ukbus 1039 Alexander ALX400-bodied Dennis Trident - Arriva
Review by Bryan Knights
is the latest model of the Dennis Trident/ALX400
casting from Creative Master Northcord Ltd (CMNL). W432 XKX (Arriva
5432) was delivered new to Arriva the Shires and Essex for use on Route
38 between Luton and Dunstable. When this service was equipped with
Wright-bodied Scania single deckers in 2005, 5432, along with 2 others
of the same class, were transferred to Aylesbury for use on the X15
between Aylesbury and Milton Keynes.
It was quickly discovered that the 13ft 10in bus would not go under the
13 ft bridge at Linslade and as a result 5432 was repainted into
Arriva’s latest livery and branded for route 500 between Aylesbury and
Watford, which, at that time, was almost exclusively the domain of
Scania L113CRL single deckers delivered new to the service in 1995.
This is a very local bus to me, passing as it does through my home town
and I was very keen to see the final model. Indications from photographs
of the model suggested that the skirt is not the correct shade of blue
and this is confirmed by the production version: the difference is
obvious when you compare the pictures of the real bus on the packaging
to that of the model inside. It’s not as bad as I first feared and
certainly doesn’t detract in any way from the model itself.
This aside, the branded livery has been superbly and correctly applied
and it really does capture the look and feel of the real thing; so much
so that I can just visualise it passing through Berkhamsted High Street.
There are three small points that are worth mentioning, the rear route
blind does not show a number, this, of course, could be correct, but the
real vehicles normally display the route number. The lights on the rear
upper deck have been painted over and would normally show red.
and it might be my eyes, but the front upper deck grab rail looks a
little bit on the low side, but that might simply be my perception and
again does not detract from the model itself.
The release notes from CMNL state that the interior detail includes a TV
monitor in the upper saloon this does not exist on the model, and indeed
the actual bus does not have a monitor installed, and from pictures I
have seen has never included this feature.
This is a certificated model, limited to 1200 pieces.
As a matter of interest UKBUS1010 is a model of sister vehicle 5429
(W429 XKX) in original livery with destination Luton on their original
route 38, complete with route branding, an interesting vehicle for
comparison. This model does have the rear lights correctly depicted in
red and the rear blind box shows the number 38.