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Wednesday 17 January
Hatchette Launch 1/12th Scale Routemaster Model
Hatchette Partworks have just launched a new weekly magazine which includes parts to build a 1/12th scale Routemaster RM class model. This model will be double the size of the Sunstar 1/24th versions and measures in aT 699mm (27.5") long, 203mm (8") wide & 356mm (14") high.


The magazines cost £8.99 per issue although if you subscribe the first two issues are available at the special introductory price £1.99 & £4.99, You will also receive a third free issue. Subscribers will also receive a number of free gifts upon signing up & as the partwork continues. Among these is a replica 1/76th scale Oxford Diecast Routemaster model that comes free with your 9th delivery of four magazines.


There is a slight catch if you do decide to sign up, this partwork is due to run to a whooping 130 issues making the final price of your fully built Routemaster not far short £1,150. If you sign up today your final issue would arrive in mid 2020!

Construction wise, the pre-painted diecast, ABS & photo-etched parts all screw together using small cross head screws. The finished model will depict RM857 (WLT 857) in 1966 on route 11 and carries the correct livery & advertisements for that period. The model also has working lights, bell & a fully detailed engine & interior. Other features include sliding driver door & window vents, opening rear emergency exit window, changeable destination display and adjustable mirrors.


A trial for this model was run by Hatchette a few years ago to test the market, but nothing was issued at that point.

Further details can be found on the www.buildtheroutemaster.com site.

Tuesday 16 January
Latest Oxford Diecast Release
The following model is now being distributed to model retailers by Oxford Diecast.


76SHP006 Wynns - Sherpa Minibus

Monday 15 January & Updated 21 January
Confirmed EFE Model Releases
Bachmann has released the following EFE model to UK model retailers.




16540 Ribble Motor Services (Route 101 to Preston) - MCW bodied Leyland Atlantean Double Dek Bus


99938 1983 Aldenham Open Day Leyland Titan Twin Pack containing Dual Door Leyland Titan models:
        28826 London Regional Transport T66 (General livery Aldenham Dipolmat - route 165 Romford Garage)
        28827 London Regional Transport TE112 (Londonbuses livery - route Express 177 Not in Service)

Update 21st January
All the latest releases have been issued in the new revised blue card packaging featuring both Bachmann & EFE branding.
The box labels now also show the vehicle registration & route details.
Unlike some of the other recently announced EFE models, these don't feature any new enhancements to the original tooling.

Bachmann and some model retailers appear to have sold out of the Titan twin pack before release last week, if you're having trouble obtaining this item, TTC Diecast.com still had stock available at the time of posting the latest update.

Monday 8 January & Updated 9th January
Four New OOC Bus Models Announced
The latest Corgi catalogue for the period January to June 2018 was published today and contains four new OOC models. Each of models is a available with two different destinations.

Once again there is no new tooling for the OOC range and as far as I can see any of the other corgi ranges. In all there are 38 new releases across the entire Corgi range.

Full details of all the new models can be found on the www.corgi.co.uk site.


Prices for the OOC models remain unchanged from the last catalogue with a RRP of £38.99 and all are currently scheduled for release in either May or June.

Update 9th January
Further route & destination information added & some confusion as a result!
There is some uncertainy about the destination that will be applied to model OM46313B, the Corgi website currently indicates it will be "414 Leatherhead", however model wholesalers are indicating it will be "406 Reigate L.T. Garage".
The destinations for OM46515A & OM46515B are also transposed on the Corgi website compared to the release information supplied to the model trade.
Cat No. OM40821A
Vehicle  Bristol Lodekka FS6B Double Deck Bus
Operator  Wilts & Dorset
Fleet No.  646
Registration  684 AAM
Route 38A Bournemouth Limited Stop
Expected May 2018
Cat No. OM40821B
Vehicle Bristol Lodekka FS6B Double Deck Bus
Operator Wilts & Dorset
Fleet No. 646
Registration 684 AAM
Route 38A Salisbury Limited Stop
Expected May 2018
Cat No. OM43917A
Vehicle Guy Arab II Utility Double Deck Bus
Operator Burton Corporation
Fleet No. 34
Registration FA 7978
Route 6 Anglesey Road via Station & Uxbridge St
Expected June 2018
Cat No. OM43917B
Vehicle Guy Arab II Utility Double Deck Bus
Operator Burton Corporation
Fleet No. 34
Registration FA 7978
Route 6 Calais Road via Station & Belvedere Road
Expected June 2018
Cat No. OM46313A
Vehicle AEC RM Class Routemaster Bus
Operator London & Country
Fleet No. 4109
Registration 183 CLT
Route 406 Epsom
Expected May 2018
Cat No. OM46313B
Vehicle AEC RM Class Routemaster Bus
Operator London & Country
Fleet No. 4109
Registration 183 CLT
Route 414 Leatherhead
also reported to be 406 Reigate L.T. Garage
Expected May 2018
Cat No. OM46515A
Vehicle Volvo B9TL Wright Eclipse Gemini 2
Operator Brighton & Hove
Fleet No. 439
Registration BF12 KXS
Route 29 Tunbridge Wells
Expected May 2018
Cat No. OM46515B
Vehicle Volvo B9TL Wright Eclipse Gemini 2
Operator Brighton & Hove
Fleet No. 439
Registration BF12 KXS
Route 21 Brighton Marina & Queens Park
Expected May 2018

Sunday 7 January
Saltire Model Bus Kits Update
Saltire Model Bus Kits have announced plans for two new kits that are scheduled for release during 2018.


Scania N113 CRL East Lancs MaxCI single deck bus - Due Summer 2018 - Reserve Now


Volvo B7L 12m East Lancs Nordic double deck bus (First Glasgow) - Due November 2018 - Reserve Now


A further re-run of the following kit is also planned and reservations are now being accepted.

ADL 200 MMC mini 8.9m single deck bus - Kit re-run - Reserve Now

Finally Saltire Models have decided to cancel their planned ADL Enviro400 kit, this follows the announcement of similar models by other suppliers.

Further details of other kits in the range can be found on the Saltire Models page along with full contact details.

Saturday 6 January
Citibus Models Kit Re-run
Citibus Models have now received further stock of the Alexander T Type kit following a second re-run.

The kits are priced £47.00 plus £4.40 UK P&P and can be ordered using PayPal by phoning Citibus on 01204 845258 during office hours (9am to 5pm).
You can also contract Citibus Models via their Facebook page.


CM004 Seddon/Leyland Alexander T Type as supplied to SBG & NBC - In Stock
This kit includes separate lower front panels & four types of grilles with paye signs, optional destinations and other parts

Pre-orders are also being accepted to two further kits that are being prepared for release later this year.


CM006 Mercedes Benz Mellor Minibus - Pre-order 35.00 plus P&P


CM007 Scania Caetano Levante CT650d 3 Axle Coach - Pre-order 45.00 plus P&P

Further details of other kits in the range can be found on the Citibus Models page along with full contact details.

Friday 5 January
Next Corgi OOC Model Releases
Corgi is expected to release the following bus models to UK retailers next week.


OM46619A Go Ahead London (General Livery/ route 88 Camden Town) - New Routemaster Bus
OM46619B Go Ahead London (General Livery/ route 88 Clapham Common) - New Routemaster Bus


CCS89203 Paddington Bear Bus - New Routemaster Bus (Basic toy range version)

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