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September 2014
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Tuesday 30 September
Red CR For London Bus Museum's TransportFest
The London Bus Museum are planning to release a second specially commissioned Resin Specialists Leyland Cub CR Class single deck bus model at their forthcoming TransportFest event. The latest model features red central area CR47 (registration FXT 153) on route 213 bound for Sutton LT Garage. This model follows the Museum's earlier green version RS76640 released back in April which was a replica of the Museum's own preserved CR16.

The new model will be available from the Museum shop during the TransportFest event on Sunday 19 October and will also be made available via the Museum's online shop for those unable to attend the event. The model is expected to be priced around 70.

The London Bus Museum and Jotus are working together on some further unique models including a vintage double decker. It's expected to be sometime before these are ready to be released however as plans are still at an early stage.

Photographs of the pre-production sample CR47 model can be found on the Collectors Club of Great Britain site.

Monday 29 September
Confirmed Corgi OOC Releases
Corgi has released the following pair of OOC models this week.

OM46707A East Yorkshire Petuaria Express (route X55 Gilberdyke) - Wright Eclipse 2 Singe Deck Bus
OM46707B East Yorkshire Petuaria Express (route X55 Hull City Centre) - Wright Eclipse 2 Singe Deck Bus

Friday 26 September
Confirmed B-T Model Releases
The following B-T models have now been released and should be availbale from retailers shortly.
1/76 Scale

B111C Crosville (route H16) - Bristol Lodekka LD Double Deck Bus (Small Radiator & Platform Doors)

DA79 Charringtons - AEC Mammoth Major 4 Axle Tanker Lorry

N Scale

NAN001 Southdown N.B.C. - Leyland Atlantean Park Royal Double Deck Bus

NAN002 East Yorkshire - Leyland Atlantean Park Royal Double Deck Bus

A further pre-production model photograph has been published showing one of the most recently announced N scale lorries.

N038 Thomas Nield - AEC Monarch Articulated Low Loader

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Thursday 25 September
Confirmed EFE Releases
The following models have now been released by EFE.

17229 Konectbus - Long Single Door Leyland National Mark I Bus
27508 Midland Classic - Scania Wright Axcess Single Deck Bus
35212 Sheffield Transport - AEC Swift BET 36' Single Deck Bus
36708 Plymouth Citybus - Dennis Dart SLF Plaxton Pointer 2 Single Door Bus
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Wednesday 24 September
Another Exclusive EFE Model For Bachmann Retailers
EFE have supplied some hi-res photographs of a second exclusive Irish model for Bachmann appointed retailers. This follows the pending release of similar exclusive PD2 model in the green C.I.E. livery (16136) which was announced earlier this year.

The latest model depicts C.I.E. Leyland Titan PD2 R428 (registration ZJ 1388) in the dark blue & cream livery.
The model is shown heading for Aston's Quay on route A 78 with via points of Thomas Street, Kilmainham, Sarsfield Road & Ballyfermot Road. Period side adverts for Amicardo Irish Sherry & Fruitfield are carried along with M & H adverts on the front.

Hi-res Photo 1
Hi-res Photo 2

The model is expected to be available from Bachmman appointed retailers is due course.

Saturday 20 September Updated 27 September
Confirmed Oxford Diecast Releases
Oxford Diecast have now released the following Omnibus range models.
1/76 Scale

76COM002 B.O.A.C. - Commer Commando Coach


76LRT002A Southdown - Leyland Royal Tiger Coach. (2nd version)
Note: This version has additional raised triangluar chrome work below the windscreen, on the orginal 76LRT002 these were just printed features. The front destination surround is also cream rather than light green.



76MJ008 Southdown - Morris J Van

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Friday 19 September
Latest EFE Subscribers Newsletter
The 6th newsletter of the year arrived today from EFE along with the 7th release sheet.

The long awaited Midland General AEC RLH Bus is still on track for release next month and Frank Joyce says suggestions to produce a Bristol VRT in Midland General livery are a good idea.

After a long break work has once again resumed on some new tooling, the first of which involves the Atkinson & Foden lorries. This new tooling will enable a wider range of fleet liveries to be produced and will allow the slight changes made to the design of the Foden cab over its life to be better reflected. I believe the Atkinson cab will likely gain a variation with twin headlamps.

The recent pair of models produced for subscribers to celebrate EFE's 25th Anniversary are now almost sold out.

There are no previously unannounced models listed in this [articular newsletter.

Courtesy of EFE, a PDF version of the latest Release Sheet 7 plus smaller scans of the sheets
Release Sheet Issue 7 2014 Scan  Bristol Fleet Focus Part 2
Click Here for PDF Version of Release Sheet 7 2014 (5.mb)

Tuesday 16 September
Next EFE Releases
EFE plan to release the following models during the week ending 27 September.

17229 Konectbus - Long Single Door Leyland National Mark I Bus
27508 Midland Classic - Scania Wright Axcess Single Deck Bus
35212 Sheffield Transport - AEC Swift BET 36' Single Deck Bus
36708 Plymouth Citybus - Dennis Dart SLF Plaxton Pointer 2 Single Door Bus
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Sunday 14 September
TiNY Kits Update
TiNY have advised that they now have new stock of the following three kits available.

TK3 Crossley SD42 single-decker - £37 plus P&P


TK8 1953-55 Burlingham B44F - £38 plus P&P


TK9 Barton PD1 Duple with transfers - £43 plus P&P

Further details of how to order the kits can be found on the Tiny page in the kits section.

