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July 2011
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Thursday 28 July
New Britbus Model Announced
Melvyn Grosberg has sent me details of a new Britbus model that he has been involved developing.
Melvyn says he has been asked many times for a Leyland Titan PD2 driver trainer model by Southdown enthusiasts, after starting the project some month's ago and with the help of Norman Hinchiffe of John Ayrey Diecasts, it has now reached the stage where Britbus have produced a pre-production sample model.


     Click the thumbnails above to view larger photographs of the early pre-production sample

The model has been given Britbus stock code L005 and will be a low run of round 500 pieces. The production models will carry registration number OCD 768 and fleet number T768. There will also be number of other amendments to the final production model which is due out at the end of August/September.

The model is expected to sell out, so if anyone would like to buy one from Melvyn, they can order one by sending a cheque or postal order, NO cash, made payable to Melvyn Grosberg at the address below. The model can also be purchased from Melvyn's website at www.acemodelbuses.co.uk

The model is priced £31.49 which includes first class recorded delivery to a UK mainland address.

Ace Model Buses
5 Laurel Hill Way
Colton
Leeds
LS15 9EW
Information kindly supplied by


Tuesday 26 July
Two Confirmed EFE Releases
The following EFE models have now been released in the UK.

29703 London Country NBC - Leyland Olympian Double Deck Bus
36604 Arriva London (route 78) - Dennis Dart SLF Plaxton Pointer II Single Deck Bus

Saturday 23 July
Confirmed Atlas Editions Release
The following model is currently being posted out to customers by Atlas Editions.
Unfortunately like the earlier Bristol K issue by this company this model has had the radiator and front light assembly incorrectly fitted resulting in a gap between the grille and bonnet assembly.

GBB16 Western Welsh - Leyland Tiger PS1 ECW Bus.

Friday 22 July
Lathalmond CMNL Commission
The commissioner of this year's Lathalmond model has kindly sent me some photographs of the pre-production sample which has just been received from CMNL.


CMNL have given the model reference number UKBUS0037 and it is hoped that it will be on sale at the open weekend at the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum on Sat/Sun 20/21 August.
Further details about the model can be found in my 22nd March posting.

Further information regarding availability is available from

or by sending a stamped addressed envelope to Susan Cameron at 8, Allander Drive, TORRANCE, Glasgow, G64 4LG.

Friday 22 July
London Transport Museum Model Commissions
I received a letter from the London Transport Museum today that gives details of the Museum's new online Collectors Club service which is due to go live on the Museum's website from the 1st August. This new service will replace the existing standing order service for customers with online access, those without will still be able receive information and place orders by post but some future services and offers may only be available to the online customers.

The letter also has an update on the already announced EFE model commissions and a number of new commissions which are being planned.
There are no confirmed release dates for any of these models yet, customers interested in the models will be emailed by museum nearer the actual release dates.
The current estimated price for all the models listed below is £33.99 plus £4 p&p unless otherwise indicated.

Previously Announced EFE Models
Pre-war RT LT red - Route 28
Post war RT LT red - Route 94
RLH LT green - Route 336
10T10 Green Line Pre-war - Route N
10T10 Green Line Pre-war - Route C1
RML Arriva (last few weeks of service) - Route 38
4 car 1938 Tube Car set (Museum's own) - Estimated price: £150.00

New EFE Model Commissions
Bristol Greyhound RELH/ECW Version A (NHW 308F / London via Reading & M4)
Bristol Greyhound RELH/ECW Version B (NHW 311F / Southend on Sea)
Guy Arab LT Utility (red with cream waistrail) - Route 107
STL red LPTB (silver roof no roof box) - Route 54
RF red LT (underlined LT fleetnames) - Route 240A
United Counties Bristol LS - Route 359 (Joint with LT)
GS LT green - Route 316

EFE Gift Sets
Two new Bus Sets have also been confirmed these will both feature two models packaged in individual boxes which will be issued in a special fully illustrated sleeve rather than the previous bespoke gift boxes.
Both sets will contain identical models of the prototype CRL4 Routemaster Coach on route 715.
The second model will be as follows:
Bus Set 15A - Prototypes Set: Green Line RC1 (two tone green) - Route 711
Bus Set 15B - Routemaster Set: Green Line RCL2242 - Route 704
The estimated price for these sets is 66.99 each plus the standard p&p fee.

The museum is hoping to launch a new series of bus and model railway commissions later this year and will email/mail out details to customers once specifications have been agreed with the manufacturers.

Tuesday 19 July
Next EFE Releases
The following EFE models are scheduled to be released during the week ending 30th July.

