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Hi,

Sorry if this topic has been raised in the past, but after four years of looking I have realised that 1:43 scale Bus or lorry models (Circa mid 60's-early 70's) are possibly impossible to find! 

 

I have contacted Corgi, asking if they have plans to introduce lorries to this scale, but they say they have no future plans to.

 

I am aware of the GJH Plant kit of a Leyland BR staff vehicle, but I am looking for flat beds, coal merchant lorries and a decent bus RTR or a good quality kit. 

 

Any help gratefully appreciated !!

 

Rich

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http://www.altaya.fr/coleccionable/camions-d-autrefois.htmlTry some of the continental partworks which tend to be 1/43. I have a Ford (Ebro) ET7 and a Bedford FOYD,and there is a Bedford TJ coal lorry. Maybe a bit old for you but coal merchants used their vehicles well.

 

Info about the Bedford coal lorry here.  http://www.hobbytalk.com/bbs1/showthread.php?t=353576

 

It is in the French series. See picture 35 here:-

http://www.altaya.fr/coleccionable/camions-d-autrefois.html

 

Altaya have done this series of lorries in Spain and France. They often appear on Ebay and the prices are not unreasonable.

 

Mike

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Solido did a very good London Transport RT in the 1980s, they can be picked up faitly readily at swapmeets. The Altaya Bedford TJ is a superb model and was fairly common on the roads into the 1980s, It lasted in production for the UK until about 1975 and for export beyond that

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Can anyone suggest a suitable source for a "few years old but still running" O gauge coach please (50 seater kinda thing) in the late 1970s in the south of the UK?  I'm afraid I really wouldn't know where to start in what was likely to be in service then.  It would be something a travel company would use for "mystery tours" and possibly school runs kinda thing, rather than "service buses" on set routes.

 

Most of the ones I can find are either Routemasters or "just post-war" which aren't really what I am looking for.

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Can anyone suggest a suitable source for a "few years old but still running" O gauge coach please (50 seater kinda thing) in the late 1970s in the south of the UK?  I'm afraid I really wouldn't know where to start in what was likely to be in service then.  It would be something a travel company would use for "mystery tours" and possibly school runs kinda thing, rather than "service buses" on set routes.

 

Most of the ones I can find are either Routemasters or "just post-war" which aren't really what I am looking for.

 

Nothing like that made in 1/43 scale.

Merf.

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Someone's got this 1:50 Bedford VAL, som of which were running well into the late 70's. I'm not struck on using 1:50 myself, but it's a matter of choice!

 

http://www.ebay.ie/itm/Corgi-Classic-1-50-Bedford-Val-Coach-Wallace-Arnold-Tours-35305-/351004169303?pt=UK_ToysGames_DiecastVehicles_DiecastVehicles_JN&hash=item51b97a9457

 

Dinky also did a Vega Major which you can still pick up on EBay - also 1:50, I believe.

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Nothing like that made in 1/43 scale.

Merf.

...and if you ask 99% of the model bus manufacturers (both large and small) you still get an answer on the lines of "you're the tenth person today I've told there's no demand for them".. :stinker:

JF

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There was a larger plastic Hong Kong copy of the Dinky Duple Vega Major that was around 1:43 scale (there was a smaller approx. 1:76 version too). Used to find it in toy shops until the 1980s, so one could turn up at a swapmeet or maybe ebay.

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Theres one on ebay now , a lot of money !

But I seem to remember a better one than this or is it  my fading memory ?

There are also on ebay similar  plastic Hong Kong 1.43 models of a Atlantean and an LT AEC? single deck bus which don't look too bad.

 

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BBRB-VEGA-MAJOR-MOTOR-COACH-FRICTION-POWERED-MADE-IN-HONG-KONG-BOXED-/390493883536?pt=UK_ToysGames_DiecastVehicles_DiecastVehicles_JN&hash=item5aeb3fcc90#ht_1682wt_1094

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There's a load of these on Ebay which I think would pass

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MINICHAMPS-1-43-MERCEDES-BENZ-O302-COACH-WORLD-CUP-1974-POLAND-POLISH-TEAM-BUS-/360802333932?pt=UK_ToysGames_DiecastVehicles_DiecastVehicles_JN&hash=item54017eb4ec

 

 

But they're commemorative team buses for the 1974 World Cup and at £65 a pop it is rather grating to buy one just to repaint at that sort of price.

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Here are scans of the etches from the Wistow PD1.

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These are accompanied by whitemetal castings for the wheels/springs and sundry fittings and topped off with a 2 part resin roof and rear dome.

Strip and rod are included for beading, a sheet of fairly substantial glazing material and a good set of instructions are provided.

Looking forward to getting stuck in soon!

Cheers

Jon F.

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