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May 2014
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Thursday 29 May
B-T Models Publish More Photographs of Forthcoming Models
B-T Models have issued photographs showing the remaining three N scale bus & coach models announced last weekend. There are also photographs of two more lorries, one N scale & another 1/76 scale DA series model.

The Leyland Atlantean models are scaled down versions of the 1/76 scale Britbus models AN1-01 & AN1-12.

NAN001 Southdown NBC - Leyland Atlantean Park Royal Double Deck Bus


NAN002 East Yorkshire NBC - Leyland Atlantean Park Royal Double Deck Bus


NB001 National Express North East - Duple Dominant II Coach


N037 Pickfords - AEC Matador Flatbed & Trailer


DA79 Charringtons - AEC Mammoth Major Tanker
Information kindly supplied by


Monday 26 May
B-T Models Announced New N Scale Bus & Coach Models
B-T Models have announced their first N scale bus & coach models and nine further N scale lorries. All the models announced have provisional release dates of June 2014.

Only one model has been illustrated so far however.

N Scale Bus & Coach Models
NAN001 Southdown NBC - Leyland Atlantean Park Royal Double Deck Bus
NAN002 East Yorkshire NBC - Leyland Atlantean Park Royal Double Deck Bus
NB001 National Express North East - Duple Dominant II Coach

NB002 Green Line - Duple Dominant II Coach

N Scale Lorries
N038 Thomas Nield & Sons - AEC Mandator Articulated Low Loader
N039 British Railways - Karrier Bantam Van
N040 British Railways - Foden DG Drawbar Low Loader
N041 British Transport Police - Leyland FG Incident Unit
N042 M.G. Williams - Karrier Bantam Dropside
M043 BR Railfreight - Leyland FG Van
N044 J.A. Smith - Leyland Octopus
N045 BRS Parcels - AEC Ballast Tractor & Drawbar Van
N046 British Rail (Green) - Leyland FG Crewbus
Information kindly supplied by


Sunday 25 May
L.B.C. Model Kits Update
Tony Asquith has sent me an update on the L.B.C. Model resin kits that are currently in stock.
Image Ref No. Model
BB 2 Beadle Bedford lightweight 1949 (re-master with two style fronts)
BMTH 39 Leyland TD5 Weymann full front Bournemouth Corporation 1939
CUB 1C Harrington-bodied Leyland Cub KPZ2 bus Southdown 1937
FLN 69 Daimler Fleetline CRG6 Park Royal Birmingham Jumbo 1969
LS 18 Midland Red BET 36' (LS18 Class)
MW 62 Bristol ECW MW Coach 1962
ROE 1 Leyland TD 7 Roe Highbridge 1940
There are also a large number of forthcoming kits on which pre-orders are now being accepted. You can see the full list these on the Little Bus Co. page in the kits section.
If you wish to order any of the above kits or place a pre-order you should visit the L.B.C. website at www.little-bus.com.

Saturday 24 May
Forthcoming Corgi OOC Releases
Corgi has announced release dates for several outstanding OOC models from the January to June 2014 catalogue.

Week Ending 14th June

OM46702A Bus Eireann (route 215 Blarney) - Wright Eclipse 2 Single Deck Bus - 650 Pieces
OM46702B National Express West Midlands (route 203 Farranree via Parklands) - Wright Eclipse 2 Single Deck Bus - 550 Pieces


OM46308A Black Prince (route X51 Morley Fountain Inn via Elland Road) - AEC Routemaster Double Deck Bus - 500 Pieces
OM46308B Black Prince (route 63B Royal Armouries) - AEC Routemaster Double Deck Bus - 500 Pieces

Week Ending 21st June

OM46609B Metroline Travel (route 24 Parliment Square) - New Bus for London Double Deck Bus
The A version of this model with Pimlico destinations has already been released.

Wednesday 21 May
Three Confirmed EFE Releases
The following models have now been released by Exclusive First Editions.

