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August 2020
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Tuesday 25 August
Go London Scania Omnidekka Update
Chris Cotton has advised that his pair of commissioned Britbus Scania Omnidekka models in Go London Dockland Buses livery have completed the production stage and are about to be shipped to the UK.

Below are the final set of photo's taken in the factory just prior to the final assembly of the models.
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Pre-orders of both destination versions has been going well with just over 70 of each now left.

For further details please visit Chris Cotton's online store at

Saturday 22 August
Bachmann EFE Rail Releases
Bachmann has now released the first batch of models in its new EFE Rail range, Most of the planned N & OO scale locomotives & wagons are now available from Bachmann appointed dealers. Each of the models is available in a number of different variations including some with weathering.
The N scale Mermaid Ballast Wagons are expected to arrive in October while the motorised 1938 tube stock Northern Line set (E99939) is expected in December.



A full list of all the EFE Rail models can be found on the EFE Rail page.

Thursday 20 August
Confirmed Corgi OOC Releases
The following Corgi OOC models have now been released to model retailers in the UK.

OM46516A Brighton & Hove Bus & Coach (The Snowman livery / Route 5 Patcham) - Volvo B9TL Wright Gemini Eclipse II

OM46516B Brighton & Hove Bus & Coach (The Snowman livery / Route 5 Hangleton) - Volvo B9TL Wright Gemini Eclipse II

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Thursday 20 August
TiNY Announce New Kit
TiNY has announced another new kit that is being developed using CAD/3D technology. Reservation are now open for this "Supersmooth" kit.

TK79V Bus Eireann - Bedford Van Hool McArdle School Bus

Full details of other upcoming kits & in stock items can be found on the TiNY kits page.

Saturday 15 August
Release Update: Northcord UKBUS1502
Correcting my earlier assumption that The Stagecoach North West White Lady open top Alexander ALX400 was released in Hong Kong when the NMC press release was published on 22nd July, the model was actually released a week later on 29th July.

UK Distributor of the range, John Ayrey Diecast is reporting that the UK models will arrive in two batches commencing in Late August / Early September. The first batch of models has already been allocated to retailers, so initially the models may be in short supply until the second batch arrives. The model is a limited edition of 888 pieces worldwide.

UKBUS1502 Stagecoach North West (The White Lady) - Alexander ALX400 Open Top Dennis Trident.

Tuessday 11 August
Next Oxford Diecast Omnibus Range Release
There's one Omnibus range model in the next batch of Oxford Diecast releases which should with model retailers later this month.

76DC004 Greenslades - Duple Commander II Coach (1/76 scale)

Tuesday 11 August
Brighton & Hove Scania Omnidekka Canceled
Chris Cotton has contacted me to pass on the news that he has had to cancel his plans to produce the Brighton & Hove Scania Omnidekka model in the Albion in the Community livery.

He has received a legal letter from the football club, Chris agreed with permissions from Brighton & Hove that all trademarks were paid for and agreed. This unfortunately has not turned out to be the case and he is now unable to proceed with the model.
He also agreed to make a payment of £5,000 to the club for their work.

He is currently in the process of refunding anyone who has placed a pre-order, please allow him 24 hours to complete this task for everyone.

For further details please visit Chris Cotton's online store at

Saturday 8 August
Go London Scania Omnidekka Latest Production Photo's
Chris Cotton has sent the latest photographs showing the progress on his Go London Scania Omnidekka models.
Chris now expects to take ownership of the models in about 2 weeks, with delivery from China taking around a week after that.
Sales of the models are going well with about 70 of each version remaining.

Below are the latest photographs of the models as the progress through the production process.
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Three further models have been listed on Chris's site as future commissioned items, orders are not being accepted yet for any of these which are all still in the planning stage. 1 Scania Omnidekka - Blue Star YN56 FFK route 4 with Romsey or Southampton destination - Due t.b.a.
2. Scania Omnidekka - Metrobus YN56 FDO route details to be announced. - Due t.b.a.
3. Dennis Dart SLF - Go London General DP195 (EU53 PYA) route 170 with Victoria or Roehampton destinations - Due 2022

For further details please visit Chris Cotton's online store at

Thursday 6 August
Bachmann Announce New EFE Rail Range
Bachmann has today revealed its Autumn product release programme, although no EFE bus models are mentioned in this latest update, there is a new range of Railway products which will be marketed under the "EFE Rail" branding, most of these products are being produced by third party suppliers such as Kernow Model Rail Centre and Heljan and these will be available from Bachmann appointed model retailers. The products include trains & wagons in both OO & N scale. See links below.

One other product worth mentioning is a new release of the former Gilbow London Underground 1938 Tube Stock, Bachmann will now be producing these as a ready to run motorised set.

The 4-car set E99939 has been modeled on a 1960s Northern Line set, Train No. 40, working to High Barnet via Charing X (Charing Cross) and comprises: Car A: Driving Motor Car No. 10292 Car B: Trailer Car No. 012370 Car C: Non-Driving Motor Car No. 12134 Car D: Driving Motor Car No. 11292.

The photographs below show the livery samples which are undergoing final amendments prior to production.

Features Include:
  • Interior Lighting
  • Coreless motor in each driving car driving both bogies
  • Plux22 DCC Decoder Sockets (in cars A and D)
  • Provision for a ‘sugar cube’ speaker to be fitted
  • All-wheel pick up on the motorised vehicles
  • Detailed and decorated interiors
  • NEM coupling pockets allowing multiple trains to be coupled together
The set is expected to be available from Bachmann appointed retailers in December 2020 & has a RRP of £349.95
More details on the Bachmann site.

These are the other railway models announced in this new EFE Rail range: As I don't know one end of a locomotive from the other, the links below will take you to the relevant pages on the Bachmann site.

OO scale locomotives:
E85001-E85006 Class J94 0-6-0 Saddle Tank(six versions)
E84001-E84004 Class 35 'Hymek' (four versions)

OO Scale Wagons:
E87000-E87005 & E87010-E87017 JIA and PBA Bogie Wagons (fourteen versions in total).
All the OO scale products above are listed as due for release this month.

The N scale Locomotive:
E84501-E84511 Class 17 ‘Clayton’ (eleven versions) - Due this month

N Scale Wagon:
E87512-E87515 ‘Mermaid’ Ballast Wagon (four versions) - Due October.

Saturday 1 August
9.6m Streetline Bodyshell
Citibus Models are producing a limited quantity of Streetline 9.6m bodyshells, There are expected to be between 20 & 30 produced, only the resin bodyshell, glazing fret, mirrors, steering & wipers are supplied. If you want seats they are available at extra cost. The glazing supplied also requires some slight modifications.

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These bodyshells are available from Citibus Models for £30.00 plus postage.

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