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February 2017
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Friday 24 February
New Photograph of Forthcoming B-T Model
A new photograph has been published showing another of the lorry models announced last week by B-T Models.


DB12 Roadline (TGU 528M) - Leyland FG Boxvan Lorry

Tuesday 21 February
Confirmed Oxford Die-cast Omnibus Range Releases
The following models have now been released to UK retailers.


76MW001 Royal Blue - Bristol MW6G ECW Coach (1/76 scale)


NNR002 Go Ahead London (route 12) - New Routemaster Bus (N scale)
This model was also included in the recently released London Transport set NSET004.

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Monday 20 February
Ruby Toys Release Leyland Tiger TD Class Model
I reported back in June 2015 on the proposed production of a 1/48 scale London Transport TD Class Mann Egerton bodied Leyland Tiger bus.
The Ruby Toys model was designed to resemble a typical early Dinky Toys product from the 1950's. It was the first bus model for the range which already contained a selection of lorries & vans from that era.


Ruby Toys: 46 Leyland Bus (click to enlarge)

John Hope from Ruby Toys has contacted me to say that the model is now available and depicts JXC 288 (TD95) on route 215 bound for Kingston.

The models are priced £110.00 plus £4.50 P&P and can be ordered directly from John Hope by sending a cheque made payable to J.Hope to The Priory, Little Wymondley, Herts SG4 7HD.
Orders can also be placed using PayPal via the www.rubytoys.co.uk website which contains full details of all the other models currently available in the range.

A second bus is also planned and will depict a London Transport AEC Regal T class bus which was the Country area's equivalent of the Central area's Leyland Tiger.
Examples of this model can be reserved by sending a cheque for 10 (per model) made payable to John Hope.

Saturday 18 February
Next Oxford Die-cast Omnibus Range Releases
The following models are expected to be released next week in the UK.


76MW001 Royal Blue - Bristol MW6G ECW Coach (1/76 scale)


NNR002 Go Ahead London (route 12) - New Routemaster Bus (N scale)
This model was also included in the recently released London Transport set NSET004.

Information kindly supplied by


Wednesday 15 February
Confirmed EFE Release
The following EFE model has now been released in the UK.


12311 Maidstone & District N.B.C. (route E7 Bourmemouth) - Harrington Grenadier Coach

Tuesday 14 February
Confirmed Atlas Editions Releases
The nineteenth model in the Atlas Editions Classic Coaches Collection arrived today.
This model us 1/72nd scale and is identical to a model already released by Atlas Editions in other parts of Europe.

4642 119 GEVU, Holland - Leyland Tiger Cub Verheul Single Deck Bus

I can also confirm that the eighteenth model in the series was released in January. Atlas didn't send me a model last month for some unknown reason.
If anyone can supply photographs of the model below, please contact me.
Again the model is 1/72nd scale and has already been issued in other parts of Europe.

4642 118 Hamburg, Germany (7450 / HH-XS750 / route 55 Rabenstr Alsterufer) - Magrirus-Deutz Saturn II Single Deck Bus

Monday 13 February
New B-T Models Announced
The following 1/76 scale models have been announced on the John Ayrey Die-cast site today. Currently there are no images of the two bus models or DB12.

B117A Southern Vectis (520 - KLD 416 - Route 16 to Blackgang) - Bristol Lodekka LD6G Double Deck Bus
B117B Southern Vectis (563 - SDL 268 - Route 8 to Ryde Esplanade) - Bristol Lodekka LD6G Double Deck Bus


DB09 Pickfords (M1600/TM699 - ULD 657) Packing Cases Load - Commer QX Low Loader Lorry


DB10 Wynes Heavy Haulage (735? - YDW 421) - Guy Warrior Artic Flatbed Lorry


DB11 Sand & Gravel Supply Co (136 - DCY 187K) 2 Pallets of Sacks Load - Karrier Bantam Dropside Lorry

DB12 Roadline (TGU 528M) - Leyland FG Boxvan Lorry


DB13 British Railway (KE 6195 N/CT7525N - JDN 995) Ex-LMS Container Load - Karrier Bantam Artic Flatbed Lorry

Release date information for all the models is shown as "New 2017", the UK RRP for the Bristol Lodekka models has increased from £21.99 to £24.99.

Monday 13 February
New Britbus Models Announced
The following Britbus (Asianbus range) Hong Kong related models will be released in the UK later this year.
There are no images of the models at present, although I believe theses were announced in Hong Kong sometime ago.

CB17 New World First Bus - Guy Arab Tow Truck
CB18 New World First Bus - Guy Arab Tree Cutter
CB19 China Motor Bus 'Money Box' After version - Guy Arab
CB20 China Motor Bus 'Money Box' Early version - Guy Arab

I've been informed that a new Britbus model has been commissioned by Adrian Lemon based on the Dublin Bus "Wedding Bus Livery" the model will be based on Leyland Olympian RH39, which operated during 1990's. The model is expected to be released around April or May of this year. I have no other details at this time.

I presume the livery will be similar to THIS VEHICLE, as featured on the DUBLINBUS.CC 2004-2017 site.

Monday 13 February
New EFE Model Commission For LT Museum
The following model will be on sale at the next Acton Depot Open Weekend on the 22/23 April. It will be limited to 214 pieces & will retail for £34.99 at the event.

The model artwork was done by EFE prior to the Bachmann take over, but the actual production of the model was carried out by Contour Equipment who are now the new owners of the former Gilbow (Holdings) subsidiary.

15632B Arriva London (RM6 - route 137 Oxford Circus) - AEC RM Class Routemaster Bus (original casting)

The model carries a plain gold livery and only has registration, legal lettering & garage running number decals applied.

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