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February 2019
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Thursday 28 February
IXO Open Top 1/43rd RT Bus Model
IXO have now issued a photograph of this model that was announced last year, I believe the release of the model is now imminent.

Sadly some of the model detailing used for this completely fictitious vehicle leaves a bit to be desired, it carries a Routemaster registration & fleet number, odd looking LT fleet names & has a rather non-standard front destination display for route 11. Meanwhile all the adverts relate to "The Original London Transport Sightseeing Tour" and the side blind proclaims "Sightseeing with Live Commentary"!
A more authentic version of this model was originally produced for the Hatchette Buses of the World partwork available in parts of mainland Europe, it depicted one of Guernsey Buses' open top vehicles.


BUS018 London Transport (Route 11 The Original London Transport Sightseeing Tour) - Open Top AEC Regent III RT class Bus

The UK RRP for this 1/43rd scale model is £53.99.

Friday 22 February & Updated 27 February
EFE Announce First Enhanced Routemaster Model
Bachmann announced late last year that work was underway on enhancing the EFE Routemaster models, the main improvement will be the addition of the previously missing side panel ribbing on these popular models.

Today at the Model Rail Scotland event Bachmann revealed the details of the first planned release of one of the enhanced model.


Click release sheet above to open the larger PDF release sheet for model

E42301 Clydeside Scottish (RML900 / WLT 900 - route 36 Kilbarchan) - AEC RML Class Routemaster Bus - Release date to be announced

Pre-orders for the model (RRP 34.95) are now being accepted at Bachmann appointed stockists.

Update 27 February
Bachmann has sent some further artwork for the model following enquires asking whether the model will include the roof decoration applied to the real vehicle. As you can be seen below it does, the design cell also shows the treatment of the rear of the model.

Click image to view full size design cell for model


Friday 22 February
Temsa Avenue Kit From Saltire Models
Saltire Model Bus Kits latest release is the Temsa Avenue single deck bus, only a few kits are now left, so if you're interested please check out the Saltire Model Bus Kits page for contact details.
Click the thumbnails to view larger images of the sample completed kit


Wednesday 20 February
Confirmed Oxford Diecast Releases
The following Oxford Diecast models have now been released to UK model retailers.


NNR007 First West Yorkshire - New Routemaster Double Deck Bus (N scale)


76PD2007 Barton Transport - Leyland Titan PD/12 Double Deck Bus (1/76 Scale)


76FTC010 Tube Lines - Ford Transit Connect Van (1/76 Scale)


43JM024 Skyways of London - Morris J2 Minibus (1/43 Scale)

Thursday 14 February
Sunrise Models Announce New Kit
George Heaney has contacted me with details of a new resin kit which is currently being prepared for his Sunrise Models range.

Kit 83 - 1934 Park Royal-bodied AEC Q coach, as supplied new to MacBrayne

Cooperline have kindly given permission for the G S Cooper Painting above to be used to illustrate this new kit.
If anyone ordering the kit would like to get an A4 print of the image, Cooperline has said that they may be able to receive it at a discounted price.

If your interested in placing a reservation for this kit, full contact details can be found on the Sunrise Models kits page. George is currently working on an update for his kit page, so please note the stock information currently shown is somewhat outdated.

Thursday 14 February
Upcoming Releases From Oxford Diecast
The following items are among the latest batch of Oxford models to arrive in the UK, these are expected to be distributed to model retailers in the coming days.


NNR007 First West Yorkshire - New Routemaster Double Deck Bus (N scale)


76PD2007 Barton Transport - Leyland Titan PD/12 Double Deck Bus (1/76 Scale)


76FTC010 Tube Lines - Ford Transit Connect Van (1/76 Scale)


43JM024 Skyways of London - Morris J2 Minibus (1/43 Scale)

Sunday 03 February
New Devon General Model Kits For 2019
Nigel Roberts has sent me details of his next pair of resin bus kits, these are both expected to be ready towards the middle of this year. The pictures below show the masters.

Devon General celebrates it centenary this year and these kits follow the successful release of a Bristol SUL coach & SUS bus last year.
The SUS bus has now sold out, although Nigel informs me he may consider a limited re-run of this kit if there is sufficient interest expressed. The SUL kit is still available, but stock is now very limited.

Full contact details can be found on the Nigel Roberts Models Page.

Image Ref No. Model Availability

1 Bristol SUS ECW B30F
Supplied to Western / Southern National fleets in 1960

Note: If sufficient interest is forthcoming I will see if it's possible to get a few more produced. Expressions of interest welcomed
Sold Out
Limited Re-Run being considered

2 Bristol SUL ECW C33F MK I
Supplied to Western / Southern National fleets in 1960
(The early original body style with the ECW front 'wings')
Limited Stock
£40.00
plus P&P

3 1956 7'6" x 30'00" Commer / Beadle B41F Integral Bus
This model will also feature silver edged printed windscreens.
Due 2019


4 1951/2 8' 00" x 27'00" AEC Regent III / Weymann H30/26R
Similar vehicles were also operated by South Wales, Rhondda, Morecambe & Heysham etc. The kit will also be supplied with an additional rear platform door casting to enable modellers to produce this variant as well.
Due 2019

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