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December 2013
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Monday 30 December & Updated 31 December
Confirmed B-T Releases
The following models have now been released in the UK, but due to the Christmas break may not have reached all retailers yet.


B108A Bristol Omnibus (YHT 956 / L8460 - route 418 Bristol) - Bristol Lodekka LD1 Long radiator / closed platform


B108B Bristol Omnibus (851 CHU / L8486 - route 233 Chippenham) - Bristol Lodekka LD1 Long radiator / open platform

Update 31 December
Also released with the above models is a further 1/76 scale lorry.

DA67 British Road Services (Argyll) - Leyland Beaver Articulated Box Van
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Friday 27 December
Six New EFE Models Announced
EFE's December 2013 trade release sheet contains details of six new models which are all scheduled for release in either February or March 2014. There are two new casting variations on this sheet and details of London Country RT & Birch Bros coach mentioned in the last subscriber newsletter.

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Cat No. 12310
Vehicle Harrington Grenadier Coach
Operator Birch Bros
Fleet No. K27
Registration ALD 27B
Route Private
Expected March
Cat No. 24107
Vehicle Bedford TK 2 Axle Dropside Lorry
Operator Crosville N.B.C.
Fleet No. 53A
Registration VLG 53R
Load Small canvas cover load
Expected March
Cat No. 34110
Vehicle AEC RT 3 Bus
Operator London Country
Fleet No. RT3752
Registration NLE 859
Route 306 Leavesden Ganders Ash
Expected February
Cat No. 38801
Vehicle AEC Mark III 3 Axle Dropside Lorry
Operator B.R.S. Derbyshire Group
Fleet No. 66 E 233
Registration ORA 839
Load Ballast load
Expected March
Cat No. 38901
Vehicle RCL Routemaster Coach
(Single headlamps)
Operator London Transport
Fleet No. RCL2256
Registration CUV 256C
Route 149 Victoria
Expected March
Cat No. 38402
Vehicle Alexander Y Type Bristol RE Coach
(Folding doors)
Operator Greater Manchester Transport
Fleet No. 335 TE
Registration NJA 335H
Route 391 Padfield
Expected March
Courtesy of EFE, a scan of December 2013 Trade Release Sheet
Trade Release Sheet Issue December 2013 Scan

Thursday 26 December
Corgi Announced Another New Bus For London Model
Corgi has announced that another issue of the New Bus for London model is being added to the January-June 2014 release schedule. The model which appears to depict LT59 carries adverts for Zoopla & is expected to be released in April.

OM46610A Go Ahead London General (route 11 Liverpool Street) - New Bus for London
OM46610B Go Ahead London General (route 11 Fulham Broadway) - New Bus for London

Pictures of the pre-production sample model can be found on the Corgi Facebook page.

Tuesday 24 December
Wishing You All A Very Merry Christmas
I hope you've found the site of use over the past year, a big thank you goes to Peter Harrison for his continued support and all the time & effort he puts into maintaining & updating his model lists.

Thanks also goes to everyone else who has made contributions to the site, whether that be a report of broken link, news about forthcoming models or to confirm a release. They are all much appreciated.

I've got a few updates planned for the site before the New Year which might fill a few moments should you have any spare.

I hope you have a Very Happy Christmas.

Monday 23 December
A Possible Future Model Spotted On EFE's 2014 Calendar
Eagle eyed Jef Johnson has spotted what may turn out be another previously unannounced model hidden among the photographs on the subscriber's calendar that was included with the latest newsletter.
The model depicts a Harrington Grenadier coach in what appears to be Birch Bros livery. Here's a rather grainy scan of the small photograph featured on the EFE calendar sheet.

A photograph of one of the five Harrington Grenadier coaches operated by Birch Bros can be found on flickr.

Friday 20 December
Confirmed EFE Release & Subscriber's Newsletter
The following model has now been released by EFE.


16134 Yorkshire Woollen - Leyland Titan PD2 Highbridge Double Deck Bus

The last newsletter & release sheet of 2013 arrived today, due to production & manufacturing pressures the usual special subscriber models have been delayed for a few months.

EFE report that they are still experiencing labour shortages in China which continue to delay the manufacturing of new models, there's no sign of this improving and production capicity will be further stretched as workers first emjoy a short Christmas break & then prepare for the long Chinese New Year holidays.

There's a brief mention of one previously unannounced model in the forthcoming models list.
34110 London Country - AEC RT3 Bus
Courtesy of EFE, a PDF version and scans of Release Sheet 11 along with the Eastern Counties Fleet Focus Part 3
Release Sheet 11 2013 Eastern Counties Fleet Focus Part 3
Click here to view PDF version (6mb)

Wednesday 18 December
Four Confirmed OOC Releases
Corgi has now released the following models.


