Sunstar AEC Regent III 3 RT 1/24 Bus.
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Sunstar AEC Regent III RT LT Bus 2011
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Ever since the first 1/24 Routemasters were announced some three years ago, Sunstar have been on the leading edge of many collections when it comes to centre-piece models!
After numerous requests, Sunstar has followed up the success of the RM casting with a RT - specifically, the pre-war desgined AEC Regent III RT. We are as excited as you undoubtedly are about this new release, which is scaled to a perfect 1/24 scale, making them approx 13.5 inches in length. Amazing detail - just click on the pictures below and they will expand! We recommend Pre-Ordering as this one is a limited edition (quantity to be confirmed) - as these are surely a must for every PSV enthusiast.
This model (first in a series of exclusive limited editions, further to be announced late in 2007) is an exact replica of RT113, an early pre-war Regent, which would have entered survice in London during the early parts of World War II. Advertisements, blinds and all graphic details applied to the real thing are modelled in exact scale and applied using the latest state of the art techniques.
Even before RT1 entered service, the first orders for full scale production were placed in July and November 1938 for a total of 338 chassis and 341 bodies. Changes were made to both the chassis and body design of the RT1, the most visible being the omission of the off-side, staircase window and the projection of the roof over the front, upper-deck windows, and the curious re-location of the off-side headlight to the chassis, below the cab body. The revised specification was classified as 2RT2. Construction of the initial order of 150 chassis started at AEC's Southall factory in summer 1939, and on 20th May 1940, the last one was delivered to LPTB's Chiswick factory, where the bodies were made. Body manufacture was so slow that the second order for 188 chassis had already been suspended by then, and in fact this last chassis was not completed until January 14th 1942, entering service on February 1st. In total, only 150 2RT2's were made.
The key features which distinguish the 2RT2 from its successors are the front and rear roof-mounted Route number boxes, the sloping lower edge of the side and front windows of the driver's cab, the 6-louvred vent, the curious positioning of the off-side headlight, and the 2-bay blind box with the main destination above the via box.
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|Availability dates: We understand the dates on Sunstar's web site are production dates, therefore we have added a month to their estimated date to give a more realistic release date.|
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NOTE: Anything marked Pre-Order is not yet out. We do not have firm dates for Pre-Orders on this range.
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Warning - we can export this product but our regular 10% or 15% European postage charge will not apply, postage will be charged at cost to all non UK destinations.
APPROX POSTAL COSTS FOR THESE HEAVY MODELS:
All of United Kingdom: Select one of our standard options.
Europe Mainland: £30 to £37 depending on country.
Hong Kong: £58
Other destinations, please ask. Above rates are airmail with full insurance.
PLEASE NOTE THE ABOVE ARE APPROXIMATE AND SHOULD ONLY BE TAKEN AS A GUIDE.
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