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Orion VIII was kind enough to purchase the limited edition Greyhound 1964 World's Fair new look by Rapido from CVRCO in Mississauga, ON. $69.95 + tx and to date still available online

 

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On ‎1‎/‎12‎/‎2010 at 1:04 AM, 63 Ossington said:

A TTC Corgi 4549 went for $441 USD! :lol: (Approximately $456.15 CAD!) That is in the St.Petersburg model ballpark!

http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewIt...em=190360211280 The highest I've seen one of these go for was about $180 or so.

One of the only St.Petersburg dealers I know of. Never dealt with them. Seems as if they jacked up prices again. And the TTC CLRV/ALRV's are no longer available. http://www3.telus.net/trolleybus/Pricing.html#133 They do have some upcoming new PCC releases though.

After a long hiatus, I made a trip to Hobby Junction Express in Dorval, QC and decided to treat myself to a few buses. First of all, I finally bought my first streetcar (TTC Corgi 4549) and believe me that I did not pay the above price... how about the highway robbery price of $89.95? And to think that this mint condition jewel (#927/1600) was just sitting collecting dust. For good measure, I also bought another Corgi, Yellow Coach 743, Grey Coach Lines of Canada (Destination Toronto) for $49.95 (#392/1400).

On ‎1‎/‎30‎/‎2010 at 3:16 PM, 63 Ossington said:

Has anyone ever dealt with these guys? If I'm not mistaken, those are GM Old Looks.

http://cgi.ebay.ca/NIB-N-Wheels-of-Time-90...=item5ad65d5610

Hard to believe that over 8 years later, N scale Macks were still readily available at Hobby Junction Express, at steeply discounted prices! Most of my existing collection of Wheels of Time buses were bought from Hobby Junction as well as Credit Valley Railway Company. Long before the heady days of Rapido Trains making bus models, we smacked our lips to Montreal and Toronto Mack buses and paid premium prices for the luxury. The range of pricing was 21.50 (CV) - 26.95 (CV) - 29.95 (HJ) - 31.95 (CV). Today, I was able to get 90670 Yonkers Transit Corp #159, 90676 Boston MTA #2275, and 90716 Railroad Maintenance-of-Way Bus for the rock bottom price of $17.95 each, marked down from the laughable price of $35.95! I say laughable because not even at the peak of their popularity did we ever pay that much for those buses and particularly this scale. Also available were buses in liveries for Kansas City, San Francisco, and Cleveland. What I bought today differed slightly with regard to the packaging compared to the initial run of CTM and TTC buses that I originally bought. A quick Google search confirmed that there was clearly more than one run of these buses: http://www.wheelsotime.com/transit-coach/

It deserves to be said that MSRP was $25.95. The exchange rate was a little better back then, but I still feel sheepish paying more than I probably should have back then.

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Great news guys! Modeltrainstuff.com has a great sale on Rapido buses. You can get standard models for as low as $29.99 US, which is a savings of $20 from the regular price. Deluxe models range anywhere from $49.99 US to $53.99 (regular price $69.99). Thanks to a tip from my friend Orion VIII, I was able to complete my set. I now have at least one bus from each company in their first production of buses. I am so happy! I do have some regret about not buying the Greyhound World's Fair bus from them as $29.99 US is a very reasonable price... I paid almost $70 from CVRCO.

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Rapido Trains has unveiled a second issue of New Looks exclusive to the STM boutique, this time in Lucien-L'Allier brown (14-013, 14-045, 15-018, 15-039, 15-061)as well as the usual Mediterranean blue (17-006, 17-025, 18-042, 18-077, 18-093). Pricing is similar to last time ie 64.95 for standard and 84.99 for deluxe, all prices CAD. Visit https://www.boutiquestm.com/fc/modeles/

 

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Sorry to barge in on all the classic/corgi models, just thought I’d share my latest purchases, first in a long time. Bought 3 buses from a shop in Germany; they’re made by a company called Reitze and they’re hella nice. It’s hard to find them for a reasonable price, as a lot of shops vary greatly on pricing for similar models, but if you can find one at a good deal, I’d take it. 

First one is a standard Citaro C2. Second is a Citaro C2 G (artic) and the last is the MAN Lions city. The artic in particular is quite nice in comparison to other models I’ve had. The joint is very flexible and moves up and down freely, and will turn to full lock. Also pretty neat is the articulation in the axles, though that’s probably not intentional haha

 

 

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After a slight hiatus, Rapido is back in full force with new liveries:

TTC (via TTC SHOP online): 3 different liveries (CLRV, modern, and maroon) in both standard ($59.95) and deluxe ($79.95) formats, for all details and bus numbers (five of each!) visit:

https://www.ttcshop.ca/collections/models

GREYHOUND (via AWESOME DIECAST): 1964 New York World's Fair #236, limited run of 480 buses, not specified if the model is standard or deluxe, price $65.63 (unsure if USD or CAD), all details available at:

http://www.awesomediecast.com/rapido-1-87-gm-new-look-transit-bus-greyhound-1964-new-york-worlds-fair/

MISSISSAUGA TRANSIT and HAMILTON STREET RAILWAY (via CVRCO): MSRP in USD standard $69.95 and deluxe $89.95, for all details and bus numbers (four of each), visit:

http://www.cvrco.ca/Whats_Coming/ho#Rapmissbus

I tried to look on the Rapido website as of this date for news of this, including the newsletters, but sadly there is no news for the moment. Happy hunting, everybody!

