Corgi 46930 Routemaster Sightseeing Bus - TDK

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This model is the Corgi 46930 London Transport Routemaster Bus in Yellow issued for the UK market. This model was released with advertising on the left upper side reading "TDK The Great Name in Tape Cassettes" and on the right upper side reading "OXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO Make it again and again...". The upper front and rear route boards are paper labels with white lettering on a black background showing the route destination as "High Street, 14, SPECIAL", flanked by green "Life as you like it..." and "...As a Kelly Girl Temp" advertising. The side rear route board is a small paper label in black with white lettering reading "14, High Street, SPECIAL".

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 and there is a corresponding opening cast into the upper interior (but the last two steps would be huge in the real world).

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 may have been issued circa 1984, but I can find no specific reference to any model 46930 or a variation like this model, in the published references.

Item: 1854