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October 2011
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Friday 28 October
Three Future Atlas Edition Models
John Bennett has sent me details of three more of the planned models in the Atlas Editions Great British Buses Collection.

GBB22 Hants & Dorset NBC (poppy red & white livery) - Bedford VAL with Plaxton Panorama Coach
                Fleet No.: 2051 - Registration: CCG 704C - Destination: Excursion
GBB23 Blackpool (1930's livery) - Blackpool Brush Railcoach Tram
                Fleet No.: 284 - Destination: Pleasure Beach / Promenade
GBB24 St Helens Corporation Transport (red & cream livery) - AEC Regent V East Lancs Double Deck Bus
                Fleet No.: X199 - Registration: KDJ 399 - Destination: 309 Southport via Burtonwood & Winwick Road

Friday 28 October
Four Confirmed EFE Releases
The following standard issue models have now been released by EFE and should be available from the normal outlets.

13917 Fife Scottish - Bristol Lodekka FLF Double Deck Bus
15110 SELNEC P.T.E. - Long Leyland National Mark I Dual Door
26807 Barton Transport - Leyland Tiger Duple Half Cab Coach

EFE have also posted out the second of the two special models to members of their subscription service who order it.

18614 Cornish Fairways NBC - Bristol VR Series III Open Top Bus

Tuesday 25 October
Two EFE Model Releases
The following EFE models have now been released. The London Bus Preservation Trust released it's planned commissioned RF model at it's first special event at the new Brooklands Museum last Sunday.

23320A London Transport (RF505 / route 215) - AEC RF Single Deck Bus

The first of the two EFE Subscriber models is now being posted out to members who placed orders.

30512A Nostalgiabus (7 / route 416) - Guy GS Single Deck Bus

Monday 24 October
Commissioned EFE Tube Train Set
The London Transport Museum is now taking orders for a four carriage 1938 Tube Stock set which depicts the Museum's own preserved & operational 4 car set.
The models will wear a the maroon & grey livery and carry Metropolitan Line destinations for Amersham.

The individually boxed models will be supplied in a special decorative sleeve and are priced £150.00 per set plus post & packaging.
You can place orders by visiting the Museum's on-line Shop.

This set was originally announced by the Museum back in 2009 but has been delayed until now.

Thursday 20 October
Confirmed Release Of Two B-T Models
The following pair of B-T Models have now been released and should be available from retailers.

DA25 BRS Airdale - Albion CX5 Three Axle Flatbed

DA26 BRS Parcels Bradford - Bristol HG Four Axle Box Van

A pre-production  photograph of the recently announced Duple Dominant coach (B004) in Brighton & Hove National White livery has been released by John Ayrey.

B004 Brighton & Hove / National - Leyland Leopard Duple Dominant II Coach

Thursday 20 October
CMNL: UK Release Update
Creative Master Northcord Limited

News Release: CMNL UK Release Update

Details of production
CMNL has now released its ALX400 model ukbus 1049 in the livery of Stagecoach Manchester MagicBus and, by the time this appears in print, the models should be available at UK retailers.

The next model that should be available during October is the 2011 Lathalmodel model ukbus 0037 in the Tayway livery of Stagecoach Strathtay.

During September 6 different models have been released in pre-production form for approval by operators. This represents an equal number to those made available in the previous 8 months of 2011.

Factory staff shortages
The factories used by CMNL are still facing the dual problems of having many orders awaiting completion and a backlog of orders combined with a difficulty of recruiting sufficient workers meeting the skill standards required to assemble the many small parts of the models.

It is likely to be late in November before a clearer picture of the release order and possible dates for final production can be provided for the many models that have been approved for production, with the exception of the three that are expected for production during December.

Models with expected December release dates
Details of three models that are expected to be completed in December are as follows :

ukbus 1053 is an ALX400 in the attractive blue and silver livery of Ensignbus. This will feature bus number 103 (V479 KJN) and the model will carry destination Belhus Lakeside via Grays Bus Station on service 22.

Both ukbus 9009 and ukbus 9010 are Scania OmniCity double-deckers. ukbus 9009 is a single door version working in the National Express West Midlands fleet and the replica will portray the blue, red and white livery. The model will represent fleet number 4780 (BU08 EHZ) on route 115 to Sutton Coldfield via Walmley.

ukbus 9010 is a dual-door model which will carry Stagecoach London colour with special `Scania 100 Years' special decorations. The all-red London bus model will represent fleet number 15174 (LX10 AUJ) on route 48 to London Bridge.