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On 2/1/2019 at 9:02 AM, SMS said:

MISSISSAUGA TRANSIT and HAMILTON STREET RAILWAY (via CVRCO): MSRP in USD standard $69.95 and deluxe $89.95, for all details and bus numbers (four of each), visit:

http://www.cvrco.ca/Whats_Coming/ho#Rapmissbus

This is just a general, toss-it-out-there question, but are there any plans for another run of OC Transpo buses, especially in the red-stripe scheme?  @smallspy?

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1 hour ago, tomsbuspage said:

This is just a general, toss-it-out-there question, but are there any plans for another run of OC Transpo buses, especially in the red-stripe scheme?  @smallspy?

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Eventually. The current priority is on other versions, however.


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@smallspy  For the new run of TTC buses, can the route signage be removed and replaced if we want a specific bus number, but don't care about the route number that Rapido chose?  

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11 hours ago, 88A said:

@smallspy  For the new run of TTC buses, can the route signage be removed and replaced if we want a specific bus number, but don't care about the route number that Rapido chose?  

The destination signs are all printed on the bus save for the last one of the 5 - it has been left blank. Removing it and changing it can be done, but it won't be easy.

 

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24 minutes ago, smallspy said:

The destination signs are all printed on the bus save for the last one of the 5 - it has been left blank. Removing it and changing it can be done, but it won't be easy.

 

Dan

Thanks for the information Dan.  I just sent an email to TTC Shop to change my currently unfulfilled three-bus order.  Really wanted 8985 as the last of the CLRV paint schemes, but don't need 58A Malton.  It's a finicky business!  I've requested 2784 instead, which is signed as 25 Don Mills.  Have to build that Thorncliffe Park / Leaside area fleet!      

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On 2/2/2019 at 8:59 AM, smallspy said:

The destination signs are all printed on the bus save for the last one of the 5 - it has been left blank. Removing it and changing it can be done, but it won't be easy.

This is why I am happy to have purchased from the first run; I bought blank sign buses, so that I could use decals from said first run.

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Got my pair of TTC coaches - one CLRV, one modern - from the second run the other day. Super-fast shipping to the US, even in spite of an ice storm...
I missed the detail about the numbering tied to specific destination signs - oh well. Still love them, and will probably get another one or two with blank signage.
Nice that the destination sign EPS files are available online; just need to make up some license plates and "Ontario" decals that came with the first run...

Looking forward to see what variants are in the pipeline...and man, do I regret not jumping on one of the polybag kits... :-(

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Had the opportunity to break out my GM models for a bit of a photoshoot this afternoon, and applied a decal to 8797 which arrived earlier this week. They're absolutely lovely.

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On ‎2‎/‎1‎/‎2019 at 9:02 AM, SMS said:

After a slight hiatus, Rapido is back in full force with new liveries:

[…] I tried to look on the Rapido website as of this date for news of this, including the newsletters, but sadly there is no news for the moment. Happy hunting, everybody!

Rapido has corrected the situation: https://www.rapidotrains.com/ho-new-look-exclusive/

 

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On ‎2‎/‎1‎/‎2019 at 9:02 AM, SMS said:

GREYHOUND (via AWESOME DIECAST): 1964 New York World's Fair #236, limited run of 480 buses, not specified if the model is standard or deluxe, price $65.63 (unsure if USD or CAD), all details available at:

http://www.awesomediecast.com/rapido-1-87-gm-new-look-transit-bus-greyhound-1964-new-york-worlds-fair/

Tonight I took the plunge and bought one of the above. The website performs an estimate (currency conversion) based on $60.15 USD. Shipping costs are supplementary to the price of the bus. As an example, they wanted $36.73 for shipment to my front door... I said nuts to that, I'll pick it up at a po-box across the border for $13.40 instead.

For the record and at the time of writing, Awesome Diecast is still offering Los Angeles and Toronto (Maroon and Cream) for $78.78 CAD. The latter is definitely a rip off compared to TTC Shop pricing, but may become attractive if they become the only game in town.

On ‎6‎/‎27‎/‎2018 at 6:50 AM, SMS said:

I put in another order of Rapido buses at OVR recently. I had to bite the bullet and purchase their sole Edmonton unit which unfortunately for me was the deluxe version at $63.99. If I had the option, I would have happily bought standard. I actually left them a message and they called me back (long distance!) to tell me that they received very few units of ETS. I would be willing one day to trade the deluxe ETS for standard ETS, mint condition for mint condition, plus the difference in cost. To date, my Rapido buses remain mint in box!

To my relief, I finally found a buyer for my ETS deluxe bus. I am glad that it is going to a friend as well.

On ‎2‎/‎7‎/‎2019 at 10:54 PM, RTS_04 said:

...and man, do I regret not jumping on one of the polybag kits... 😞

I tried looking on the CVRCO website for this, but it is on "backorder", whatever that means, for $34.95. Credit Valley is also taking "advanced reservation" (sic) for a TTC decal sheet ($14.95), but my contacts at Rapido say that they themselves are plum out. Looks like the heady time to purchase items from the first run has come and gone.

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Ugh, a little annoyed that this was only announced today. The Standard Version of 2281 must’ve long been sold out.

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