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July 2017
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Monday 24 July
More 1/43rd Scale IXO Bus Models Coming To UK
Wholesaler John Ayrey Diecast is importing stock of a number of IXO 1/43rd scale bus model into the UK. The first four models have now been released by IXO and are now reaching UK retailers.
Further photographs of the first four models can be found on the IXO Models site.

Three further models (BUS005-7) have also been announced since I first reported on this range back in May.
Most of these toolings were used originally for similar items issued in a Hatchette partworks magazine. See also my related 3rd May news posting.


BUS001 GMC Scenicruiser Coach, 1956 - Greyhound


BUS002 AEC Regent III RT Bus, 1939 - London Transport RT1790/KYY 628 on Route 294 to Romford Station


BUS003 Saurer L4C Bus, 1959 - Swiss PTT


BUS004 GMC 6000 Schoolbus, 1990 - Chase County


BUS005 Ikarus 66 Inter-city Coach, 1972 - Green & cream (Possibly Mavaut, Hungary like the Atlas Editions 1/76 model reported below (11th July posting)


BUS006 Neoplan NH 22L Skyliner, 1983 - Silver, green & yellow


Model may differ from image
BUS007 General Motors TDH 3714 - Light green & white (Stated livery doesn't match sample photograph?)


BUS008 Mercedes Benz O302-10R Coach 1972 - Blue/White


BUS009 Setra S14 Coach 1966 - Beige/Red


Saturday 22 July
Three New Jotus Resin Specialist Models Released
Jotus has now released the following Resin Specialist branded models to UK model retailers. Each version is limited to 150 pieces.


RS76620 Arriva Kent & Sussex 1501 (JR58 CDZ) / Route 277 Sherwood - Optare Solo M970SR Single Deck Bus


RS76621 Arriva Kent & Sussex 1502 (JR58 CEA) / Route 277 Town Centre and Rail Station - Optare Solo M970SR Single Deck Bus


RS76622 Arriva Kent & Sussex 1503 (JR58 CEF) / Route 402 South Borough Tunbridge Wells Station - Optare Solo M970SR Single Deck Bus

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Thursday 20 July
Confirmed EFE Model Release
Bachmann's latest EFE release has now reached UK model retailers.


15808 East Kent - Leyland Titan PD1 Lowbridge Double Deck Bus
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Monday 17 July
Confirmed Oxford Diecast Omnibus Range Releases
The following models have now been released to UK model retailers.


76WFA006 Greenslades - Weymann Fanfare AEC Coach (1/76 scale)

NNR004CC London United RATP Group (route 10/Coca Cola livery) - New Routemaster Bus (N scale)
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Sunday 16 July
Forward Models Flash Sale
Forward Models are making room for new stock and having a flash sale.
They are offering several different two model combinations of their Birmingham Standard double deck bus models for just £35.00.
You can find the models on the www.my-collection.co.uk site.

Sunday 16 July
Rapido Trains Announce New Look Birmingham Bus Model
The following press release has been received from Rapido Trains Inc. today.



The most detailed 1:76 British bus model EVER.

Rapido Trains Inc. announces revolutionary 1:76 scale Birmingham New Look Bus

Wythall, UK - Award-winning Canadian model train and bus manufacturer Rapido Trains Inc. is delighted to announce its first British bus model, a 1:76 scale representation of the Birmingham City Transport "New Look" Guy Arab IV. The model will include details and features never before seen on a 1:76 model bus.

Rapido Trains Inc. has been producing models for the North American market since 2004. Last year, Rapido exploded onto the British model train market and was voted "manufacturer of the year" in both the Model Rail and British Railway Modelling magazine polls, with its first two model releases winning "model of the year" in their respective categories. Rapido is entirely run by train and bus enthusiasts, and has built its reputation by incorporating more detail than it was previously believed possible in small scale models.

ABOUT THE BIRMINGHAM CITY TRANSPORT "NEW LOOK" BUS

 


With the word "FORWARD" emblazoned beneath its coat of arms, the city of Birmingham has been the industrial and technological hub of the United Kingdom. Reflecting its home at the forefront of industrial development, the adoption of concealed radiators by Birmingham City Transport really made the industry sit up and take notice.

