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August 2012
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Friday 31 August
Confirmed B-T Releases
The following 1/76 scale lorries have now been released by B-T Models.

DA48 Ripponden & District - AEC Mammoth van & drawbar van trailer
DA49 BRS Parcels Nottingham - Leyland Steer van

Friday 31 August
Confirmed EFE Releases
The following EFE models were released earlier this week.

16902 London Transport Red Arrow - Short Dual Leyland National Mark 2
26208 Leigh Corporation - Guy Arab I Utility Double Deck Bus
35307 East Kent - Long BET 6 Bay Single Deck Bus

Saturday 25 August
Forward Models Press Release
Derek Perry from Forward Models has contact with an update on the progress of the new Birmingham Standard Die-cast models.
The models have now been manufactured in China and are currently be shipped to the UK. They should be released during September.

Derek writes..
There are five models but the first two (2533 and 2548) are MUSEUM EDITIONS and only available from museums (or direct from Forward Models). This is so that we can donate 20% of the price to bus preservation projects, worth over 7 per bus sold.

Bus 2533 is kept at The Transport Museum, Wythall and was the inspiration for our first model. When I saw the newly restored 2548, I decided to produce it as a model as well! I found out how expensive it can be to restore a bus to its authentic condition and I hope this is one way I can help. If both Museum Editions sell out, we will raise up to 10,000 for bus preservation.

The other three models are open editions, available widely through shops and internet sellers, often at a discount.

Press Releases (PDF Docs)
Press Launch
Technical Information

Thursday 23 August
Cornfirmed Corgi OOC Release
The first issue of the OOC "New Bus for London" has now been released.
Melvyn at has supplied these shots of one of production models which arrived from Corgi yesterday.

OM46601 Arriva London (route 38) - New Bus for London - 3500 pieces
Model Photographs kindly supplied by

Wednesday 22 August
Latest Kits From Kingsway Models
The latest addition to the Kingsway Models range of London Transport Bus Garages is Nunhead AH.

This was opened originally by the National Steam Car Co passing through LGOC to LT. It remained operational until 1954 and was afterwards used by coach companies and then Prince Marshall's Obsolete Fleet which provided ST 922 for central London vintage route 100.

Now demolished (although part of the tower still remains amongst the housing on the site) this characterful building can be assembled without the LT signage to perhaps represent a bus garage for another company.

Click the thumbnails below to view larger versions

You can also view the PDF flyer for Nunhead Garage kit HERE.

Also available is a revamped Chelsham or Godstone kit. The kit is now deeper (6.75") although the same price as before. Note that the photos show the model affixed to a scenic board with a little extra detailing to show what results can be achieved. The garage doors can with care be repositioned as required.
Either of these very similar garages can be built from the kit.

You can also view the PDF flyer for the Chelsham & Godstone Garage kit HERE.

Both of the above kits are priced £14 each (UK postage inclusive) and can be purchased online from website.

Tuesday 21 August
Next EFE Releases
The following EFE models are scheduled to be released during the week ending 1st September.

16902 London Transport Red Arrow - Short Dual Leyland National Mark 2
26208 Leigh Corporation - Guy Arab I Utility Double Deck Bus
35307 East Kent - Long BET 6 Bay Single Deck Bus
Release information kindly supplied by

Sunday 19 August
Confirmed Oxford Release
The following model has now been released by Oxford Diecast.

NPE004 Logans of Dunloy (Coporate Coaching) - Plaxton Elite Coach (N Scale)

Saturday 18 August
Latest Release From Atlas Editions
A BET Federation single deck bus in East Yorkshire blue and cream is the latest edition to Atlas' Great British Bus Collection.
This model arrived in a sturdy cardboard box rather than the flimsy plastic bag used hitherto. There were no collector's cards included with this model however.

GBB29 East Yorkshire Motor Services - BET Federation Singe Deck Bus

Saturday 18 August
More OOC Release Dates Announced
The latest Corgi release bulletin indicates that three further OOC releases are due during the week ending September 15th.

OM41608A Luton Corporation Transport (Seymour Avenue Destination) - Crossley DD42 Double Deck Bus - 500 pieces
OM41608B Luton Corporation Transport (Park Square Destination) - Crossley DD42 Double Deck Bus - 500 pieces
OM49904 London Transport Then & Now Set - New Bus for London, Routemaster & Q1 Trolleybus - 1000 pieces (Sold Out, All stock has been allocated by Corgi)

Friday 17 August
Nine New N Scale Lorries Announced by B-T Models
The following N scale lorries have been announced by B-T Models. Only one photograph has been issued showing N019 which has already been released. There is no indication as to when the others are expected to be released.

N019 Northern Motor Utillities - Foden DG 4 Axle Flatbed (Released)

N020 British Railways - Albion Clydesdale Flatbed
N021 Wynns Heavy Haulage - Commer Lowloader
N022 Bulwark Transport - Albion CX7 Milk Tanker
N023 GWR - Foden DG Ballast & Lowloader
N024 Castrol - Leyland Octopus Tanker
N025 BRS - AEC Mammoth Major & Trailer
N026 British Railways - Commer Bullion Van
N027 BRS Parcels - Leyland MO Beaver Flatbed

Wednesday 15 August
Photograph of Forthcoming B-T Duple Dominant
John Ayrey Diecasts has published a photograph showing one of the pair of forthcoming Duple Dominant models.