29703 London Country NBC - Leyland Olympian Double Deck Bus
36604 Arriva London (route 78) - Dennis Dart SLF Plaxton Pointer II Single Deck Bus
Release Information kindly supplied by


Monday 18 July
Confirmed OOC Release
The following OOC model has now been released by Corgi.

OM46401 National Express - Caetano Levante Coach

Caetano Levante Model Review

No further OOC models are scheduled to be released by Corgi between now and the week ending the 21st August.

Saturday 16 July & Updated 17 & 18 July
New Corgi OOC Models
Model Collector magazine has published details of some of the new models that feature in the new Corgi Catalogue for October 2011 to March 2012.

The latest Corgi catalogue has now been launched by the company and full details of all the models can be found on their website.
There are only five OOC models in this catalogue and these are made up of four new models based on existing tooling, all of these will be produced with a dual destination option. The fifth model is a brand new tooling of a new bus that has yet to go into production!
The details below are those shown on the Corgi website and some appear to have been updated since Model Collector went to press.
Cat No. OM40818A
Vehicle Bristol Lodekka FS6G Double Decker
Operator Central S.M.T.
Fleet No. B191
Registration AGM 691B
Route 44 Glasgow Anderson Cross
Expected March 2012
Cat No. OM40818B
Vehicle Bristol Lodekka FS6G Double Decker
Operator Central S.M.T.
Fleet No. B191
Registration AGM 691B
Route 240 Lanark
Expected March 2012
Cat No. OM41114A
Vehicle Leyland PD2A East Lancs Double Decker
Operator Blackburn Borough Transport
Fleet No. 144
Registration PTF 410G
Route Blackburn
Expected January 2012
Cat No. OM41114B
Vehicle Leyland PD2A East Lancs Double Decker
Operator Blackburn Borough Transport
Fleet No. 144
Registration PTF 410G
Route Pothouse
Expected January 2012
Cat No. OM43916A
Vehicle Guy Arab II Utility Double Decker
Operator Provincial
Fleet No. 32
Registration EOR 878
Route Gosport Ferry
Expected March 2012
Cat No. OM43916B
Vehicle Guy Arab II Utility Double Decker
Operator Provincial
Fleet No. 32
Registration EOR 878
Route Fareham
Expected March 2012
Cat No. OM46404A
Vehicle Caetano Levante Coach
Operator National Express/Lucketts Travel
  (Armed Forces Day livery)
Fleet No. --
Registration FJ59 APF
Route 030 Portsmouth
Expected January 2012
Cat No. OM46404B
Vehicle Caetano Levante Coach
Operator National Express/Lucketts Travel
  (Armed Forces Day livery)
Fleet No. --
Registration FJ59 APF
Route 300 Bristol Southampton & Bath
Expected January 2012
Cat No. OM46601
Vehicle New Bus For London Double Decker
Operator Arriva London ?
Notes Details have yet to be finalised and will be based on the first vehicle completed.
Expected March 2012
The final model above depicts the currently unnamed Wrightbus vehicle which is in development for use in London. The vehicle which has been heavily backed by the current London Mayor Boris Johnson has been nicknamed the "Borismaster" by the press.
The first prototype of the bespoke three door twin staircase bus is currently undergoing various engineering trials in the UK. This bus is due to enter service in the capital with Arriva along with five pre-production examples next year. The Corgi model will depict the first vehicle,the livery and other details will be finalised once those for the real bus have been confirmed.

Tuesday 12 July
Confirmed CMNL Release
The following model has now been released in the UK.

CNBUS2003 Shanghai Sunwin Demonstrator - Shanghai Sunwin Bus SWB6110 Coach


Tuesday 12 July
Confirmed EFE Releases
The following EFE models have now been released in the UK.
22517 Northern General - Alexander Y Type Coach
27627 CMT Buses - Volvo Wright Renown Single Deck Bus
35206 East Yorkshire - Long BET 6 Bay Coach
99935 Stagecoach Isle of Wight Line (Dinosaur Livery) - 1938 stock Tube Train Set

Two further EFE models have also been released in the past fortnight.
31907 London Transport (route 104) - AEC RML Class Routemaster
This model was available from the Routemaster Association at the recent North Weald Bus Rally. I'm not able to confirm whether the Association has starting posting out these models as yet but mine certainly hasn't arrived yet.

36002B London Transport (Route 277) - Leyland RTL
This commissioned model was released last weekend at a Members Only Open Day at the New Cobham Bus Museum.
If anyone can supply good quality photographs of this model I'd be most grateful. Please email me if you can help.


