CMNL ukbus 1026 Alexander Dennis ALX400 - Stagecoach
Released January 2007
Review by Donald Grant
by Torbay Council and designed by Graphic Design Student Mark Fryers the
Brunel 200 livery was applied to Stagecoach in Devon Dennis Trident with
an Alexander's ALX400 body WJ55 NMA as part of the celebrations marking
200 years since the birth of one of the greatest engineers Britain has
ever seen, Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
Creative Master Northcord Ltd have faithfully reproduced the livery in a
limited edition run of 1800 on their familiar ALX 400 casting giving
both model bus and rail collectors the opportunity to add this fine
model to their collections.
The casting made it's first appearance in 2001 and like all the models
of double deck buses from CMNL is a one piece casting meaning that there
are no internal poles required to hold the upper and lower decks
together. These are a feature of the majority of buses from other
manufacturers and can really detract from what are usually otherwise
fine models. It features plastic headlamps and front indicators which
to the realism of the model and the coolant filler cap at the rear
offside corner is correctly recessed and detailed rather than simply
being painted on. As always for this casting the model features an
opening engine cover, windscreen wipers and rear view mirrors and in
this case also a tree deflector on the nearside front upper window
pillar as is seen on the prototype.
This latest addition to the range is no disappointment showing the clean
crisp lines model bus collectors have come to expect from CMNL and
excellent sharp application of the Brunel 200 livery on the model. The
livery itself utilises photographs of Brunel and some of his iconic
engineering masterpieces and the model captures this particularly well
especially considering the massive reduction down to 1/76th of the
original size. All in all it would a worthy addition to the collections
of anyone with an interest in Brunel or GWR and of course those who
collect Stagecoach models are likely to snap this one up too. However I
don't think you have to be a specialist collector to wish to add this
unusually liveried bus to your own collection. I'm one of the latter, I
just liked the look of the model!
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