Bachmann Europe Plc is delighted to announce their acquisition of the Exclusive First Editions range of 1/76th scale die-cast vehicles including buses, coaches, lorries and London Underground tube trains.
The company began trading as part of the ERA Group in 1989 and was originally located in Great Yarmouth before moving to Milton Keynes. In 1996 the company moved to Hemel Hempstead and in 2001, Frank Joyce, the only remaining founder member of the EFE team bought the company with his wife Brenda, relocating to Enfield the following year.
Bachmann Europe Plc began distributing EFE products to the model trade in July 2013.
David Haarhaus, Managing Director of Bachmann Europe Plc said today “We are delighted to incorporate another high quality addition to our existing model and hobby portfolio. The Exclusive First Editions range of collectable vehicles has enjoyed a good reputation for developing highly detailed and well researched models. EFE has been a corner stone of Die-Cast Model collecting for many years, while other ranges may have come and gone with varying interpretations of the original vehicles.
We are looking forward to further developing the existing items, and delivering new models to the many EFE collectors and discerning enthusiasts around the world.
Frank Joyce’s ethos was always to set out to produce the most accurate model possible. This matches the Bachmann ideals entirely, never trying to be the cheapest, but working hard to try and be the best”.
Thanks to JC for the “heads up”
We have today received news from Heljan that the following 4 OO Hymeks are due in the next week or so. We will have limited quantities available so please let us know should any (or all!) be of interest…
3522 – D7012 in BR green with NO yellow panels
3523 – D7054 in BR green with small yellow panels
3524 – D7076 in BR green with full yellows ends (preserved)
3525 – 7011 in BR blue with full yellow ends
All are fitted with 8-pin DCC interface and have a suggested SRP of £129.95*
*our price will be approx £110 exc P&P
We have been sent this photo by SR with the following comments…
“Thought you might enjoy this photograph.
After two hours I have finally loaded the car transporter! Not suited to top of the range cars, would have fared better with ten Mini Coopers!
Yes, I know it won’t go round corners, and the Jaguar at the rear may be delivered with a flattened bonnet, but there you go !”
Proposed liveries are as follows with a suggested SRP of £395.00
2590 – BR plain green livery
2591 – BR green livery with ‘wasp’ stripes (later style of stripes)
2592 – BR green livery with ‘wasp’ stripes (early style of stripes)
2593 – BR blue livery with ‘wasp’ stripes (later style of stripes)
There were two types of ‘wasp’ stripes depending on when the loco was built and so these revised liveries reflect that
2594 – Industrial livery – CEGB in all over yellow with ‘wasp’ stripes
2595 – Industrial livery – NCB green with red detailing and ‘wasp’ stripes
2596 – Industrial livery – maroon with ‘wasp’ stripes on bufferbeams only
Last week we heard a rumour regarding the future of EFE.
Yesterday we received the following email:-
“EFE was declared insolvent on Thursday 6th Oct and has gone into administration.
Frank Joyce no longer owns the brand and the administrator with his help is now running the company which has been put up for sale. Many of the staff have left the company.
Very sad news but not entirely surprising – EFE seemed to have run out of steam choosing to rely on re-issuing existing models at increasing prices. It could never be sustained – new models needed to be brought forward.
The only glimmer of good news from this is that Bachmann have taken delivery of their commissioned model of the Leyland Titan prototype and is awaiting despatch from their warehouse in the next few weeks.”
Scouring online we have found websites mentioning a “reliable source” backing up this information…
This is indeed sad news in the diecast model industry with EFE having come into existence shortly after we first opened our doors. Hopefully a potential buyer will be found soon…
Thanks to AT and AW for the information
…and from Peco
“OO scale bullhead track
Look out for more news on this new product shortly, due for release in November.”
Following from yesterday’s announcement by Dapol we have received this today from Heljan…
“Dear HELJAN retailer
HELJAN ‘O’ GWR/BR Churchward 43xx 2-6-0 Mogul
Projected release 4Q 2017
Projected SRP £779.00
Projected model release are;
Version 1 – early version
4300 – GREAT WESTERN
4301 – GWR monogram
4302 – G W R
Version 2 – later BR version
4310 – BR black with early crest
4311 – BR green lined with early crest
4312 – BR green lined with late crest
4313 – BR green unlined with late crest
The numbers represent the proposed catalogue numbers.
The model will be based on the prototype locomotives 4321 – 4399 and 5300 – 5383.
Our plan is to include a small selection of suitable numberplates with these models.
“Our customers asked us for one and we have listened …..
Dapol are proud to announce the development of the O Gauge Fowler 3F Jinty
1 x Early LMS — 7S-026-001
1 x Late LMS — 7S-026-002
1 x S&D Blue — 7S-026-003
1 x Late BR — 7S-026-004
1 x ‘British Railways’ — 7S-026-005
A limited run of un-numbered locomotives will be produced in each livery
For the DCC & sound fitted option add a ‘D’, for un-numbered example add a ‘U’ for an un-numbered DCC sound fitted example add ‘UD’ to the end of each code.
Expected to reach the market third quarter of 2017
Proposed Manufacture Recommended Retail Price
DC/DCC Ready £225.00 DCC Sound Fitted: £400.00
Dapol reserve the right to change the MRP, Liveries Running numbers and specifications at any time without prior notice
3D print first shown at the Dapol Collectors club Open Day 2016
Model Specifications and Features
Die-cast running plate
Compensated die-cast chassis
Die-cast and profiled wheels
High level of separately applied detail
Flickering fire light effect
Removable cab roof for ease of posing your locomotive crew
Sprung metal buffers
Articulated screw coupling
Push Pull fitted variants will be available
Dapol’s proven motor and gearbox offering exceptional smooth performance and slow running capabilities
DCC Ready (21 Pin)
DCC Fitted with sound options available
Un-numbered versions of each livery will be available so that you can model your local locomotive
Now being tooled. These CAD CAM Views highlight the exquisite detail that using the same level of production standards as out award winning Terrior and Class 08 we are offering a level of running quality, detail and operation that is unprecedented at this price point.”