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February 2018
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Friday 16 February
New Commissioned Britbus Model Released
I've received the following press release regarding a commissioned Britbus/Irbus model (Ref No.: WD001) which was produced shortly before the model manufacturer went into administration last year.

Dublin Wedding Bus Alexander bodied
Leyland Olympian

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This specially commissioned 1/76th scale bus model is of a Dublin Bus, Leyland Olympian with Alexander R bodywork in the special Wedding bus livery.

This livery has been applied to a small number of Dublin Bus vehicles, used for private hire as well as normal stage carriage duties.

The model is based on RH39 (90 D 1039).

This is the last Olympian model produced by Britbus / Irbus.

This is the final Dublin Bus style of Alexander bodied Olympian produced by Britbus, in 2017. It completes the series of Dublin Bus Olympians, produced by Britbus / Irbus.

This is a limited edition of 504 models.

Price: 70 Euros plus 5.00 Euros, p & p

This model is available exclusively from : Adrian Lemon, payment via paypal:

Thursday 15 February
Atlas Classic Coach Collection Concludes
It seems new releases to the Atlas Classic Coaches Collection partworks have now finished and the model reported last month (See 25 January news item) was indeed the final one.
Unfortunately I've not actually received any written confirmation of this fact, my web based account has since Friday changed from indicating another model was to be dispatched on that date, to now showing the collection as complete. So it appears as with the earlier Great British Buses & European Bus Collections that the total number of models will again be thirty one.

It normally takes about 10-12 days for the models to arrive after the stated dispatch date so there's still a chance a further model may be in transit, but there hasn't been the normal indication of this on my online statement to date.

Twenty five of the first twenty six models were recently released to wholesaler John Ayrey Diecast, and these have been available from various model retailers for considerably less than the 18.99 charged by Atlas Editions themselves. Most of the ten UK related models are still in stock at Ayrey's although many of the other European vehicles appear to sold out quite quickly.
A full list of all thirty one models can be found the Atlas Models Page, the majority are 1/72nd scale with just six UK models based on OOC tooling were 1/76th scale as stated in the Atlas promotions for the collection.

Sunday 04 February
Invicta Model Rail Bexleybus Model
Invicta Model Rail have updated their website and have now confirmed the details of the forthcoming commissioned EFE Model.

The model, ref no. 16609Z, will depict Bexleybus dual door Leyland National Mark I THX 178S (fleet no. 53) on route 269 bound for Bromley North.

As a general guide to what the model will look like, a photograph of the subject vehicle can be found on Flickr.

The model will be exclusive to Invicta Model Rail and limited to 500 pieces, pre-orders are now being accepted for the model which is due to be released later this year.

Further detail can be found on site.

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