24330 East Yorkshire - 1950's BET Style Single Deck Bus
36005 Chieftain (Eaglesham Destination) - Leyland RTL Double Deck Bus
38114 Ribble (route 660) - Bristol VRT Flat Windscreen Double Deck Bus

Wednesday 21 May
Three Confirmed OOC Releases
The following OOC models have now been released by Corgi.
Note only the A version of the prosposed dual destination Metroline Travel New Routemaster has been released so far.

OM46609A Metroline Travel (route 24 Pimlico) - New Bus for London Double Deck Bus - 1999 Pieces
OM46609B Metroline Travel (route 24 Parliament Square) - New Bus for London Double Deck Bus - NOTE: This version of the model hasn't been released yet


OM46704A National Express West Midlands (Wolverhampton destination) - Wright Eclipse 2 Single Deck Bus - 550 Pieces
OM46704B National Express West Midlands (Dudley destination) - Wright Eclipse 2 Single Deck Bus - 550 Pieces

Tuesday 20 May
Confirmed B-T Releases
The following B-T models have now been released.

B110A Midland General (route D8) - Bristol Lodekka LD Double Deck Bus (closed platform)
B110B Notts & Derby Traction (route C6) - Bristol Lodekka LD Double Deck Bus (open platform)
A013A Green & red - Foden FG Flatbed Lorry & Drawbar Trailer

Saturday 17 May updated 18 May
New Models Announced By Oxford Diecast
Oxford Diecast have published details of the planned models for the rest of 2014 & early 2015.
There is new tooling for both the 1/76 & N scale Omnibus range plus several new liveries for existing tooling.

1/76 Scale
Oxford Omnibus - New Tooling
76PAN001 Southdown - Plaxton Panorama I Coach - Q3 2014

Oxford Omnibus - New Liveries
76COM002 BOAC - Commer Commando Coach - Q3 2014
76IRZ003 Ulsterbus - Scania Irizar PB Coach - Q1 2015
76OWB010 Bristol Tramways - Bedford OWB Bus - Q4 2014
76WFL002 Triumph Coaches (believed to be a Southdown subsidiary) - Leyland Weymann Fanfare Coach - Q1 2015

Oxford Automobile - New Tooling
76ASS001 fawn - Austin Seven RN Saloon - Q4 2014
76MBC001 red - Messerschmitt KR200 Bubble Car - Q4 2014

Oxford Automobile - New Liveries
76ALL003 gold - Austin Allegro Harvest - Q4 2014
76FTYP003 firesand - Jaguar F Type - Q3 2014
76HB003 monza red - Vauxhall Viva HB - Q2 2014
76JI005 royal blue - Jensen Interceptor - Q4 2014
76JSS005 suede green - SS Jaguar 2.5 Saloon - Q4 20114
76LEV003 Central Motorway Patrol Group - Lotus Evora - Q4 2014
76MC002 midnight black and red - Mini Coupe - Q4 2014
76MINGT002 black - Mini 1275GT - Q3 2014
76VC003 red - Vauxhall Corsa - Already released

Oxford Commercials - New Tooling
76ASV001 Primrose - Austin Seven RN Van - Q4 2014
76MF001 red - Massey Ferguson 135 Tractor - Q1 2015

Oxford Commercials - New Liveries
76DBT004 yellow - David Brown Tractor - Q4 2014
76LAN1109008 Ferguson Tractors - Land Rover Series 1 109 Open - Q4 2014
76LAN2005 Hoveringham - Land Rover Series II LWB Hard Top - Q4 2014
76LAN2006 Post Office Telephones - Land Rover Series II LWB Station Wagon - Q4 2014
76MJ007 Tonibel - Morris J Ice Cream l Van - Q4 2014
76PB006 Garda - Commer PB - Q3 2014
76WM003 Coronatos - Mercedes Ice Cream Van Q3 2014
SP082 Swansea Festival - Bedford ? - Q2 2014

