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July 2014
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Wednesday 30 July
TiNY To Re-release Three Kits
Firstly some very sad news is that one of the original founding members of TiNY kits range, Keith Turner, sadly lost his long battle against cancer earlier this month. He built many of the masters for the TiNY range and made an immense contribution to the model bus hobby as a whole, he will long be remembered and very much missed.

TiNY are re-releasing three kits including Keith's personal favourite kit, TK9, the Barton PD1, later this year. The kit will include a comprehensive set of Sunrise transfers to complete the model and in memory of Keith all proceeds will go the The Christie where he received much of his treatment.


TK3 Crossley SD42 single-decker - Due Autumn 2014 - reservations now being accepted


TK8 1953-55 Burlingham B44F - Due Autumn 2014 - reservations now being accepted


TK9 Barton PD1 Duple L53F - Due Autumn 2014 - reservations now being accepted

For further details about the full range and how to order or reserve the kits please see the TiNY Kits page.

Friday 25 July Updated 26 July
EFE Celebrates 25 Years With Two Special Models
EFE Subscription Service members are to be offered a pair of special models to mark the companies 25th anniversary next month. The models both wear a silver and red liveries & carry appropriate "Exclusive First Editions Celebrating 25 years of truly collectable models".

The models are be offered to EFE subscribers in the latest newsletter mailing has just been posted out. Both models are priced 32.50 (including standard UK delivery) and are said to be only available in limited in numbers..

29207 Exclusive First Editions 25 years (route 25) - Leyland Titan Single Door Double Deck Bus
36006 Exclusive First Editions 25 years (route 25) - Leyland RTL Class Double Deck Bus

Details of how to join the Subscription Service/Collectors Association can be found on the Official Exclusive First Editions site.

Frank Joyce mentions in the newsletter the ongoing problems that are still being experienced with model production in China. In particular he highlights the saga of the Midland General RLH 34207. A pre-production samples of this model and several others were received at the beginning of the year and advertised by EFE.
In January due to a lack of staff the factory making them stopped production and EFE were forced to move the model to one of their other factories and start again. The RLH model has just passed inspection and should be ready for release in September, a full 12 months after it was first ordered. However during this time delay the orders have continued to rise, EFE had no way of anticipating the demand after all that has occurred, so this model could now be in short supply when released.

Four previously unannounced models are lisedt in the forthcoming releases section of the newsletter. As usual there are no further details or photographs at this stage.
35212 Sheffield Transport AEC Swift BET 36 foot Single Deck Bus
20647 North Western Premier (route 38) - Dennis Dart Plaxton Pointer Single Deck Bus
34303 London Transport (route 14) - AEC 2RT2 Double Deck Bus
20456 First Eastern National - Bristol VR Series 3 Double Deck Bus
Courtesy of EFE, a PDF version of the latest Release Sheet 6 plus smaller scans of the sheets
Release Sheet Issue 6 2014 Scan  Subscriber's EFE 25th Anniversay Models
Click Here for PDF Version of Release Sheet 6 2014 (6.5mb)

Saturday 26 July
More Corgi OOC Release Dates Announced
Corgi has announced release dates for a further pair of OOC models which are now scheduled for release during the week ending the 30th August.


OM46705A National Express Dundee (route 28 Douglas) - Wright Eclipse 2 Singe Deck Bus
OM46705B National Express Dundee (route 28 Charleston) - Wright Eclipse 2 Singe Deck Bus

Thursday 24 July
Next EFE Releases
The following EFE models have now been released & should be available from all the normal outlets.

31512 London Transport (route 47) - AEC RM Class Routemaster Double Deck Bus
36707 Bus Eireann (route 8) - Dennis Dart SLF Plaxton Pointer 2 Bus

Thurday 24 July
Two Confirmed B-T Releases
The following 1/76 scale lorries have now been released by B-T Models.

DA77 British Railways - Karrier Bantam Articulated Boxvan Lorry


DA78 British Road Services Sheffield - Leyland Octopus 4 Axle Flatbed Lorry

Wednesday 23 July
Next Corgi OOC Releases
Corgi has announced that the following OOC models are now scheduled for release during the week ending the 23 August.


OM42521A Preston Bus (route 8 Bus Station) - Dennis Trident East Lancs Double Deck Bus
OM42521B Preston Bus (route 8 Moor Nook) - Dennis Trident East Lancs Double Deck Bus
OM44118A Southern Vectis (route 32 Cowes and Gurnard) - Optare Solo Single Deck Bus
OM44118B Southern Vectis (route 25 Newport) - Optare Solo Single Deck Bus

Tuesday 22 July
Photographs of Recently Announced B-T Models
Photographs of four forthcoming B-T Models 1/76 scale lorries have been published by John Ayrey Diecasts.

DA76 National Coal Board - Commer 2 Axle Bulk Tipper


DA82 Rail Express Parcels - Leyland FG 2 Axle Van


DA83 British Railways - Karrier Bantam Articulated Dropside Lorry


DA84 Glover's Transport - Albion Reiver 3 Axle Tipper Lorry

Monday 21 July
Confirmed EFE Release
The following EFE model has now been released and is exclusively available only from Bachmann appointed stockists.

