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Birmingham Guy Arabs

Rapido is pleased to announce a new batch of our first 1:76 scale model bus, the Birmingham City Transport (BCT) ‘New Look’ Guy Arabs. 

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With the word ‘FORWARD’ emblazoned beneath its coat of arms, the city of Birmingham was seen to be industrial and technological hub of the United Kingdom. Reflecting this, these buses, with their concealed radiators, made the bus industry sit up and take notice. 

Under development from 1948 and delivered from 1950, the ‘New Look’ buses gained their nickname from fashion designer Christian Dior’s ‘New Look’ dresses of the late 1940s. The BCT ‘New Look’ had a radical impact on bus development in the 1950s, with variations of the front appearing all over the country in subsequent years. 

Rapido’s model depicts a Birmingham ‘New Look’ body built by Metro-Cammell fitted to a Guy Arab IV chassis, one of 200 delivered between 1952 and 1954 (Registrations JOJ 901-999, LOG 300 and MOF 3-102). These stylish buses featured one-piece body construction, a seating capacity of 55 (30 upper and 25 lower), and a tough Gardner 6LW engine. They were rugged and loud, growling through the streets of Birmingham for an entire generation. 

Just as the Birmingham ‘New Look’ revolutionised bus design, Rapido Trains Inc. presents a radically different approach to British bus models. Our model is based on a 3D scan of the real JOJ 976, part of the Transport Museum, Wythall collection. This has ensured that our model perfectly replicates the complex curves of the front and rear domes and the ‘New Look’ bonnet that made this vehicle such a revelation some 70 years ago.

Specifications: 

• 100% accurate proportions based on laser-scans of the real thing
• Injection-moulded plastic and metal construction
• All body weld lines, extrusions and rivets accurately rendered
• Full, multi-coloured interior with no large posts blocking aisles
• Separate etched-metal interior grab poles
• Steerable front wheels with rubber tyres
• Flush glazing throughout
• Accurate, even paint finish that does not obscure the details
• Several routes/destinations available
• Working headlamps & interior lighting
• Illuminated destination blinds
• Requires a 12V 500mA DC power supply (not included)

Order your model now by clicking on the item below:

  • “New Look” Guy Arab – BCT #2975 (JOJ 975) – 1A MOSELEY AND ACOCKS GREEN

    £54.95

    Birmingham “New Look” Guy Arab – BCT #2975 (JOJ 975).

    Birmingham City Transport livery.

    1A MOSELEY AND ACOCKS GREEN route destination.

    100% accurate proportions based on laser-scans of the real thing.
    Injection-moulded plastic and metal construction.
    All body weld lines, extrusions and rivets accurately rendered.
    Full, multi-coloured interior with no large posts blocking aisles.
    Separate etched-metal interior grab poles.
    Steerable front wheels with rubber tyres.
    Flush glazing throughout.
    Accurate, even paint finish that does not obscure the details.
    Working headlamps & interior lighting.
    Illuminated destination blinds.
    Requires a 12V 500mA DC power supply (not included).

    1/76 scale.

  • “New Look” Guy Arab – BCT #3064 (MOF 64) – 7 PORTLAND ROAD

    £54.95

    Birmingham “New Look” Guy Arab – BCT #3064 (MOF 64).

    Birmingham City Transport livery.

    7 PORTLAND ROAD route destination.

    100% accurate proportions based on laser-scans of the real thing.
    Injection-moulded plastic and metal construction.
    All body weld lines, extrusions and rivets accurately rendered.
    Full, multi-coloured interior with no large posts blocking aisles.
    Separate etched-metal interior grab poles.
    Steerable front wheels with rubber tyres.
    Flush glazing throughout.
    Accurate, even paint finish that does not obscure the details.
    Working headlamps & interior lighting.
    Illuminated destination blinds.
    Requires a 12V 500mA DC power supply (not included).

    1/76 scale.

  • “New Look” Guy Arab – BCT #2994 (JOJ 994) – 11 OUTER CIRCLE

    £54.95

    Birmingham “New Look” Guy Arab – BCT #2994 (JOJ 994).

    Birmingham City Transport livery.

    11 OUTER CIRCLE route destination.

    100% accurate proportions based on laser-scans of the real thing.
    Injection-moulded plastic and metal construction.
    All body weld lines, extrusions and rivets accurately rendered.
    Full, multi-coloured interior with no large posts blocking aisles.
    Separate etched-metal interior grab poles.
    Steerable front wheels with rubber tyres.
    Flush glazing throughout.
    Accurate, even paint finish that does not obscure the details.
    Working headlamps & interior lighting.
    Illuminated destination blinds.
    Requires a 12V 500mA DC power supply (not included).

    1/76 scale.

  • “New Look” Guy Arab – BCT #3034 (MOF 34) – 45 WEST HEATH ALVECHURCH ROAD

    £54.95

    Birmingham “New Look” Guy Arab – BCT #3034 (MOF 34).

    Birmingham City Transport livery.

    45 WEST HEATH ALVECHURCH ROAD route destination.

    100% accurate proportions based on laser-scans of the real thing.
    Injection-moulded plastic and metal construction.
    All body weld lines, extrusions and rivets accurately rendered.
    Full, multi-coloured interior with no large posts blocking aisles.
    Separate etched-metal interior grab poles.
    Steerable front wheels with rubber tyres.
    Flush glazing throughout.
    Accurate, even paint finish that does not obscure the details.
    Working headlamps & interior lighting.
    Illuminated destination blinds.
    Requires a 12V 500mA DC power supply (not included).

    1/76 scale.

