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This model is the Corgi 469-A-5 London Transport Routemaster Bus in Red. This model was released with Swan Edgar advertising on the left hand side and Debenhams on the right hand side. It also carries Corgi and Keep Britain Tidy advertising to the rear sides and front Route board. This bus shows route boards for Route 11 - Liverpool St, Chelsea, Charring Cross and Fleet St on the front and rear boards and Fulham, Chelsea, Charring Cross and Fleet St 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 "chromed" center "hub".
The base plate is black plastic and is marked with "corgi" in the centre top and "London Transport Routemaster" in the centre middle section and "Made in GT Britain" at the centre bottom. It is held in place with three rivets.
This model was issued in February 1979.