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July 2018
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Tuesday 17 July
Photographs Of Four Forthcoming OOC Releases
Corgi have published new photographs of four forthcoming OOC models which at present expected to be the next releases in the range.

OM40821A Wilts & Dorset (route 38A Sailsbury Limited Stop) - Bristol Lodekka FS6B ECW double deck bus - Due September

OM40821B Wilts & Dorset (route 38A Bournemouth Limited Stop) - Bristol Lodekka FS6B ECW double deck bus - Due September

OM43917A Burton Corporation (route 6 Anglesey Road via Station & Uxbridge St) - Bristol Lodekka FS6B ECW double deck bus - Due October

OM43917B Burton Corporation (route 6 Calais Road via Station & Belvedere Road) - Bristol Lodekka FS6B ECW double deck bus - Due October

Another of the models from the most recent catalogue has had its expected release date pushed back.

OM46713A/B Transdev Keighley & District (the shuttle livery) - Wright Urban Eclipse II single deck bus - Now expected during December rather than October

Monday 16 July
Three More Atlas Models For UK Retailers
Wholesaler John Ayrey Diecast has added three further European Bus Collection items to their list of Atlas Edition models. All three are due in stock later this month.

MAG JY17 Ikarus 66 1955

MAG JY34 Kassbohrer Setra S8 1951

MAG JY35 Renault S45 R4210 1953

John Bennett has also contacted me with information regarding another version of the Ixo 1/72nd scale London Transport RTW model, this latest version has been issued as model 7 in the Polish 'Kultowe Autobusy' collection produced by deAgostini.

The model once again depicts RTW 75 and carries destinations for route 25.
This latest Polish collection seems to mainly consist of models previously issued by Atlas Editions in either the European Buses or Classic Coaches collections and it appears the intention is for the collection to run to around thirty models in total.

Wednesday 11 July
Two Releases From Forward Models
The following models have now been released by Forward Models and are available from select retailers or direct from Forward via their site.

GDG-19 Glasgow Corporation Transport - Daimler CVG6 Weymann Double Deck Bus

GDM-20 City of Manchester - Daimler CVG6K MCCW Double Deck Bus

Tuesday 10 July
New IXO RT Model Announced
Another 1/43rd scale RT model has been announced by Ixo Models. The item BUS018 is described as an "AEC Regent RT, red, London Transport, 1950 Open Top" and is scheduled for release in November with a RRP of £53.99

The picture below is that used to illustrate the model on the wholesaler's John Ayrey Diecasts site, but although it shows an open top AEC Regent it is neither a RT or London Transport vehicle!

My guess is this is more likely to be based on the tooling used for the recently issued Hatchette "Buses of the World" Guernsey Bus open top RT.
Images the real Guernsey RT can be found on the site.

Monday 09 July
Latest Oxford Diecast Releases
The following 1/76 scale models are among the latest batch of releases from Oxford Diecast. There are no bus or coach models in this batch.

76FT031 London Underground - Ford Transit Mk V SWB Low Roof Van

76ANG032 Souhdown Motor Services - Ford Anglia Van - Re-issue

Monday 09 July
Further Release Delays For Two OOC Models
The expected release dates for two forthcoming OOC models have been pushed back once again by Corgi.

OM40821A/B Wilts & Dorset - Bristol Lodekka FS6 ECW Double Deck Bus - Now expected October instead of September

CC42418 Fox's of Hayes (Magical Mystery Tour) - Bedford VAL Plaxton Panorama Coach (2nd version)- Now expected October instead of August

Monday 02 July
Confirmed EFE Release
The following model is now being released to Bachmann Appointed Stockists. This is the last model from the final batch of new models announced by the former owner of the EFE brand Gilbow Holdings back in 2015 and will be the last issued in the older style fawn map design packaging.

(Use the following link to view further photographs of the final production model & several super hi-res photographs.)
E34112 London Transport (RT2177 / route 12) - AEC RT Bus - RRP 34.95

This eagerly awaited London Transport RT without adverts is now available from Bachmann Stockists.
The model depicts RT2177 registration KGU 106 allocated to Walworth garage (WL), with blinds for route 12 to Oxford Circus. RT 2177 was new in 1949 and saw service at several garages in South London including Elmers End, New Cross and Walworth. Sold by L.T. in 1977, RT2177 has been preserved in very fine condition for many years and is displayed regularly at bus rallies.

This month will also see an addition to the EFE range of accessories with the release of a Art Deco style bus garage.
E99660 which can now be pre-ordered from Bachmann Stockists will be supplied with a free EFE model worth £19.95 and has a RRP of £84.95. This item would be ideal for displaying a bus collection, as part of a model railway layout or even as a subject for a model diorama.

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