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Monday 11 January
Northcord Models Press Release: UKBUS6520
Northcord Models has published the following press release today.

NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY - PRESS RELEASE
ADL Enviro400 MMC
ukbus 6520 Stagecoach South – 700 coastliner

Following the significant success in launching the brand new casting of the Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC model in the liveries of National Express West Midlands, Stagecoach in Oxfordshire, Bluestar, Stagecoach West Scotland, Southern Vectis, Stagecoach South, Ensign Bus and Xplore Dundee, Northcord Model Company is now releasing the eleventh livery on the 10.9 metre long, single-door casting – ukbus 6520 in the livery of Stagecoach South with full branding for route 700 coastliner.

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ukbus 6520 represents fleet number 10942 (SN18 KNF) that has 10.9 metre, single door bodywork and was new to Stagecoach South in 2018. 10942 carries a full, branded livery for route 700 coastliner, showing the destination to Brighton. The special, comprehensive livery and branding are 100% reproduced onto the ukbus 6520 model. The stand-out features of the branding are : “free WiFi, USB charging” and the full route map with the name of every main stop “Portsmouth, Hilsea, Havant, Emsworth, Chichester, Wick, Bognor Regis, Littlehampton. Worthing, Shoreham, Hove, Brighton”, “frequent connections along the south coast” on both sides; “up to every 10 mins” and “700 coastliner” on all sides, except the front; “Great value travel between Littlehampton, Worthing & Brighton” and “only £23 a week 7 day megarider gold ticket” on the rear.

The Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC ukbus 6520 is a one-piece casting whose clean lines accentuate the square, gasket-mounted windows and the livery application on which all logos and lettering are clearly legible. Another main feature on the ukbus 6520 model is its single tree protector at the front. The front dome on the model is significant, with curved windscreens on both upper deck and lower deck.

Northcord Model Company is also creating new design standards within the interior of both saloons. These features, inside the compartments, will represent the real, outstanding layout of the Enviro400 MMC, such as the extensive portrayal of handrails on upper deck and lower deck, etc.

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The brand new 10.9 metre Enviro400 MMC bus models will be distributed by John Ayrey Die-Casts Limited (UK), Porte Publishing Company (Japan), 80M Bus Model Shop and Concorde Hobby Shop (HK) respectively. The UKBUS6520 model is limited to 1008 pieces worldwide.

Northcord Model Company (NMC)------The World’s Miniature Bus Co.

Thursday 7 January & Updated 9 January
New Corgi 2021 Catalogue OOC Bus Models
Corgi has published details of the models planned for release during 2021.


2021 Corgi Catalogue


Tuesday's reveal of the 2021 Hornby Railway & Scalextric ranges caused all of Hornby's websites including the Corgi one to fail for many hours due to the overwhelming demand. Similar problems have affected the sites again today since early afternoon.

Once again sadly, there is no new OOC tooling for the range.
Although there are more releases this year with 20 products, the majority are New Routemasters in London liveries.
Indeed the only non London related items are a Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 in the same Royal Fusillers 50th Anniversary livery as that included in 2019 twin pack, these have different route & destinations to the original version. There are also two Blackpool trams in Coca Cola all over liveries.

The Go Ahead London New Routemaster from the Fusillers twin pack will also be released as an individual item with a choice of two different destinations. Likewise there's second versions of the Coca Cola & The Kraken New Routemasters with a different routes &/or destinations. The Kraken ones will come with special card packaging.

The Corgi Toys New Routemaster will also be produced in a special NHS Charities livery. No new Beatles Routemasters have been announced.

If you're not a London or New Routemaster fan, this offering is going to be rather disappointing particularly when you consider all the OOC tooling that's available.
London collectors are certainly going to need very deep pockets!

Corgi has posted a range reveal video on the Youtube Corgi Channel, the bus section starts at 10:55 and mentions there are more liveries to be announced.
If you're having trouble accessing the Corgi site, a list of all the bus models is available at TTC Diecast.com while the other ranges, such as aircraft & Vanguards etc can be viewed on Hattons Model Railway site.