Oxford Fire
76TLM007 Morecambe and Heysham - Leyland TLM Closed Cab - Q4 2014
76TR009 NFS - Mobile Canteen Trailer - Q4 2014

Oxford Haulage - New & Modified Tooling
76D28001 Robsons - DAF 2800 40ft Curtainside - Q4 2014
76DAF001 Royal Mail - DAF 85 40ft Box Trailer - Q4 2014
76EC001 Scotlee Transport - ERF EC Olympic 40ft Fridge - Q4 2014
76LV001 red - ERF LV Flatbed - Q4 2014
76S143001 Pollock - Scania 143 40ft Curtainside - Q4 2014

Oxford Haulage - New Liveries
76BD012 Wynns - Bedford OX Queen Mary Trailer - Q4 2014
76CONT002 green - Container 45 - Q4 2014
DAF03CT Freightliner - DAF 105 Skeletal Trailer - Q4 2014
NSCA004 Knights of Old Scania - Scania T Cab Curtainside - Q4 2014
SHL01CT Eddie Stobart - Scania Highline Combi Trailer - Q4 2014

Oxford Military
76BED006 Army Medical Services - Bedford J1 Lomas Ambulance - Q4 2014
76CMP005 Desert 2nd NZ 41 Battery - Bedford CMP LAA Tractor. Q4 2014
76SP007 1st Armoured Division - Scammell Pioneer - Q4 2014
76BF003 Desert Light Stone 40MM - Bofors Gun - Already released

Oxford Showtime - New Tooling
76BD013 Billy Smarts - Bedford OX Booking Office - Q1 2015
76FCR001 Duke of York (Dorset Steam Fair) - Fowler B6 Crane Marstons - Q3 2014

Oxford Showtime - New Livery
76FOW002 Pickfords Titan - Fowler B6 Road Locomotive - Q3 2014

Coca Cola
76FT013CC Coke - Ford Transit - Q3 2014
76TCAB006CC Coke Zero - Scania T Cab - Q4 2014

Oxford Gift Set
76SET19 3 Piece Jaguar Set - D, E, and F Types

N Scale
Oxford Military - New Tooling
NCOM001 RAF - Commer Commando Coach - Q1 2015

Oxford Omnibus
NBL005 Bristol Tramways - Bristol Lodekka LD - Already released

Oxford Haulage
NTCAB004 Metropolitan Demolition - Scania T Cab Tipper - Q4 2014

Oxford Commercials - New Tooling (different backs)
NFG003 Pickfords - Foden FG Dropside - Q4 2014
NFG004 Blue Circle Cement - Foden FG Tipper - Q4 2014

Oxford Commercials - New Liveries
NFT002 Royal Mail - Ford Transit Van - Q3 2014
NFT003 RAC - Ford Transit Van, - Q? 2014

Saturday 17 May
Next EFE Releases
The following models are scheduled to be released during the week ending 24th May.

24330 East Yorkshire - 1950's BET Style Single Deck Bus
36005 Chieftain (Eaglesham Destination) - Leyland RTL Double Deck Bus
38114 Ribble (route 660) - Bristol VRT Flat Windscreen Double Deck Bus

Thursday 15 May
Delayed OOC Releases
The following OOC models were scheduled for release last week, but have been delayed and will be released at a later date.

OM46609A Metroline Travel (route 24 Pimilco) - New Bus for London Double Deck Bus
OM46609B Metroline Travel (route 24 Parliament Square) - New Bus for London Double Deck Bus

Friday 9 May updated 12 May
Exclusive EFE Model For Bachmann Stockists
TTC Diecast have sent me details of a EFE model that is to be produced exclusively for Bachmann appointed stockists soon. The model will not be made available to other EFE retailers who do not stock the Bachmann railway range.
The model has an RRP of £32.75 and will be a limited edition of just 240 pieces. Side advertisements for Amicardo Irish Sherry and Cork Dry Gin will be feature on the model.
Note: EFE have clarified the the destination Bot`ar na Tra uses the traditional Gaelic spelling rather the anglicised Bothar na Tra and is based on blinds used on the vehicle depicted.
Cat No. 16136
Vehicle Leyland PD2 Highbridge Double Deck Bus
Operator C.I.E.
Fleet No. R437
Registration ZJ 1397
Route Bot`ar Na Tra - Salthill
Expected Soon
Information kindly supplied by

Thursday 8 May
Three Confirmed EFE Releases
The following models have now been released in the UK.

