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Saturday 13 July
LBRT Release New London Metrobus & Titan Route Transfers
LBRT Transfers' have added more new routes to their range of RT blinds, there are also a couple of new RM/RML route blind packs & three sets of ultimate destinations for RT & RM class vehicles
A further batch of new transfers is expected to arrive towards the end of this month containing a selection of routes for the upcoming new EFE Cravens RT model.



A PDF list of the latest new routes with the destinations supplied is available HERE.

The transfers can be purchased online from www.lbrtransfers.co.uk

Saturday 13 July
Northcord Model Company - Press Release
ADL Enviro400 MMC ukbus 6517 Plain White ckd kit

Northcord Model Company is pleased to announce the release of ukbus 6517, the long awaited 10.5 metre single door casting of this distinctive, modern, double-decker in the United Kingdom, in ckd kit form.

The ukbus 6517 ckd kit includes a plain white 10.5 metre, single door diecast body, plain black frame windows, unpainted ceilings, seating units and seats as well as all hand rails. A fully illustrated set of assembly instructions is included within the ckd kit box to enable the modeller to build up the model in whatever way is desired by each modeller.

NMC understands the difficulty in attaching some very small items, particularly the windscreen wipers which can easily become lost, therefore those items are already attached to the windscreen assembly to avoid such losses. However, because modellers will choose to paint their bodyshell to their own desired scheme in the main, the driver rear-view mirrors have not been pre-attached to the bodyshell by the factory.

The attached photos show the progression as follows : Photo 1 illustrates all parts supplied in the ckd kit laid out on top of the illustrated instructions; Photo 2 highlights the plain white bodyshell with other major components and Photo 3 shows a completed kit that is described in more detail, below.

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The fully-painted model is a completely amateur-built example representing Arriva Northumbria 7541 (YX17 NNO). This model took a total of five days from collection to completion and included all interior and exterior painting, assembly of all parts and final exterior detailing using home-made decals.

In addition to the featured Arriva Sapphire livery on the 10.5m Enviro400 MMC, other Arriva liveries are possible by representing fleets such as Arriva Midlands, Arriva Kent Thameside or Arriva Yorkshire.

Of the other companies that have specified the 10.5m bus, First companies feature largely and across much of Britain with a plethora of colours and livery layouts from which to choose.

Of course, modellers who maintain their own, fictitious, bus fleets will enjoy the flexibility to develop their style from the ground up as they build their own ckd kits.

NMC would welcome seeing photos of modellers’ built kits shared on Social Media.

The ukbus 6517 ckd kit is limited to 1200 pieces worldwide & will be distributed by John Ayrey Die-Casts Limited (UK), Porte Publishing Company (Japan), 80M Bus Model Shop and Concorde Hobby Shop (HK) respectively.


Wednesday 10 July
Confirmed Oxford Omnibus Model Releases
The following Oxford Diecast Omnibus range models have now been released to UK retailers.


43WFA001 South Wales Transport - Weymann Fanfare AEC Coach (1/43rd scale)


76DC002 Grey Cars - Duple Comammander II Coach


76SB004 County Donegal Railways - Saunders Roe Saro Bus

Monday 8 July
Confirmed UK Northcord Model Release
Another version of the Northcord's ADL Enviro 400 MMC model has now been released in the UK.


UK6510 Yellow Buses - ADL Enviro 400 MMC Double Deck Bus
Information kindly supplied by


Wednesday 3 July
Upcoming Oxford Omnibus Model Releases
The upcoming July releases from Oxford Diecast will include the following Omnibus Range models.


43WFA001 South Wales Transport - Weymann Fanfare AEC Coach (1/43rd scale)


76DC002 Grey Cars - Duple Comammander II Coach


76SB004 County Donegal Railways - Saunders Roe Saro Bus

Wednesday 26 June
Latest Kits From Sunrise Models
The latest kit releases from Sunrise Models have proved popular with only a few of each now left in stock.

Contact details & postage rates can be found on the Sunrise Models kits page.

Latest New Kits
Image Ref No. Model Availability & Price (exc Postage)
KIT 12A 1946/51 Northern Counties lowbridge-bodied AEC Regent/Leyland Titan PD2 etc In stock
£40.00 Few left
check availability before ordering
KIT 12B 1946/51 Northern Counties lowbridge-bodied AEC Regent/Leyland Titan PD2 etc with standee windows In stock
£40.00 Few left
check availability before ordering

Tuesday 25 June
Two Coca Cola Routemasters Announced By Corgi
Among a number of newly announced Corgi Coca Cola models are a pair of 1:36 scale toy range AEC Routemasters.


