
Dorest Model Buses Is Re-Opening
You may already be aware that the Dorset Model Buses website went off-line suddenly sometime ago and the associated Fleetmaster Authentic Bus Colours paint range have been un-available as a result.

I've been contracted by the owner of the business Robbie, he has informed me that the reason for the disappearance was due to personal health issues. The good news is that the health issues have improved and he has decided to re-open the business which will start accepting new orders again from Monday 16th October.

A holding page is now active at the DMB website: dorsetmodelbuses.co.uk which has full contact details should any previous customers have any outstanding matters that need resolving.

Plans are still in hand to expand the range of Fleetmaster bus colours, but the previously announced new colours will take a little more time to organize.

DMB will be selling a new range of cast resin conversion parts for die-casts, these have been developed by an old friend of Robbie & will form the 'Model Omnibus' and ‘Model Omnibus/converta-bus' ranges. A selection of new waterslide decals for repainted die-casts are also in preparation.
More details of these parts will appear on the DMB website as the items become available, but the first items will offer several conversion options for the EFE Bristol VRT models.

Monday 2 October
Little Bus Company Kits Update
The Little Bus Company has announced nine new kits for the period 2018-20. These are in addition to the large number of previously announced kits.

A full list of all the planned kits can be found on the Little Bus Company kits page along with full contact details.
Pre-orders are being accepted for all the planned kits, and the level of interest will influence the quantity kits produced for each model.

KITS AVAILABLE FROM STOCK AT LBC (01 October 2017)
Image Ref No. Model Availability
1/TD1 London Transport Leyland Tiger PS1 Mann Egerton 1946 In Stock
14T12 London Transport AEC Regal Weymann 1946 In Stock
ATLL Leyland Atlantean Lowbridge 1958 New Release
In Stock
BURL 4 Leyland Leopard Burlingham - Sheffield/Hebble/ YWD/Stevensons 1960 New Release
In Stock
LLR Bristol LL ECW Bus rebody In Stock
NC 50 Leyland TD5 Rebody Northern Counties Southdown 1950 New Release
In Stock

WAY 2 AEC Reliance Harrington/Wayfarer II (re-master) 1954 In Stock

UPCOMING LBC KITS IN EXPECTED RELEASE ORDER
Image Ref No. Model Availability
ROE 12 Leyland PD2/12 Roe D/D Coach `East Yorkshire` 1952 Due 2018
Pre-order
RELL Bristol RELL/ECW Curved Windscreen 1965 Due 2018
Pre-order
BD 59 Bedford Duple Super Vega 1959 Re-Issue Due 2018
Pre-order

BD 61 Bedford Duple Super Vega 1961 Re-Issue Due 2018
Pre-order
ALEX M Bristol REMH Alexander Motorway Coach 1969 Re-Issue Due 2018
Pre-order
LHS2 Bristol LH BUS LCBS (BN class) S Vectis Western National 1973 Due 2018
Pre-order
LHS3 Bristol LHS London Transport (BL BS Class) Guernsey West Yorks 1975 Due 2018
Pre-order
BURL 1 Leyland TS 7 Burlingham Half cab bus 1948 Re-Issue Due 2018
Pre-order
BURL 2 Leyland TS 7 Burlingham Half coach 1940 Re-Issue Due 2018
Pre-order
BURL 3 AEC Regal Burlingham Half cab bus 1948 Re-Issue Due 2018
Pre-order
LS 51R Bristol LS ECW 'Royal Blue' 1951 Due 2018
Pre-order
NEWLY ANNOUNCED LBC KITS
BD66 Bedford VAM141 Duple 'Bella Venture' C45F - 1966 Future Kit
Pre-order
BJ 2 Bedford J21 Caetano Faro C20F - 1975 Future Kit
Pre-order
CPO1 Leyland Comet CPO1 Duple C32F - 1950 Future Kit
Pre-order
DOM4 Duple Dominant IV Express 11m SBG Destination C53F - 1982 Future Kit
Pre-order
FW50 Foden PVR / Whitson C41C - 1950 Future Kit
Pre-order
HAR60 Commer Avenger I Harrington 'Crusader' Southdown - 1960 Future Kit
Pre-order
LHM Bristol LH Marshall Royal Blue Coach 1973 Pre-order
NC63 Daimler Fleetline N.C.M.E. Lowheight Maidstone & District - 1963 Future Kit
Pre-order
PLA4000 Plaxton 4000 Double Deck Coach Ribble. Yorkshire Traction, etc - 1985 Future Kit
Pre-order
WEY63 Weymann 'Castillian' Coach- Pan Windows - Southdown - 1963 Future Kit
Pre-order

Sunday 1 October
Latest Kits Resleases From Buskits
Six new kits are now available from Buskits.
For full details of the other current & planned kits and contact details please see the Buskits page.


Kit B11 10m Duple Dominant Bus (2 leaf doors / Ford or Bedford) - UK delivered price £38.00
Kit B12 10m Duple Dominant Bus (4 leaf doors / Leyland PSU4B) - UK delivered price £38.00


Kit B13 11m Duple Dominant Bus (2 leaf doors Bedford, Ford, AEC, Volvo or Leyland chassis.
              Optional 'Tiger' dash panel and choice of bus or coach seats - UK delivered price £38.00
Kit B14 11m Duple Dominant Bus (4 leaf doors)) with same options as B13 - UK delivered price £38.00


Kit 82 Volvo B5LH hybrid low height decker as supplied to Arriva
            'Wheelchair/buggy bay' as a separate item to make it easier if customers wish to reproduce a dual door version. - UK delivered price £43.00
Kit 83 Volvo B5LH hybrid full height decker ealier version as used in London
            This kit comes with both 'gasket' and 'bonded' glazing options.
            'Wheelchair/buggy bay' as a separate item to make it easier if customers wish to reproduce a dual door version. - UK delivered price £43.00

Sunday 1 October
Unexpected Oxford Diecast Release
Ace Model Buses has informed me that a further previously unannounced 1/76 scale Oxford Omnibus range model will be released shortly along with the N scale models mentioned in my 26 September posting.

1/76 Scale

76MW6003 Eastern Counties (National white livery / route 499 to Ely) - Bristol MW6G ECW Coach
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