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December 2012
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Monday 31 December
Confirmed B-T Models Release
B-T Models have finally released a model which was first announced over three years ago!

D69 Meridith & Drew - Leyland Beaver MO Artic with Single Axle Box Van

Finally as this will be the last site update of 2012, I'd like to thank everyone who has taken the time to contribute to site over the past 12 months and in particular Peter Harrison for all the time he puts in researching and updating his model lists, the latest versions of which have been added to the site today.

Happy New Year and all the very best for 2013
Kevin Ellis

Sunday 23 December
Confirmed Commissioned OOC Release
Harburn Hobbies have contacted me to say they've now received stock of their specially commissioned version of the OOC Wright Urban Eclipse in Lothian Buses' Queen of Scots livery. They are currently processing customer orders.

OM46014A Lothian Buses (Queen of Scots - Route 49 Rosewell) - Wright Urban Eclipse

The models which are a limited edition of 500 pieces and priced £32.00 can still be ordered from Harburn Hobbies via their website.

There's no news as yet on the second version of this model (OM46014B) which is the Corgi Collectors Club's 2012 OOC members model and will carry "The Jewel" destinations.

Saturday 22 December
Confirmed B-T Models Release
B-T Models released the last of the currently announced Duple Dominant coach models yesterday.

B013 Park's of Hamiliton - Volvo B58 Duple Dominant II Coach

Wednesday 19 December
Two Further Northcord Models Announced
The John Ayrey's site has added a pair of ADL Enviro200 Dart models to the list of forthcoming Northcord models. Both are scheduled for release in February and have a RRP of £54.99.

UKBUS8020 London United RATP (SN60EAX / DLE 1 - Route H98 Hounslow Bus Station) - Dual Door ADL Enviro200 Dart
UKBUS8021 London General (YX60EDL / SE53 - Route 170 Victoria) - Dual Door ADL Enviro200 Dart

Monday 17 December
B-T Models Announce Second Southern Vectis Lodekka LD1
B-T Models will now issue two versions of the forthcoming Bristol Lodekka LD1 in Southern Vectis NBC green livery.

B103A Southern Vectis N.B.C. (Fleet No. 533 / route 22) - Bristol Lodekka LD1 Double Deck Bus
B103B Southern Vectis N.B.C. (Fleet No. 540 / route 12) - Bristol Lodekka LD1 Double Deck Bus

Saturday 15 December
Latest EFE Subscriber's Newsletter & Two New Models
EFE have mailed out the final subscriber newsletter of the year along with copies of ninth Release sheet of 2012.

Frank Joyce reports that only a small quantity of the two models (20010A & 29009A) produced for the Manchester Museum of Transport's Christmas Cracker event remain and that these can be purchased from the Museum's Shop.
Those wishing to purchase examples should contact the Museum by phone on 0161 205 2122 to check stock availabilty & prices. The museum is open 10am to 4.30pm (Wed/Sat/Sun)

There are no new models mentioned in this newsletter other than those exhibited at the Christmas Cracker Event. (see news item post on December 2)
However I've also received the December trade release sheet which lists the four models mentioned above along with one previously unannounced model and the full details of another model briefly mentioned by EFE in a recent Buses magazine article.
Cat No. 35705
Vehicle 36' BET RC Class Coach
Operator London Country N.B.C.
Fleet No. RC 4
Registration CUV 62C
Route 392 Welwyn Garden City Stn
Expected February 2013
Cat No. 38002
Vehicle Bristol RE Alexander Y Type Coach
Operator Western S.M.T.
Fleet No. KT 2060
Registration DSD 701D
Route 3 London
Expected February 2013
Courtesy of EFE, a scan of the latest Trade Release Sheet
December 2012 Trade Release Sheet Scan

Order forms for two Subscriber exclusive New Year models were also enclosed with the Newsletter. The models are priced 29 each inclusive of UK P&P.
Cat No. 38101A
Vehicle Bristol VRT Series I
Operator Eastern National
Fleet No. SD 3006
Registration SMS 32H
Route 11 Chelmsford
Expected Due early 2013
Cat No. 26322A
Vehicle Guy Arab II Utility Bus
Operator London Transport (Central Area Red)
Fleet No. G142
Registration GYE 86
Route 121 Chingford & Ponders End
Expected Due early 2013
Courtesy of EFE, a PDF version of the latest Release Sheet plus smaller scans of the latest release sheet
Release Sheet Issue 9 2012 Scan  Subscribers' New Year Models
Click Here for PDF Version (4.11mb)

Friday 14 December
Confirmed Oxford Omnibus Release
Oxford Diecast have now released the following 1/76 scale model.

