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Thursday 27 June
Mirror Image Models Kit Update
Mirror Images Models have released an updated catalogue which has the latest details of kit availability. The Mirror Image Models page has been updated to reflect this.

Some new kits have been announced.

Kit M1 Dennis Dominator Alexander R Type as supplied to SYPTE - Due Oct-Dec 2013


Kit M7 Volvo B10L Alexander Ultra - Due Feb 2014


Kit M21 Leyland Panther Marshall Camair - Due 2014


Kit M33 Mercedes Benz MCV Evolution - Due 2013


A re-issued of the M45 the Leyland Tiger Duple 11m Bus is also due in Dec 2013.

There are also plans to produce a LAS EOS 90 Coach & a DAF SB220 Plaxton Prestige single deck bus.

The Mirror Image Model kits can be ordered on-line from the A's Models of Bolton site.

Sunday 30 June
Further OOC Release Dates announced
The following OOC models are scheduled for release during the week ending 20th July.

OM46306A Blackpool Transport (Blackpool destination) - AEC RM Class Routemaster - 500 Pieces
OM46306B Blackpool Transport (St Annes destination) - AEC RM Class Routemaster - 500 Pieces
Information kindly supplied by


Sunday 30 June
Confirmed Northcord Releases
The following pair of Northcord Models have now been released in the UK.

UKBUS6034 Stagecoach in Oxford - Alexander Dennis Enviro400Hybrid Double Deck Bus
UKBUS6035 Stagecoach in Manchester - Alexander Dennis Enviro400Hybrid Double Deck Bus
Information kindly supplied by


Thursday 27 June
Modelzone Chain Goes Into Administration
The UK Model shop chain Modelzone was placed in administration yesterday. The company's website is currently showing a place holder page giving details of the appointed administrators.
The chain has 47 stores & employs over 400 staff, the administrators report that several parties have shown an interest in the business.

All the shops remain open, but the companies online activities has been shut down. Gift vouchers are still be accepted, but are now only worth 50% of their original value!

Thursday 27 June
Lancashire Bus & Train Show
The 2013 Lancashire Bus & Train show will take place at the Nelson Independent Methodist Church in Netherfield Road in Nelson on the Saturday 6th July.
The event which will be open from 10am to 4pm will include Model displays & layouts, working demonstrations & a number of trade stands. The event is being organised by the Lancashire branch of the Model Bus Federation.

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Wednesday 26 June
Three Confirmed EFE Releases & A Model Revision
The following models have now been released by EFE.


18012 East Yorkshire - Daimler Fleetline MCW Double Deck Bus
32004 London Country - RCL Class AEC Routemaster Double Deck Bus
38108 Eastern Counties - Bristol VRT Series II Double Deck Bus

EFE have contacted me regarding a change to the recently announced Luton Corporation Highbridge Leyland PD2 16134. This model will now be produced as lowbridge version and will be issued as 16015, all other details will be as announced for the original 16134 model.

Tuesday 25 June
Confirmed Oxford Release
The following 1/76th scale model has now been released by Oxford Diecast.

76LRT002 Southdown - Leyland Royal Tiger Coach
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Saturday 22 June
Confirmed & Next OOC Releases
The following models have now been released by Corgi.

OM41412A Grampian Regional Transport (Hazlehead destination) - Roe bodied Daimler Double Deck Bus - 500 Pieces
OM41412B Grampian Regional Transport (Sea Beach destination) - Roe bodied Daimler Double Deck Bus - 500 Pieces

The following OOC models are scheduled for release during the week ending 13th July.

OM46407A National Express St Georges Flag (Bury destination) - Caetano Levante Coach - 900 Pieces
OM46407B National Express St Georges Flag (London destination) - Caetano Levante Coach - 900 Pieces
Information kindly supplied by


Saturday 22 June
Next EFE Releases
The following models will be released during the week ending 29th June


18012 East Yorkshire - Daimler Fleetline MCW Double Deck Bus
32004 London Country - RCL Class AEC Routemaster Double Deck Bus
38108 Eastern Counties - Bristol VRT Series II Double Deck Bus

Saturday 22 June
First Oxford Leyland Royal Tiger Due Next Week
The first issue of Oxford Diecast new 1/76th scale is scheduled for release during the week ending the 29th June.

76LRT002 Southdown - Leyland Royal Tiger Coach

Tuesday 18 June
New Photographs Of Latest FRM1 Model
Some better quality photographs of the forthcoming Jotus/Resin Specialist London Transport FRM1 have been published by wholesaler John Ayrey.

