Corgi 469-A-x Routemaster Bus - Dion

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This model is the Corgi 469-A-x London Transport Routemaster Bus in Dark Blue issued for the South African market. This model was released with DION advertising on both upper sides and "Dion Bespaar jou meer" advertising on the lower right hand side plus upper rear and front route board areas and the English translation "Dion Saves you more" on the lower left hand side.

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, 6 spoke "hub".

The base plate is black plastic and is marked with "corgi" in the centre top, "London Transport Routemaster" in the middle centre and "Made in GT Britain" at the centre bottom. It is held in place with three rivets.

This model was issued circa 1983, but I can find no specific reference to this variation in the published references.

Item: 1843