Under development from 1948 and delivered from 1950, the New Look buses gained their nickname from fashion designer Christian Dior's "New Look" dresses of the late 1940s. The Birmingham City Transport New Look had a radical impact on bus development in the 1950s, with variations of the New Look front appearing all over the country in subsequent years.

 

Rapido's Birmingham New Look Bus model is a Guy Arab IV with Metro-Cammell body, one of 200 buses delivered between 1952 and 1954 (JOJ 901-999, LOG 300 and MOF 3-102). These iconic buses featured one-piece body construction, a seating capacity of 55 (30 upper and 25 lower), and a tough Gardner 6LW engine. They were rugged and loud, growling through the streets of Birmingham for an entire generation.

ABOUT THE MODEL

Just as the Birmingham New Look revolutionized bus design, Rapido Trains Inc. presents a radically different approach to British bus models. Our model is based on a 3D scan of the real JOJ 976 in the collection of the Transport Museum, Wythall. This ensures that all of the proportions match precisely to those of the real thing, especially the complex curves of the front and rear domes and the "New Look" bonnet itself.


The 1:76 Birmingham New Look Bus will feature:
  • 100% accurate proportions based on a 3D scan of the real thing
  • Injection-moulded plastic and metal construction
  • All body weld lines, extrusions and rivets accurately rendered
  • Full, multi-coloured interior with no large posts blocking the aisles
  • Separate metal wire handrails and rear platform grab pole
  • Separate etched-metal interior grab poles
  • Steerable front wheels with rubber tyres
  • Flush-fitting windows
  • Accurate, even paint finish that does not obscure the details
  • Several routes/destinations available plus blank destination with transfers included
  • Deluxe versions feature working headlamps and interior lighting
  • Deluxe versions also feature illuminated destination blinds
  • Deluxe versions require a 12V 500 mA DC power supply (not included)
The RRP is 39.95 (standard), 49.95 (deluxe).

Reservations may be placed now with your local model bus stockist or directly from www.RapidoUK.com

Tooling and production progress will be reported regularly on Rapido's web site, Facebook page, YouTube channel and Twitter. Once a final pre-production model has been approved Rapido will announce an order deadline. Reserve by the deadline to guarantee delivery. The models will be delivered to customers in autumn 2018.

Visit the Rapido bus web page.

Jason Shron
President

The brochure below contains further details & a list of the planned models.

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Rapido Trains Inc.
500 Alden Road, Unit 21
Markham, Ontario
L3R 5H5 Canada

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Friday 14 July
Citibus To Produce More ADL Enviro400 MMC Kits
The first run of Citibus Models' ADL Enviro400 MMC kit has now sold out. Citibus are now planning a second run of the kit and are accepting pre-orders.
The resin kits will be £45.00 and are supplied with glazing, white metal wheels and other detailing parts.

For contact details please check out the Citibus Models page.


COM003 ADL Enviro 400MMC National Express Spec coach - Second Run Due 2017 - Pre-order Now £45.00

Friday 14 July
Two New Releases From Buskits
Buskits released two new kits at last weekends Lancashire MBF Event.
Please visit the Buskits page for full contact details.


Kit B2 Weymann Hermes bus with alternative Northern and North Western destination boxes - £38 posted within the UK


Kit B3 MCW lowbridge Orion which comes with a choice of fronts, bonnets and with/without platform doors - £43 each posted within the UK

Thursday 13 July
Commisioned OOC Models Now Available in UK
The Modelstore has acquired stock of the two Scania Irizar PB Coaches originally produced for Brain Collins Enterprises in the Irish Republic last year.


CP46213A
Bus Eireann SP111 (Expressway livery / route X20 Galaway) - Scania Irizar PB Coach


CP46213B
Bus Eireann SP111 (Expressway livery / route 22 Ballina) - Scania Irizar PB Coach

The models are priced 47.99 each and can be pre-ordered online from the modelstore.co.uk site.

Thursday 13 July
The Rapido Bus - 3D Scanning Event
Press release from Rapido Trains Inc.



New 1:76 Bus Model Launch This Weekend

Rapido Trains Inc., Canada's largest manufacturer of model trains and buses, will introduce its first British bus model at a 3D scanning event this Sunday, 16 July, at the Transport Museum, Wythall.

