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December 2017
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Saturday 9 December
New Citibus Models Kit
Citibus Models has just released a resin kit of the Seddon/ Leyland Alexander T Type.
The kit includes separate lower front panels & four types of grilles with paye signs & optional destinations and other parts. These allow a wide range of different combinations to reproduce various variations of the vehicle used by NBC & SBG group operators.

Kit CM004: Seddon/ Leyland Alexander T Type.

The first run of the kit has already sold out, but a second run is now planned & the kits should be available during January.
Pre-orders are being accepted for the second run & these kits are priced £47.00 plus £4.40 UK signed for postage. Overseas shipping is available at cost.

For further details or to pre-order please visit the Citibus Models Facebook page. If you'd prefer to order by phone, contact details can be found HERE.

Friday 8 December
Next Oxford Omnibus Releases
The following Oxford Omnibus range models are expected to be released to UK retailers next week.

N Scale

NSEA001 Wallace Arnold - Burlingham Seagull Coach

1/76 Scale

76IR6002 West Coast Motors - Scania Irzair i6 Coach


76IR6005 Official England National Team Coach (Guideline Coaches) - Scania Irzair i6 Coach
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Wednesday 6 December
New EFE Model Announced
Bachmann has announced the first EFE release for 2018 which is due in January and will be available to buy or pre-order through your normal Bachmann stockists.

The 1950's BET single deck AEC Reliance bus model carries South Yorkshire Transport orange & cream livery and features former Maidstone & District vehicle 336 NKT.
This bus came into the South Yorkshire fleet in 1975 when the Booth & Fisher business was taken over.


The model (EFE Ref No. 24332) carries fleet number 1087 & is depicted on service 256 bound for Killamarsh.

This will be the first issue of this particular model to feature driving mirrors, these are one of a number of enhancements that Bachmann are making to the existing EFE models.

This model feature new driving mirrors

The next EFE release from Bachmann due later this month will be the Leyland Titan 1983 Aldenham Spectacular Set 99938, a limited number of these sets will be available prior to the full release at the Collectors Club Members Day at the Epping Onger Railway this weekend.

The now preserved London General Leyland Titan T66 which features in the set will also be at the event and will be giving club members free trips around the local area.

This EFE item will be the first issued in the new design of packaging for the range.
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Sunday 3 December
Atlas Edition Classic Coaches Collection For UK Retailers
Wholesaler John Ayrey Diecast will shortly be taking stock of virtually all the models released so far in the Altlas Editions Classic Coaches Collection. All ten of the UK related models will be available. The models which come in their original packaging have an RRP of 14.99 and are expected in stock later this month.

The only models missing from the list of the first twenty six models in the collection are a Swiss P.T.T. Saurer L4C (Model 06) & a Henschel 100N Coach (Model 07).
The full list of all the available models can be found HERE.

Models in this collection are still being sent out by Atlas Editions and model number thirty is expected to be released later this month. It's currently not known how many models will be issued in total.

Apart from the ten UK models the rest have been re-issues of models from an earlier European Bus Collection previously available in some parts of mainland Europe.

These are the UK models, note the scale of the collection is 1/72 scale however some of the later UK models are based on Corgi OOC 1/76 scale tooling.


MAG JE01 J.T. Whittle & Sons - Burlingham Seagull Coach (HNT 462 - Blackpool)


MAG JE02 Wallace Arnold Tours, UK - Bedford VAL Plaxton Panorama I Coach (JUA 320E - Excursion)


MAG JE03 Dewsway Tours (Ron W. Dew) - Bedford OB Duple Vista Coach (CUT 465 - Private)


MAG JE04 The Kings Ferry - Van Hool T9 Coach (R1 KFC)


MAG JE09 Samuel Ledgard - Plaxton Panorama Coach (1/76) (AUM 414C)


MAG JE10 Allander Travel - Bova Futura Coach (/1/76) (7921 AT)


MAG JE11 Excelsior Holidays - Plaxton Excalibur Coach (/1/76) (431 / A7 XEL)


MAG JE12 York Pullman - Van Hool Alizee Coach (/1/76) (B18 KJT)


MAG JE14 Midland Red - BMMO CM5T Coach (/1/76) (4827 / 837 HHA - Coventry Motorway Express)


MAG JE16 Trent Barton Transpeak - Plaxton Premiere Coach (Incorrectly uses Excalibur tooling 1/76) (R62 RAU - Nottingham)

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