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April 2019
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Thursday 25 April
Two Optare Spectra Models Due Next Month
Two resin models originally commissioned several years ago by TTC Diecast are expected to be released next month by Jotus themselves.
Both models depict the Optare Spectra demonstrator K170FYG in special silver, blue & red livery.

Photographs of the models can be found on the site, follow the links below.

Optare Spectra - Optare Demonstrator - Limited edition of 100 models

Optare Spectra - Optare Demonstrator - TRENT Buses - Limited edition of 50 models

Wednesday 24 April& updated 27 April
Northcord Model Company - Production Update
Northcord Models have issued a News Release detailing the latest production schedule for their forthcoming models. These have been delayed due to labour shortages across all the production factories in Southern China.

Below are the expected release dates & production status of the previously announced models, together with details of two new future releases.

Previously Announced Models

UKBUS6510 - Yellow Buses (200 – SN17 MTO) : production is scheduled for completion by the end of April 2019.

UKBUS6511 – Stagecoach Western Buses (10930 – SN67 XAY) : pre-production samples have been issued for checking and production is scheduled to commence in early June 2019.

UKBUS6512 - Southern Vectis (1660 – HW67 AHY) : pre-production samples for checking are in the course of being prepared with an anticipated production slot being available during early July 2019.

UKBUS6513 – Stagecoach South (10892 – YX67 VCE) : pre-production samples have been issued for checking and production is scheduled to commence in mid-May 2019.

UKBUS6514 - First in Glasgow (33201 - SK68 LWN) : pre-production samples for checking are due to be released in mid-May 2019.

UKBUS6515 - Metroline (TEH2087 – LK15 CUH) : pre-production samples are currently being checked for approval with an anticipated production slot being available during early May 2019.

New Model Announcements

UKBUS6516 – Stagecoach South Gold (10770 – SN66 VYR) : pre-production samples for checking are in the course of being prepared with an anticipated production slot being available during mid July 2019.

UKBUS6517 – 10.5m CKD kit – the planning for this kit, comprising a full set of unpainted parts for collector self-assembly, is almost complete and an anticipated release date of mid-June 2019 is planned. (Note: Updated 27 April - TTC Diecast have also commissioned a plain white "Dealer Stock" model (N6510A), their version will be supplied as a fully assembled item.)

Details & dates shown above may be subject to further changes.

Wednesday 24 April
Royal Regiment of Fusiliers OOC Set Models Photographs
The latest Corgi Diecast Diaries blog post includes an update of the OOC Royal Regiment of Fusilier twin bus set which is due to be released in the Summer.

There are several photographs showing pre-production versions of both models, according to the blog the Corgi online shop has now sold its entire allocation of this model on pre-order, the set may still be available to order from other model retailers however. Apparently this is likely to be one of the most sought after items in the current catalogue.

Hopefully the popularity of this set will encourage Corgi to consider producing more OOC releases for the 2020 catalogue after dropping them from this years programme.

Tuesday 23 April
New Citibus Model Kits Announced
Four new kits have been announced for the Citibus Models range. Pre-orders are being accepted for all the models listed below.

Recently Announced Kits
CM005 Streetdeck Long Wheelbase low height
CM016 Volvo B8RLE Eclipse 3 (Stealth front)
CM017 Scania N230UD ADL Enviro 400 10.9m DP seats
CM018 ADL Enviro 400 City

The next kit releases will be:

CM004 Seddon / Leyland Alexander T Type as supplied to SBG & NBC - Due Shortly

CM007 Volvo Gemini 3 Stealth Long Wheelbase High Roof. (Expected July)

CM015 Streetlite 10.8m as operated by Arriva (Expected August)

You can find contact details & a full list of all the other proposed & in stock kits on the Citibus Model Kits page. Pre-orders can also be placed via the Citibus Models Facebook page.

Wednesday 17 April
LBC Model Kits Update
Tony Asquith has sent me an update on the LBC Model kits range.

You can find contact details & a full list of all the other proposed kits on the LBC Model Kits page.
KITS IN STOCK (17th April 2019)
Image Ref No. Model Availability
DUPAL Bristol LL Duple A Coach - Southern/Western National 1951 In Stock
LHM Bristol LH Marshall Royal Blue Coach 1973 In Stock
TS6T Leyland TS6T Short Bros Bus `Southdown Beachy Head` 1938 In Stock

WAY 4 AEC/Leyland Harrington Wayfarer 4 1956 In Stock
Upcoming Releases & New Announcements
BD 2 Bedford Duple MK IV service bus Available
May/June 19
CPO1 Leyland Comet CPO1 Duple C32F - 1950 In Production
Due 2019
DCN1 Duple Carribean Coach 1983 In Production
Due 2019
HAR60 Commer Avenger I Harrington 'Crusader' Southdown - 1960
May/June 19
LOLI Dennis Loline Aldershot & District 1958 Available
May/June 19
NC 69 Leyland Leopard/N.C.M.E. Dual Purpose `Southdown` Future Kit
NL Bova Europa C53F Coach Future Kit
PR48E Leyland Tiger PS1 Park Royal `East Kent` 1948 Available
May/June 19
PRV 3 Leyland TD5 Park Royal Lowbridge 'East Kent/Southdown' 1938 Re-Issue Due 2019
In Production
WAY 4S Leyland Harrington Wayfarer 4 `Silver Star` In Production
Due 2019

Tuesday 16 April & Updated 18 April
Latest Oxford Diecast Bus Related Releases
That latest edition of Globe indicates that the following models are among the next batch of Oxford Diecast releases.