Friday 12 September
Forthcoming Oxford Diecast Releases
Oxford Diecast are expected to released the following Omnibus range models next week.
1/76 Scale

76COM002 B.O.A.C. - Commer Commando Coach


76LRT002A Southdown - Leyland Royal Tiger Coach
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Friday 12 September
Confirmed EFE Releases
EFE have now released the following pair of models.

20647 North Western Premier (route 38) - Dennis Dart Plaxton Pointer Single Deck Bus
34303 London Transport (route 14) - AEC Pre-war RT Double Deck Bus
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Tuesday 9 September
Pre-Production CMNL Models
A number of CMNL pre-production models have been auctioned on eBay over recent weeks. Among these are two depicting models announced by CMNL prior to the company creasing to trade in early 2012.
A number of previously announced models have also come to light. The models are unboxed and many had parts missing and/or etchings in the paint work.
The known models are the National Express West Midlands Scania Omnicity double decker UKBUS9009 and the Stagecoach in Manchester Alexander Dennis Enviro200 single decker.
Doug Stewart & Frankie Jordan have acquired two pre-production examples of the Enviro200 model and both have kindly supplied photographs.(link below)

An interesting feature on these sample models is the fitting of an alternative side window tooling which depicts gasket fitted glazing with rounded corners. This window variation has to date never been used on any production version of the Enviro200 model. Both samples also have the rear window assembly from the Robin Hood issue UKBUS8010 model which bears the fleet number 36003.

UKBUS8019 Stagecoach in Manchester - Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Single Deck Bus - Pre-production sample


Pre-production samples of four previously unannounced models were also offered by the same seller.

1. UKBUS60xx Alexander Dennis Enviro400 - Unregistered Alexander Enviro400 demonstrator in grey livery with Union Jack flag graphics and Enviro400 destinations. (Photo of real vehicle)
2. UKBUS60xx Alexander Dennis Enviro400 - Ensignbus 121 (SN56 AWW) in blue & silver livery with route 73 Tilbury Civic Square destination. (Photo of real vehicle)
3. UKBUS80xx Alexander Dennis Enviro200 - Blue Triangle SE32 (SN57 DWY) in red livery with route 364 Ilford destinations. (Photo of real vehicle)
4. NABUS10xx Open Top Alexander Dennis Enviro500 - San Francisco Open Top Sightseeing registration 8K59751 in red livery with US stars & strips flag decorations. (Photo of real vehicle)

Tuesday 9 September
Confirmed OOC Model Cancellation
Corgi have now confirmed that the following items announced in the July-December 2014 catalogue have been cancelled and will not be released.
Sorry for any confusion caused regarding these models, its taken some time for Hornby Hobbies to officially acknowledge the cancellation of these models and indeed many retailers are still currently listing them as pre-orders.

OM46504A Arriva London (route 59 Kings Cross) - Wright Eclipse Gemini II Double Deck Bus - MODEL CANCELLED
OM46504B Arriva London (route 59 Streatham Hill) - Wright Eclipse Gemini II Double Deck Bus - MODEL CANCELLED

Monday 8 September
Confirmed Corgi OOC Releases
Corgi has released the following pair of OOC models a week earlier than expected.

OM46706A Celtic Travel (route X75 Llanidloes via Caersws) - Wright Eclipse 2 Singe Deck Bus
OM46706B Celtic Travel(route X75 Shrewsbury via Newtown) - Wright Eclipse 2 Singe Deck Bus

Sunday 7 September
Confirmed EFE Release
EFE have posted out the second of the pair of subscriber exclusive models marking their 25th Anniversary.

36006 Exclusive First Editions 25th Anniversary model 2 - Leyland RTL Double Deck Bus

Wednesday 3 September
Confirmed Oxford Diecast Releases
Oxford Diecast has released the following Omnibus range models.
1/76 Scale

76WFL001 Southdown - Weymann Fanfare Leyland Coach (1/76 scale)

N Scale

NOWB003 Portsmouth Corporation - Bedford OWB Utility Bus

Tuesday 2 September
EFE Announces Six New Models
EFE has published the following details for six new models, all are expected to be released in November.
Cat No. 16537
Vehicle MCW Leyland Atlantean Double Deck Bus
Operator Wallasey Corporation
Fleet No. 26
Registration JHF 826
Route 3 Seacombe via Wallasey Village
Expected November 2014
Cat No. 20648
Vehicle Dennis Dart Plaxton Pointer Bus
Operator Brighton & Hove
Fleet No. 87
Registration J987 JNU
Route 33 Haywards Heath
Expected November 2014
Cat No. 28908
Vehicle GM Standard Atlatean Double Deck Bus
Operator East Kent
Fleet No. 7557
Registration ONF 657R
Route 605 Whitstable, Herne Bay & Hillborough
Expected November 2014
Cat No. 32308
Vehicle Bristol RELH ECW Coach
Operator West Yorkshire
Fleet No. CRG 1
Registration OWT 241E
Route Harrogate. Yorkshire/Blackpool
Expected November 2014
Cat No. 36709
Vehicle Dennis Dart SLF Plaxon Pointer 2 (1 Door)
Operator First Southampton
Fleet No. 42526
Registration R426 WPX
Route 8 City Centre via Hedge End Superstore
Expected November 2014
Cat No. 38115
Vehicle Bristol VRT Series I Double Deck Bus
Operator Western S.M.T.
Fleet No. 2262
Registration NAG 583G
Route 35 Greenock via Largs
Expected November 2014
Courtesy of EFE, a scan of the August Trade Order Form
Trade Order Form August 2014 Scan

Monday 1 September
Confirmed EFE Release
EFE have started posting out the first of a pair of subscriber exclusive models which celebrate their 25th Anniversary.

29207 Exclusive First Editions 25th Anniversary model 1 - Leyland Titan Dual Door Double Deck Bus

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