Update 8 January: Incorrect low RRPs initially posted on Corgi site revised to £38.99 for Coca Cola trams, Only Fools & Horses NBfL & Arriva London Wright Gemini 2. Some typos corrected.

Update 9 January: Model pages added to this site & viewable via product code links below. Some model details still need confirming where model descriptions published by Corgi don't match the models shown in the sample model photographs.
Models OM46517A/B & OM46631A/B were been included on the list of 2021 models sent to model retailers/wholesalers, however at the time of posting this update they were still not listed on Corgi's own website.

This is the full list of the 20 bus related items:


CC43515 Blackpool Balloon Tram - Coca Cola / open happiness - Due Summer 21 - RRP £38.99


CC44013 Blackpool Brush Railcoach - Coca Cola / Coke Side of Life - Due Summer 21 - RRP £38.99


CC89204 New Routermaster Bus - NHS Charities Together (Corgi Toys version) - Due Summer 21 - RRP £19.99


OM46517A Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 - Go Ahead North East {6117 / Route X10 Newcastle} Royal Fusilliers 50th Anniversary allover livery (same livery as previous twin pack model with different destination) - Due t.b.a. 21 - RRP £38.99


OM46517B Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 - Go Ahead North East {6117 / Route X10 Middlesbrough} Royal Fusilliers 50th Anniversary allover livery (same livery as previous twin pack model with different destination) - Due t.b.a. 21 - RRP £38.99


OM46518A Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 - Arriva London DW512 Route 466 Caterham-on-the-Hill / Evita & The Army Ad's - Due Autumn 21 - RRP £38.99


OM46518B Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 - Arriva London DW512 Route 466 Addington Village / Evita & The Army Ad's - Due Autumn 21 - RRP £38.99

OM46625A New Routermaster Bus - Stagecoach London, {LT406, Route N8 Tottenham Court Road} Supporting World Environment Day allover livery (OOC version) - Due Spring 21 - RRP £38.99


OM46625B New Routermaster Bus - Stagecoach London, {LT406, Route N8 Hainult} Supporting World Environment Day allover livery (OOC version) - Due Spring 21 - RRP £38.99


OM46627A New Routermaster Bus - Go Ahead London, {LT394, Route 15 Blackwall} Royal Fusilliers 50th Anniversary allover livery (same livery as previous twin pack model with different destination) - Due Summer 21 - RRP £38.99


OM46627B New Routermaster Bus - Go Ahead London, {LT394, Route 15 Stepney Arbour Square} Royal Fusilliers 50th Anniversary allover livery (same livery as previous twin pack model with different destination) - Due Summer 21 - RRP £38.99


OM46629 New Routermaster Bus - London United, {LT148, Route 10 Hammersmith} Coca Cola open happiness allover livery (OOC version - a variation on OM46623 with different destination) - Due Spring 21 - RRP £38.99


OM46631A New Routermaster Bus - Arriva London {LT980? Route 59 Euston} Seedlip allover livery (OOC version) - Due Spring 21 - RRP £38.99


OM46631B New Routermaster Bus - Arriva London {LT980? Route 59 Streatham Hill} Seedlip allover livery (OOC version) - Due Spring 21 - RRP £38.99


OM46632A New Routermaster Bus - Arriva London {LT230 Route 38 Hackney Central} Sehba Basras Our Hillingdon allover livery (OOC version) - Due Spring 21 - RRP £38.99


OM46632B New Routermaster Bus - Arriva London {LT230 Route 38 Victoria} Sehba Basras Our Hillingdon allover livery (OOC version) - Due Spring 21 - RRP £38.99


OM46633A New Routermaster Bus - Stagecoach London {LT372 Route ? 73 Victoria ?} Only Fools & Horses The Musical Ad's (OOC version) - Due Summer 21 - RRP £38.99
(Note: Model picture shows 55 Walthamstow Central & doesn't match Corgi product description which states route 73.)


