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December 2019
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Thursday 26 December
New IXO Coach Model Announced
IXO has announced a new 1/43rd scale coach model for 2020.
Wholesaler John Ayrey Diecast is quoting the RRP as £53.99 for this item which is expected to be released in February.

BUS023 Mercedes 0 302 Coach - Beige/Green 1972

Tuesday 24 December
Happy Christmas
Wishing all visitors & contributors to this site a very Happy Christmas.
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Saturday 21 December
Corgi Releases
These latest Corgi bus model releases should now be available from UK model retailers.

GS82331 Coca Cola Snata Bus (Santa registration) - AEC Routemaster Bus (1/36 scale toy range)

GS82332 Coca Cola London Bus (19 LDN registration) - AEC Routemaster Bus (1/36 scale toy range)

Thursday 12 December
TiNY Kits Update
A small update on the TiNY range of bus & coach kits.

Latest Kit Release

TK4 Ribble Burlingham Leyland PD3 - In stock £43.00

Kit Re-Run

TK52B Bristol SC Bus - Limited Re-run Reserve Now

New Kit Announced

TK71F NEW CIE, ex GNR(I) AEC Regal IV - PRV B45F - Reserve Now
Master for kit shown, this is the first master TiNY has produced using CAD & high quality 3D printing.

Contact details & a full list of all the currently available & planned kits can be found on the TiNY page in the kits section.

Tuesday 10 December
Next Oxford Diecast Omnibus Range Releases
The next batch of Oxford Diecast models are expected to be released to UK model retailers next week. They will include the following Omnibus range models.

76PD2008 A1 Service - Leyland Titan PD2 Double Deck Bus (1/76 scale)

NMW6002 Hants & Dorset - Bristol MW6 ECW Coach (N scale)

Tuesday 10 December
Northcord Press Release: UKBUS6512
The following press release has been issued by the Northcord Model Company.

ADL Enviro400 MMC
ukbus 6512 Southern Vectis

Following the significant success in launching the brand new casting of the Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC model in the livery of National Express West Midlands, Stagecoach in Oxfordshire, Bluestar, Stagecoach West Scotland and Stagecoach South, Northcord Model Company is now releasing the seventh livery on the 10.9 metre long, single-door casting – ukbus 6512 in the livery of Southern Vectis with full decoration to promote the “Go Green Go Clean” bus on the Isle of Wight on the famous route 3.

ukbus 6512 represents fleet number 1660 (HW67 AHY) that has 10.9 metre, single door bodywork and was new to Southern Vectis in 2018. 1660 carries a full, green livery for route 3, showing the destination to Ryde. The stand-out features of the branding are : “GO GREEN GO CLEAN” and “PROTECTING YOUR ISLAND” on the nearside, “1 FULL BUS CAN TAKE 75 CARS OFF THE ROAD” and “GO GREEN GO CLEAN” on the offside, and “GO GREEN GO CLEAN” at the rear.

Further additional details carried by the model include the destination board with ‘3 Sandown, Ryde’ on both sides.

The Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC ukbus 6512 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 6512 model is its 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 ukbus 6512 model 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 6512 model is limited tois limited to 1200 pieces worldwide.

Northcord Model Company (NMC)------The World’s Miniature Bus Co.

Tuesday 10 December
Model Spotlight: Oxford Diecast 1/43 Southdown Weymann Fanfare Coach
For my second spotlight on the Oxford Diecast range of models I've chosen the company's largest Omnibus range offering, the 1/43rd scale Weymann Fanfare coach in Southdown livery. This model depicts the Leyland Tiger Cub version of the 1950s vehicle, Oxford have also produced an AEC Reliance version in South Wales Transport livery. Both of the models have been marketed as specials to commemorate "Oxford Diecast 25th Anniversary".

The Southdown Weymann Fanfare coach has already been produced in both 1/76 (76WFL001) & N scale (NSET003 & NWFL001) by Oxford and all the issues including this latest up scaled version have depicted the same vehicle XUF 141 / 1141.

A review of both of the smaller scale offerings can be found in the model reviews section.

Below are a selection of large photographs showing the model I purchased. Each photograph will open in new window/tab.
A full HD Video slide show with many additional images is also available below in the form of a You Tube video.

Below is a video slide show that includes all the above photographs & many more. Click the YouTube logo or link below to view in full HD on the You Tube site.

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Friday 06 December
Confirmed UK Northcord Model Releases
The following Northcord ADL Enviro400 MMC models have now been released & should be with UK retailers shortly.

UKBUS6513 Stagecoach South (10892 / YX67 VCE - Route 64 Winchester) - ADL Enviro400 MMC 10.9m Double Deck Bus

UKBUS6514 First Glasgow (33201 HB / SK68 LWN - Route 75 Castlemilk via City Centre) - ADL Enviro400 MMC 10.5m Double Deck Bus

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