New diecast buses from Northcord Model Company

30 July 2013
imports_CCGB_nmc-uk0040_50922.jpg New diecast buses from Northcord Model Company
Three new diecast models of the Volvo Olympian due for release in August. ...
Following the significant success in launching the new casting of the Alexander Royale-bodied Volvo Olympian model in the livery of Lothian Buses in 2005 by Creative Master Northcord Limited, Northcord Model Company has picked up this tooling from the former joint-venture company and is proud to release the latest products based on the Singapore non-air-conditioned bus. These are launched as UK0039, UK0040 and UK0041.

The replicas feature excellent detailing, inside and out, such as realistic-looking handpoles and handrails. The Volvo Olympian model is a one-piece casting whose clean lines accentuate the gasket windows and livery application on which all letterings are clearly legible. The round headlight and rectangular sidelight / indicator units at the front are made of individual components to look more realistic. The brand new UK0039, UK0040 and UK0041 models are each based on a limited edition of only 360 pieces produced and will be priced at £59.99 when released in August.

The models feature Volvo Olympians working on route 93, 182M and 257 which are among the last services with non-air-conditioned buses in Singapore. The Volvo Olympian is the last non-air-conditioned double-decker bus serving in Singapore. After the Swedish company relocated the Olympian assembly line to Irvine in Scotland from the north of England in 1993, this effectively removed the Leyland name and allowed Volvo to supply more parts to the improved Volvo Olympian chassis.When Volvo was moving house, Singapore Bus Service (SBS) was still taking delivery of Leyland Olympian 12-metre 3-axle air-conditioned buses from the Workington plant.

The firm orders for the new Volvos had to wait therefore until 1994-1995. These 100 units of 2-axle Volvo Olympian buses were commissioned in 1994-1995. The 2-axle buses were not air-conditioned. The front, however, adopted the air-conditioned Leyland Super Buses design, minus the words. The rest of the body was the same as for the Alexander R-type bodies.

The bus measured 10.5 metres indicating that the Volvo chassis from the Irvine plant still retained the Leyland design. On top of that, there were no more Leyland engines to choose from. The 2 and 3-axle ones were all fitted with Volvo TD102KF 9.6 litre turbo-charged engines. For the transmission, SBS chose the Voith DIWA D852.1 full-automatic gearbox. More so, the 100 2-axle Volvo Olympian buses were the last non-air-conditioned double-deck buses in the Singapore fleet. In due course, all the double-decker fleet will be fully air-conditioned.

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