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June 2012
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Friday 29 June updated Saturday 30 June
Nine New EFE Models Announced
EFE's latest release sheet contains details of seven new standard release models which are all scheduled for release in August and two new London related subscriber only models which are being offered to recipients of the EFE newsletter for £28.00 each.

Updated 20th June with high quality media images of the models and a PDF and scanned versions of the latest release sheet.

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Cat No. 16535
Vehicle Leyland MCW Atlantean
Operator Merseyside PTE
Fleet No. E2
Registration 372 BKA
Route 79 Penny Lane
Expected August
Cat No. 16902
Vehicle Short Leyland National Mark II Dual Door
Operator London Transport Red Arrow
Fleet No. LS444
Registration GUW 444W
Route 507 Victoria & Waterloo Stations
Expected August
Cat No. 26208
Vehicle Guy Arab I Utility Bus
Operator Leigh Corporation
Fleet No. 87
Registration FTC 251
Route 5 Leigh
Expected August
Cat No. 26209
Vehicle Guy Arab I Utility Bus
Operator Maidstone Corporation Corporation
Fleet No. 52
Registration GKN 155
Route High Street
Expected August
Cat No. 29628
Vehicle Leyland Olympian Bus
Operator Trent Buses
Fleet No. 721
Registration C721 NNN
Route 69 Melbourne via Chellaston
 Black Orchid (Revised in August 2012)
Expected August
Cat No. 35307
Vehicle 36 Foot BET 6 Bay AEC Reliance Coach
Operator East Kent
Fleet No. --
Registration 104 CUF
Route 90 Dover
Expected August
Cat No. 38103
Vehicle Bristol VRT (Flat Windscreen)
Operator Eastern National
Fleet No. SD 3001
Registration CPU 980G
Route X10 London Kings Cross
Expected August
Cat No. 14407
Vehicle Short Leyland National Mark I Single Door
Operator London Country NBC
Fleet No. SNB 359
Registration YPF 759T
Name 418 Bookham Station
Expected EFE Subscriber Model
Cat No. 33104
Vehicle RMC Routemaster Open Top
Operator Centrewest / London Buses
Fleet No. RMC 1510
Registration 510 CLT
Route 83 Golders Green Station
Expected EFE Subscriber Model
Courtesy of EFE, a PDF version of the latest Release Sheet plus smaller scans of the latest release sheets
Release Sheet Issue 5 2012 Scan  Subscriber Models
Click Here for PDF Version (3.2mb)

Thursday 28 June
Another CMNL Model Released
The CMNL Stagecoach Alexander Enviro400 commissioned in connection with last year's Scottish Vintage Bus Museum Open Day has now been received by the commissioner Susan Cameron. I understand the model has been oversubscribed but that the orders are now being processed in the order that they were received.

UKBUS0037 Stagecoach Strathtay (37 Tay Way) - Dennis Trident Alexander Enviro400 Double Deck Bus

It appears that things might be slowly moving forward in terms of the future for the former CMNL range, the Australian Transitgraphic site has made reference to the new "Northcord Model Company" and is currently running a poll regarding what should be the next livery on a AUBUS series CB60 model.

Tuesday 26 June
Conwy Model Railway Exhibition
You may be wondering why I've listed a model railway exhibition here, well there's a good reason to visit this event. Ken Jones who provided much of the information for the N Scale Model Bus list is exhibiting his Tennis Court Sidings layout at the event. He plans to bring a good selection of his N scale Model Bus collection to the show & display as many as possible on the layout.
There will be up to 12 N scale layouts at the event along with a number of retailers.

The Conwy Model Railway Exhibition is being held on Saturday the 7th July at St Mary's Church Hall and will be open between 10am & 4pm.
Entrance is £3 for adults & £1 for children.
The church hall is located in Rosehill Street, Conwy, LL32 8LD

Conwy Railway Station is 2 minutes walk from the hall while parking is available in the Pay & display car park opposite the hall.

Tuesday 26 June
Confirmed EFE Releases
The following models have now been released by EFE.

31706 London Transport Green Line (Route 720) - AEC RMC Routemaster Double Deck Coach
34108 Coventry Transport - AEC Regent RT Double Deck Bus
38701 Midland Scottish - Alexander Y Type Single Deck Bus

The following EFE model commissioned by Xelabus Limited is now being mailed out to customer's who ordered it from the company. (See the 1st June News item below for further details)
36605 Xelabus - Dual Door Dennis Dart SLF Plaxton Pointer 2

Monday 25 June
Another Lorry Released by B-T Models
B-T Models have also released a further model in addition to the four reported last week.