GS82331 Coca Cola Christmas - AEC Routemaster Bus (1:36 scale Toy range - Limited Edition of 1500 models)


GS82332 Coca Cola - AEC Routemaster Bus (1:36 scale Toy range)

Both models are due for release in the fourth quarter of 2019 and each has a RRP of £16.99.

Saturday 15 June
LBRT Release New London Metrobus & Titan Route Transfers
LBRT Transfers' latest new products cover over 130 London Transport routes operated by the MCW Metrobus & Leyland Titan M/T class vehicles.
Each route includes two different front & matching nearside destinations and are designed to fit the Corgi OOC & EFE models.



A PDF list of the new routes with the destinations supplied & vehicles types used is available HERE.

The transfers can be purchased online from www.lbrtransfers.co.uk

Friday 14 June
Further Oxford Omnibus Model Released
Oxford Diecast has added a further Omnibus range model to this months releases.


76MW6005 Thames Valley - Bristol MW6 ECW Coach

Wednesday 12 June
New Commissioned Britbus Model Now Available
Adrian Lemon has commissioned another Britbus/Irbus Dublin Buses Leyland Olympian, the latest model depicts Alexander bodied RH31 (90 D 1031) in an eye catching all over livery for "The Dublin Ghostbus Tour". The 1/76 scale model is a limited edition of 400 pieces and is supplied with a numbered certificate.


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MOLLY2 Dublin Bus (The Dublin Ghostbus Tour livery) - Leyland Olympian Alexander RH Double Deck Bus

Price: 60 Euros (£55) which includes p & p.

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The models will also be available to purchase at the Dublin Model Swapmeet.

Adrian adds that the Britbus/BT tooling is still available and the factory will consider any realistic model commissions.

Wednesday 5 June & Updated 12 June
Oxford Diecast June-September Catalaogue New Models
Oxford have released details of all the new models & liveries that are contained in the latest catalogue covering the period June-September 2019.
The information has been posted to the Oxford Diecast Collectors Facebook Group by Eloise & Taff from Oxford Diecast this evening, below is a summary of the bus & coach related items included among the many announcements across all the various sub ranges & scales.

Update 6 June
The full list of models with photographs or line art has this morning been added to the Oxford Diecast website.

Update 12 June
A digital version of the latest June-October 2019 catalogue is now available to view on the Oxford Diecast website.

Oxford Omnibus
1/76 scale models

76BI005 Thornes of Bubwith - Beadle Integral Coach - Due Q3/2019


76DC003 Neath & Cardiff - Duple Commander II Coach - Due Q3/2019

N scale models

NTRAIL014 Southdown - Mobile Trailer - Due Q3/2019

Other Bus & Coach Related Models
1/76 scale

76TK016 Macbraynes - Bedford TK Box Van - Due Q3/2019 (Oxford Haulage)


Monday 3 June
Sunrise Model & Transfers Update
George Heaney has kindly sent me update on his Sunrise model bus & coach kits range.

Below are the currently available kits, you can find a list of the many proposed future kits along with full contact details on the Sunrise Model & Transfers page.

I've also added a copy of the latest catalogue which lists the full range of 7000 plus waterslide transfers produced by Sunrise.
The PDF document is viewable in any web broswer and can be searched using the browsers in-built CRTL+F function.


Catalogue 13 - January 2019

In Stock Kits
Image Ref No. Model Availability & Price (exc Postage)
KIT 15A 1949 Maudslay Marathon/Croft In stock £36
KIT 17 1937/38 GNR Gardner In stock £38
Few left,
check availability before ordering
KIT 25A 1937 Alexander rear-entrance Leyland Tiger In stock £35
Check availabillity before ordering


KIT 60 MCW Metrorider short version In stock £35
Few left,
check availability before ordering
KIT 70 Alexander ALX200 single-decker In stock £38
KIT 75A 1956/65 Alexander rear-entrance highbridge 27’ In stock £39
Check availability before ordering
KIT 76A Albion Nimbus MR9N / Alexander In stock £34
Few left,
check availability before ordering

KIT 80 Leyland Cheetah LZ2A/Alexander In stock £35
Check availability before ordering

Saturday 1 June
First Photographs Of Forthcoming Sunstar Routemasters
This latest pair of 1/24th scale Sunstar Routemasters appear to be getting closer to release as photographs of the actual models have now appeared.
Hopefully these show pre-production samples as H2941 carries fleet number RM217 instead of RM2217, while H2942 carries fleet number RM6 and registration 650 DYE instead of either RM1650 or VLT 6!

H2941 Arriva London RM2217 / CUV 217C / route 76 Tottenham Garage - AEC RM Class Routemaster


H2942 Arriva London (The Queens Golden Jubilee livery) RM6/ VLT 6 / route 23 Liverpool Street - AEC RM Class Routemaster

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