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Friday 23 November
Northcord Press Release For UKBUS6507A/B
Northcord has recently issued the following press release & photographs of the actual models.


ADL Enviro400 MMC
ukbus 6507A / 6507B Bluestar

Following the significant success in launching the brand new casting of the Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC model in the livery of Go-Ahead London, National Express West Midlands, Stagecoach London & Stagecoach in Oxfordshire, First Bristol and Reading Buses, Northcord Model Company is releasing the eighth and ninth versions – ukbus 6507A and ukbus 6507B in the livery of Bluestar.

ukbus 6507A / 6507B represents fleet number 1641 (HF66 CFM) that has 10.9 metre, single door bodywork and was new to Bluestar in 2017. 1641 carries a full and colourfully branded livery for route 1. The special, comprehensive livery and branding are 100% reproduced onto the ukbus 6507A and 6507B models.

The stand-out features of the branding are : “Winchester Southampton in style”, “up to every 15 min”, and the prominent route number “1” alongside the Blue Star fleetnames. The newly released models carry destination boards showing the ultimate destination served inside the first full-width window on each side. The splendid shining “stars” are perfectly reproduced on both sides. Free wifi and USB power details are carried in the first nearside window as well as above the front destination board. Further lettering, extolling the comfort available on board, is carried on the rear engine cover.
Both ukbus 6507A and 6507B operate on route 1. ukbus 6507A is showing the destination Winchester, whilst ukbus 6507B shows Southampton.

The Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC ukbus 6507A / 6507B is a one-piece casting whose clean lines accentuate the square, gasket-mounted windows and the livery application on which all logos and lettering are clearly legible. Another main feature on the ukbus 6507A / 6507B models is the provision of twin 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 Enviro400 MMC, such as the extensive portrayal of handrails on upper deck and lower deck, etc.

The brand new 10.9 metre Enviro400 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 ukbus 6507A and 6507B models are each limited to 660 pieces worldwide respectively.

Wednesday 21 November
Peco Have Released Several New Bus Kits
Peco have added a number of new 1/76th scale bus kits to their Modelscene railway accessories range.
The new kits have an RRP of £9.95 for the Leyland Nationals & £10.75 for Leyland Olympian double deckers.

Each kit contains pre-coloured parts and transfers, but require glue and detail painting to complete.
The completed kits look vary similar to models formerly produced by Tower Models and the Olympians even have the same transfers.

The links below will take you to the product pages on the Peco website which provide additional photographs.

5138 London Transport (LS70 / Route 12A Purley) - Dual Door Leyland National Mark I

5139 London Country NBC (SNB509 / Route 479 Bookham Stn) - Single Door Leyland National Mark I

5140 Greater Manchester Transport (110 WE / Route 203 Manchester Rail Station) - Single Door Leyland National Mark I

5141 Blackpool Transport (167 / route 192 Blackpool) - Single Door Leyland National Mark I

5501 Riverside Buses/London Buses (L293 / Route 237 Shepherds Bush) - Single Door Leyland Olympian

5502 Metrobus (G804SMV - Route 261 Bromley Common) - Single Door Leyland Olympian

Two earlier kits with a RRP of £8.95 are also still available.

5133 Western National - Maudslay Bus

5137 Great Western Railway - Maudslay Bus

These kits should be available for model retailers who stock the Peco range.

Friday 9 November
Corgi Twin Pack Bus Set Officially Announced
Corgi has now issued details of the twin pack OOC bus set being produced to Celebrate 50 Years of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, the pack features Go Ahead London New Routemaster LT394 on route 15 to Tower Hill & Go Ahead North East Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 6117 bound for Newcastle on service 309

The pack has been allocated product code OM46620 and has a RRP of £49.99, the current estimate for release to retailers is February 2019.

More details and model lineart can be found on the Corgi website.

OM46620 New Routemaster Twin Pack 'Celebrating 50 Years of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers' - presented in a premium presentation box.

Corgi Website link

Thursday 8 November
EFE Routemasters To Get A Facelift
Bachmann Europe has announced the next improvements to the EFE model tooling will focus on the Routemaster models.
These models will gain additional side panel beading on both decks, and other detail enhancements, the press release below shows the the progess so far on the RML model. The updated models will be ready for release during 2019.
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Thursday 1 November
Confirmed Oxford Omnibus Range Releases
These are Oxford Diecast's next Omnibus range model are now being be released to UK retailers.

1/76 Scale

76PAN008 A Timpson & Sons Ltd - Plaxton Panorama Coach

76SB003 Green Line (London Transport) - Saro Single Deck Bus

N Scale

NFDE008 Southdown - Ford 400E Vam

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