DA40 Edward Beck & Son - Thames Trader Articulated Low Loader with Cable Drums Load

Friday 22 June
Next Corgi OOC Releases
The following models are scheduled to be released during the week ending the 21st July .

OM46016A Wright Eclipse Urban - McGill's Glasgow - 38 Glasgow (500 Pieces / All stock allocated)
OM46016B Wright Eclipse Urban - McGill's Glasgow - 38 Paisley (500 Pieces / All stock allocated
OM46210 Scania Irizar PB - Brighton and Hove (1000 pieces)

Friday 22 June
Confirmed CMNL Release In UK
The following model has now been released in the UK and it would appear that no further CMNL releases can be expected in the foreseeable future.

This particular model was manufactured before the failure of the Creative Master Ltd business back in January. As yet CMNL haven't announced an alternative partner or manufacturer for it's range of models.

UKBUS8017 Arriva Southern - Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Single Deck Bus

Wednesday 20 June
Four B-T Models Released
B-T Models have now released the following four 1/76 scale lorries.

DA41 Edward Beck & Son - Albion Reiver 3 Axle Dropside
DA43 British Road Services Glasgow - Karrier Bantam Articulated Flatbed
DA44 Wynns - Foden DG 3 Axle Flatbed
DA45 British Rail - Leyland FG Twin Axle Flatbed

Tuesday 19 June
Lancashire Model Transport Show
News of this year's Lancashire Model Transport Show which takes place in Burnley on the 14th July.

Tuesday 19 June
Next Scheduled EFE Releases
The following EFE models are due to be released during the week ending the 30th June.

31706 London Transport Green Line (Route 720) - AEC RMC Routemaster Double Deck Coach
34108 Coventry Transport - AEC Regent RT Double Deck Bus
38701 Midland Scottish - Alexander Y Type Single Deck Bus
Release information kindly supplied by

Thursday 14 June
Confirmed Oxford Releases
The following models have now been released by Oxford Diecast.

N Scale
NBS004 Whittles Coaches - Burlingham Sunsaloon Coach

1:76 scale
76AK015 Midland Red - Austin K8 Van

I've now obtained some images of the new Oxford Diecast models announced last month.
1/76 scale

76LRT001 Ribble - Leyland Royal Tiger Coach - Due Q4 2012

N Scale

NBS006 Alexander Northern - Burlingham Sunsaloon Coach - Due Q4 2012

NOB011 Edinburgh - Bedford OB Duple Vista Coach - Due Q4 2012

NPE005 Paul S. Winson - Plaxton Elite Coach - Due Q4 2012

NQ1008 Bournemouth - Q1 BUT Trolleybus - Due Q4 2012

Thursday 14 June & Updated Friday 15 June
Confirmed EFE Releases & The Arriva London Routemasters
The following models have now been released by EFE.

29206 East London - Single Door Leyland Titan Double Deck Bus
36705 Pennine Motor Services - Dennis Dart SLF Plaxton Pointer 2 Single Deck Bus
38104 Southern Vectis - Bristol VRT Series 2 (flat front) Double Deck Bus

The two EFE Routemaster models commissioned by Arriva London in connection with the centenary of route 38 and to help raise funds for the Maggie's Cancer Charity can now be ordered from the Arriva London on-line store
The models are priced £34.99 each plus P&P.
Arriva London will donate £5.00 to the Maggie’s cancer care charity for every model sold.

31908A Arriva London (RML901 / route 38 Victoria Station) - AEC RML Routemaster
33103B Arriva London (RMC1464 / route 38 Clapton Pond) - Open Top AEC RMC Routemaster
The models depict the Arriva Heritage fleet's RML 901 & open top RMC 1464, they carry Walk the 38 adverts on the nearside & Arriva Heritage fleet adverts on the off-side. The RML displays a Victoria Station destination while the RMC is bound for Clapton Pond. Both models are each limited to 500 pieces.

For further details of the walk the 38 go to
You can also view the schedule for this weekend's (16 & 17 June) special events planned to celebrate the 38's centenary at both the London Transport Museum and over the actual route itself.
Walk the 38 Weekend Schedule in PDF format (1.1mb).

Tuesday 12 June
Another New Kingsway Models Bus Garage Kit
The Kingsway Models' range of London Transport Garages has been further expanded with the launch of a new kit depicting Wandsworth (WD) Garage.

Click the thumbnails below to view larger versions

You can also view the PDF flyer for the kit HERE.

This kit along with the full range of card bus garages and other buildings can be purchased online from website.

