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March 2017
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Wednesday 22 March
Two Further AsianBus Models For UK
Two further AsianBus models are to be released in the UK.
The latest models are a pair of Agros Bus Scania MCW Metropolitans which were first released in Hong Kong last year. Neither model appears to carry any route or destinations.

CB15 Agros Bus 36 - DK 482 (Silver grey livery) - Scania MCW Metropolitan Double Deck Bus - Expected Mar 17


CB16 Agros Bus 44 - DF4833 (Yellow livery) - Scania MCW Metropolitan Double Deck Bus - Expected Mar 17

Wednesday 22 March
2017 Corgi OOC & Best of British Models New Release Dates
Corgi has once again revised the release dates for the four OOC & two Best of British bus models listed in the latest catalogue.
They have now changed the previous rather vague season to more precise monthly estimate, although as always, these may be subject to further changes.

Information kindly supplied by

Cat No. OM46512A
Vehicle Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 Double Deck Bus
Operator Brighton & Hove {Get Bus(y) livery}
Fleet No. 489
Registration BJ63 UJT
Route 1 Mile Oak
Expected July 2017
Cat No. OM46512B
Vehicle Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 Double Deck Bus
Operator Brighton & Hove {Get Bus(y) livery}
Fleet No. 489
Registration BJ63 UJT
Route 1A Whitehawk
Expected July 2017
Cat No. OM46618A
Vehicle New Routemaster Double Deck Bus
Operator Stagecoach London (Ride with Pride livery)
Fleet No. LT239
Registration LTZ 1239
Route 8 Bow Church
Expected August 2017
Cat No. OM46618B
Vehicle New Routemaster Double Deck Bus
Operator Stagecoach London (Ride with Pride livery)
Fleet No. LT239
Registration LTZ 1239
Route 15 Trafalgar Square
Expected August 2017
Cat No. GS82328
Vehicle AEC Routemaster Double Deck Bus
Operator London Transport
(Best of British range)
Fleet No. --
Registration --
Route 12 Trafalgar Square
Expected May 2017
Cat No. GS89202
Vehicle New Routemaster Double Deck Bus
Operator Transport for London
(Best of British range)
Fleet No. --
Registration --
Route 38 Piccadilly Circus
Expected May 2017

Wednesday 22 March
Confirm Oxford Die-cast Releases
The following PCV models are among the latest batch of Oxford Diecast models released to UK model retailers.

NIRZ005 Plain White - Scania Irizir PB Coach (N scale)


76SHP002 British Rail (GBT 945W) - Leyland Sherpa Minibus (1/76 scale)

Sunday 19 March
London Bus Museum Press Release
I've recieved the following press release from the London Bus Museum at Brooklands regarding their upcoming annual Spring Gathering event.

PRESS RELEASE FOR THE LONDON BUS MUSUEM’S SPRING GATHERING 2017


The London Bus Museum presents the largest collection of working historic London buses in the world. Situated for the past five years on the Brooklands Museum site in Weybridge, the LBM is actually 50 years young and offers much more than a display of old buses for enthusiasts; its aim is to present the unique engineering heritage of the vehicle collection in its historic, social, technological and educational background.

We are an Accredited Museum and are open for viewing seven days a week, providing the opportunity to see our vehicles and artefacts in a light, airy and modern environment.

The majority of our fleet run regularly throughout the year but particularly in evidence on three of our major public events, the next of which is our Spring Gathering held on Sunday 9th April with a sub-title of “Pay As You Board”, highlighting the now universal form of fare collection on public transport in Britain. But the notion of “PAYB” goes back many decades.

Spring Gathering is the London Bus Museum’s biggest event and is for the enthusiast and family alike. For the enthusiasts there will be a large display of visiting buses of all shapes and sizes alongside our own fleet, some of course being “PAYB” as well as four off-site bus excursions on heritage vehicles.

Workshop Tours will show offer greater understanding of the preservation work carried out by our team of volunteer engineers and there will be plenty of staff around to ask questions.

Our curators will also be on hand to answer questions in our exhibition of “PAYB” memorabilia and artefacts based on our extensive archive collection. The Traders’ Market Place however provides an opportunity for the collector to stock up on models, books, DVDs and other bus mementoes.

For the family there are the bus excursions and two free circular service routes to ride, a treasure hunt, children’s activities beside the exhibition, a stilt walker, balloon modeller and even a traditional “Punch and Judy” puppet show.

For the hungry there will be a barbecue, hog roast, coffee stand, ice cream parlour as well as the permanent restaurant.