Peter Turland at the Yardley Wood Bus Club has also advised that the RRP for the model is actually 97.99 rather than the £74.99 I previously stated. Peter will be selling his examples for £65 plus P&P.
Use the YWBC banner link below for further details.

You can view the photographs using the link below.
RS76606 AEC Front Entrance Routemaster FRM1 - London Transport (route 284)

Ayrey's have also listed a third version as due later this year.
RS76607 AEC Front Entrance Routemaster FRM1 - London Transport (Round London Sightseeing Tour)
Information kindly supplied by


Saturday 15 June
Latest EFE Newsletter
The 5th EFE Subscribers' newsletter of the year arrived today and contains details of a new subscriber exclusive model.
Details of how to join the Subscription Service and then purchase these exclusive models can be found on www.exclusivefirsteditions.com.
Cat No. 34101B
Vehicle AEC RT Bus
Operator London Transport Central Area
Fleet No. RT2629
Registration LYF 354
Route Coronation Route Tour
Expected Future Release
Brief mention is made in the newsletter's forthcoming releases section of one previously unannounced model.
20455 Southern Vectis N.B.C. - Bristol VRT Series III Double Deck Bus

Studying the latest release sheet reveals some small changes affecting two of the models announced by EFE last week.
24820 First Hampshire & Dorset - Mercedes Benz Plaxton Minibus (Now has Solent Travelcard sign beside door)
31510 London Transport (route 11) - AEC RM Class Routemaster (Front advertisements have now been removed)
Updated photographs have been uploaded for both models.
Courtesy of EFE, a PDF version of the latest Release Sheet along with some smaller scans of both sides.
Release Sheet Issue 5 2013 Scan  Sunscriber's Queen's Coronation Anniversary Model RT
Click Here for PDF Version (5mb approx)

Thursday 13 June & updated 18 June
New Resin FRM Model Due Later This Month
Jotus are set to release the second version of their resin London Transport FRM 1 model later this month.

This latest issue depicts the unique bus working on route 284 bound for Potters Bar Station. The model wears the later style red livery with white between decks band & LT roundels. It also has period advertisments all round.

Picture courtesy of www.allsortsmodel.com

The model will be limited to just 300 pieces and has an RRP of £74.99 97.99.

RS76606 AEC Front Entrance Routemaster FRM1 - London Transport (route 284)

Wednesday 12 June
Confirmed EFE Releases
The following models have now been released by EFE.

28010 Bexleybus (route 99) - Daimler Fleetline DMS (single door)
32306 Southern National NBC - Bristol RELH Coach
33105 First Group (route 9 / Routemaster 50 emblems) - Open Top AEC Routemaster RMC

Monday 10 June
Northcord Models Press Release
The following press release has been issued today by Northcord Models:

NORTHCORD MODEL COMPANY - PRESS RELEASE
Date: 10th June 2013.
ukbus 0039, 0040, 0041 Alexander Royale-bodied Volvo Olympian
SBS Transit

Following the significant success in launching the new casting of the Alexander Royale-bodied Volvo Olympian model in the livery of Lothian Buses in 2005 by Creative Master Northcord Limited, Northcord Model Company has picked up this tooling from the former joint-venture company and is proud to release the latest products based on the Singapore non-air-conditioned bus.

These are launched as ukbus 0039, 0040 and 0041. The models feature Volvo Olympians working on route 93, 182M and 257 which are among the last services with non-air-conditioned buses in Singapore.


The Volvo Olympian is the last non-air-conditioned double-decker bus serving in Singapore. After the Swedish company relocated the Olympian assembly line to Irvine in Scotland from the north of England in 1993, this effectively removed the Leyland name and allowed Volvo to supply more parts to the improved Volvo Olympian chassis.

When Volvo was moving house, Singapore Bus Service (SBS) was still taking delivery of Leyland Olympian 12-metre 3-axle air-conditioned buses from the Workington plant. The firm orders for the new Volvos had to wait therefore until 1994-1995. These 100 units of 2-axle Volvo Olympian buses were commissioned in 1994-1995. The 2-axle buses were not air-conditioned. The front, however, adopted the air-conditioned Leyland Super Buses design, minus the words. The rest of the body was the same as for the Alexander R-type bodies. The bus measured 10.5 metres indicating that the Volvo chassis from the Irvine plant still retained the Leyland design.

On top of that, there were no more Leyland engines to choose from. The 2 and 3-axle ones were all fitted with Volvo TD102KF 9.6 litre turbo-charged engines. For the transmission, SBS chose the Voith DIWA D852.1 full-automatic gearbox. More so, the 100 2-axle Volvo Olympian buses were the last non-air-conditioned double-deck buses in the Singapore fleet. In due course, all the double-decker fleet will be fully air-conditioned.


