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Saturday 23 July
Confirmed Atlas Editions Release
The eleventh model in the Atlas Editions Classic Coaches Collection has now been released.
Once again this model is 1/76 scale & appears to be based on the existing Corgi OOC tooling complete with posable front wheels.
Please note my digital camera hasn't captured the correct hue of the base colour used on this model which is a very pale yellow.

4642 111 Excelsior Holidays, Bournemouth - Plaxton Excalibur Coach

Saturday 23 July
Two Confirmed B-T Releases
The following models have now been released in the UK.


B116A United Counties (958/route 142) Bristol Lodekka LD6 ECW Double Deck Bus (Long radiator/platform doors)
B116B United Counties (976/route 141) Bristol Lodekka LD6 ECW Double Deck Bus (Short radiator/platform doors)
Information kindly supplied by


Thursday 21 July
Confirmed EFE Model Releases
The following EFE models have now been released in the UK.

16016 Todmorden/British Railways (Keighley destination) - Leyland PD2 Lowbridge
20652 Orpington Buses (route R9) - Dennis Dart Plaxton Pointer Bus
24906 First Capital (route 212) - Mercedes Benz Reeve Burgess Minibus
27319 Scout (Blackpool destination) - Leyland Titan TD1 with Enclosed Staircase

The following commissioned model was available at two events in Plymouth last weekend and examples are now available direct from Invicta Model Rail of Sidcup for 19.99 plus P&P.

99207A Plymouth City Transport - Leyland TD1 with Enclosed Staircase & Piano Front. (Commissioned by Invicta Model Rail)
Information kindly supplied by


Monday 18 July
New Pair of AsianBus Models Released
According to the John Ayrey Diecast's site the following models have now been released in the UK.
These models are based on the plastic B-T models tooling, but have metal inserts inside to give them extra weight.


MB03 Fok Lei, Macau (route 21 Macau Coleane) Bristol Lodekka LD ECW Double Deck Bus (Short radiator/platform doors)
MB04 Fok Lei, Macau (route 11 Macau Taipa) Bristol Lodekka LD ECW Double Deck Bus (Short radiator/platform doors)

Wednesday 13 July
Upcoming B-T Model Releases
The following models are expected to be released in the next few days.


B116A United Counties (958/route 142) Bristol Lodekka LD6 ECW Double Deck Bus (Long radiator/platform doors)
B116B United Counties (976/route 141) Bristol Lodekka LD6 ECW Double Deck Bus (Short radiator/platform doors)
Information kindly supplied by


Tuesday 12 July & updated 11 August
Confirmed & Next Corgi OOC Releases
The following models have now been released by Corgi in the UK.


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

The following are expected to be the next Corgi OOC models & these are currently scheduled for release during the week ending the 3 September.
OM46615A Arriva London Coca Cola livery ( Dest'n Streatham Hill) - New Routemaster Bus
OM46615B Arriva London Coca Cola livery (Dest'n Oxford Circus) - New Routemaster Bus


Revised 10th August
The latest release dates update by Corgi indicates the next OOC release will be the following model, it is expected to be released during the week ending the 17th September.
The August releases the Coca Cola New Routemaster has been pushed back to October while the Southdown Open Queen Mary has slipped back to December.

OM46613 London United RATP Group (route 9) - New Routemaster Bus (Corgi 60th Anniversary packaging)

OOC model release confirmed by


Saturday 9 July
Next EFE Model Releases
The following EFE models are expected to be released during the week ending the 23 July.
Please note there is still a chance that one of the models below may be changed.


16016 Todmorden/British Railways (Keighley destination) - Leyland PD2 Lowbridge
20652 Orpington Buses (route R9) - Dennis Dart Plaxton Pointer Bus
24906 First Capital (route 212) - Mercedes Benz Reeve Burgess Minibus
27319 Scout (Blackpool destination) - Leyland Titan TD1 with Enclosed Staircase
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Thursday 7 July
Confirmed EFE Model Releases
The following EFE models have now been released in the UK.


28013 Midland Red North Chaserider - Single Door Daimler Fleetline DMS
26330 Plymouth City Transport - Guy Arab II Utility Bus
Information kindly supplied by


Thursday 7 July
Confirmed Oxford Diecast Release
The following Oxford Diecast model has been released in the UK.


