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June 2017
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Thursday 22 June
Latest Atlas Classic Coaches Collection Model
Model number twenty four in the Atlas Edition's Classic Coaches Collection has now been released to in the UK. The 1/72nd scale model is identical to one released previously in other parts of Europe.


4642 124 VEB Kraftverkehr Eberswalde, Czechoslovakia - Skoda 706 RTO Coach

Thursday 22 June
Corgi July-December 2017 Catalogue
The new 2nd half 2017 Corgi catalogue will be officially launched this morning at 10am on the Corgi.co.uk site. However details of the contents have already been published on the John Ayrey Diecast website.

In terms of bus models there are just two new OOC models, and one of these is a very similar version of the Harry Potter Bus released last year.

There are two other bus models in the general toy range, one is a Paddington Bear New Routemaster while the other see's the original Routemaster model issued in special livery to mark the 70th Anniversary of HM Queen Elizabeth II & HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

OOC Range


OM46513 Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Shuttle Bus (Mullany's Buses - BD12 TFX / Warner Bros. Studio) - Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 Bus (Second Version) - Due Oct 17


OM46619A Go Ahead London General (General cream & red livery /LT50 - 88 Camden Town) - New Routemaster Bus - Due Aug 17
OM46619B Go Ahead London General (General cream & red livery /LT50 - 88 Clapham Common) - New Routemaster Bus - Due Aug 17

Corgi Toy Range

CC82327 70th Anniversary of HM Queen Elizabeth II & HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh - AEC Routemaster Bus - Due Jul 17


CC89203 Paddington Bear Bus - New Routemaster Bus - Due Oct 17

Saturday 17 June
Next Oxford Omnibus Range Releases
The following 1/76 scale Oxford Die-cast Omnibus range models are expected to be released next week. (week commencing 19/06/2017)
They will include the first issue of the new Beadle Integral coach.


76BI001 East Kent - Beadle Integral Coach


76TR014 Southdown - Mobile Booking Office Trailer


76WFA006 Birch Bros - AEC Reliance Weymann Fanfare Coach

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Saturday 17 June
New Garage Card Kit Announced by Kingsway Models
Kingsway Models have just announced a new card kit of Southdown's former Uckfield Depot and Bus Station.

The compact model of the former Sussex establishment measures about ten inches square and provides a depot with posable doors and removable roof, it also features the attached bus station and shelter.
The model is supplied with alternative signage so it can be used for other operators.


click image above to view flyer

The kit costs 16 inclusive of UK postage and can be ordered directly from Kingsway Models via their online store.

Thursday 15 June
Confirmed EFE Model Release
The following EFE model has now been released by Bachmann and should be availble for appointed retailers shortly.


23406 British Railways 5871 BO M (423 PRO) - Bedford TK 2 Axle Flatbed Lorry (with canvas cover load)

Monday 12 June
Sunstar Re-issue Two Routemaster Models
Sunstar has just re-issued two of the earlier 1/24th scale Routemaster models. It appears that these new models make up the remainder of the original stated limited edition quantities, rather than being additional models.


H2912 Greenline RMC1469 (469 CLT) on route 715 Guildford - AEC RMC Class Routemaster Coach - Cert No. 2413-2750


H2913 London Transport RM21 (VLT 21) on route 65 Chessington Zoo [The GLC Years] - AEC RM Class Routemaster Bus - Cert No. 1513-1999

Two new Routemaster models are also believed to be planned for later this year. All that is known at present is that H2930 & H2931 will be based on the original Routemaster and have a RRP of £260.99.

Sunday 11 June
Nat Express Spec ADL Enviro 400 MMC Kit
Citibus models have just received the production versions of the main body shell for their forthcoming National Express Group specification ADL Enviro 400 MMC double deck bus kit. The remaining parts for the resin kit are expected to be ready within the next couple weeks.

Pre-orders are now being accepted for the kit which will retail for £40.00 plus P&P (UK £3.50 / For overseas rates please contact Citibus)

Kit: COM003 ADL Enviro 400MMC Double Deck Bus (National Express Group Spec)

For further details please visit the Citibus Models Facebook page.
Details of the other current kits in the Citibus Models kits range can be found in the kits section.

Tuesday 06 June
Little Bus Company Kits Update
LBC have published photographs of three model master's of forthcoming kits. They have also announced a further model that will be re-issued.
Pre-orders are being accepted for all the models below which are expected to be available Winter 2017.
Contact details can be found on the Little Bus Company Kits Page

Firstly here's the master for a new kit.

