Corgi 469-A-x Routemaster Bus - Buy Before You Fly/Old Holborn

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This model is the Corgi 469-A London Transport Routemaster Bus in Red. This model was released with Buy Before You Fly advertising on the left hand side and Old Holborn on the right hand side. This bus shows route boards for Route 24 - Victoria St [SPECIAL] flanked by Union Jacks on the front and rear boards and Route 24 - Victoria St [SPECIAL] only on the side route board. Both lower sides of the bus are marked London Transport in gold.

This model has no opening parts. The front headlights and grill are represented by cast impressions that have been painted silver. The rear also has cast impressions to represent the rear lights and number plate but these have not been highlighted with an alternative colour.

The entire interior is white plastic with the upper interior showing around the middle of the bus as a white stripe. The glazing is clear with molded lines on some areas to represent the small opening slide windows present on the real bus. The stairs to the upper level have been cast into the lower body casting but there is no corresponding opening cast into the upper interior!

All wheels are of the "speed wheel" type - hollow one piece plastic with a red center, 6 spoke "hub".

The base plate is black plastic and is marked with "corgi" in the centre top and "Made in GT Britain" at the centre bottom. It is held in place with three rivets.

This model was possibly issued circa 1984, but I can find no specific reference to this variation in the published references.

Item: 1778