76OWB005 Merthyr Tydfil - Bedford OWB Utility Bus

Thursday 13 December
Six Confirmed EFE Releases
EFE have today released their final six models of the year.

14606 London Country North West/Luton & District - Single Door Leyland National Series B
16229 Bristol Greyhound - Bristol MW Coach
31204 British Road Services - ERF KV 4 Axle Flatbed Lorry
35803 Maidstone & District - Single Door Plaxton Pointer I Dennis Dart SLF
38106 Southdown - Bristol VRT Series I Double Deck Bus
38201 Central S.M.T. - Leyland Leopard Alexander Y Type Bus

London Transport Museum has confirmed that the commissioned London Transport RF (23320B) announced yesterday (News item here) will depict RF315 on route 136, this was a late change from the previously planned route 240A which it was discovered had been operated with crew operated RFs without doors.

Wednesday 12 December
Confirmed OOC Releases
The following OOC models have now been released Corgi, there are currently no further OOC releases scheduled between now & mid January.

OM46307A Clydeside Scottish (36 Glasgow Buchanian) - AEC Routemaster Double Deck Bus - 550 pieces
OM46307B Clydeside Scottish (38 Johnstone) - AEC Routemaster Double Deck Bus - 550 pieces
OM46405A The Kings Ferry (007 Dover via Canterbury) - Caetano CT650 Levante Coach - 500 pieces - Sold Out / All stock allocated by Corgi
OM46405B The Kings Ferry (007 London) - Caetano CT650 Levante Coach - 500 pieces

Wednesday 12 December & updated 13 December
Three New EFE Commissions For London Transport Museum
The London Transport Museum has commissioned three new EFE models which are all scheduled to be released during January.

There are two new models for the Museum's Victoria Coach Station series, these both depict Bristol Greyhound RELH coaches.

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99713 Bristol Greyhound (NHW 308F / London (via) Reading and M4) - Bristol RELH ECW Coach

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99714 Bristol Greyhound (NHW 31F / Southend on Sea) - Bristol RELH ECW Coach

The third model is a little confusing as the Museum are claiming its back in stock and are quoting the reference number 23320B which does indeed match a red RF on route 240A which was originally announced by the Museum as a future release quite sometime ago. However the page for the model on the Museum's site gives details for a different model depicting RF315 on route 136 to Harrow on the Hill Station & Sth Harrow. The notes about the model below the said details however suggest the route will be 240A while photographs shows a model with the aforementioned route 136 blinds!
I'll email the museum to see if I can get some clarification as to which route will be featured.

The third model is a revised version of the long planned red RF 23320B. It had previously been planned to produce a model of RF383 on route 240A, but it has been discovered that this route was operated by crew RFs without doors so for authenticity the vehicle & route have been revised.

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23320B London Transport (Red RF315 / Route 136) - AEC Regal IV RF Single Deck Bus

The models can be pre-order via the Museum's online shop and are all priced £35.99 plus £4 UK P&P per model.

Tuesday 11 December
New Edition of Routemaster Association's RML 50 Model
The Routemaster Association has produced a second edition of their 50th Anniversary RML model which they commissioned from EFE last year.
The new code 3 version has different advertisements and new North Finchley destinations front & rear. The model depicts the same RML884 & route 104 as per the original code 2 version (31907) however.

The original code 2 EFE model & the new code 3 2nd edition

The model which is limited to 500 pieces is now on general sale and can be ordered using PayPal from the Routemaster Association's Online Shop. The models are priced £28.00 each plus £3.00 UK P&P.
The original code 2 model is also still available for £27.95 from the same source.