ROE 12 - Leyland PD2/12 Roe D/D Coach - East Yorkshire 1952

A newly announced re-issue

ALEX M - Bristol REMH Alexander Motorway Coach 1969

Masters for previously announced re-issues.

BURL 1 - Leyland TS 7 Burlingham Half cab bus 1948
BURL 3 - AEC Regal Burlingham Half cab bus 1948


BURL 2 Leyland TS 7 Burlingham Half coach 1940

Sunday 04 June
London Bus Museum's Summer Event
PRESS RELEASE FROM THE LONDON BUS MUSEUM

The London Bus Museum is situated on the Brooklands Museum in Weybridge, Surrey. The Museum presents the largest collection of working historic London buses in the world, from horse drawn omnibuses to vehicles still in service. 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.

Our aim is to present the unique engineering heritage of the vehicle collection in its historic, social, technological and educational background. The majority of our fleet run regularly throughout the year, indeed some are hired for film and television work, but are particularly on show at our three major public events, the next of which is our Summer Event entitled "London Buses Summer" to be held on Sunday 25th June.

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Click image to view event flyer

Amongst the attractions on the day will be a display of visiting vehicles, two heritage bus excursions of about ninety minutes and a free circular bus service linking Weybridge Rail Station with Brooklands. We also welcome back our very popular Horse Bus rides.

The Traders' Market Place will offer a chance to peruse and purchase bus memorabilia of all shapes and sizes, perhaps from bus stop signs to postcards or models to ticket machines.

For children of all ages there will be "Punch & Judy" puppet shows, a stilt walker and a balloon modeller.

For those feeling hungry there will be an BBQ and Ice Cream Parlour to satisfy their needs.

Travel to the London Bus Museum is easy. There is ample free car parking which is signposted on approach roads and of course the free 462 bus service for visitors arriving by SouthWest Trains.

Admission charges are as follows, Adults 11.00, Children 6.00, Families 30.00 and Senior Citizens and Students 10.00. London Bus Museum members and Brooklands members enter for free. The admission fee also includes entry to most of Brooklands Museum's attractions whilst there is a small charge to enjoy the Concorde experience and 4D theatre.

For further details about the Museum please visit www.londonbusmuseum.com.

End of Press Release

Just a reminder that the two Jotus Resin Specialist models produced exclusively for the Museum's Shop are still available & can be ordered on-line now or purchased, stock permitting, at this event.

TD Class Single Deck Bus- Limited Edition of 250 models

London Transport TD 3
- HGF 961 / Route 212 Muswell Hill Bdy / Depot MH (Muswell Hill)

T Class Single Deck Bus- Limited Edition of 250 models

London Transport T 727
- HGF 817 / Route 223 West Drayton / Depot UX (Uxbridge)


Thursday 01 June & Updated 02 June
New Oxford Omnibus Range Models
Oxford Die-cast will officially announce details of second catalogue of 2017 to the model trade tomorrow.
Taff from Oxford Diecast has been giving members of the < a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/282491821467/" target="_blank">Oxford Diecast Collectors Facebook group a early preview of the all new models tonight.
Here's what's new for the N & 1/76 scale Oxford Omnibus range.

There's a new tooling for the N scale which was announced at the Nuremberg Toy earlier this year. There is no new 1/76 tooling for the range in this catalogue, due to the back log of outstanding releases.

1/76 scale

76BI003 Beadle Integral East Yorkshire - Due Q1/2018


76IR6003 Irizar i6 Coach - The Kings Ferry - Due Q1/2018


76SHP006 Sherpa Minibus - Wynns Haulage - Due Q1/2018


???????? Irizar i6 Coach - England Football Team - Due: see note below
This model will be officially announced in the next catalogue for October 2017 to January 2018

N Scale

NNR005 New Routemaster - Propercorn (pink livery) - Due Q1/2018


NSEA001 Burlingham Seagull Wallace Arnold (New Tooling) - Due Q4/2017

A full list of all the other models announced in the new catalogue can now be found on the Oxford Diecast website.
A PDF version of the June-September 2017 catalogue is available HERE.

Thursday 01 June
Latest Atlas Classic Coaches Collection Model
Model number twenty three in the Atlas Edition's Classic Coaches Collection has now been released to in the UK. Like most of the recent releases in the collection this is another 1/72nd scale model which is identical to one released previously in other parts of Europe.


4642 123 Senior Luxus, Austria - Krupp Titan 080 Coach

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