23324 London Transport (red/route 216) - AEC RF Single Deck Bus
30714 A1 Service - AEC Renown Double Deck Bus
36902 East Kent - AEC Regent V Double Deck Bus

It appears the following model which was also expected to be in this batch of releases has now been delayed until a later date.

24330 East Yorkshire - BET 1950's Style Single Deck Bus

Friday 2 May
Jotus Have Revised the Forthcoming CR Model
Jotus/Resin Specialists have changed the destination & route that will appear on the forthcoming London Transport CR Class Leyland Cub from 25B Victoria to 494 East Grinstead Lingfield Crowhurst.

The model is expected to be released this summer and will be a general release in the UK.

RS76641 London Transport - Country Green (route 494) - Leyland Cub CR Class Single Deck Bus

Information kindly supplied by


Friday 2 May & Revised 3 May
Six New EFE Models Announced
EFE have announced eight new forthcoming releases on their website today, the six buses & two tube train carriages are all scheduled for release in either May or June.

The pair of tube train carriages are being re-issued as individual items, they were previously available in the four carriage set 99936 released last year.

Click the thumbnail to view large images or the cat no links for normal sized images.
Cat No. 17230
Vehicle Long Leyland National Mark I
Operator Eastern National
Fleet No. WW 1825
Registration VAR 902S
Route 20 Debden Station
Expected June 2014
Cat No. 26328
Vehicle Guy Arab II Utility Bus
Operator London Transport (Grey)
Fleet No. G124
Registration GXE 564
Route 145 Ford Works via Woodford & Ilford
Expected June 2014
Cat No. 27508
Vehicle Wright Scania Axcess Ultralow Bus
Operator Midland Classic
Fleet No. 71
Registration S371 SET
Route 21 Swadlincote Bus Park
Expected June 2014
Cat No. 29806
Vehicle Dennis Lance SLF Wright Single Deck Bus
Operator Badgerline
Fleet No. 142
Registration M142 FAE
Route 13B Kingsmead Sq via Bus Station
Expected June 2014
Cat No. 38112
Vehicle Bristol VRT (Flat Winscreen)
Operator Western National
Fleet No. 1059
Registration OTA 293G
Route 7 Mount Batten
Expected June 2014
Cat No. 38703
Vehicle Alexander Y Type Bus
Operator Eastern Scottish
Fleet No. S 638 N
Registration YSG 638W
Route 208 Bathgate via Livingston
Expected June 2014
Cat No. 80403
Vehicle 1959 Tube Train Driving Car A
Operator London Transport Piccadilly Line
Fleet No. 1012
Registration --
Route Cockfosters 218
Re-issue May 2014
Cat No. 80503
Vehicle 1959 Tube Train Driving Car D
Operator London Transport Piccadilly Line
Fleet No. 1013
Registration --
Route Cockfosters 218
Re-issue May 2014
Courtesy of EFE, scans of April 2014 Trade Order Forms
Trade Release Sheet Issue April 2014 Scan Sheet 1 Trade Release Sheet Issue April 2014 Scan Sheet 2
and a scan of the March 2014 form which I've not posted before.
Trade Release Sheet Issue March 2014 Scan

Thursday 1 May
Confirmed Oxford Diecast Releases
The following N scale models have now been released by Oxford Diecast.

Oxford Die-cast NPP002 - Click to enlarge Oxford Die-cast NUT002 - Click to enlarge
NPP002 Southdown (Worthing) - Plaxton Panorama Coach
NUT002 London Transport (route 175)- Guy Arab Utility Double Deck Bus

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