Update 18th April: These models have now been released by Oxford Diecast & should reach model retailers shortly.

76MW6004 Tilling Transport - Bristol MW6 ECW Coach (1/76)

76OWB014 Isle of Man Road Services - Bedford OWB Utility Bus (1/76)

NLRT004 Maidstone & District - Leyland Royal Tiger Coach (N Scale)

The first version of the Volkswagen T1 Samba bus in 1/76 scale is also included in this latest batch of releases along with the London Fire Brigade Ford 400E minibus.

76VWS001 Sealing Wax Red & Beige Grey - Volkswagen T1 Samba Bus (1/76)

76FDE016 London Fire Brigade (Green) - Ford 400E Minibus (1/76)

Monday 8 April
Press Release From Bachmann Europe
I've received the following press release & associated PDF Release Sheets from Bachmann regarding the new EFE Cravens bodied RT bus tooling announced yesterday at the London Bus Museum and some updates on new Sea Dog open top Leyland Atlanteans & Northern Counties Palatine double deck bus models.


Another craving satisfied by E.F.E.

  At the London Bus Museum’s Spring Gathering, held at Brooklands, Surrey on Sunday 7th April 2019, Bachmann Europe announced a brand new 1/76 scale model of the Cravens RT bus for its Exclusive First Editions range.

  In the early post-war years when coachbuilders Park Royal Vehicles and Weymann were at full capacity and unable to fully meet London Transport’s enormous requirements for new RT buses, tenders to supply were sent to other manufacturers. Saunders Engineering of Anglesey and Cravens Railway Carriage & Wagon Co. of Sheffield built 300 and 120 RTs respectively. Saunders RTs were similar to standard RTs in many respects and were interchangeable with the Park Royal and Weymann bodies on overhaul, but Cravens RTs were quite different. The 5-bay window design could not be mixed with standard bodies at overhaul, and although wellbuilt, all except one were sold when only seven years old. Cravens RTs were quickly bought by independent bus operators, glad to acquire youthful London-spec vehicles in excellent condition and gave long reliable service to their new owners in many parts of the UK.

  Today two complete Cravens RTs are preserved in full running order, RT1431 and RT1499, both with Ensignbus.

  To coincide with the announcement, Bachmann hired one of the preserved vehicles (RT1431) to attend the event and in doing so members of the Bachmann Collectors Club were offered the chance to ride on the bus to and from the event.

  CAD work for the model is now at an advanced stage with tooling expected to commence shortly. Features include a new single-piece body, detailed interior with new seating and handrails, and a new chassis. Four models will be produced initially and these are expected to be available in late-2019/early-2020:

    E40301 Cravens RT London Transport green & cream livery RRP £39.95

    E40302 Cravens RT London Transport green livery                RRP £39.95

    E40303 Cravens RT London Transport red & cream livery     RRP £39.95

    E40304 Cravens RT London Transport red livery                    RRP £39.95

  For the first time, members of the public are invited to join the design process by letting us know which routes, destinations and fleet numbers they would like to see applied to the initial models. Suggestions are invited by post: The Bus Works, Bachmann Europe Plc, 13 Moat Way, Barwell, Leicestershire, LE9 8EY or email: by 30th June 2019.

Click thumbnails to open the PDF files in a new browser window/tab (There are two pages for each of the models)

Sunday 7 April
Bachmann Announce New Cravens Bodied RT Model
Bachmann attended Brooklands today for the London Bus Museum's annual Spring Gathering Event, as promised they revealed another new bus model for the EFE range.

The new model will be a Cravens bodied version of the London RT bus. These Cravens bodied vehicles were notable in having more side windows than other RT vehicles bodied by Weymann & Park Royal.
They were the first of the class to be withdrawn and many were snapped up by other smaller operators after a relatively short life with their original owner.

Four versions have been announced and Bachmann are asking for suggestions as to which vehicles & routes should be depicted on each.

E40301 London Transport Country Area (Green & cream livery)
E40302 London Transport Country Area (Green livery)
E40303 London Transport Central Area (Red & cream livery)
E40304 London Transport Central Area (Red livery)

The models are due to be released in late 2019 or early 2020 and will have a single piece diecast body and new plastic internal detailing which includes grab rails. The suggested RRP will be £39.99.

There were also updates on the Northern Counties Palatine & Sea Dog open top Leyland Atlanteans which are also now expected to be released in late 2019 or early 2020.

Finally there were samples of the upcoming London Transport Golden Jubilee Leyland National E16611 & Blue Browns RT E34116 which look set to be released soon.

Sunday 7 April
New Manchester Mancunian Model
TTC Diecast have posted a photograph of the pre-production sample of their forthcoming Manchester Mancunian double deck bus model on Facebook. This model is expected to be released later this year.

Sunday 7 April
New Oxford Diecast Facebook Page & Seat Replacement Offer
Oxford Diecast have now opened a new Facebook page and one of the recent posts gives details of how to obtain a replacement seating unit for the Southdown Beadle integral coach model 76BI004 which was issued late last year with the wrong version of the unit fitted.

Update: 24 April: I've received the replacement seats from Oxford Diecast and have fitted them to my model. New photographs of the model & the two seating components have been added to the model page for 76BI004.

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