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December 2017
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Sunday 31 December
Corgi Set Date For Release of Next Catalogue
Corgi have announced they will reveal the contents of their next catalogue covering their 2018 programme on the 8th January.

Details are due to go live on the website at 10am, there's no indication as yet, regarding any new tooling for the OOC range.

Sunday 24 December
Happy Christmas

Peace & Goodwill to all
from the Model Bus Zone

Sunday 24 December
Latest Atlas Editions Classic Coaches Release
The Atlas Editions Classic Coaches Collection has now reached thirty models with the release of a 1946 Reo Speedwagon Coach.

This model is based on the preserved vehicle currently owned by Norwegian transport company Anvik Auto. A photograph of the vehicle can be viewed HERE.

This latest model is again identical to one previously issued in an earlier European Bus collection by Atlas.

4642 130 Anvik Auto, Norway - Reo Speedwagon Coach

Friday 22 December & updated 23 December
Atlas Classic UK Coaches Review
With the forthcoming release of the Atlas Editions Classic Coach Collection models to UK retailers I thought it might be the right time for a quick review of the ten UK related models issued in this partwork.

The UK items consist of four 1/72nd scale IXO produced models & six 1/76th scale items based on Corgi OOC models.

You can find the full review HERE, and details of all thirty models released to date in Atlas section on this site.

Update Saturday 23 December
Ace Model Buses has informed me that the Classic Coach models are expected to be released by John Ayrey next week.

Release Information kindly supplied by

Wednesday 20 December
First Batch of Atlas British Bus Models Released
Wholesaler John Ayrey Die-cast has now released the the first batch of ten Atlas Edition Great British Buses models to UK retailers.

JB02 Southdown - Open Top Bristol FS Bus

JB03 Wallace Arnold - Bedford OB Duple Vista Coach

JB04 London Transport (route 657) - AEC Q1 type Trolleybus

JB13 Blackpool - Blackpool Balloon Tram

JB20 West Riding - Bedford VAL Plaxton Panorama Coach

JB22 Hants & Dorset - Bedford VAL Plaxton Panorama Coach

JB25 Metropolitan - Feltham Tram

JB28 Hull Corporation - Weymann Trolleybus

JB29 East Yorkshire - BET Federation Single Deck Bus

JB30 Midland Red West - Leyland Lynx Bus

Wednesday 20 December
Northcord Enviro400 MMC Pre production Model
Yardley Wood Bus Club have received an early pre-production sample of the soon to be released Northcord ADL Enviro400 MMC in National Express West Midlands livery (UKBUS6502).

One of the latest model videos uploaded by You Tuber modelbuses98 is a short preview of this sample model.

Tuesday 19 December
New EFE Model Update
I've been contacted by Bachmann with some more details on the forthcoming Midland Fox Bristol VRT, first reported on the 16th December.

The tooling for this model has been enhanced and the now features the previously missing panel beading below the side upper & lower deck windows, another first for this particular casting is the fitting of driving mirrors.

Bachmann have also published a release sheet detailing the EFE models planned up to March/April 2018.

This sheet indicates that Bachmann have already sold out of both the forthcoming Aldenham Leyland Titan set (99938) & route 12 London Transport RT (34112) before release.

Sunday 17 December
New Routemaster Bus Models
Rüdiger Schreiber from www.Omnbus.News informs me that he has posted a new article about the various New Routemaster bus models that have been produced to date.

You can find the original German language article, "Bye, bye Boris Bus" HERE, an English translation can be viewed through Google Translate or by using THIS LINK.

Sunday 17 December
Confirmed Oxford Omnibus Releases
The following Oxford Omnibus range models have now reached UK retailers.

N Scale

NSEA001 Wallace Arnold - Burlingham Seagull Coach

1/76 Scale

76IR6002 West Coast Motors - Scania Irzair i6 Coach

The following model has been released by Oxford Diecast & is available from their own online site, however it appears it hasn't yet been widely distributed to model retailers, this delay is probably down to the model not being announced to the trade until its actual release.

76IR6005 Official England National Team Coach (Guideline Coaches) - Scania Irzair i6 Coach

Saturday 16 December
New EFE Model Announced
Bachmann have announced a further new EFE model which is due for release in March or April 2018. Thanks are extended to TTC Diecast for passing on details of this model.

Midland Fox 1112 (VDV 112S / Route 185 Countesthorpe via Blaby) - Bristol VRT series 3 Double Deck Bus - Due Mar/Apr 18

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Saturday 16 December
More Atlas British Bus Collection Models For UK Retailers
A further batch of ten models from the Atlas Edition's Great British Bus Collection are being imported by UK Wholesaler John Ayrey Diecasts. These should be available from UK retailers in January & follow the earlier batch of ten models reported back in October.

All the models in this collection are based on Corgi 1/76 scale OOC tooling and have a RRP of £29.99.

