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Pictures posted Friday 1 Sept & text added Saturday 2 Sept
|The OOC London Transport RTW Bus|
Corgi have now released their much anticipated RTW bus casting, originally due in July the model was initially pre-launched two weeks ago via London's Transport Museum. The general release took place on the 1st September when wholesalers and Corgi Platinum dealers received their models. It's been a long time coming but the model should be available from most outlets by early next week although I been told orders have been cut back by Corgi despite 6060 models being produced.
The bonnet catches are just tampo printed and the raised fleet number bonnet plate has been omitted by Corgi. The front mudguards on the other hand have captured the shape of the real thing really well and have been finished in black gloss which improves their appearance even further.
The new OOC RTW and the 17 year old EFE RT model
The difference in width between the OOC RTW and EFE RT
The extra width of the RTW can clearly be seen and I personally like the RTW's inclusion of the body panel beading which is something lacking on the RT. Corgi have also made a better job of capturing the shape of the front mudguards and traffic indicators and they've also added some nice wing mirrors.
The fleet names on the EFE model appear much thinner and crisper than on the OOC version, while the destination lettering looks a little on the thin side on the RTW.
The between deck beige band which is painted looks to be right depth and the join between the upper and lower deck castings is extremely good on the RTW. The lifeguards bars along the skirts on the sides would also appear to be more to scale on the RTW and don't protrude out from the body as much as they do on the RT.
At the end of the day this is still a perfectly acceptable model and unless you compare it directly with the real thing you'll probably be able to live with the various inaccuracies, the sad thing is that with just a bit more effort Corgi could have produced a really exceptional model, as it stands I'd personally give it 8 out of 10 while the present EFE RT would probably now score a 7. It will be interesting to see how EFE respond to the OOC effort when they re-tool their original 1989 RT model later this year.
Since this review was originally posted Corgi have made a number of revisions to the model including the fitting of better headlights & the removal of the near side BESI tracking plate. I intend to update the review to reflect the now improved model in due course. (Kevin Ellis 09-02-11)
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