22 April 2022
Anniversary birthday of the Leyland National celebrated with announcement of new 1:76 scale models.
Rapido Trains UK is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Leyland National bus with a new range of 1:76 scale models. The manufacturer is to laser scan a Mk. 1 and a Mk. 2 National at Transport Museum Wythall today. The range of models, livery options, prices and delivery dates have yet to be confirmed. Rapido Trains UK says that customers can have a say on what versions and liveries are to be produced.
The scanning process is the first stage in the model development and enables Rapido’s designers to capture the National’s distinctive shape. The new models are expected to match the standards set by its critically-acclaimed 1:76 scale WMPTE Fleetlines and BCT ‘New Look’ Guys.
Full specifications are to be confirmed, but we expect to see an injection-moulded plastic body to enable panel lines and rivets to be rendered. A detailed interior will be visible through the flush-fitting windows and the new National is also planned to have working steering.
Cumberland Motor Services became the first operator to receive Leyland Nationals, with ERM35K being handed over on March 13, 1972. To celebrate this, ‘LN50’ events are to take place at Whitehaven on April 30/May 1 and at Gaydon on July 2 to mark 50 years since it entered revenue-earning service.
Sales & Marketing Manager Richard Foster said, “The Leyland National is a true ‘Marmite bus’. But love it or loathe it, the National played a seminal role in British bus history. Given that the National celebrates such a milestone this year, we’re delighted to announce that we’re adding it to our growing range of 1:76 scale buses and coaches.”
For more information, visit the Rapido Trains website.
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