Entry to our Spring Gathering costs £13.00 for adults, £7.00 for children, £11.00 for seniors and students, £34.00 for families and £2.00 for LBM and BMT members and offers free entry to most of the Brooklands Museum attractions.

We will run two bus services for those attending Spring Gathering. Bus 462 will run regularly between Weybridge Railway Station and Brooklands and bus 110 will link our free “Park and Ride” facility and the museum site.


Further details can be found on the Museum's website: www.londonbusmuseum.com.

The latest news regarding the Jotus London Transport T & TD class models, which are being produced exclusively for the Museum's Shop, is that these are not expected to be ready until March at the earliest. The Museum shop site states that no orders or reservations will be accepted until the models have actually been taken into stock.

Sunday 19 March
Next Oxford Die-cast Releases
The following Oxford Diecast PCV models are expected to be released to model retailers imminently.

NIRZ005 Plain White - Scania Irizir PB Coach (N scale)


76SHP002 British Rail (GBT 945W) - Leyland Sherpa Minibus (1/76 scale)

Friday 17 March & update 19 March
New Models From BUSKITs
Alan Johnson from BUSKITs has sent me details several new double deck kits which will be available later this year.
Pre-orders are being accepted for all the kits below, contact details and a full list of all the other kits currently available can be found on the BUSKITs page.

The BUSKITs Orion project aims to produce a resin kit of almost every version of the MCW Orion which has not been produced in diecast form. Alan has mastered the Edinburgh version for Sunrise Models and Transfers, but the rest of the Orion series should be available from BUSKITs B3 to B7 which will be suitably modified and assembled to the customer's requirements.

Update 19 March
BUSKITs will also produce a new single deck bus kit, this will first be released at the MBF Lancashire Show in July and depict a Weymann Hermes body (kit B2) which was fitted various chassis such as the AEC Reliance & Leyland Tiger Cub.


Image Kit Ref No. Model Availability

Kit B2 Weymann Hermes bodied AEC Reliance, Leyland Tiger Cub or Guy Arab UF? as supplied to the BET 1956-1960
(This kit will be released at the MBF Lancashire Show in July 2017)
Due July 2017
Pre-order Now
£38.00
Kit B3 MCW Orion lowbridge Leyland PD2 as the preserved Fishwick bus Due July 2017
Pre-order Now
£43.00

Kit B4 MCW Orion lowbridge Leyland PD3 as supplied to East Midland and James, Ammanford Due October 2017
Pre-order Now
£43.00
Kit B5 MCW Orion 4 bay Leyland PD2/ AEC Regent as operated by Liverpool and Brighton Corporations Due October 2017
Pre-order Now
£43.00
Kit B6 MCW Orion Leyland PD3 as run by Lancashire United and the Northern General Group Due October 2017
Pre-order Now
£43.00
Kit B7 MCW Orion 30 foot front loader with 4 piece folding doors on Leyland, AEC, Daimler or Guy chassis
Note: this will be available with sliding doors AND as a Ribble vehicle
Due October 2017
Pre-order Now
£43.00
Kit B8 Roe 27 foot lowbridge Leyland PD2, AEC Regent or Guy Arab as run by West Riding, Burrows and County Motors Due October 2017
Pre-order Now
£43.00
Kit B9 Massey 30 foot lowbridge Leyland PD3/Guy as Southend, Moore Bros. and the famous preserved PAX 466F Due October 2017
Pre-order Now
£43.00
Kit B10 Weymann 'Aurora' 4 bay 27 foot Leyland/Daimler/AEC as supplied to Rochdale, Sheffield, Southport etc Due October 2017
Pre-order Now
£43.00

Wednesday 15 March
New Dennis Dart Northern Counties Paladin Model
Rick Lee from Bus By Bono Ltd has contacted me with details of the first British Bus Model for the range.
This first model, due in May, will depict a Dennis Dart in First Bus "Barbie" livery (Full details below.)


Click images to enlarge

The models can now be pre-ordered via the www.busbybono.com site. You can also find further details about the this and other models in the Bus by Bono range on their Facebook Page: https://m.facebook.com/Busbybono/.