JB05 Southdown - Leyland PD3 Queen Mary Double Deck Bus

JB09 Western National - Bristol K Double Deck Bus

JB10 Brighton & Hove - AEC Regent Weymann Double Deck Bus

JB11 Douglas Corporation - Daimler CWA6 Utility Double Deck Bus (Model incorrectly described as an AEC Regent on packaging)

JB12 Midland Reb - BMMO CM5T Motorway Coach

JB14 Green Line - AEC Q Type Single Deck Bus

JB18 Ribble - Burlingham Seagull Coach

JB19 Leeds City Transport - Crossley DD42 Double Deck Bus

JB24 St Helens Corporation - AEC Regent V Double Deck Bus

JB26 BMMO D9 Double Deck Bus

Saturday 9 December
New Citibus Models Kit
Citibus Models has just released a resin kit of the Seddon/ Leyland Alexander T Type.
The kit includes separate lower front panels & four types of grilles with paye signs & optional destinations and other parts. These allow a wide range of different combinations to reproduce various variations of the vehicle used by NBC & SBG group operators.

Kit CM004: Seddon/ Leyland Alexander T Type.

The first run of the kit has already sold out, but a second run is now planned & the kits should be available during January.
Pre-orders are being accepted for the second run & these kits are priced £47.00 plus £4.40 UK signed for postage. Overseas shipping is available at cost.

For further details or to pre-order please visit the Citibus Models Facebook page. If you'd prefer to order by phone, contact details can be found HERE.

Friday 8 December
Next Oxford Omnibus Releases
The following Oxford Omnibus range models are expected to be released to UK retailers next week.

N Scale

NSEA001 Wallace Arnold - Burlingham Seagull Coach

1/76 Scale

76IR6002 West Coast Motors - Scania Irzair i6 Coach

76IR6005 Official England National Team Coach (Guideline Coaches) - Scania Irzair i6 Coach
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Wednesday 6 December
New EFE Model Announced
Bachmann has announced the first EFE release for 2018 which is due in January and will be available to buy or pre-order through your normal Bachmann stockists.

The 1950's BET single deck AEC Reliance bus model carries South Yorkshire Transport orange & cream livery and features former Maidstone & District vehicle 336 NKT.
This bus came into the South Yorkshire fleet in 1975 when the Booth & Fisher business was taken over.

The model (EFE Ref No. 24332) carries fleet number 1087 & is depicted on service 256 bound for Killamarsh.

This will be the first issue of this particular model to feature driving mirrors, these are one of a number of enhancements that Bachmann are making to the existing EFE models.

This model feature new driving mirrors

The next EFE release from Bachmann due later this month will be the Leyland Titan 1983 Aldenham Spectacular Set 99938, a limited number of these sets will be available prior to the full release at the Collectors Club Members Day at the Epping Onger Railway this weekend.

The now preserved London General Leyland Titan T66 which features in the set will also be at the event and will be giving club members free trips around the local area.

This EFE item will be the first issued in the new design of packaging for the range.
Model information kindly supplied by

Sunday 3 December
Atlas Edition Classic Coaches Collection For UK Retailers
Wholesaler John Ayrey Diecast will shortly be taking stock of virtually all the models released so far in the Altlas Editions Classic Coaches Collection. All ten of the UK related models will be available. The models which come in their original packaging have an RRP of £14.99 and are expected in stock later this month.

The only models missing from the list of the first twenty six models in the collection are a Swiss P.T.T. Saurer L4C (Model 06) & a Henschel 100N Coach (Model 07).
The full list of all the available models can be found HERE.

Models in this collection are still being sent out by Atlas Editions and model number thirty is expected to be released later this month. It's currently not known how many models will be issued in total.

Apart from the ten UK models the rest have been re-issues of models from an earlier European Bus Collection previously available in some parts of mainland Europe.

These are the UK models, note the scale of the collection is 1/72 scale however some of the later UK models are based on Corgi OOC 1/76 scale tooling.

MAG JE01 J.T. Whittle & Sons - Burlingham Seagull Coach (HNT 462 - Blackpool)

MAG JE02 Wallace Arnold Tours, UK - Bedford VAL Plaxton Panorama I Coach (JUA 320E - Excursion)

MAG JE03 Dewsway Tours (Ron W. Dew) - Bedford OB Duple Vista Coach (CUT 465 - Private)

MAG JE04 The Kings Ferry - Van Hool T9 Coach (R1 KFC)

MAG JE09 Samuel Ledgard - Plaxton Panorama Coach (1/76) (AUM 414C)

MAG JE10 Allander Travel - Bova Futura Coach (/1/76) (7921 AT)

MAG JE11 Excelsior Holidays - Plaxton Excalibur Coach (/1/76) (431 / A7 XEL)

MAG JE12 York Pullman - Van Hool Alizee Coach (/1/76) (B18 KJT)

MAG JE14 Midland Red - BMMO CM5T Coach (/1/76) (4827 / 837 HHA - Coventry Motorway Express)

MAG JE16 Trent Barton Transpeak - Plaxton Premiere Coach (Incorrectly uses Excalibur tooling 1/76) (R62 RAU - Nottingham)

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