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Tuesday 30 July
OOC Fusiliers Anniversary Set Further Delayed
The twin pack bus set celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers has had it expected Summer release pushed back to the Autumn according to a recent update of the Corgi OOC store page for the set.
Corgi have now allocated all stock of the 1000 sets to retailers and the Corgi online site has not been accepting any further pre-orders for several months.

OM46620 Celebrating 50 Years of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Twin Bus Pack - New Routemaster & Wright Gemini 2 Double Deck Buses - Expected Autumn 2019

Corgi have indicated that the OOC range will continue and further items are being planned for future catalogues.

Wednesday 24 July
Nigel Roberts Model Kits Update
The two Devon General Centenary model kits shown below are now a available from Nigel Roberts Models.
A very limited number of the earlier Bristol SUL ECW coach kit are also still available.
Sunrise Transfers have produced a set of Southern/Western National decals for the Bristol SUL kit and these can be obtained direct from Sunrise Models & Transfers.

Further contract details and postage rates for Nigel Roberts' kits below can be found on his page in the kits section.
Image Ref No. Model Availability &
Price (exc Postage)

2 Bristol SUL ECW C33F MK I
Supplied to Western / Southern National fleets in 1960
(The early original body style with the ECW front 'wings')
Limited Stock
plus P&P

-- Sunrise Transfers Set for our Bristol SUL Kits
Now available from Sunrise Transfers is a full set of transfers especially produced for the Bristol SUL coach kit. This consists of a variety of destination displays, both Western & Southern National fleetnames in various sizes, legal lettering / body markings, window bills along with a number of fleet/registration plates.
These are available directly from Sunrise.
For further details tel: 0141 4234328 or:
Available from
Sunrise Transfers

3 1956 7'6" x 30'00" Commer / Beadle B40F Integral Bus
This model will also feature silver edged printed windscreens.
In Stock
plus P&P

4 1951/2 8' 00" x 27'00" AEC Regent 111 / Weymann H30/26R
This kit comes as standard with the open rear platform. However an additional casting for the platform doors / rear bulkhead is also included with the kit to allow either version to be modelled as per the DG fleet.
Similar vehicles were also used by South Wales Transport Co, Rhondda, Morecombe & Heysham, Kingston Upon Hull etc
In Stock
plus P&P

Tuesday 23 July
Sunrise Kits Update
A quick update on some kits currently available from Sunrise. The full list of current & planned kits can be viewed on the Sunrise Models Kit Page which also contains a downloadable version of the latest the Sunrise Transfers catalogue.

The versions of Bedford VAS / Duple Midland/Willowbrook Bus (Kit 78A/B/C) have been slightly revised and are shown below along with an Loyalty Bonus which is available on these kits & Kit 77.

Image Ref No. Model Availability &
Price (exc Postage)
KIT 69A 1948 Park Royal-bodied AEC Regal III coach (GNR) Latest Release - £40
KIT 34 1952 Alexander ‘Coronation’ coach, centre entrance Second run due August 2019
Reserve now
KIT 70 Alexander ALX200 single-decker In stock
- Few left, check availability before ordering
KIT 77 Bedford C5Z1 / Duple Midland Bus Due 2019
Reserve Now
KIT 78A Bedford VAS / Duple Midland/Willowbrook Bus
Standard version with normal depth side windows and no cove panel windows
Due 2019
Reserve Now
KIT 78B Bedford VAS / Duple Midland/Willowbrook Bus
MacBrayne version with deeper side windows & cove panel windows
Due 2019
Reserve Now
KIT 78C Bedford VAS / Duple Midland/Willowbrook Bus
MacBrayne version with deeper side windows & cove panel windows, and mail compartment
Due 2019
Reserve Now
For all Kit 77/78 versions, the normal price has been set at £33 when the kits are available, but under the Sunrise Customer Loyalty Bonus scheme, payment of a £10 deposit now will result in a 10% discount, bringing the price of these kits down to £30. This offer is also available to anybody who has already ordered these kits. Please contact Sunrise initially for details of payment options before taking up this offer.

Sunday 21 July
Three Further Jotus Optare Spectra Models Released
Jotus have released three further versions of their resin Optare Spectra double deck bus model.
The first pair are variations of the recently released Optare Demonstrator model K170 FYG (RS76623A Route 003), both are limited to just 10 pieces and unfortunately one has already sold out.

