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Wednesday 29 June
Next EFE Model Releases
The following EFE models are expected to be released during the week ending 9th July.


28013 Midland Red North Chaserider - Single Door Daimler Fleetline DMS
26330 Plymouth City Transport - Guy Arab II Utility Bus
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Wednesday 29 June
Confirmed & Next Corgi OOC Releases
The following model has now been released by Corgi in the UK.


OM46310 London Transport - AEC RM Routemaster (Corgi 60th Anniversary)

The following are expected to be the next Corgi OOC models & these are currently scheduled for release during the week ending the 16 July.

OM41417A Glasgow Corporation (route 45) - Daimler CVG6 Roe Bus
OM41417B Glasgow Corporation (route 48A) - Daimler CVG6 Roe Bus

Confirmation Of Routes & Destinations
I've contacted Corgi and today they have confirmed that the correct destinations for the two Lothian Buses Wright Eclipse II models announced last week, will be as follows.
OM46712A 43 Waverley
OM46712B 21 Leith Hill

The destinations were correctly shown on the website, but those quoted in the new catalogue are a misprint.

OOC model release confirmed by


Wednesday 29 June
Confirmed Atlas Editions Release
The tenth model in the Atlas Editions Classic Coaches Collection has now been released.
This latest model like the last release (see June 9 news item) is based on the Corgi OOC 1/76 scale tooling.

These latest 1/76 scale models are unfortunately screwed to the base using triangular headed screws which makes separating them rather tricky.


4642 110 Allander Travel - Bova Futura Coach

Tuesday 28 June
EFE Bachmann Stockists Exclusive Models Update
A further update was received from Hattons Model Railways today concerning the release dates for the following three Bachmann Stockist's exclusive EFE models.


25711 London Transport (Bus & Coach Council livery/route 70) - Daimler Fleetline DMS Double Deck Bus
28825 London Transport Titan Prototype (route 024) - Leyland Titan B15 Double Deck Bus
31514 London Transport Shoplinker - AEC Routemaster RM Class Double Deck Bus

All three are now expected to be released in September 2016, last week an update indicated that the Shoplinker model's release had slipped back to November or December.

Sunday 26 June & updated 29 June
Seven New Corgi OOC Models Announced
Corgi have released details of the seven new OOC models included in the new July-December 2016 catalogue. There's a strong focus on London vehicles among this latest batch of models, but sadly there are no new OOC model toolings to report.

Note that the catalogue and website list different destination details for the Lothian models: The catalogue states OM46712A will be 21 Leith Links & OM46712B will be 40 Penicuit, however the website shows OM46712A as 43 Waverly and OM46712B as 21 Leith Links.
Update 29 June
Corgi have confirmed that the correct destinations for these models will be those shown on their website, there is a misprint in the catalogue.

You can view a full PDF version of the latest Corgi Catalogue on the Corgi Website.
Cat No. OM46712A
Vehicle Wright Eclipse 2 Single Deck Bus
Operator Lothian Buses
Fleet No. 185
Registration SN13 BFK
Route 43 Waverley
Expected October 2016
Cat No. OM46712B
Vehicle Wright Eclipse 2 Single Deck Bus
Operator Lothian Buses
Fleet No. 185
Registration SN13 BFK
Route 21 Leith Links
Expected October 2016
Cat No. OM46509A
Vehicle Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 Double Deck Bus
Operator Green Line Coaches Ltd
Fleet No. 37985
Registration BJ11 XGY
Route 702 London
Expected November 2016
Cat No. OM46509B
Vehicle Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 Double Deck Bus
Operator Green Line Coaches Ltd
Fleet No. 37985
Registration BJ11 XGY
Route 15 Tower Hill 702 Legoland Windsor
Expected November 2016
Cat No. OM46511
Vehicle Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 Double Deck Bus
Operator Mullany Coaches Ltd
(Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Shuttle Bus)
Fleet No. --
Registration BD12 TFY
Route Studio Tour London
Expected October 2016
Cat No. OM46616A
Vehicle New Routemaster Double Deck Bus
Operator Go Ahead London
(London General traditional livery)
Fleet No. LT60
Registration LTZ 1060
Route 11 Liverpool Street
Expected October 2016
Cat No. OM46616B
Vehicle New Routemaster Double Deck Bus
Operator Go Ahead London
(London General traditional livery)
Fleet No. LT60
Registration LTZ 1060
Route 11 Fulham Broadway
Expected October 2016

Thursday 23 June & updated 28 June
Confirmed EFE Release & Another Shoplinker RM Delay
The following EFE model has now been released by EFE in the UK.


31911 London Country NBC (route 407) - AEC RML class Routemaster Bus

I've also received an update from Hattons Model Railways on the release date of the much anticipated Shoplinker Routemaster model 31514, sadly they have now revised the expected date to back to November or December

Update 28 June
A further update recieved today now indicates the model is expected to be released in September 2016.

Thursday 23 June
Little Bus Company
Tony Asquith has sent me the latest update on the Little Bus Company kit range. You can find the full list of future pre-order kits on the Little Bus Company kits page along with contact & links to the official Little Bus Company site.

