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Saturday 30 September
Northcord Models Press Release: Stagecoach Bluebired ADL Enviro400
Recent press release from Northcord Models which I missed earlier this month, UK release will likely be late October or early November.

UKBUS6202 Alexander Dennis Enviro400 - Stagecoach Bluebird

Northcord Model Company is proud to release its first model of the UKBUS6200 range on the former CMNL long wheelbase Enviro400 tooling. This is UKBUS6202, replicated in the fleet of Stagecoach Bluebird carrying classic Stagecoach Stripes & Chevrons livery.

UKBUS6202 features Stagecoach Bluebird 19377 (OO05BLU) working on route 727 to Aberdeen Airport. 19377 was new to Stagecoach Bluebird in October 2008 carrying the registration number SV58BNB and painted in standard Stagecoach ‘beachball’ livery. The bus was soon allocated to Stagecoach Highlands for service in Fort William with ‘the fort link’ branding.

Stagecoach Bluebird 19377 was repainted at Tullos from ‘beachball’ to ‘Retro Stripes’ in August 2022 and the registration number was changed to OO05BLU at the same time.

It is important to highlight that, due to concerns with Health and Safety issues, the roof was not repainted at this time and it still carries ‘beachball’ livery; this situation is also replicated on repaints from ‘beachball’ into the new “local” livery in some other Stagecoach subsidiary fleets.

A further quirk with this replica is that, although on paper the registration is OO05BLU, differentiating between letter and numeral characters, the actual bus carries 0005BLU where the current registration digits do not differentiate between “O” and “0”.

The replicas feature excellent detailing, inside and out, such as realistic-looking handpoles and handrails. The Enviro400 model is a one-piece casting whose clean lines accentuate the windows and livery application on which all logos and lettering are clearly legible.

The brand new UKBUS6202 bus models will be distributed by John Ayrey Die-Casts Limited (UK), Porte Publishing Company (Japan), 80M Bus Model Shop (HK) respectively. The UKBUS6202 is based on a Limited Edition of only 1008 pieces produced.

Friday 15 September & Updated 26 September
New Bus & Coach Model Announcements From Oxford Diecast
Details of the new models included in Oxford Diecast latest catalogue for September 23 to January 24 have been revealed on Facebook.
There is one new bus tooling to report and a few new liveries for existing bus & coach models in the 1/76 & N scale ranges.
Expected release dates & the RRP for all the new models were announced on the Oxford Diecast website blog page on Monday 18th September.
The latest catalogue can also be viewed & download from the Oxford Diecast site (Updated 26tn September)

First up there a new tooling of the AEC Routemaster for the TT/120 range, the first model appears to replicate the previous N scale version of RM8 with Routemaster advertising.

120RM001 AEC Routemaster - London Transport (1/120 scale)- Due Q3/2024 - £8.95

New colours will be available for two existing 1/76 scale models as follows:

76AMT004 Alexander M Type Coach - Alexander Northern (Yellow & Cream livery) - Due Q2/2024 - £26.95

76RM115 AEC Routemaster - Vintage Tea Tours, Dublin - Due Q2/2024 - £14.95

There's one new bus livery for the N scale range.

NNR009 New Bus For London - Arriva London (London Transport Country Area livery) - Due Q1/2024 - £12.95

The full list of new models across the other Oxford Diecast ranges & scales can be found on their Facebook page (see link box below), or for those who don't have a Facebook account, here's a PDF version of the new models flyer.....

If you missed the live feed on Friday evening with Eloise & Taff, you can find a recording on Oxford Diecast You Tube channel.

Saturday 9 September
Next Oxford Diecast Catalogue Launch
Oxford will launch their next model catalogue on the evening of Friday the 15 September and will be holding the a live event that can be viewed on Facebook, X(Twitter), Instagram and You Tube.

Tuesday 5 September
Model Buses Creations Opens Pre-oders For Two OOC Models
Model Buses Creations has opened pre-orders for two of it upcoming quartet of commissioned OOC models.

Pre-orders are now being accepted for the Wright Eclipse Gemini II models in Brighton & Hove "Love Fun Love Brighton" & the Go Ahead London Elizabeth Line liveries.
Both models are limited edition of 500 pieces and have dual destination options. They're priced £46.90 each, there are also discounted twin pack bundles (£85.00) available for those wishing to purchase both destination versions of either model.

The models are available as follows:

CP46503A - Brighton & Hove 419 (BJ11 XHV) Love Fun Love Brighton livery - Route 77 Devils Dyke
CP46503B - Brighton & Hove 419 (BJ11 XHV) Love Fun Love Brighton livery - Route 77 Palace Pier
CP46503A/B Twin Pack Bundle

CP46504A - Go Ahead London WVL454 (LJ61 GWP) Elizabeth Line Livery - Route 104 Stratford
CP46504B - Go Ahead London WVL454 (LJ61 GWP) Elizabeth Line Livery - Route 104 Beckton Station
CP46504A/B Twin Pack Bundle

Pre-orders can be placed through the Model Buses Collection online store.

Friday 1 September
No OOC Models For Corgi's September to December 23 Catalogue
Corgi's third and final catalogue for 2023, covering the period September to December was lanuched this morning on the Corgi website.

Corgi has released a video covering the new additions to the range on their YouTube channel.
Sadly although there are new Avaiation Archive, Vanguard and a large variety of "Pop Culture" products, there are no new OOC range models included in this latest catalogue.

The latest catalogue can be downloaded as a PDF file from HERE.
A number of commissioned OOC models are being produced exclusively for Omnidekka Models & Model Buses Creations in coming months.

There are currently a couple of special offers running on the Corgi Online Store.

The Coca Cola New Bus for London (OM46629) depicting London United LT148 (LTZ 1148) on route 10 to Hammersmith is currently discounted in the outlet shop from £46.99 to £32.89.
View offer HERE.

A Coca Cola related bundle is also available for £66.99 and contains the two Blackpool Trams (CC43515 & CC44013) in allover Coca Cola liveries released last year and a pair of Coca Cola liveried AEC Routemaster models (GS82331 & GS82332) originally issued in December 2019.
The four models separately have a value of £133.96, and the offer can be found HERE.

The above links are not being sponsored by Corgi.

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