RS76623A-X17 Optare Demonstrator K170FYG (Blue / silver livery - Route X17 City Centre) - Optare Spectra Single Door Double Deck Bus - 10 produced

RS76623A-27 Optare Demonstrator K170FYG (Blue /Silver livery - Brighton Buses route 27 Brighton Station Saltdean) - Optare Spectra Single Door Double Deck Bus - 10 produced (SOLD OUT)

The X17 version is still available and if you're interested you should contact Jotus by email at for further details & price.

The third model again features K170FYG but this time in plain dealer white livery with blank destinations. This version is limited to 50 pieces and can be ordered from the online store. These are priced US $91 plus delivery which at the time of posting is around £73.

RS76623C Plain Dealer White F170FYG (blank destinations)- Optare Spectra Single Door Double Deck Bus - 50 produced

Further photographs of all three models can be viewed on the Jotus Facebook page.

Saturday 13 July
LBRT Release New London Metrobus & Titan Route Transfers
LBRT Transfers' have added more new routes to their range of RT blinds, there are also a couple of new RM/RML route blind packs & three sets of ultimate destinations for RT & RM class vehicles
A further batch of new transfers is expected to arrive towards the end of this month containing a selection of routes for the upcoming new EFE Cravens RT model.

A PDF list of the latest new routes with the destinations supplied is available HERE.

The transfers can be purchased online from

Saturday 13 July
Northcord Model Company - Press Release
ADL Enviro400 MMC ukbus 6517 Plain White ckd kit

Northcord Model Company is pleased to announce the release of ukbus 6517, the long awaited 10.5 metre single door casting of this distinctive, modern, double-decker in the United Kingdom, in ckd kit form.

The ukbus 6517 ckd kit includes a plain white 10.5 metre, single door diecast body, plain black frame windows, unpainted ceilings, seating units and seats as well as all hand rails. A fully illustrated set of assembly instructions is included within the ckd kit box to enable the modeller to build up the model in whatever way is desired by each modeller.

NMC understands the difficulty in attaching some very small items, particularly the windscreen wipers which can easily become lost, therefore those items are already attached to the windscreen assembly to avoid such losses. However, because modellers will choose to paint their bodyshell to their own desired scheme in the main, the driver rear-view mirrors have not been pre-attached to the bodyshell by the factory.

The attached photos show the progression as follows : Photo 1 illustrates all parts supplied in the ckd kit laid out on top of the illustrated instructions; Photo 2 highlights the plain white bodyshell with other major components and Photo 3 shows a completed kit that is described in more detail, below.

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The fully-painted model is a completely amateur-built example representing Arriva Northumbria 7541 (YX17 NNO). This model took a total of five days from collection to completion and included all interior and exterior painting, assembly of all parts and final exterior detailing using home-made decals.

In addition to the featured Arriva Sapphire livery on the 10.5m Enviro400 MMC, other Arriva liveries are possible by representing fleets such as Arriva Midlands, Arriva Kent Thameside or Arriva Yorkshire.

Of the other companies that have specified the 10.5m bus, First companies feature largely and across much of Britain with a plethora of colours and livery layouts from which to choose.

Of course, modellers who maintain their own, fictitious, bus fleets will enjoy the flexibility to develop their style from the ground up as they build their own ckd kits.

NMC would welcome seeing photos of modellers’ built kits shared on Social Media.

The ukbus 6517 ckd kit is limited to 1200 pieces worldwide & will be distributed by John Ayrey Die-Casts Limited (UK), Porte Publishing Company (Japan), 80M Bus Model Shop and Concorde Hobby Shop (HK) respectively.

Wednesday 10 July
Confirmed Oxford Omnibus Model Releases
The following Oxford Diecast Omnibus range models have now been released to UK retailers.

43WFA001 South Wales Transport - Weymann Fanfare AEC Coach (1/43rd scale)

76DC002 Grey Cars - Duple Comammander II Coach

76SB004 County Donegal Railways - Saunders Roe Saro Bus

Monday 8 July
Confirmed UK Northcord Model Release
Another version of the Northcord's ADL Enviro 400 MMC model has now been released in the UK.

UK6510 Yellow Buses - ADL Enviro 400 MMC Double Deck Bus
Information kindly supplied by

Wednesday 3 July
Upcoming Oxford Omnibus Model Releases
The upcoming July releases from Oxford Diecast will include the following Omnibus Range models.

43WFA001 South Wales Transport - Weymann Fanfare AEC Coach (1/43rd scale)

76DC002 Grey Cars - Duple Comammander II Coach

76SB004 County Donegal Railways - Saunders Roe Saro Bus

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