The replicas feature excellent detailing, inside and out, such as realistic-looking handpoles and handrails. The Volvo Olympian model is a one-piece casting whose clean lines accentuate the gasket windows and livery application on which all letterings are clearly legible. The round headlight and rectangular sidelight / indicator units at the front are made of individual components to look more realistic.

The brand new ukbus 0039, 0040 and 0041 models are each based on a Limited Edition of only 360 pieces produced.

Friday 7 June
Next Corgi OOC Releases
The following models will be released during the week ending the 22nd June.

OM41412A Grampian Regional Transport (Hazlehead destination) - Roe bodied Daimler Double Deck Bus - 500 Pieces
OM41412B Grampian Regional Transport (Sea Beach destination) - Roe bodied Daimler Double Deck Bus - 500 Pieces

Wednesday 5 June Updated 26 June
Six New EFE Models Announced
EFE's latest trade release sheet contains details of six new models which are all scheduled for release in either July or August.

Update 26th June: The Luton Corporation Leyland PD2 will now be produced as a lowbridge bus and has been allocated revised reference code 16015. This will replace the previously announced 16134 model.

Click the thumbnail to view large images or the cat no links for normal sized images.
Cat No. 16015
Vehicle Leyland Titan PD2 Lowbridge
Operator Luton Corporation
Fleet No. 121
Registration FNM 121
Route 11 Stopsley
Expected August
Cat No. 17310
Vehicle Long Leyland National Mark I Single Door
Operator Southend Transport
Fleet No. 702
Registration TPD 195M
Route 23 Leigh Station
Expected July
Cat No. 19306
Vehicle Atkinson Articulated Flatbed Lorry
Operator Bass Worthington
Fleet No.  41 (trailer)
Registration KFA 24
Load Canvas covered cargo
Expected July
Cat No. 24820
Vehicle Mercedes Benz Plaxton Minibus
Operator First Hampshire & Dorset
Fleet No. 50206
Registration N273 JUG
Route 6A Hilsea via Southsea Copnor & North End
Expected July
Cat No. 31510
Vehicle AEC Routemaster RM Bus
Operator London Transport Red
Fleet No. RM 20
Registration VLT 20
Route 11 Fulham Broadway
Expected July
Cat No. 34206
Vehicle AEC RLH Bus
Operator South Wales
Fleet No. 339
Registration GCY 522
Route 76 Port Tennant, Hospital, Brynmill
Expected August
Courtesy of EFE, a scan of the latest Trade Release Sheet
May 2013 Trade Release Sheet Scan

Tuesday 4 June
Next Scheduled EFE Releases
The following models will be released during the week ending the 15th June.

28010 Bexleybus (route 99) - Daimler Fleetline DMS (single door)
32306 Southern National NBC - Bristol RELH Coach
33105 First Group (route 9 / Routemaster 50 emblems) - Open Top AEC Routemaster RMC

Monday 03 June
New Models Announced By Oxford Diecast
Oxford Diecast has released details of two brand new models and four new liveries for existing N & 1/76 scale tooling. All five models are due to be released in the 4th quarter of 2013.

The first new model is a 1/76 scale 1950's Weymann Fanfare Coach.

76WFA001 South Wales Transport - Weymann Fanfare Coach
View a photographs of the real vehicle HERE.

The second new item is a Commer PB Postbus in N scale, a 1/76 scale version of this model has already been announced and is due to be released soon.

NPB001 Royal Mail - Commer PB Postbus

New liveries for existing tooling
1/76 Scale

76LRT003 W. Alexander & Sons - Leyland Royal Tiger Coach

N Scale

NPE006 Prospect Coaches (of Stourbridge) - Plaxton Elite Coach
View photograph of real vehicle HERE.


NPP002 Southdown - Plaxton Panorama Mark I Coach


NUT002 London Transport (G351 / route 175) - Guy Arab II Utility Bus

Monday 03 June
Atlas Edition Put Great British Coach Collection On Hold
It appears that Atlas Editions have put the advertised Great British Coach Collection on hold for the time being, customers who signed up for the Whittle's Burlingham Seagull coach and then took up the offer of receiving further models in the series have been sent a complimentary pen & letter informing them of the decision.

This seems to be similar to what happened with the initial trial launch of both the "Great British Bus" & more recent "Trams of the World" collections, the tram collection has recently been formerly launched and you can now sign up for it on the Atlas Edition's UK website.

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