Rick says he's received a lot of positive feedback since posting photographs Facebook.
Cat No.100102
Vehicle Dennis Dart Northern Counties Paladin
Operator First Eastern Counties Buses Ltd
Fleet No. 40256
Registration N624 CDB
Route 70A IPSWICH
Material ABS
Packaging Dimensions 210mm (L) x 72mm (D) x 83mm (H)
Price H$450 (approximately £47)
Release Date 22/05/2017

Wednesday 15 March
New EFE Model Packaging
Bachmann had some examples of the new packaging which they are working on for future EFE model releases on show at the Victotia Coach Station 85th Anniversary event last weekend.
The EFE logo has also been modified to reflect the Bachmann association.
. Barry Sullivan has kindly supplied the photograph below showing the new designs and tells me that two model release sheets bearing this new design were available. One shows the Bachmann/EFE stockists specials while the other shows the sevens models that have been announced so far for 2017.


Bachmann have also announced details regarding the future of the former EFE Collectors Club, details can be found in the news item below along with the new EFE logo.

Wednesday 15 March
Bachmann / EFE Collectors Club Press Release
Bachmann have sent me the following Press release regarding the future of the former EFE Collectors Club.

    

Former EFE Collectors Club

At the 85th Anniversary to celebrate the opening of Victoria Coach Station on 10th March 1932, EFE attended its first event since being acquired by Bachmann Europe Plc last October.

The opportunity was taken to incorporate the former EFE Collectors Association into the Bachmann equivalent. The Bachmann Collectors Club has been serving railway modellers since 1997 and now caters for EFE collectors too.

Each issue of the 64 page Bachmann Times magazine, which is published quarterly, will include details of forthcoming EFE models on its road works page.

Bachmann Collectors Club Manager Richard Proudman said “unfortunately when we took over EFE, we did not gain access to the database of EFE subscribers so we were unable to contact them. To thank EFE subscribers for their loyalty to the brand, members can join the Bachmann Collectors Club for a £9 discount on sending in their old EFE membership card in exchange for a new Bachmann one”.

Membership of the Bachmann Collectors Club normally costs £29 but EFE subscribers can enjoy a special introductory discount, making membership just £20 on receipt of an EFE membership card. In addition to receiving four issues of Bachmann Times, they will receive a calendar in December, a personalised membership card, the annual club badge and the chance to take part in the Members Day which is held at a heritage railway. On joining the BCC, former EFE subscribers will be able to choose a free gift from a selection of twelve EFE models.

Richard continued “we have already attracted a number of former EFE club members into the Bachmann Collectors Club and we look forward to welcoming many more through this exciting offer. In addition, new EFE collectors can join the Bachmann Collectors Club for the standard fee of £29 and can also claim a free EFE model upon application”.

To join the Bachmann Collectors Club former EFE subscribers should contact the club office on 01455 841756 or download the application form via www.bachmann-collectorsclub.co.uk/membership. To take advantage of the introductory offer it will be necessary for EFE membership cards to be sent with your membership application.

At present we do not have the facility for online applications to the Bachmann Collectors Club as an EFE member. This offer is currently only available to UK applicants.


The free model mentioned above can be chosen from a selection of 12, these are illustrated on the back of the EFE members application form which be downloaded by following the link above.

Monday 13 March
Confirmed EFE Release
Bachmann Europe have now released the following EFE model to UK retailers.


31515 London Transport (RM177 / route 177 to Abbey Wood) - AEC RM Class Routemaster Bus


Friday 10 March
Latest Atlas Editions Release
The latest model in the Atlas Editions Classic Coaches Collection is another 1/72 scale bus!
The model is identical to one released previously in other parts of Europe by the company.

4642 120 SNCV, Belguim - Brossel A80 Jonckheere Bus

Friday 10 March & Updated 14 March
Northcord Models Announce New Tooling
The following press release has been issued by the Northcord Model Company.

NEW CASTING

UKBUS6500 ADL Enviro400 MMC / Enviro400H City

Northcord Model Company is now pleased to announce that the company has successfully concluded its year-long negotiations with Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and has been authorised to model the brand new Enviro400 MMC and Enviro400H City.

Northcord Model Company, commonly abbreviated to “Northcord” (representing parent company Northcord International Limited), arose from Creative Master Northcord Limited (CMNL) which was a joint venture company between Creative Master Limited and Northcord International Limited. Since CMNL ceased the business in January 2012, Northcord Model Company picked up the bus model-making business and owns all of the castings that CMNL developed since 2000.

Creative Master Northcord Limited (CMNL) had developed ADL Enviro400 models (UKBUS6000 series) since August 2006. Since then more than 50,000 units of UKBUS6000 bus models have been produced. All UKBUS6000 series models have gained excellent success and reputation worldwide, and especially in both the Hong Kong and UK markets.