B013 Park's of Hamilton (GGD 671T with Private destination) - Volvo B58 Duple Dominant II Coach

Wednesday 15 August
Free Oxford Diecast Model Bus
Oxford Diecast has teamed up with the Buses magazine to offer readers a free N scale model.
The September issue of the magazine (published on 17th August) contains the application form and the first of three tokens, further tokens will be printed in the next two issues of the magazine.
There are eight different models to chose from & also the alternative offer of purchasing all eight models for just £20, a 50% discount on the normal RRP.

The models included in the offer are:
NBS001 Alexander Bluebird - Burlingham Sunsaloon
NOB002 Southdown - Bedford OB Coach
NQ1001 London Transport - Q1 Trolleybus
NQM003 A1 Services - Queen Mary
NRF001 Greenline - AEC RF
NRM001 London Transport - Routemaster Bus
NRT001 London Transport - Roofbox RT Bus
NTR003 Blackpool Tram

Wednesday 15 August
Latest EFE Releases
The following EFE models have now been released.

38103 Eastern National - Bristol VR Series I Double Deck Bus
29628 Trent Buses - Leyland Olympian Double Deck Bus

Monday 13 August
Two Releases From B-T Models
B-T Models have released the following DA series 1/76 scale lorries.

DA46 British Road Services - Foden DG6 4 Axle Flatbed
DA47 Northern Motor Utilities - Foden DG 4 Axle Flatbed

Friday 10 August
More Oxford Bedford OWB Buses Announced
Oxford Diecast held a preview of it's upcoming 2012/3 model releases at wholesaler John Ayrey's Diecast earlier this month.

The Bedford OWB Bus has been tweaked and improved life guards have been added, these features will first appear on the next pair of releases depicting Southern National & Merthyr Tydfil post war vehicles. Two further OWB models were also on show at the preview. The first is a grey liveried British Railways vehicle while the other wears the colours of Bertram Mills Circus.

76OWB004 Southern National - Bedford OWB Bus
76OWB005 Merthyr Tydfil - Bedford OWB Bus

A preview of these and other new Oxford tooling can be viewed on the Collectors Club of Great Britain site.
They've also posted a video on You Tube featuring Oxford Diecast owner Lyndon Davies previewing some of the company's forthcoming products.

Friday 10 August
Next Corgi OOC Release
The first issue of the OOC New Bus for London model is scheduled for release during the week ending the 1st September. There are no other OOC models currently scheduled for release during the period ending on the 15th September.

OM46601 Arriva London (route 38) - New Bus for London - 3500 pieces (Sold Out, All stock has been allocated by Corgi)

Friday 3 August
Eight New EFE Models Announced
EFE's latest trade release sheet contains details of eight new models which are all scheduled for release during September. There's also a new lorry cargo pack for the railway accessories range.
The destination on the Trent Leyland Olympian announced at the end of June (29628) has also been revised.

Click the thumbnail to view large images or the cat no links for normal sized images.
Cat No. 14205
Vehicle Bristol Lodekka FLF Double Deck Bus
Operator Eastern National
Fleet No. HH 2712
Registration 92 TVX
Route 3 Canvey Leigh Beck
Expected September
Cat No. 16013
Vehicle Leyland PD2 Lowbridge Double Deck Bus
Operator Barton Robin Hood
Fleet No. 943
Registration FWT 184
Route 7A Calverton
Expected September
Cat No. 23322
Vehicle AEC Mark I RF Bus
Operator Silverline Coaches , Hounslow
Fleet No. LHR 2
Registration NLE 661
Route Terminal 1 - 2
Expected September
Cat No. 28607
Vehicle GM Standard Atlantean Double Deck Bus
Operator Magic Bus (Manchester)
Fleet No. 4679
Registration A679 HNB
Route 142 Piccadilly
Expected September
Cat No. 28821
Vehicle Leyland Titan 2 Door Double Deck Bus
Operator Go Whippet
Fleet No. -
Registration A861 SUL
Route 12 Town Circular to St Ives
Expected September
Cat No. 31509
Vehicle AEC Routemaster RMC Coach
Operator Kelvin Scottish
Fleet No. 1929
Registration EDS 288A
Route 61 Summerston
Expected September
Cat No. 36303
Vehicle Bedford TK Short Dropside Lorry
Operator British Rail
Fleet No. 4VF 5114G S
Registration WBY 114G
Cargo Concrete Drainage Pipes
Expected September
Cat No. 38105
Vehicle Bristol VRT Series I Double Deck Bus
Operator United
Fleet No. 605
Registration WHN 415G
Route 405 Blyth
Expected September
Cat No. 29628
Vehicle Leyland Olympian Bus
Operator Trent Buses
Fleet No. 721
Registration C721 NNN
Route Black Orchid
Expected August
Cat No. 99624
Model Concrete Drainage Pipes Load
(3 per pack)
Expected October
You can view the latest trade release sheets at

Wednesday 1 August
Birmingham Standards to Make Debut
Forward Models are planning to exhibit the first production versions of their new diecast models of the Birmingham Standards on Sunday 5th August. Samples of the first models have been flown to the UK in advance of the main consignment which is currently being shipped from China by Sea.

The sample models will fittingly go on view at The Wythall Transport Museum which houses the preserved JOJ 433, the subject of one of the first models.
Members of the Forward Association will be able to gain free access to the Museum and will be able to attend a special presentation by Forward Models during the Afternoon.
The actual production models are expected to do on general sale during September.

Further details can be found on the Forward Models Website.

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