Further details can be found of the Association's site.

Tuesday 4 December
Kingsway Models: Free Xmas 2012 Building Kit
The free Xmas 2012 Kingsway Models building kit can now be downloaded from their website.

This year's kit is a half relief Wilkinsons high street shop which is now a common site across much of the UK.

The free kits from previous years are also still available to download on the site which also contains details of all John Howe's extensive range of bus garages, high street shops & other buildings that make the prefect backdrop for 1/76 scale models of all kinds.

Further details can be found at

Tuesday 4 December
Atlas Editions Confirm Great British Bus Collection Is Complete
I received a letter from Atlas Editions' Customer Service Department today confirming that they've now sent me the final model in their Great British Buses Collection. I've received a total of 31 models so it seems talk of further models being added to the series hasn't come to anything after all. A copy of the letter is shown below.

Sunday 2 December updated Monday 3 December
Details of Four New EFE Models & The Next Six Releases
EFE attended the Manchester Museum of Transport's Christmas Cracker Collectors' Fare over the weekend. Among the models they exhibited were samples of three previously unannounced models and another of a Bristol VRT that was listed in the last EFE Subscribers' newsletter.
Thanks are extended to Doug Stewart for supplying the model photographs below.

20138 British Railways - Bedford OB Duple Vista

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Fleet No.: 1231 W - Registration: GAX 189 - Livery: Red & cream

23606 Wallace Arnold Baggage Van - Bedford TK Luton Boxvan Lorry

Fleet No.: None - Registration : LUB 962L - Livery: Off white & grey livery

24706 Salford City Transport - Manchester Style MCW bodied Leyland Atlantean

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Fleet No.: 214 - Registration: DBA214C - Route: 64 Victoria - Livery: Green with cream between decks band

38107 Devon General - Bristol VRT Series I

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Fleet Number: 549 - Registration: VOD549K - Route 32 Chelston (Circular) - Livery: Maroon with off-white roof & between decks band

And some photographs of this previously announced model:
38106 Southdown- Bristol VRT Series I
Fleet Number: 526 - Registration: WCD526K - Route 42 Petersfield - Livery: Green and cream

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The following pair of models produced by EFE for the event were also on sale.

20010A Greater Manchester Transport - Leyland Titan PD2 Metro-Cammell Orion Double Deck Bus
29009A Greater Manchester Transport - Daimler Fleetline GM Standard Double Deck Bus

The following models are scheduled to be released during the week ending the 15th December and are expected to be the last before the new year.

14606 London Country North West/Luton & District - Single Door Leyland National Series B
16229 Bristol Greyhound - Bristol MW Coach
31204 British Road Services - ERF KV 4 Axle Flatbed Lorry
35803 Maidstone & District - Single Door Plaxton Pointer I Dennis Dart SLF
38106 Southdown - Bristol VRT Series I Double Deck Bus
38201 Central S.M.T. - Leyland Leopard Alexander Y Type Bus
Release information kindly supplied by

Sunday 2 December
B-T Models: 5 Confirmed Release
B-T Models have released a 1/76 scale & 4 N scale lorries, these should be available from all the normal outlets in due course.

N Scale

N020 British Railways - Albion Clydesdale Articulated Flatbed Lorry
N022 Bulwark Transport - Albion CX7 4 Axle Milk Tanker
N026 British Railways - Commer 2 Axle Bullion Van
N027 BRS Parcels Service - Leyland Beaver 2 Axle Flatbed Lorry

1/76 Scale

DA55 Northern Motor Utilities - Foden DG 4 Axle Boxvan Lorry

Updated 02 December originally posted 30 November
B-T Models: Photo of Southern Vectis Lodekka Published
John Ayrey have published the first photograph showing the forthcoming B-T Models Southern Vectis Bristol LD1 today.

B103 Southern Vectis NBC - Bristol Lodekka LD1 Double Deck Bus (Open Platform)

Since posting the image I've been contacted by Alan Wylie who has pointed out the fleet number & registration shown on the sample model don't match up. They should either by 533/LDL 732 or 555/ODL 15 hopefully B-T Models will adjust these before the release.

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