OM46633B New Routermaster Bus - Stagecoach London {LT372 Route ? 73 Stoke Newington ?} Only Fools & Horses The Musical Ad's (OOC version) - Due Summer 21 - RRP £38.99
(Note: Model picture shows 55 Oxford Circus & doesn't match Corgi product description which states route 73.)

OM46638A Arriva London The Kraken Special Edition {LT 716 / Route 59 Euston} (Special Card Sleeve) - New Routemaster - Due Summer 21 - RRP £38.99


OM46638B Arriva London The Kraken Special Edition {LT 716 / Route 59 Streatham Hill} (Special Card Sleeve) - New Routemaster - Due Summer 21 - RRP £38.99


Wednesday 6 January
Metrobus Scania Omnidekka Britbus Models Planned
Omnidekka Models has published an early design cell for a Metrobus Scania Omnidekka that is being planned as a commission from Britbus.
The model is based on YN56FDO, and there will be four versions with the following choice of routes 420, 98, 51 and 291.
Chris Cotton notes he still has some further changes to make to the model design shown below.



A more detailed PDF version of the design cell can be viewed HERE.
More information on this & other proposed models can be found on the omnidekka.com site. The Omnidekka Models range is also now available from www.acemodelbuses.co.uk.


Tuesday 5 January
Corgi Delay Corgi 2021 Catalogue Annoucement
Hornby announced their 2021 Railway range catalogue today and shortly afterwards their website became largely inaccessible, As I post this 7 hours after the launch the site is still experiencing serious access issues, the problems have also affected most of the sites for the other ranges such including Corgi which is likewise giving access errors.
Due to the high site traffic on the Hornby site and resulting issues, Hornby has announced this evening that the planned Corgi 2021 catalogue launch will be delayed by 24 hours and now take place on Thursday 7 January.

Saturday 2 January
Model Bus Federation January Journal Review
The Model Bus Federation's January 2021 issue of the Model Bus Journal has recently been sent out to its members. This is the only publication solely dedicated to model bus news & other related articles in the UK.

To give you an idea of the contents of the Journal I will provide a brief summary of each issue.
If the contents below are of interest, you may wish to consider becoming a member of the MBF, the annual subscription starts at £25.00 with special reduced rates available for younger members aged 14-18.
For further details please visit the https://www.model-bus-federation.org.uk.

Model Bus Journal - Issue 597 January 2021 - 32 pages

  • Editorial
  • Cover Story - The cover model photograph.
  • LT RW Class by Michael Whent - A quick guide to converting an EFE AEC Reliance (243xx) model into a dual door London Transport RW class bus. (cover photo)
  • In Days Gone By by Henry Carke - Some adaptations made to the often overlooked Lledo models.
  • Leopard to Panther Conversion by Martin Hare - A detailed guide to converting a Corgi OOC BET Leyland Leopard (402xx/OM402) model into a Maidstone & District Strachan bodied Leyland Panther.
  • More London Curiosities by John Wood - John explain how he created some of the real and dream models in his London collection.
  • OB Recovery Vehicle by Brian Groombridge - A smart looking mobile workshop & recovery vehicle based a converted Duple Vista Bedford OB coach.
  • Flexicoach: The First Two Years by Stephen Oxbrow & Ryan Birch - Flexicoach is an idea based on the real world business models of Snap, Zeelo & National Express. Smaller operators provide vehicles & staff for services organised & promoted these companies.
    This article explains how the idea has been developed for those with virtual model bus & coach fleets.
  • Ken Johnson's Memorable Models Number 69++, The Ongoing Story - Producing Leicester City Transport's Metro-Cammell & Brush bodied AEC Regent III vehicles using resin 1949 Glasgow AEC Regent III MCCW kits.
  • Another Maguire Postscript - Another Maguire model has been found. 2332 depicts a Walsall Corporation Daimler CRC6-36 with Northern Counties dual door, twin staircase bodywork.
  • Flexicoach Postscript - Article update: Eldorado has joined the Flexicoach network.
  • Over To You - Roger de Boer recalls his memories of the rather rare Duple Roadmaster coach.
  • Plan of the Month by Brian Minter - 1937 Leyland TS7D / Duple B43C, City Coach Co
  • Area News - Reports from the latest virtual online area meetings in South Wales & Herefordshire, North Midlands & Yorkshire
  • Welcome Aboard - Welcome to new & returning members.
  • Jones of Taunton by Ken Jones - Jones of Taunton's latest N gauge coach.
  • MBF Shop 1 - The MBF Streetscene, Little Bus Company & Paragon range of whitemetal/resin parts & accessories, plus the MBF Streetscene 2K resin model kits that are exclusively available to MBF members.
  • MBF Shop 2 - The first batch of former ABS whitemetal bus kits have now been added to the MBF Streetscene range & are available exclusively to members.
  • The Back Page - A selection of six shots showing the rarely photographed rear aspect of real vehicles.