Please join us! All are welcome.

* 3D scanning of full-size historic bus
* Free bus rides on BCT MOF 9 and Trent PD2
* Complimentary hot drinks
* Exclusive merchandise for sale
* Complimentary collectable die-struck metal badges
* Presentation of 3D scan and modelling techniques from the Rapido Trains team
* Miniature train rides
* Normal admission prices
* Rain or shine

Rapido Trains Inc. has been producing models for the North American market since 2004. Last year, Rapido exploded onto the British model train market and was voted "manufacturer of the year" in both the Model Rail and British Railway Modelling magazine polls, with its first two model releases winning "model of the year" in their respective categories.

Rapido's new British bus model is the first to be designed using a 3D scan of a real bus. This ensures all of the contours of the model match the shape of the original bus precisely. The model will also feature steerable front wheels, interior lighting and working headlamps, a first in the UK model bus market.

The 3D scan will take place at the Transport Museum, Wythall on Sunday 16 July between 12:00 noon and 3:00pm. The scan will be performed by Central Scanning, a Bromsgrove-based firm that has specialised in 3D scan and print technologies since 2006.

If you are interested in stocking Rapido's new 1:76 scale model bus, Rapido's UK distributor is Rails of Sheffield, 21-29 Chesterfield Rd, Sheffield S8 0RL
Tel: 0114 2551436 Fax: 0114 2555982

Contacts:

Rapido:
Jason Shron
jshron@rapidotrains.com
+1 416 710 7962
www.rapidotrains.com

Transport Museum, Wythall
Dave Taylor
dave.taylor@wythall.org.uk
07814 514961
www.wythall.org.uk

Rails of Sheffield
Adam Davies
adam@railsofsheffield.com
0114 2551436
www.railsofsheffield.com
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Jason Shron
President

Rapido Trains Inc.
500 Alden Road, Unit 21
Markham, Ontario
L3R 5H5 Canada

Thursday 13 July
Upcoming Oxford Diecast Omnibus Range Releases
The following models are expected to be released to UK model retailers in the next few days


76WFA006 Greenslades - Weymann Fanfare AEC Coach (1/76 scale)

NNR004CC London United RATP Group (route 10/Coca Cola livery) - New Routemaster Bus (N scale)
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Tuesday 11 July
Latest Atlas Classic Coaches Collection Model
Model number twenty Five in the Atlas Edition's Classic Coaches Collection has now been released to in the UK. This is another 1/72nd scale model which is identical to one released previously in other parts of Europe.


4642 125 Mavaut, Hungary - Ikarus 66 Inter-city Coach

Friday 7 July
TiNY Kits Update
An update has been recieved from TiNY kits.
For full contact details and a list of all the current & planned kits, please visit the TiNY page.

Upcoming New Kit

TK53 Seddon Pennine 236 - Due July 2017

The following kits are now sold out
TK52B Bristol SC Bus


TK37S 1955 Park Royal single-deck 'Southdown'- First run sold out - Reserve now for possible second run
A second run of TK37S is possible should there be sufficient demand and reservations are being accepted with this in mind.

Prosposed kits cancelled or transfered to other kit suppliers
TK22 1954 Hermes type 'B' Bus - Cancelled
TK31 East Yorkshire 'Yellow Peril' double deck coach - Cancelled - To be available from LBC as kit ROE 12 - Please order direct from LBC.
TK43U Alexander 'curved waist' DP41F Ulsterbus - Kit transferred to Jim Poots kits - please contact direct on jimpoots@googlemail.com.

Friday 7 July
Confirmed Corgi OOC Releases
Corgi has released the following OOC range models to UK model retailers.


OM46512A Brighton & Hove (Get Bus(y) livery/route 1 Mile Oak) - Wright Eclipse Gemini II Double Deck Bus
OM46512B Brighton & Hove (Get Bus(y) livery/route 1A Whitehawk) - Wright Eclipse Gemini II Double Deck Bus
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Thursday 6 July
Confirmed EFE Release
The following EFE model has now been released to UK model retailers by Bachmann.


36007 Barton Transport - Leyland RTL Class Double Deck Bus

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