Corgi C481-A-1 Routemaster Bus - British European Airways

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This model is the Corgi C481-A-1 London Transport Routemaster Bus in White over Blue. This model was released with British European Airways advertising on the left and right hand sides. It also carries BEA advertising in place of the front and rear route boards. Both lower sides of the bus are unmarked.

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 red plastic with the upper interior showing around the middle of the bus as a BLACK stripe as it has been oversprayed (on this example small portions of the red plastic appear through the black at the front of the bus). 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 6 spoke, flat black center "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 issued in April 1984.

Item: 1780