Friday 1 January
Happy New Year & Toy Fair News
2020 has been a difficult year, very few could have imagined only 12 months ago the problems that lay before us. I hope you haven't personally been too badly affected by the Covid 19 but I'm sure there are many who have lost friends & family or taken a big financial hits as a result of this awful pandemic, to you I offer my deepest condolences and hope things improve as we travel through 2021.

As we start 2021 the pandemic is still causing major problems around the world with lock downs in many places & the virus rates increasing in others. With vaccines now being rolled out there's hope that things will gradually improve as we head to middle of 2021 and life can start to return to a degree of normality.

The pandemic has also affected our hobby, production of models was delayed by factory closures in China, model shops & Toy Fairs in the UK were forced to close during the lock downs. Club meet ups, bus rallies & other long running events all but ceased.
Many have turned to the internet to hold virtual events over the likes of zoom. There seems to have been a boom in online sales of models as we look to fill our unexpected extra time at home with work on these long planned model projects.

The model bus manufacturers have had mixed fortunes, Corgi & Hornby overall seem to have grown business & kept releases on track. Northcord Models has maintained a steady if slightly slower flow of releases, while Rapido Trains has been busy working on another new bus & further issues of the Birmingham New Look bus for 2021.
Britbus made a welcome reappearance in 2020 and it looks like we'll see more of their products in 2021 as Omnidekka Models & others announce further commissioned items.

Sadly there's was nothing from the once prolific EFE range in 2020. We still await the release of last models announced by Bachmann back in late 2019, a new EFE Rail range was launched in the Autumn with a quickly expanding range of railway locomotives & rolling stock models.
There has alas been little news on progress on the new bus toolings or any further planned diecast road vehicle releases. With the Classix Pocketbond range of OO road vehicles seemly quietly dropped during 2020. I'm hoping that Bachmann has a better future planned for EFE's extensive range of model buses.

Oxford Diecast has scaled back on new announcements with notably less in the way of new bus & coach models, however it does appear to have cleared what was a fairly large back log of releases in recent months. so hopefully we'll see a bigger selection of new bus & coach models during 2021.

I wish you a Happy & Safe New Year, and like to offer a big thank you to everyone who has contributed to the site during 2020.

2021 Toy Fairs
January is usually a busy time as we see manufacturers announce their model programmes for the year ahead, most of the news is traditionally made public during the annual London & Nuremberg Toy Fairs held at the end of the month.
Sadly this year's London event has been canceled all together & the Nuremburg event has now been postponed until the Summer at the earliest. I'm guessing the 2021 announcements will still come, but there'll likely be spread over an extended period this year.
The Hornby Group is kicking things off via their official websites throughout Wednesday 6 January Stop Press: Rescheduled to Thursday 7 January, so hopefully there'll be some new OOC models to report.

Friday 25 December
Omnidekka Models Update
Chris Cotton at Omnidekka Models has sent me an update on his model plans for 2021/2.
An order has been placed with Britbus for the Bluestar Omnidekka and it is due in August 2021.
There will be 400 made, 200 of each with either Southampton or Romsey destinations for route 4. Only 198 will be for general sale and these are priced at £50 for one or £98 for both versions with UK postage included. Pre-orders are now being accepted.
Note the mirrors on the production model will be black and not yellow as shown on the design cell below.


