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January 2014
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Friday 31 January
Another Commissioned EFE Model For Bachmann
Bachmann has announced a new train pack that will include a specially commissioned EFE open top bus model.

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"The Shakespeare Express" gift pack (Ref: 30-525) is based upon the popular heritage steam rail tour that runs between Birmingham and Stratford-upon-Avon via the scenic North Warwickshire line. The EFE model is described as a Stratford-Upon-Avon Tour bus, but there is no indication of the operator or vehicle type at present. The pack will also contain a Hall Class locomotive in Great Western green livery, two umber & cream Pullman cars and a chocolate and cream coach.

Guide Friday operated Bristol VRT open top vehicles in Stratford so that might be a possible candidate for the said EFE model.

The gift pack which doesn't include any track has a RRP of £199.95, it will be interesting to see if EFE also produce as stand alone variant of the model for those not wanting an expensive train & rolling stock!

Friday 31 January
Next Corgi OOC Releases
The following Corgi OOC models are scheduled to be released during the week ending the 22 February.

OM41605A Lancaster City Transport (11 Scotforth) - Crossley DD42 Double Deck Bus
OM41605B Lancaster City Transport (2 Marsh) - Crossley DD42 Double Deck Bus
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Friday 31 January
Next EFE Releases
The following EFE models are expected to be released during the week ending 15 February.

31806 Clydeside Scottish (Quicksilver) - AEC RMA Class Routemaster Bus
36304 Russell of Bathgate - Bedford TK Short Dropside Lorry
38702 Eastern Counties - Alexander Y Type Bus
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Wednesday 29 January
Confirmed New Oxford Models For 2014
Artwork showing the new Oxford Diceast models I reported last week have now been published. The exact difference between the origianal Southdown Leyland Royal Tiger 76LRT002 & the planned 76LRT002A isn't clear at this stage, but could concern the modified beading used on the first issue.

All the models are scheduled for release in the third quarter of 2014.
N Scale

NOWB003 Portsmouth - Bedford OWB Utility Bus

1/76 Scale

76IRZ002 Wilfreda Beehive - Scania Irizar PB


76LRT005 Cumberland - Leyland Royal Tiger


76MJ008 Southdown - Morris J Van


76WFL001 Southdown - Weymann Fanfare

Wednesday 29 January
Confirmed EFE Releases
The following EFE models have now been released.


15717 Pennine Motor Services - Plaxton Panorama Elite Coach
35210 City of Oxford Motor Services - 36' BET Single Deck Bus
36608 Transdev London United (route 423) - Dennis Dart SLF Plaxton Pointer 2 Single Deck Bus

Tuesday 28 January
New Bus for London Model Is A Corgi Direct Exclusive
The pair of London General New Bus for London models with Zoopla adverts announced by Corgi on Boxing Day are now reported to be for the Corgi Direct mail order operation and will not be available from other retail outlets.

OM46610A Go Ahead London General (route 11 Liverpool Street) - New Bus for London
OM46610B Go Ahead London General (route 11 Fulham Broadway) - New Bus for London

The models are expected to be released in April but haven't as yet been added to the Corgi Direct online store.

Corgi have also revised the destinations on the forthcoming pair of National Express West Midlands Wright Eclipse II single deck bus models.

OM46704A will now be 27 Wolverhampton via Gornal Wood instead of 27 Wolverhampton via Goldthorn Park, while OM46704B will be 27 Dudley via Gornal Wood instead of 126E Dudley via Roseville.

Saturday 25 January
New Oxford Models For 2014?
The Model Auto Review site has published a list of future Oxford Diecast models which are expected to be released in the third quarter of 2014.
As yet there has been no official confirmation of the list from Oxford Diecast, although some of the new tooling included was confirmed at the recent London Toy Fair.

The bus & coach related models on the as yet unofficial list:
N Scale
NOWB003 Portsmouth - Bedford OWB Utility Bus

1/76 Scale
76IRZ002 Wilfreda Beehive - Scania Irizar PB
76LRT002A Southdown - Leyland Royal Tiger
76LRT005 Cumberland - Leyland Royal Tiger
76MJ008 Southdown - Morris J Van
76WFL001 Southdown - Weymann Fanfare

Finally one Oxford release that I missed earlier this month:

76CMP003 Royal Blue/Western National - Bedford CMP Lorry

Friday 24 January
Six New EFE Models Announced
The following six new EFE models have been announced and are all scheduled for release in either March or April.