Tuesday 12 July
OK Travel RTW Variation Found
Barrie Davis has found two variations of the recently released Corgi OOC OM41707 RTW in OK Travel livery.

The first photograph shows what I believe is the correct version of the model which has the front destination display fitted over the red & gold band below the upper deck windows.


The second model has the destination display fitted below the said red & gold bands and partly outside of the recess provided for it on the upper deck casting.

Whether this is the reason why so many of these models failed the quality control checks isn't confirmed but clearly a fault that resulted in only 240 out of 1000 models being passed for sale to collectors must have been quite substantial.

If anyone can provide set of good quality photographs of the final production version of OM41707 I'd be must grateful. Please drop me an email if you can help.

Friday 8 July
Details of Six New EFE Models
EFE has released details and photographs of six new models, five of these were also briefly mentioned in the last Subscriber Newsletter.

Click the thumbnails to view high-res pictures or the ref no. link for normal sized versions.
Cat No. 24502
Vehicle Leyland Atlantean Alexander A Type
Operator Newcastle Corportion
Fleet No. 75
Registration ETN 75C
Route 11 Haymarket via Coast Road
Expected August 2011
Cat No. 25811
Vehicle Daimler Fleetline DMS
Operator Western S.M.T.
Fleet No. E1
Registration THM671M
Route 636 Gallowhall via Netherhill Road
Expected August 2011
Cat No. 26624
Vehicle Leyland Tiger Plaaxton Paramount 3500
Operator Brighton & Hove
Fleet No. 510
Registration F679OVK
Route --
Expected August 2011
Cat No. 29626
Vehicle Leyland Olympian Double Deck Bus
Operator Barton
Fleet No. 723
Registration C723NNN
Route 18 Nottingham via Beeston
Expected August 2011
Cat No. 34502
Vehicle Bedford TK Short Two Axle Tipper Lorry
Operator Martson Bricks
Fleet No. --
Registration 403 EBW
Route --
Expected August 2011
Cat No. 36604
Vehicle Dennis Dart SLF Plaxton Pointer II (2 Door)
Operator Arriva London
Fleet No. PDL 27
Registration G527GGO
Route 78 Nunhead
Expected July 2011
You can view the Trade Release Sheet at


Thursday 7 July
Corgi Collectors Club 2011 Models
The Corgi Collectors Club have revealed the two models which will be produced specially for club members this year.
The first is 1/76 scale Scania R Curtainside lorry in the livery of Scottish haulage company Sandy Kydd of Forfar. For bus collectors a third version of the forthcoming Shillibeer Routemaster is being produced with route 29 blinds and a destination of Tottenham Court Road. The club version will be a limited edition of 400 pieces.
 
Production dates for both of models have yet to be finalised.

The models can be obtained by Club Members who can choose which if any of the pair they would like included in the cost of their annual subscription. Further details about the club can be found on the Corgi Website.


Thursday 7 July
Next EFE Model Releases
The following EFE models are due to be released during the week ending the 16th July.
22517 Northern General - Alexander Y Type Coach
27627 CMT Buses - Volvo Wright Renown Single Deck Bus
35206 East Yorkshire - Long BET 6 Bay Coach
99935 Stagecoach Isle of Wight Line (Dinosaur Livery) - 1938 stock Tube Train Set
Release Information kindly supplied by


Wednesday 6 July
Confirmed OOC Releases
The following models have been now been released by Corgi.

OM46015A Lothian Buses (Easter Road destination) - Wright Urban Eclipse
OM46015B Lothian Buses (Clermiston destination) - Wright Urban Eclipse

Friday 1 July
Confirmed CMNL Release
Melvyn Grosberg from ACE Model Buses has confirmed he has now taken delivery of following CMNL model following it's UK release.

UKBUS6033 Transdev London United - Alexander Enviro400H Hybrid Double Deck Bus
Information kindly supplied by


Friday 1 July
Base Toys Releases & New Photographs
The following pair of Base Toys models from the most recently announced batch were released at the end of June.

DA15 B.R. Mills & Sons Ltd - Albion HD57 4 Axle Box Lorry


DA16 Bout Tillotson - Foden FG 4 Axle Box Lorry

Pre-production photographs of two more of the future releases from the same batch of models have also been published. One shows the new Leyland Boxer cab.

DA17 British Railways (Western Region) - Leyland FG Van


DA21 Wilkinsons Transport (Rochdale) - Leyland Boxer 2 Axle Box Van Lorry

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