31511 London Transport (Queen's Silver Jubilee livery/route 1) - AEC RM Class Routemaster Double Deck Bus

Saturday 19 July
Corgi Offers Collector Club Members Rare Models
The Corgi Collectors Club is running a ballot among its members offering the chance to purchase a rare example of the First Leeds Wright Eclipse Fusion model OM41310.

As you may be aware the release of this proposed dual destination model which was announced in the 2013 Jan-June Corgi catalogue was canceled in late 2013 due to production problems. However it turns out eighteen examples were produced & these comprise of nine examples of each of the two route 95 destination options - (A) Leeds Rail Station or (B) Bodington Hall.
The models will be supplied in standard Corgi OOC packaging and will be offered to the lucky 18 members drawn at random after the 25th July for £49.99 plus P&P.

OM41310A First Leeds (route 95 Leeds Rail Station) - Wright Eclipse Fusion Bendibus
OM41310B First Leeds (route 95 Bodington Hall) - Wright Eclipse Fusion Bendibus

Saturday 19 July
More LT Museum Commissions For EFE
EFE has produced two further commissioned models for the London Transport Museum. Both of these were on sale at the Routemaster 60 event held last weekend and carry the same side adverts for "Evolution of the London Bus" which were also applied to three previous models produced for the Year of the Bus event last month. (see 21 June news item)
If any stock of these models remained after the event they will be made available via the Museum's shop/website in due course.

Further details and larger photographs can be found on EFE's official news blog page

34101C London Transport (RT 469 / route 152) - AEC RT Double Deck Bus
38901A London Transport (RCL2256 / route 149) - AEC RCL Class Routemaster Double Deck Bus

Friday 18 July
Nine New B-T Models Announced
The following B-T Models have been announced today on the John Ayrey Diecast site and are all listed as due for release in August.
Only the Bristol LD models have been illustrated so far.

B111A Crosville (RFM 434 / route K20) - Bristol Lodekka LD6B Double Deck Bus (Long radiator / Open platform)


B111B Crosville (821 AFM / route C84) - Bristol Lodekka LD6B Double Deck Bus (Short radiator / Closed platform)


B111C Crosville (806 AFM / route H16) - Bristol Lodekka LD6B Double Deck Bus (Short radiator / Closed platform)

DA81 British Railways - AEC Mercury Articulated Flatbed Lorry
DA82 Rail Express Parcels - Leyland FG Van
DA83 British Railways - Karrier Bantam Articulated Dropside Lorry
DA84 Glover's Transport - Albion Reiver Tipper Lorry
DA85 Fire Decontamination Unit - Leyland FG Van
DA86 British Road Services - Foden DG 6x4 Flatbed Lorry

Friday 18 July
Next EFE Releases
The following EFE models are scheduled for release during the week ending 26 July.

31512 London Transport (route 47) - AEC RM Class Routemaster Double Deck Bus
36707 Bus Eireann (route 8) - Dennis Dart SLF Plaxton Pointer 2 Bus
Information kindly supplied by


Thursday 11 July Updated 19 July
Restricted Site Updates
Due to the failure of my Laptop, site updates have been very limited with only the news section being updated over the last 10 days or so.
I have now replaced the defective laptop and commenced full updates to the site. I will also begin to clear the backlog of site email recieved during my period off-line over the coming days.

Thursday 11 July
Confirmed B-T Releases
The following models have now been released by B-T Models.

DA77 British Railways - Karrier Bantam Articulated Boxvan Lorry
DA78 British Road Services - Leyland Octopus 4 Axle Flatbed Lorry

Thursday 11 July
Confirmed EFE Releases
The following EFE models have now been released by EFE.

17230 Eastern National Citybus (route 20) - Long Leyland National Mark I Bus
26328 London Transport (Grey / route 145) - Guy Arab II Utility Double Deck Bus
38703 Eastern Scottish - Alexander Y Type Single Deck Bus
Information kindly supplied by


Friday 4 July
Confirmed B-T Release
The following model has now been released by B-T Models.

B020 British Coachways / Wallace Arnold - Leyland Leopard Duple Dominant II Coach (1/76 scale)
Information kindly supplied by


Thursday 3 July
Confirmed EFE Releases
The following EFE models are expected to be released during the week ending the 12 July.

17230 Eastern National Citybus (route 20) - Long Leyland National Mark I Bus
26328 London Transport (Grey / route 145) - Guy Arab II Utility Double Deck Bus
38703 Eastern Scottish - Alexander Y Type Single Deck Bus
Information kindly supplied by


Thursday 3 July
Confirmed Oxford Releases
The following Omnibus range models have now been released by Oxford Diecast.

76WFA001 South Wales - Weymann Fanfare AEC Coach (1/76 Scale)
NUT003 Midland Red - Guy Arab Utility Double Deck Bus (N Scale)

Tuesday 1 July
Confirmed B-T Releases
The following models have now been released by B-T Models.

DA75 British Rail (yellow) - Leyland Terrier 2 Axle Dropside Lorry
DA80 British Rail (yellow) - Leyland Terrier 2 Axle Flatbed Lorry

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