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Cat No. 23324
Vehicle AEC RF Bus
Operator London Transport
Fleet No. RF527
Registration MLL 945
Route 216 Staines via Sunbury
Expected April
Cat No. 24330
Vehicle BET 30 Foot Single Deck Bus
Operator East Yorkshire
Fleet No. 687
Registration 6687 KH
Route Birmingham
Expected April
Cat No. 27628
Vehicle Wright Volvo Renown Single Deck Bus
Operator Blackburn Transport
Fleet No. 208
Registration V208 EBV
Route 18 Feniscowles
Expected April
Cat No. 30713
Vehicle AEC Renown Double Deck Bus
Operator Barton Transport
Fleet No. 1116
Registration 212 JUS
Route 119 Melton Mobray
Expected April
Cat No. 34207
Vehicle AEC Weymann (RLH) Double Deck Bus
Operator Midland General
Fleet No. 424
Registration ONU 631
Route C2 Alfreton
Expected March
Cat No. 36902
Vehicle AEC Regent V Double Deck Bus
Operator East Kent
Fleet No. -
Registration GJG 740D
Route 52 Margate Harbour
Expected March
Courtesy of EFE, a scan of January 2014 Trade Order Form
Trade Release Sheet Issue January 2014 Scan

Friday 24 January
Two Corgi 1/50 Scale Routemasters Announced
Corgi have exhibited pair of 1/50 scale Routemaster models at the London Toy Fair this week as part of a preview of some of the items planned for the second half 2014 catalogue due to be published in March.

The Routemaster models are being produced to tie in with this year's 60th Anniversary of the bus. The first is of RM8 in its as delivered livery featuring special Routemaster advertising and destination displays. The second model depicts RM1737 on route 11 in the 1980's version of the red livery with white between decks band & roundels.

The models appear briefly in a video posted by the Collectors Club of Great Britain which covers some of the other highlights from the this year's trade fair. (The Routemaster models appear towards the end of the video at around the 3:50 mark.)

Thursday 23 January
Confirmed EFE Release
The following commissioned EFE model has now been released in Ireland. The models have been commissioned by Derek Farrelly & Adrian Lemon and depict the now preserved ME1 minibus.

Please see my October 5 new items for further details.


24821 Dubin Bus City Imp ME1 - Mercedes Benz Minibus

Tuesday 21 January
Sunrise Kits Update
George Heaney the proprietor of Sunrise Models has sent me an update on the current range of kits.
The 1950s Northern Counties lowbridge-bodied Leyland PD2 (Kit 6) is now in stock and a Guy Arab version is due to follow in May. A sperate platform door conversion kit is also being produced for use with these kits and is due in April. George expects this to be priced 5 plus P&P and believes it will probably also be suitable for use with other models.


A number of other kits are expected to be available in the coming months:

Kit 5 : 1951 AEC Regal IV Alexander - Due May


Kit 7 : 1937 Albion PR145/Cowieson tri-axle coach - Due April


Kit 29: 1960s 9.7m short Alexander Y-type, long windows - Due June


Kit 37: 1985 Alexander AM B21F-bodied Dodge S56 - Due April

Due to insufficient pre-orders three of the kits announced last Autumn have now been cancelled.
K30: 1960s 10m short Alexander Y-type, long windows - Kit cancelled
K41: 1997 Alexander ALX100-bodied Mercedes-Benz Vario - Kit cancelled
K42: 1996/2001 10.8m Alexander ALX200-bodied Dennis Dart SLF - Kit cancelled

It had also been planned to cancel another kit, but following an announcement on the Sunrise Facebook page a number of pre-orders were received. George intends to make a final decision regarding the following model in about a months time. If this is a kit you'd like to see produced please show your interest by pre-ordering an example now.

K31: 1960s 10m short Alexander Y-type, short windows

A full list of the current and planned Sunrise Models can be found in the kits section.

Wednesday 15 January
Next EFE Releases
The following EFE models are scheduled for release during the week ending 1 February


15717 Pennine Motor Services - Plaxton Panorama Elite Coach
35210 City of Oxford Motor Services - 36' BET Single Deck Bus
36608 Transdev London United (route 423) - Dennis Dart SLF Plaxton Pointer 2 Single Deck Bus
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Tuesday 14 January
Confirmed Oxford Diecast Release
The follow Omnibus range model has now been released by Oxford Diecast.
This model has previously been available from both Atlas Editions & the Eddie Stobart Shop.


76IRZ004 Eddie Stobart - Scania Irzair Tri-axle Coach

Tuesday 14 January
Three Confirmed EFE Releases
These models have now been released by EFE.


34002 London Transport (route 30) - AEC Pre-war 2RT2 Double Deck Bus
31909 London Country N.B.C. (route 347) - AEC RML Class Routemaster Double Deck Bus
38111 West Yorkshire N.B.C. - Flat Screen Bristol VRT Double Deck Bus

Monday 6 January
First Glimpse of New OOC Model
Corgi have published the first photographs of the forthcoming Wright Eclipse Gemini 2. A number of images showing an undecorated first shot of the new casting have been posted on Corgi's Facebook page.

The first release of the model is scheduled for May and will feature the dual door Metroline VW1400 on route 52, a single door Brighton & Hove version is due to follow in June.

The first pair of models will be OM46501A/B & OM46502A/B (Corgi CAD images)

Saturday 4 January
Next EFE Releases
The following EFE models are scheduled for release during the week ending 18 January


34002 London Transport (route 30) - AEC Pre-war 2RT2 Double Deck Bus
31909 London Country N.B.C. (route 347) - AEC RML Class Routemaster Double Deck Bus
38111 West Yorkshire N.B.C. - Flat Screen Bristol VRT Double Deck Bus
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