OM46408A National Express (Welsh Dragon livery / route 202 Heathrow Airport) - Caetano Levante Coach
OM46408B National Express (Welsh Dragon livery / route 202 Swansea) - Caetano Levante Coach


OM46703A East Lothian Buses (route 113 Western General Hospital) - Wright Eclipse II Single Deck Bus
OM46703B East Lothian Buses (route 113 Pencaitland) - Wright Eclipse II Single Deck Bus

A model review of the Wilts & Dorset more version of the new OOC Wright Eclipse 2 model is now available.


Tuesday 17 December
More Oxford Diecast Releases
The following Oxford Omnibus range models have now been released.

1/76 Scale

76PB004 Crosville - Commer PB Minibus

N Scale

NBL004 W Alexander - Bristol Lodekka LD Double Deck Bus
NPE006 Prospect Coaches - Plaxton Elite Coach

Thursday 12 December
New Owner For Mabex Waterslide Transfers
The well known Mabex Waterslide Transfers business has now changed ownership and the new owner has provided the new postal and email contact details shown below.

Carlton House, Church Lane, Wyberton, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE21 7AF

Please enclose a SAE envelope with all postal enquires or email:


Thursday 12 December
Confirmed OOC Releases
Corgi's latest releases are also first issue of its latest new tooling. Note both models have been issued with a different fleet number & registration to that shown on the pre-production model. Previously this was 2777/HF12 GWZ, but has now been changed to 2770/HF12 GWO. The front dash panel has also been revised.


OM46701A Wilts & Dorset (More livery / route M2 Southbourne) - Wright Eclipse II Single Deck Bus
OM46701B Wilts & Dorset (More livery / route M1 Castlepoint) - Wright Eclipse II Single Deck Bus

A model review of the OM46701A version of the new OOC Wright Eclipse 2 model is now available.


Tuesday 10 December
Confirmed Oxford Diecast Release
The following Oxford Omnibus range model has now been released


76LRT003 Alexander Bluebird - Leyland Royal Tiger Coach
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Tuesday 10 December
Confirmed EFE Releases
The following models have now been released by EFE.


13502 Bulwark - Atkinson 4 Axle Oval Tanker
32104 Big Bus Company - AEC RMF Class Routemaster Double Deck Bus
32105 Northern General (Centenary model) - AEC RMF Class Routemaster Double Bus

Thursday 5 December & updated 6 December
Commissioned EFE Model Details
EFE have supplied some photographs of the Todmorden model bus which has been commissioned by the Bachmann Collectors Club. The models are priced 29.00 each and are a certificated limited edition of 500 pieces. They are currently only available to members of the Bachmann Club.

Further details about the model & the club can be found on the Bachmann Collectors Club site.

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Cat No. 24329K
Vehicle 30 Foot BET Style Single Deck Bus
Operator Todmorden British Railways
Fleet No. 37
Registration 573 EYG
Route Railway Replacement Service
Released December 2013
 

Wednesday 4 December
Six New EFE Models & A Model Update
EFE's latest trade release sheet contains details of six new models which are all scheduled for release in either January or February 2014.

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Cat No. 18409
Vehicle Leyland TS8 Tiger Single Deck Bus
Operator County Motors
Fleet No. 76
Registration DVH 755
Route Huddersfield
Expected February
Cat No. 31806
Vehicle RMA Routemaster Double Deck Bus
Operator Clydeside Silverline (Quicksilver)
Fleet No. SRMA1
Registration XGJ 614D (I'm aware it should be KGJ)
Route 4 Ayr
Expected February
Cat No. 36102
Vehicle Ford Thames Trader Luton Box Van
Operator Marley Tiles
Fleet No. 26
Registration 7731 KP
Load None
Expected February
Cat No. 36304
Vehicle Bedford TK Short Tipper
Operator Russell of Bathgate
Fleet No. 128
Registration FSX 165
Load Tented Canvus Cover
Expected January
Cat No. 36608
Vehicle Dennis Dart SLF Plaxton Pointer II (2 Door)
Operator Transdev (London United Busways)
Fleet No. DP 55
Registration T455 PRH
Route 423 Heathrow Terminal 5
Expected January
Cat No. 38702
Vehicle Alexander Y Type Single Deck Bus
Operator Eastern Counties
Fleet No. 1811
Registration DLS 355V
Route 200 Newmarket
Expected January
Courtesy of EFE, a scan of November 2013 Trade Release Sheet
Trade Release Sheet Issue November 2013 Scan
EFE have also supplied new photographs of the Northern Centenary RMF Routemaster which is due to be released later this month.


There also also two close up shots showing the Chris Moyes dedication above the fleet number & the Centenary logo applied to one of the side windows.

32105 Northern (Centenary livery) - RMF Routemaster Double Deck Bus

Monday 2 December
EFE's December Model Releases
The following models are now due to be released by EFE later this month.

Week Ending 14 December

13502 Bulwark - Atkinson 4 Axle Oval Tanker
32104 Big Bus Company - AEC RMF Class Routemaster Double Deck Bus
32105 Northern General (Centenary model) - AEC RMF Class Routemaster Double Bus

Week Ending 21 December

16134 Yorkshire Woollen - Leyland Titan PD2 Highbridge Double Deck Bus
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