Monday 11 June
Mirror Image Kits Update
I've update the Mirror Image model page with the latest kit availbility details. The next kit to be released is expected towards the end of June and will be the Volvo Olympian Northern Counties Palatine (M6).

Two new kits have been announced a Duple Britannia Coach (M25) and a ECW bodied Bristol KSW (M29), there are also new photographs of the North Western version of East Lancs Dennis Dominator (M22), Bedford VAS MK V Duple Dominant (M10) and Volvo B10B Alexander Strider (M17) which are currently being prepared for release.

All the kits mentioned can be purchased or pre-ordered from the new A's Models of Bolton website.

Friday 1 June
Revised Release Dates For OOC Models
Corgi has published the following revised release schedule for all the OOC models announced to date. Suffice to say some of these dates may still be subject change.
No planned OOC releases

OM46016A Wright Eclipse Urban - McGill's Glasgow - 38 Glasgow
OM46016B Wright Eclipse Urban - McGill's Glasgow - 38 Paisley
OM46210 Scania Irizar PB - Brighton and Hove

OM41413A Daimler Roe Bus - Tyne & Wear PTE - 30 Cleadon
OM41413B Daimler Roe Bus - Tyne & Wear PTE - 11 Marsden
OM41608A Crossley DD42 - Luton Corporation Transport - 1 Seymor Avenue, Park Square, Dunstable Road
OM41608B Crossley DD42 - Luton Corporation Transport - 4 Park Square Dunstable Road
OM46601 New Bus for London - Arriva London - Route 38
OM49904 3 Model London Transport Bus Set 'Then and Now' - TrolleyBus, Routemaster and New Bus for London

OM41226A Wright Eclipse Gemini - The Lancashire Way - X41 Manchester dual destination
OM41226B Wright Eclipse Gemini - The Lancashire Way - X41 Blackburn dual destination
OM46405A Caetano CT650 Kings Ferry - 007 Dover via Canterbury dual destination
OM46405B Caetano CT650 Kings Ferry - 007 London dual destination

OM41414A Roe Trolleybus - Doncaster - Hexthorpe dual destination
OM41414B Roe Trolleybus - Doncaster - Wheatley Hills dual destination

OM46307A Routemaster - Clydeside Scottish - 36 Glasgow Buchanan dual destination
OM46307B Routemaster - Clydeside Scottish - 38 Johnstone dual destination

OM46406A Caetano Levante - National Express - Gold England Commonwealth Games - 025 London dual destination
OM46406B Caetano Levante - National Express - Gold England Commonwealth Games - 025 Brighton dual destination

Friday 1 June
Commissioned EFE Model Update
Xelabus Dennis Dart SLF Plaxton Pointer 2
I've contacted Xelabus regarding the Dennis Dart SLF Plaxton Pointer which they have commissioned EFE to produce in their company livery. The models will depict the former Metroline dual door T56 KLD (now Xelabus 407) on route X4 bound for Fair Oak via Eastleigh Bus Station, delivery of the models is expected very soon and they will be priced £29.95 plus £4.00 UK P&P. They are a limited edition of 600 pieces and £5.00 from the sell of each model will be donated to the Neuroblastoma Society for Children's cancer research.

If you wish to purchase a model you should send your details together with a cheque made payable to Xelabus Limited to:
Unit 10 Barton Park Estate,
Chickenhall Lane,
Hants SO50 6RR

The models will be dispatched as soon as the funds have cleared following their delivery from EFE.
If you have any other enquires regarding the model you can email:

The M&D and East Kent Bus Club 6oth Anniversary Models

A quantity of the two commemorative EFE models produced for The M & D and East Kent Bus Cub's 60th Anniversary Rally at Detling held back in March are still available. The models are available individually at £20.00 each or the pair for £35.00, these prices included UK P&P. Both models are each limited to 200 pieces.

17226A East Kent - Leyland National Mark I Single Deck Bus
24203A Maidstone & District NBC - Daimler Fleetline Alexander Double Deck Bus

Anyone wishing to purchase the models should send a Cheque made payable to "Model Buses" to the following address:
Model Buses (MDEK60),
21 Forde Avenue,
Kent BR1 3EU

Arriva London Route 38 Routemasters
There's no further news as yet regarding the ordering arrangements for the two EFE Arriva Routemasters commissioned in connection with the 100th anniversary of London's route 38.

A mini running day over route 38 using three of the Arriva Heritage fleet's Routemasters, including RMC1464 & RML901 which will be the subjects of the EFE models, is to take place on the Sunday the 17th June however.

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