Creative Master Northcord Limited (CMNL)

The World's Miniature Bus Co.

Tuesday 18 October
Photographs Of Future B-T Models
B-T Models have released photographs showing another of the forthcoming OO scale lorries and the eight N scale lorries announced last week.

OO Scale

DA28 - Mothers Pride - Leyland FG Van

N Scale (Some of the photographs show the earlier OO versions)

N001 - British Railways - Leyland FG Flatbed


N002 - BRS Argyll Group - Albion CX7 Flatbed


N003 - British Railways - Karrier Bantam Articulated Flatbed


N004 - BRS - Bouts Tillotson - Foden DG Flatbed


N005 - James Spencer - Albion CX7 Flatbed


N006 - Kosset Carpets - Leyland FG Van


N007 - British Railways - Karrier Bantam Articulated Flatbed


N008 - Mothers Pride - Leyland FG Van

Monday 17 October
Next EFE Releases
The following three models are scheduled for release during the week ending the 29th October.

13917 Fife Scottish - Bristol Lodekka FLF Double Deck Bus
15110 SELNEC P.T.E. - Long Leyland National Mark I Dual Door
26807 Barton Transport - Leyland Tiger Duple Half Cab Coach
Release Information kindly supplied by


The following commissioned EFE model is due to be released on Sunday 23rd October at the first special event at the new London Bus Museum (formerly Cobham Bus Museum). Further details about the model and the open day can be found on the Museum's new website at www.londonbusmuseum.com.

23320A London Transport (RF505 / route 215) - AEC RF Single Deck Bus

The Museum have announced that next year's annual Spring Bus & Coach Gathering will be returning to the Wisely Airfield venue but will be held later than normal on Sunday 29th April 2012.

Friday 14 October
Ten New B-T Models Announced & New N Scale Range
John Ayrey Diecasts have announced another batch of models which includes three further liveries for the forthcoming Duple Dominant Coach and seven lorry models.
There are no photographs or estimated release dates for any of the models as yet.
B004 Brighton & Hove - Duple Dominant II Coach
B005 Lothian Coaches - Duple Dominant II Coach
B006 Crosville N.B.C. - Duple Dominant II Coach

DA29 West Riding Library Service - Leyland FG Mobile Library
DA30 Hovis Bread - Leyland Terrier Van
DA31 British Railways Railfreight - Leyland FG Van
DA32 Russell of Bathgate - Leyland Mastiff Articulated Flatbed
DA33 Peter Slater - Leyland Albion Reiver Bulk Tipper
DA34 BRS Parcels Service - Ford D Series Articulated Box Van
DA35 Dalmore Distillery - Commer Flatbed

John Ayrey have also indicated that the following pair of models are due for imminent release.

DA25 BRS Airdale - Albion CX5 Three Axle Flatbed

DA26 BRS Parcels Bradford - Bristol HG Four Axle Box Van

B-T Models are also moving in to N Scale (1/148th) and have announced eight lorry models. These will have a SRP of £4.99 or £5.49 for the artics.
N001 - British Railways - Leyland FG Flatbed
N002 - BRS Argyll Group - Albion CX7 Flatbed
N003 - British Railways - Karrier Bantam Articulated Flatbed
N004 - BRS - Bouts Tillotson - Foden DG Flatbed
N005 - James Spencer - Albion CX7 Flatbed
N006 - Kosset Carpets - Leyland FG Van
N007 - British Railways - Karrier Bantam Articulated Flatbed
N008 - Mothers Pride - Leyland FG Van

Thursday 13 October
Photographs of EFE Models Announced At Acton
EFE have kindly supplied photographs of the new models which they exhibited at the Acton Open Weekend.
They have also supplied photographs of the first shots of the new Bristol VR I casting.