Chris is in the process of preparing a First Bus Optare Solo that it is hoped will be available to pre-order at the end of 2021, this will have 4 routes and will be based on a First Hampshire and Dorset bus, 250 of each route version will be produced.


More information on the planned Resin Specialists Go North East Optare Versa will available in mid 2021.

More information on the above & other proposed models can be found on the omnidekka.com site. The Omnidekka Models range is also now available from http://www.acemodelbuses.co.uk.


Thursday 17 December
Latest 1/43 Scale IXO Bus Releases
Two further 1/43rd scale bus models have been released by IXO and are now available in the UK.

BUS024 Skoda 706 RO White/Brown 1947


BUS026 Ikarus 66 White/Red 1972


Wednesday 16 December
Confirmed UK Release Of Brekina Routemasters
The following models have now been released to UK model retailers.


61100 London Transport RM652 (WLT 652) Route 15 Tower Hill - AEC Routemaster Bus (1/87 scale)

61100 Greenline RMC1432 (482 CLT) Route 721 London Aldgate - AEC Routemaster Bus (1/87 scale)


Monday 14 December
Rapido Trains Model Bus Update
The latest Newsletter from Rapido Trains UK has some updates on the progess of the new West Midlands Leyland Fleetline model's development, a further batch of New Look Birmingham bus releases, plus hints as to what might be Rapido's next UK bus models.

The Fleetline has now reached the engineering prototype stage, the first sample was missing two batten strips on the front and the screw head detail, which have now been added to the tooling.

The model will be offered with 20 different registrations & destinations to choose from and there will be various different styles of the West Midlands liveries applied to the models.
These are the proposed vehicles & routes:

West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive #6311 (KON311P) – 273 DUDLEY – RUSSELLS HALL
West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive #6315 (KON315P) – 7 PERRY COMMON COURT LANE VIA WITTON
West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive #6425 (NOC425R) – 533 WOLVERHAMPTON VIA BUSHBURY
West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive #6373 (KON373P – 130 STOURBRIDGE VIA HALESOWEN
West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive #6507 (SDA507S) – 199 SOLIHULL STATION VIA EXHIBITION CENTRE
West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive #6981 (WDA981T) – 63E SELLY OAK VIA BRISTOL ROAD
West Midlands #6321 (KON321P) – 6 CITY CENTRE VIA STRATFORD ROAD
West Midlands #6325 (KON325P) – 276 DUDLEY VIA DARBY END
West Midlands #6466 (NOC466R) – 23 WOODGATE VIA HARBORNE
West Midlands #6921 (WDA921T) – 74 DUDLEY VIA WEST BROMWICH
West Midlands #6986 (WDA986T) – 36 KERESLEY CITY VIA CITY
West Midlands #6965 (WDA965T) – 7 CITY CENTRE VIA WITTON
West Midlands #6916 (WDA 916T) – 7 HENLEY GREEN
West Midlands #6971 (WDA971T) – 11A OUTER CIRCLE
West Midlands #6909 (WDA909T) – 120 DUDLEY VIA OLDBURY
WM Fleetline #7000 (WDA700T) – 11E PERRY BARR
WM Fleetline #6940 (WDA940T) – 449 BRANDHALL VIA SPON CROFT
West Midlands #6913 (WDA913T) – 115 SUTTON COLDFIELD VIA ERDINGTON AND WALMLEY
West Midlands #6912 (WDA912T) – 11E SELLY OAK
West Midlands #7000 (WDA700T) – 27E WASHWOOD HEATH GARAGE

There's also going to be second run of New Look Birmingham Bus with 11 new versions depicting the following vehicles & routes:

BCT #2975 (JOJ 975) – 1A MOSELEY AND ACOCKS GREEN
BCT #3064 (MOF 64) – 7 PORTLAND ROAD
BCT #2994 (JOJ 994) – 11 OUTER CIRCLE – Deluxe Model
BCT #3034 (MOF 34) – 45 WEST HEATH ALVECHURCH ROAD
BCT #3004 (MOF 4) – 55 SHARD END ESTATE VIA ALUM ROCK
BCT #2901 (JOJ 901) – 62 REDNAL
BCT #3015 (MOF 15) – 66 NS66 PYPE HAYES
BCT #2956 (JOJ 956) – 33 KINGSTANDING VIA SIX WAYS ASTON
WMPTE #3031 (MOF 31) – 22 SELLY OAK VIA WEOLEY CASTLE ESTATE
WMPTE #3082 (MOF 82) – 82 BEARWOOD VIA DUDLEY ROAD
WMPTE #3059 (MOF 59) – 11 OUTER CIRCLE

The 2nd run models will include the Birmingham city coat of arms on the bonnets, this was overlooked on the first run of models.

Both of the Birmingham model are due Spring/Summer 2020 and will have a RRP of £54.95.

Finally the blog also hints that Rapido may be considering the London RT & RF buses as future models.

The full newsletter can be found on the Rapido Trains website.

A full list of all the previous & future releases can be found on the Rapido Trains UK Buses page.

Sunday 13 December
Model Bus Federation December Journal Review
The Model Bus Federation produces a monthly full colour illustrated Model Bus Journal for its members and I believe this is the only such publication solely dedicated to model bus news & other related articles in the UK.

To give you an idea of the contents of the Journal I will provide a brief summary of each issue.
If the contents below are of interest, you may wish to consider becoming a member of the MBF, the annual subscription starts at £25.00 with special reduced rates available for younger members aged 14-18.
For further details please visit the https://www.model-bus-federation.org.uk.

Model Bus Journal - Issue 596 December 2020 - 36 pages

  • Editorial
  • Cover Story - The cover model photograph.
  • MBF Events & Area Meetings - Covid-19's on going negative effects on the MBF's social events & area meetings.
  • Chairman's Christmas Message 2020 by Bob Heathcore - A look back at 2020 & how it affected the MBF.
  • Virtual National Show - With the usual annual National MBF Show and its associated Model Competition unable to go ahead in September due to the pandemic, a virtual alternative was organised, members were invited to submit photographs of models they would have displayed. Over 70 photographs & descriptions are included in this 12 page article.
  • MBF Annual General Meeting Report - A summary of the AGM meeting held over Zoom this year.
  • Welcome Aboard - Welcome to the newest MBF members.
  • Area News - An illustrated update on the latest virtual area meetings in Greater Manchester, South Wales & Herefordshire, the North Midlands & Yorkshire.
  • Product News - News of three new kits due soon from PSG Models.
  • 4mm Scale Orthopedic Surgery By Eric Wain - Buses need passengers and these are important feature that bring any diorama to life. Eric describe how he adds standing figures without the use large blobs of glue, blue-tak or any other unsightly goo.
  • 4mm Scale Orthopedic Surgery Postscript By Dave Jessop - Dave offers a subtle variation on Eric's method.
  • Journal Index 2020 - A detailed index covering the contents of all the 2020 Journals.
  • MBF Shop - The latest MBF model kits and a list of the MBF Streetscene range of whitemetal kits, parts & accessories that are exclusively available to MBF members.
  • The Back Page - A selection of five shots showing the rarely photographed rear aspect of real vehicles and a casting variation found on the Matchbox Lesney Routemaster No 5.

Saturday 12 December & updated 13 December
Brekina Release Their Routemaster Models
German manufacturer Brekina has now released the first versions of its New 1/87 (HO) scale Routemaster models, these are expected to be available in the UK in due course and are being imported by the well known model wholesaler John Ayrey Diecasts.
The first pair of models are as follows, note that both are based on the same RM class model tooling, the RMC model is therefore a somewhat compromised offering & also unfortunately has an incorrect RMC fleet number applied.