KITS IN STOCK (22 June 2016)
Image Ref No. Model Availability
447W London Transport AEC Regal (T class) converted stores lorry 1935 In Stock
1018J London Transport AEC Regent (ex STL2661) Shelter carrier rebuilt 1954 In Stock
SEA 70 AEC /Leyland Burlingham Seagull 70 1960 In Stock
WAY 2 AEC Reliance Harrington/Wayfarer II (re-master) 1954 In Stock
WEY36L Leyland TD4 Weymann Lowbridge Maidstone & District `CKO`1936 In Stock

WIL4DP Leyland PS2 Willowbrook Dual Purpose 1950 In Stock
Latest Kit Pre-Orders & Masters
ALEX P Alexander P Type 1985 Pre-order
BD 2 Bedford Duple MK IV service bus Pre-order
CAM 1 Leyland Royal Tiger Duple Coronation Ambassador - Southdown/E.Kent 1953 Pre-order
DUPAL Bristol LL Duple A Coach - Southern/Western National 1951 Pre-order
LLR Bristol LL ECW Bus rebody Pre-order
MONO AEC Monocoach Park Royal 1955 Pre-order
PAST KITS TO BE RE-ISSUED
BD 59 Bedford Duple Super Vega 1959 Pre-order now
BD 61 Bedford Duple Super Vega 1961 Pre-order now

Wednesday 22 June
Hornby To Cut Product Range By 40%
Hornby has announced plans to cut back its current model range by 40% in 2017. Reducing the number of lines to 1400 across its various UK & European ranges.
The company also said it will refocus on its core UK ranges and quit concession shops to focus on selling products through its online business, which has seen sales grow by 39pc since 2013.

These changes come as the company announced its pre-tax losses had increased to £13.5 million in the year to March 31 following supply problems & lower than expected sales.

The company also plans to place £8 million worth of shares to fund the turnaround plan.

Hornby warned that if the placing fails, it would be unable to repay some £8m in debts it owes, mainly to Barclays who has agreed a three-and-a-half-year £10m credit facility, but only if investors agree to the share placing at a vote on July 8.

Read the full story on the Telegraph site.

Wednesday 22 June
Confirmed UK Release of Two AsianBus Models
The following pair of AsianBus models have now been released in the UK.

CB10 C.M.B. (DE 7331) Yellow with black wheel hubs & yellow mudguards - Guy Arab Mark V Tree Lopper


CB11 C.M.B. (DE 7331) Yellow with silver wheel hubs & blue mudguards - Guy Arab Mark V Tree Lopper
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Wednesday 22 June
New Commissioned EFE Model Announced
Invicta Model Rail, Sidcup, has announced their next Limited Edition EFE model, this will be produced exclusively for themselves and the Plymouth City Transport Preservation Group.
Half of all profits will go the PCTPG to help them with their ongoing work preserving Plymouthís transport history. The group is celebrating itís tenth year, and is now settled in its new Colebrook premises just outside of Plymouth.



The model is a Limited Edition of 200 pieces, and will be available initially at two events organized by the PCTPG group over the weekend of the 16 & 17 July.
The first event on the Saturday will be the Bretonside Bus Station closure event, this will be followed on the Sunday by the groups annual Bus Rally & Running Day at George Junction Park & Ride.

After these events the models will be available from Invicta Model Rail, who are now taking advance pre-orders.
The models (ref code 99207A) are priced £19.99 each plus P&P.

Further details can be found on the Invicta Model Rail site

Thursday 16 June
Confirmed EFE Model Releases
The following EFE models have now been released by EFE in the UK.


12124 Greenslades Tours - Harrington Cavalier Coach
31808 BEA (orange livery) - AEC RMA class Routemaster Bus
38126 Ribble (route 668) - Flat windscreen Bristol VRT Bus
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Tuesday 14 June
Another Forthcoming EFE Release
The following EFE model is expected to be released during the week ending 25th June.


31911 London Country N.B.C. (route 407) - AEC RML class Routemaster Bus
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Saturday 11 June
Confirmed EFE Release
EFE are now posting out the latest subscriber model to members of their Collectors Association.


34114 London Transport (Green / route 93 Express) - AEC Post War RT Bus

Friday 10 June
Confirmed & Next Corgi OOC Releases
The following models have now been released in the UK.


OM46614A Go-Ahead London General (Silver & red livery / 453 Marylebone) - New Routemaster Double Deck Bus
OM46614B Go-Ahead London General (Silver & red livery / 453 Deptford Bridge) - New Routemaster Double Deck Bus

The following model is currently scheduled to be released during the week ending the 2nd July.

OM46310 London Transport - AEC RM Routemaster (Corgi 60th Anniversary)

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Friday 10 June
Five New 1/76 Scale Models Announced by B-T Models
Five new B-T models have appeared on the John Ayrey Diecast's website today.
There are no images of any of the models as yet and the only details known are as follows. Release dates for all five are currently shown as TBA 2016
B208A Bristol MW6G Bus - Crosville (Pwllheli) EMG584
B208B Bristol MW6G Bus - Crosville (Groeslon) EMG421
B208C Bristol MW6G Bus - Crosville (Barmouth) EMG354
DB04 Leyland FG Van - British Rail (WBY218G)
DB05 Leyland Octopus Flatbed - Steel Co. of Wales

Thursday 9 June
Confirmed Atlas Editions Release
The ninth model in the Atlas Editions Classic Coaches Collection has now been released.
This latest model unlike the previous eight 1/72nd scale models is based on an existing Corgi OOC 1/76 scale tooling.


4642 109 Samuel Ledgard - Plaxton Panorama Coach

Thursday 2 June
Next EFE Model Releases
The following EFE models are expected to be released during the week ending 18th June.


12124 Greenslades Tours - Harrington Cavalier Coach
31808 BEA (orange livery) - AEC RMA class Routemaster Bus
38126 Ribble (route 668) - Flat windscreen Bristol VRT Bus
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