The following seven new models made their public debut at Acton, three of them were previously mentioned in the newsletter posted out to EFE subscribers earlier this month.
Please bear in mind that the photographs & specification shown below relate to the early pre-production samples and may still be subject to change.
Cat No. 15807
Vehicle Leyland Titan PD1 Lowbridge
Operator Scottish Motor Traction (S.M.T.)
Fleet No.  HH 19B
Registration BVD 934
Route 12 Bathgate
Expected To be announced
Cat No. 16012
Vehicle Leyland Titan PD2 Lowbridge
Operator East Yorkshire
Fleet No. 588
Registration MKH 406
Route Hull via Patrington
Expected To be announced
Cat No. 18613
Vehicle Bristol VR III Open Top
Operator Arriva Cymru/Wales
Fleet No. 3992
Registration YMB512W
Route 101 Ryhl
Expected To be announced
Cat No. 29011
Vehicle Daimler Fleetline GM Standard
Operator Strathtay Scottish
Fleet No. SD17
Registration LJA476P
Route 74 Invergowrie
Expected To be announced
Cat No. 31506
Vehicle AEC RM Class Routemaster
Operator Strathtay Scottish
Fleet No. SR24
Registration WTS186A
Route 75 Carnoustie
Expected To be announced
Cat No. 31507
Vehicle AEC RM Class Routemaster
Operator London Transport
Fleet No. RM2105
Registration ALM105B
Route 3 Camden Town
Expected To be announced
Cat No. 35502
Vehicle ERF KV 4 Axle Flatbed Lorry
Operator Russell of Bathgate
Fleet No. 56
Registration GSX 58
Load Large pipe sections
Expected To be announced

Wednesday 12 October
Confirmed EFE Releases
The following models have now been released by EFE & Corgi.

16227 Royal Blue/Southern National - Bristol MW/LS Coach
17227 Hants & Dorset - Long Leyland National Mark I Single Door
30711 Greater Manchester PTE - AEC Renown Bus

Wednesday 12 October
Confirmed OOC Releases

OM46305A London Transport (Shillibeer/route 2B Crystal Palace) - AEC Routemaster (600 Pieces)
OM46305B London Transport (Shillibeer/route 2B Victoria) - AEC Routemaster (600 Pieces)

Monday 10 October
EFE Announces New Models At Acton
EFE had a number of previously unannounced model samples on display at the Acton Depot Open Weekend. Barry Sullivan has sent details of the following models he spotted along with some photographs he took.

First shots of the new flat fronted VR & Bristol RE Alexander Y Type were also on display.


15807 SMT (route 12 to Bathgate) - Leyland PD1 Lowbridge

16012 East Yorkshire (destination Hull) - Leyland PD2 Lowbridge


29011 Strathtay Scottish (SD 17 / LJA476P / route 74 to Invergowrie) - Daimler Fleetline / Northern Counties


31507 London Transport RM2105 (ALM105B) on route 3 to Camden Town - AEC Routemaster RM

Barry has also provided more details for a couple of the models listed in the last subscribers newsletter.
18613 Arriva Wales (3992 / YMB512W / route 101 to Rhyl) - Bristol VRT Series III Open Top (the model can be seen in the background of the photograph of 29011 above)
31506 Strathtay (route 75 to Carnoustie / Similar blue & orange livery to 29011) - AEC Routemaster RM
35502 Russell of Bathgate with new load of three large pipe sections - ERF KV 4 Axle Flatbed

The pair of commissioned Southdown 36' BET Single Deck Bus models, 35301A & 35301B, were both released by the Museum at the event as planned. (See my 4th October news item below for more details)
Both models can now also be ordered via the Collectors Club section on the Museum's website.

Thursday 6 October
Two Confirmed OOC Releases
The following models have now been released by Corgi.

OM45122A London Transport Wandle (109 Croydon) - MCW Metrobus Mark I (500 pieces)
OM45122B London Transport Wandle (109 Trafalgar Square) - MCW Metrobus Mark I (500 pieces)

Thursday 6 October
Next EFE Releases
The following three models are scheduled for release during the week ending the 15th October.

16227 Royal Blue/Southern National - Bristol MW/LS Coach
17227 Hants & Dorset - Long Leyland National Mark I Single Door
30711 Greater Manchester PTE - AEC Renown Bus

Release Information kindly supplied by


Wednesday 5 October
Confirmed Base Toys Release
The following model has now been released in the UK.

DA24 Lincoln Shackleton & Sons - Leyland Comet 2 Axle Flatbed with Forklift Truck Load

Tuesday 4 October
Latest EFE Subscriber's Newsletter
The 8th Subscriber Newsletter of 2011 arrived today from EFE. There is an interesting piece by Frank Joyce about some of the costs involved in producing the models.

When talking with model collectors I am often asked questions about the mould tooling, the materials used in making our models and how the decoration is achieved. With the current situation of the World economy and the pressures on manufacturing and market sales it might be of interest for subscribers to know some of the ways we are affected. Advances in Computer Aided Design and manufacturing over the past years has slightly reduced lead times but hardly affected the mould tooling costs. To reduce tooling costs some model companies have come away from die cast and are producing models in plastic and resin and although this reduces tooling costs it creates its own problems and time will tell if these are as collectable.