The first production model of the brand new casting will be available in the United Kingdom by the end of the fourth quarter in 2017. As the Enviro400 MMC bus is developed from the former Enviro400 series, Northcord Model Company will put the new products into a new series categorised UKBUS6500 et seq, as a continuation from the current UKBUS6000 model range. The collectors will therefore recognise these models as the follow up version within the ADL Enviro400 double deck bus range.

The newly developed comprehensive casting will include the following versions of Britain’s best-selling double-deck buses:

1. 10.3 metre 1 & 2 door Enviro400 MMC and Enviro400H MMC
2. 10.3 metre 1 & 2 door Enviro400 City and Enviro400H City
3. 10.9 metre 1 door Enviro400 MMC

Northcord Model Company will make an announcement in detail about planned liveries and model dimensions nearer to its launch date.

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

Information kindly supplied by


Thursday 9 March
EFE to attend Victoria Coach Station Event
Bachmann Roadshow will have an EFE stand at Victoria Coach Station during the 85th Anniversary Festival which runs from the 10th to 12th March.

The event will see a different selection of coaches from the past and present on display within the coach station on each of the three days. There will also be an exhibition of artefacts and presentations on the history of coach travel in Britain.

Further Details can be found at The Thames Valley & Great Western Omnibus Trust site.

Tuesday 7 March
T i N Y Model Kits Update
T I N Y have announced some new kits which they plan to release later this year. Details of the other kits already planned for this year can be found on the T i N Y page in the kits section along with contact details.

Production quantities of all the kits will be based on expected demand, so it's highly recommended that you place a no obligation reservation on any kits that may be of interest.

You can also keep up to date with all the latest developments in the range via the T i N Y Facebook page.

Image Kit Ref No. Model Availability
TK37S NEW – 1955 Park Royal single deck - Southdown version Mid 2017
Reserve now
TK43B NEW - 1955-60 Alexander 'curved waist' B45F 2017
Reserve now
TK43C NEW - 1955-60 Alexander 'curved waist' C41F 2017
Reserve now
TK43D NEW - 1955-60 Alexander 'curved waist DP41F 2017
Reserve now
TK43M NEW - 1960 Alexander 'curved waist' C30Ft 'Western' 2017
Reserve now
TK43R NEW - 1955 Alexander 'curved waist' B44F 'Western' 2017
Reserve now
TK43U NEW - Alexander 'curved waist ' DP41F Ulsterbus with Additional etched parts 2017
Reserve now
TK53 NEW – Seddon Pennine 236 Midibus Mid 2017
Reserve now
TK62A NEW – AEC RTV Orion lowbridge with open enclosed platform options 2017
Reserve now

Friday 3 March
2017 Corgi OOC & Best of British Models Delayed
The expected release dates for the four OOC models and pair of Best of British buses included in the current 2017 Jan-June catalogue have been pushed back according to the Corgi website.
The Best of British models & the Ride with Pride OOC New Routemasters had been expected in April, while the Brighton & Hove Wright Gemini Eclipse II models had been down for a June release.
Cat No. OM46512A
Vehicle Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 Double Deck Bus
Operator Brighton & Hove {Get Bus(y) livery}
Fleet No. 489
Registration BJ63 UJT
Route 1 Mile Oak
Expected Autumn 2017
Cat No. OM46512B
Vehicle Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 Double Deck Bus
Operator Brighton & Hove {Get Bus(y) livery}
Fleet No. 489
Registration BJ63 UJT
Route 1A Whitehawk
Expected Autumn 2017
Cat No. OM46618A
Vehicle New Routemaster Double Deck Bus
Operator Stagecoach London (Ride with Pride livery)
Fleet No. LT239
Registration LTZ 1239
Route 8 Bow Church
Expected Summer 2017
Cat No. OM46618B
Vehicle New Routemaster Double Deck Bus
Operator Stagecoach London (Ride with Pride livery)
Fleet No. LT239
Registration LTZ 1239
Route 15 Trafalgar Square
Expected Summer 2017
Cat No. GS82328
Vehicle AEC Routemaster Double Deck Bus
Operator London Transport
(Best of British range)
Fleet No. --
Registration --
Route 12 Trafalgar Square
Expected Summer 2017
Cat No. GS89202
Vehicle New Routemaster Double Deck Bus
Operator Transport for London
(Best of British range)
Fleet No. --
Registration --
Route 38 Piccadilly Circus
Expected Summer 2017

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