NUT005 Wolverhampton Corporation - Guy Arab II Utility Bus (N Scale)

Saturday 2 July
Latest EFE Subscriber's Newsletter & Release Sheet
EFE has posted out the latest subscriber newsletter along with the third release sheet of the year.

Problems in China are still affecting model release dates, resulting in other models ready for release often being brought forward at short notice or "out of the blue".

Frank Joyce the Founder & Managing Director has recently suffered a serious medical problem that put him in hospital for a week. Although back in the office again he is now working part time.
Frank says "A life threatening experience like this stops you in your tracks making you put things in perspective, forcing you to take a fresh look at life and identify what things are really important and it has certainly focused my thinking."

I'm sure you will join me in sending your best wishes to Frank & his family, and hope he makes speedy recovery back to full health.

A few previously unannounced models are listed among in forthcoming releases section.
29103 Metrobus - Daimler Fleetline DMS 2 Door
32804 London Transport - Thames Trader Short Tipper Lorry
29414 National Express - Bristol RELH Dual Purpose Coach

These previously announced models are delayed
12122 Southdown - Harrington Cavalier Coach
23406 British Railways - Bedford TK 2 Axle Flatbed
31515 London Transport - AEC RM Routemaster Bus
34111 London Transport - AEC RT3 Bus
36007 Barton Transport - Leyland RTL Bus
15808 East Kent - Leyland PD1 Lowbridge
38123 City of Oxford - Bristol VRT II Flat Windscreen Bus

The recent subscriber exclusive London Transport RT model 34114 is now sold out & all the models have been posted out.

Courtesy of EFE, scans & a PDF of the Release Sheet Issue 3 2016
Release Sheet 3 2016 Scan Barton Fleet Focus Part 3 Scan
You can view a PDF version of the release sheet HERE (8mb).
EFE Release Sheet Archive

Saturday 02 July
B Type Bus Kit
WD Models have produced a 1/76 scale resin kit of the London General B Type bus. The model is available in two versions which depict the vehicle either in its original London form, or as a First World War troop transport vehicle.



The civilian bus version is supplied with a full set of period waterslide decals and contain 67 parts, the war time version, which has boarded up lower deck windows, contains 65 parts & is supplied with dye rub down type decals.

WDMT06 LGOC B Type Bus (War Department version) - 28.00
WDMT11 LGOC B Type Bus (Civilian version) - 32.00

There are also two further kits which depict lorry conversions of the B type bus.

WDMT09 LGOC B Type Lorry (Canvas covered rear & cab) - 22.00
WDMT10 LGOC B Type Lorry (Open rear with hard top cab) - 22.00

Further images & downloadable assembly instructions can be found HERE.
All the kits can be ordered online from the WD Models.com site.

Friday 1 July
EFE Announce Six Future Models
EFE has published details of six future models which are expected to be released in July or August.

Cat No. 16016
Vehicle Leyland PD2 Lowbridge Bus
Operator Todmorden/British Railways
Fleet No. 3
Registration GWW 39
Route Keighley
Expected July 2016
Cat No. 16231
Vehicle Bristol MW/LS ECW Coach
Operator Eastern Counties
Fleet No. LE 998
Registration PNN 774
Route 207 Service
Expected July 2016
Cat No. 20457
Vehicle Bristol VRT Series III Bus
Operator Eastern Counties
Fleet No. 219
Registration BVG 219T
Route 604 Martham
Expected August 2016
Cat No. 20652
Vehicle Dennis Dart Plaxton Pointer Bus
Operator Orpington Buses
Fleet No. --
Registration P411 MLA
Route R9 Orpington Station
Expected July 2016
Cat No. 24907
Vehicle Mercedes 609D Reeve Burgess Minibus
Operator First Cymru
Fleet No. 299
Registration E299 VEP
Route 44 Grenfell Park
Expected July 2016
Cat No. 35213
Vehicle 36' BET Weymann Single Deck Bus
Operator Maidstone & District
Fleet No. 3757
Registration EKJ 117C
Route 180 Brighton
Expected August 2016
Courtesy of EFE, scans & a PDF of the Trade Order Form for June 2016
Trade Order Form June 2016 Scan
You can view a PDF version of the trade order form HERE (2.4mb).
EFE Release Sheet Archive

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