61100 London Transport RM652 (WLT 652) Route 15 Tower Hill - AEC Routemaster Bus (1/87 scale)

61100 Greenline RMC1432 (482 CLT) Route 721 London Aldgate - AEC Routemaster Bus (1/87 scale)

The UK RRP for these model is £32.99.
Some photographs of the final production models can be found on the mo87.de Forum

Update; Sunday 13 December
A review of the red RM model by Andreas Kaluzny has been posted on the mo87.com Forum, an English translation can be viewed via Translate The Web site.


Thursday 10 December
Confirmed Corgi Model Releases
The following OOC models have now been released in the UK. Note the A version of the model has already sold out on the Corgi online store, but may still be available from model retailers.


CC40801A Hornby Centenary (Destination Binns Road 20) - Bristol Lodekka FS Double Deck Bus


CC40801B Hornby Centenary (Destination Westwood 20) - Bristol Lodekka FS Double Deck Bus
Information kindly supplied by


Monday 7 December
Upcoming Oxford Omnibus Releases
Oxford Diecast's next batch of model releases for December has been announced & includes the following pair of N scale Oxford Omnibus range models.
The models are expected to reeach UK model retailers later this week.


NMW6003 National (Eastern Counties) - Bristol MW6G ECW Coach (N Scale)


NNR008 East London Transit - New Routemaster Bus (N Scale)


Thursday 3 December
Northcord Models Press Release: UKBUS6521
Northcord models issued the following press release earlier today.

NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY - PRESS RELEASE
ADL Enviro400 MMC
ukbus 6521 Xplore Dundee

Following the significant success in launching the brand new casting of the Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC model in the liveries of National Express West Midlands, Stagecoach in Oxfordshire, Bluestar, Stagecoach West Scotland, Southern Vectis, Stagecoach South and Ensign Bus, Northcord Model Company is now releasing the tenth livery on the 10.9 metre long, single-door casting – ukbus 6521 in the livery of Xplore Dundee with full branding for route 22.

ukbus 6521 represents fleet number 6695 (SK68 MBO) that has 10.9 metre, single door bodywork and was new to Xplore Dundee in 2018. 6521 is one of the 14 new Alexander Dennis Enviro400 SmartHybrids finished to Emerald standard entering service on 2nd December 2018, almost 2 years to the day to the launch of the model version. 6521 has a revised two-tone bright green livery that is a great improvement on the rather dowdy two-tone dark green applied to buses in the Dundee fleet in recent years which was, in turn, a throwback to an earlier colour scheme of Dundee Corporation. These brand-new buses were unveiled to the public at a ceremony in City Square in Dundee on 30th November 2018.

6521 carries a full, branded livery for route 22, showing the destination to Craigowl. The special, comprehensive livery and branding are 100% reproduced onto the ukbus 6521 model. The stand-out features of the branding are : “free WiFi & USB power” on all sides, except offside; “22 up to every 8 mins Mon-Fri daytime” on both sides and rear; “Ninewells Hospital H l city Centre l Hilltown l Downfield I Craigowl” on the nearside and rear.

The Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC ukbus 6521 is a one-piece casting whose clean lines accentuate the square, gasket-mounted windows and the livery application on which all logos and lettering are clearly legible. Another main feature on the ukbus 6521 model is its single tree protector at the front. The front dome on the model is significant, with curved windscreens on both upper deck and lower deck.

Northcord Model Company is also creating new design standards within the interior of both saloons. These features, inside the compartments, will represent the real, outstanding layout of the Enviro400 MMC, such as the extensive portrayal of handrails on upper deck and lower deck, and a screen monitor on the upper deck, etc.

The brand new 10.9 metre Enviro400 MMC bus models will be distributed by John Ayrey Die-Casts Limited (UK), Porte Publishing Company (Japan), 80M Bus Model Shop and Concorde Hobby Shop (HK) respectively. The UKBUS6521 model is limited to 1008 pieces worldwide.

Northcord Model Company (NMC)------The World’s Miniature Bus Co.

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