Manufacturers in China are under pressure implementing statutory welfare reforms, significantly reducing the workforce, and closing many factories resulting in a lack of manufacturing capacity, which has pushed prices up. On top of this the Pound has lost over a third of its value against the Hong Kong Dollar. At home, the pressure on personal finances has reduced model sales causing us to make smaller quantities and this seriously affects the unit cost. If for instance the cost of artworks, print plates and mask spray plates is 2500 and we make 2500 models it adds 1 to the manufacturing cost of each model if however we only make 1000 models it adds 2.50. To make our models of interest to the widest audience we like to include models of some small local and municipal operators, which obviously have less general appeal and if we make only 600 pieces then it could add over 4 to the cost of each model. In this environment it is not surprising that all companies are struggling to maintain product prices against spiralling costs and supply issues.


Details & order forms for following pair of subscriber exclusive models have been included with this posting, the VR is priced 27 while the GS is 28.
Cat No. 18614
Vehicle Bristol VR III Open Top
Operator Cornish Fairways
Fleet No. 943
Registration VDV143S
Route 569 Pendennis Point
Expected Mid October 2011
Cat No. 30512A
Vehicle Guy GS Single Deck Bus
Operator Nostalgiabus
Fleet No. 7
Registration MXX 367
Route 416 Polesden Lacey
Expected Mid October 2011
Frank & Brenda Joyce will be attending the London Transport Museum's Acton Depot Open Days this coming weekend (8 & 9 October). They will have a selection new & forthcoming model samples on display and if the first shots of the new flat fronted VR I & II arrive in time these will also be exhibited. A small scrap yard of models will also be available on each day of the event.
The Museum's recently released Green Line Prototype Set 15A and the following pair of specially commissioned EFE models will be available from the Museum Shop during the event.
Cat No. 35301A
Vehicle 36 Foot BET 6 Bay Single Deck Bus
Operator Southdown
Fleet No. 201
Registration KUF201F
Route 76 Gossops Green
Expected October 2011
Cat No. 35301B
Vehicle 36 Foot BET 6 Bay Single Deck Bus
Operator Southdown
Fleet No. 148
Registration EUF148D
Route 79 Crawley
Expected October 2011

New Models Announced
Briefly mentioned in the newsletter are these three new models.
18613 Arriva Wales - Bristol VR III Open Top
35502 Russell of Bathgate - ERF KV 4 Axle Flatbed
31506 Strathtay - AEC RM Class Routemaster

Courtesy of EFE, a PDF version of the latest Release Sheet plus smaller scans of the latest release sheets
Release Sheet Issue 8 2011 Scan  Subscriber Models
Click Here for PDF Version (4.3mb)

Saturday 1 October
Revell London Bus Kit
Some photographs of the early pre-production sample of the kit have been published on the Revell Germany website. There is still some work to be done regarding the fit of some parts but the model looks quite promising and will include full engine detailing, vertical & seat back grab rails and a fully detailed drivers cab. The sample model also has the side advertising beading that was applied to buses during the final years of operation in the capital.

Revell are also planning to release a 1/24 scale kit of a London FX4 Black Cab to compliment the Routemaster. The 1/24 scale RML kit is scheduled for release in November and has an RRP of around £35.


Saturday 1 October
OOC Release Update
Corgi has announced the release date for another pair of OOC models. The following models are due to be released during the week ending the 12th November.

OM41113A West Yorkshire PTE (Bradford Metro / Route 16) - Leyland PD3A East Lancs Double Deck Bus (500 Pieces #)
OM41113B West Yorkshire PTE (Bradford Metro / Route 25) - Leyland PD3A East Lancs Double Deck Bus (500 Pieces)

A reminder of the OOC models scheduled for release during October.
Week Ending 8th October

OM45122A London Transport Wandle (109 Croydon) - MCW Metrobus Mark I (500 pieces #)
OM45122B London Transport Wandle (109 Trafalgar Square) - MCW Metrobus Mark I (500 pieces #)

Week Ending 15th October.

OM46305A London Transport (Shillibeer/route 2B Crystal Palace) - AEC Routemaster (600 Pieces #)
OM46305B London Transport (Shillibeer/route 2B Victoria) - AEC Routemaster (600 Pieces #)
(# these models are reported as sold out by Corgi with all stock now allocated to retailers)

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