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August 2019
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Saturday 31 August
Two Commissioned EFE Models Released
Two commissioned EFE London Transport Leyland National models have now been released.
Firstly TTC Diecast have received the red & gold East London Coaches model which depicts LS35 KJD535P on route D5 bound for Mile End Station. The model is certificated & a limited edition of 500 pieces.
This model can be ordered from & is priced £32.99 plus delivery.

E16610Z East London - Short Leyland National Mk I dual door

The second model has been commissioned by Invicta Model Rail of Sidcup & features former LS178 in the blue & cream livery of Bexleybus. Renumbered 53, THX178S is depicted working on route 269 to Bromley North. This release is also a limited edition of 500 models & is available from Invicta Model Rail for £32.99 plus delivery.

E16609Z Bexleybus - Short Leyland National Mk I dual door

Friday 30 August
Next EFE Release
Bachmann are about to release their next Exclusive First Editions model to appointed stockists in the UK.
E34116 is a reproduction of preserved RT1347 registration KLB 596 which has been repainted by it's owner Mick Gamble into the blue & red livery of Leicestershire operator Browns Blue.

Browns Blue based in Markfield acquired nine RTs secondhand in 1958. Eight of the vehicles had bodies with a roof number box fitted on the front dome, the exception was ex-RT173 HLW 160 which had received a later non-roofbox body during overhaul but had been disposed of early by London Transport. Although RT173 no longer exists, KLB 596 offers a good representation of this unique member of the Browns Blue fleet.

Bachmann would like to acknowledge the assistance of KLB 596 owner Mick Gamble, whose authoritative work 'Browns Blue: The Leicestershire Bus Company That Took the Community to its Heart' was published in 2012.

E34116 Browns Blue - AEC RT Bus (1/76 Scale)

Below are a selection of hi-res photographs showing the final production version of the model. These will each open in new windows/tab. A Video slide show is also available below in the form of a YouTube video.

Below is a video slide show of all the above photographs. Click the YouTube logo to view at full size.

Tuesday 27 August
Latest New 1/43 Hatchette Models Arriving This Week
Yardley Wood Bus Club has advised that the latest batch of 1/43 scale bus & coach models from the Hatchette Buses of the World partworks will be released later this week. YWBC will be processing their orders this coming weekend.

A full list of the latest models can be found below in my 4th August news posting.
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Tuesday 27 August
Confirmed UK Northcord Model Release
The following model has now been released in the UK and should be available from retailers this week.

ukbus 6517 Plain White ckd kit - ADL Enviro400 MMC Double Deck Bus

Tuesday 6 August
Northcord Models Press Release For UKBUS6515
Northcord Models has issued the following press release.

ADL Enviro400H MMC
ukbus 6515 Metroline

Northcord Model Company is pleased to announce the release of ukbus 6515, the fourth release of the 10.3 metre, 2-door casting of this distinctive, modern, double-decker in the United Kingdom.

The fourth livery to be carried on the brand-new Alexander Dennis Enviro400H MMC model, is Metroline, produced in standard London red livery. ukbus 6515 represents fleet number TEH2087 (LK15 CUH) that has 10.3 metre, dual-door bodywork and was new to Metroline in 2015. Metroline has a fleet of 8 units of such Alexander Dennis Envoro400 MMC Hybrids. TEH2087 has a Euro6 hybrid driveline and forms the last bus in the batch for Metroline. The model carries the roof fleet number MTG TEH2087.

This bus is based at Metroline’s Cricklewood Garage where it operates on busy route 332 which runs between Paddington and Brent Park Tesco. The Alexander Dennis Enviro400H MMC ukbus 6515 is a one-piece casting whose clean lines accentuate the square-cornered, patented quick-release windows of the real bus and the livery application on which all logos and lettering are clearly legible. Another main feature on the ukbus 6515 model is its dual individual tree protectors at the front. The front dome on the model is significant, with curved windscreens on both upper deck and lower deck.

Northcord Model Company is also creating new design standards within the interior of both saloons. These features, inside the compartments, will represent the real, outstanding layout of the Enviro400H MMC, such as the additional ventilation equipment on the upper deck ceiling, and the extensive portrayal of handrails on upper deck and lower deck, etc. Further additional detail carried by the model include the special sunlight protection shade on the top of the front upper and lower windscreens.

The brand new Enviro400H MMC bus models will be distributed by John Ayrey Die-Casts Limited (UK), Porte Publishing Company (Japan), 80M Bus Model Shop and Concorde Hobby Shop (HK) respectively. The UKBUS6515 model is limited to 1008 pieces worldwide.

Northcord Model Company (NMC)------The World’s Miniature Bus Co.

Sunday 4 August
More 1/43 Hatchette Bus & Coach Models
Yardley Wood Bus Club have advised that wholsaler John Ayrey Diecasts has secured further stock of various bus & coach models from the Hatchette Buses of the World Collection.

The latest batch, expected later this week, includes a number of restock item & new models HC71-80 which have not previously been available in the UK.
Yardley Wood Bus Club will again be stocking these & all are priced £15.00 each plus P&P.

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MAG HC05 Saurer L4C - Swirzerland 1959

MAG HC06 Citroen T45 - France 1934

MAG HC12 Isuzu BXD-30 - Japan 1962

MAG HC17 Isobloc 648 DP - France 1955

MAG HC19 Renualt AGP85 - France 1938

MAG HC45 Heuliez 0 305 HIZ - France 1969

MAG HC61 Renault R 4192 Gonthier & Nouhaud - France 1952

MAG HC62 Berliet Cruisair 3 Air France - France 1969

MAG HC63 Kassbohrer Setra S-14 - Germany 1961

MAG HC65 Mercedes-Benz 0 305 - Germany 1979

MAG HC66 Chausson Apvu Ratp Apu/53 - France 1953

MAG HC67 Brossel Bl55 Valenciennes - France 1966

MAG HC69 Berliet Plr 8 Mu - France 1956

MAG HC70 Renualt TN4F (A Gas) - France 1940

MAG HC71 Saviem Chausson SC1 105 France 1960

MAG HC72 Volvo B 375 105 Sweden 1957

MAG HC75 Chausson APH-47 RATP 105 France 1947

MAG HC76 Lohr L96 IRCGN 105 France 1996

MAG HC77 Irisbus Agora S Police Nationale 60 France 2002

MAG HC78 Bova Futura FHD 105 Netherlands 1987

MAG HC79 Berliet PCS10 105 France 1960

MAG HC80 Saviem E7 L 75 Canada 1970

Thursday 1 August
Upcoming Oxford Omnibus Model Releases
The upcoming August releases from Oxford Diecast will include the following Omnibus Range models. These models should be released shortly.

NRT007 Browns Blue - AEC RT Bus (N scale)

NTR008 London Transport - Dick Kerr Double Deck Tram (N scale)

76PAN009 National / Ribble - Plaxton Panorama Coach (1/76 scale)

76SHP010 White - Sherpa Van with side windows (1/76 scale
This previously unannounced minibus style model is described as a van by Oxford Diecast.
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