  • “New Look” Guy Arab – BCT #3004 (MOF 4) – 55 SHARD END ESTATE VIA ALUM ROCK

    £54.95

    Birmingham “New Look” Guy Arab – BCT #3004 (MOF 4).

    Birmingham City Transport livery.

    55 SHARD END ESTATE VIA ALUM ROCK route destination.

    100% accurate proportions based on laser-scans of the real thing.
    Injection-moulded plastic and metal construction.
    All body weld lines, extrusions and rivets accurately rendered.
    Full, multi-coloured interior with no large posts blocking aisles.
    Separate etched-metal interior grab poles.
    Steerable front wheels with rubber tyres.
    Flush glazing throughout.
    Accurate, even paint finish that does not obscure the details.
    Working headlamps & interior lighting.
    Illuminated destination blinds.
    Requires a 12V 500mA DC power supply (not included).

    1/76 scale.

  • “New Look” Guy Arab – BCT #2901 (JOJ 901) – 62 REDNAL

    £54.95

    Birmingham “New Look” Guy Arab – BCT #2901 (JOJ 901).

    Birmingham City Transport livery.

    62 REDNAL route destination.

    100% accurate proportions based on laser-scans of the real thing.
    Injection-moulded plastic and metal construction.
    All body weld lines, extrusions and rivets accurately rendered.
    Full, multi-coloured interior with no large posts blocking aisles.
    Separate etched-metal interior grab poles.
    Steerable front wheels with rubber tyres.
    Flush glazing throughout.
    Accurate, even paint finish that does not obscure the details.
    Working headlamps & interior lighting.
    Illuminated destination blinds.
    Requires a 12V 500mA DC power supply (not included).

    1/76 scale.

  • “New Look” Guy Arab – BCT #3015 (MOF 15) – 66 NS66 PYPE HAYES

    £54.95

    Birmingham “New Look” Guy Arab – BCT #3015 (MOF 15).

    Birmingham City Transport livery.

    66 NS66 PYPE HAYES route destination.

    100% accurate proportions based on laser-scans of the real thing.
    Injection-moulded plastic and metal construction.
    All body weld lines, extrusions and rivets accurately rendered.
    Full, multi-coloured interior with no large posts blocking aisles.
    Separate etched-metal interior grab poles.
    Steerable front wheels with rubber tyres.
    Flush glazing throughout.
    Accurate, even paint finish that does not obscure the details.
    Working headlamps & interior lighting.
    Illuminated destination blinds.
    Requires a 12V 500mA DC power supply (not included).

    1/76 scale.

  • “New Look” Guy Arab – BCT #2956 (JOJ 956) – 33 KINGSTANDING VIA SIX WAYS ASTON

    £54.95

    Birmingham “New Look” Guy Arab – BCT #2956 (JOJ 956).

    Birmingham City Transport livery.

    33 KINGSTANDING VIA SIX WAYS ASTON route destination.

    100% accurate proportions based on laser-scans of the real thing.
    Injection-moulded plastic and metal construction.
    All body weld lines, extrusions and rivets accurately rendered.
    Full, multi-coloured interior with no large posts blocking aisles.
    Separate etched-metal interior grab poles.
    Steerable front wheels with rubber tyres.
    Flush glazing throughout.
    Accurate, even paint finish that does not obscure the details.
    Working headlamps & interior lighting.
    Illuminated destination blinds.
    Requires a 12V 500mA DC power supply (not included).

    1/76 scale.

  • “New Look” Guy Arab – WMPTE #3031 (MOF 31) – 22 SELLY OAK VIA WEOLEY CASTLE ESTATE

    £54.95

    Birmingham “New Look” Guy Arab – WMPTE #3031 (MOF 31).

    West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive livery.

    22 SELLY OAK VIA WEOLEY CASTLE ESTATE route destination.

    100% accurate proportions based on laser-scans of the real thing.
    Injection-moulded plastic and metal construction.
    All body weld lines, extrusions and rivets accurately rendered.
    Full, multi-coloured interior with no large posts blocking aisles.
    Separate etched-metal interior grab poles.
    Steerable front wheels with rubber tyres.
    Flush glazing throughout.
    Accurate, even paint finish that does not obscure the details.
    Working headlamps & interior lighting.
    Illuminated destination blinds.
    Requires a 12V 500mA DC power supply (not included).

    1/76 scale.

  • “New Look” Guy Arab – WMPTE #3082 (MOF 82) – 82 BEARWOOD VIA DUDLEY ROAD

    £54.95

    Birmingham “New Look” Guy Arab – WMPTE #3082 (MOF 82).

    West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive livery.

    82 BEARWOOD VIA DUDLEY ROAD route destination.

    100% accurate proportions based on laser-scans of the real thing.
    Injection-moulded plastic and metal construction.
    All body weld lines, extrusions and rivets accurately rendered.
    Full, multi-coloured interior with no large posts blocking aisles.
    Separate etched-metal interior grab poles.
    Steerable front wheels with rubber tyres.
    Flush glazing throughout.
    Accurate, even paint finish that does not obscure the details.
    Working headlamps & interior lighting.
    Illuminated destination blinds.
    Requires a 12V 500mA DC power supply (not included).

    1/76 scale.

  • “New Look” Guy Arab – WMPTE #3059 (MOF 59) – 11 OUTER CIRCLE

    £54.95

    Birmingham “New Look” Guy Arab – WMPTE #3059 (MOF 59).

    West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive livery.

    11 OUTER CIRCLE route destination.

    100% accurate proportions based on laser-scans of the real thing.
    Injection-moulded plastic and metal construction.
    All body weld lines, extrusions and rivets accurately rendered.
    Full, multi-coloured interior with no large posts blocking aisles.
    Separate etched-metal interior grab poles.
    Steerable front wheels with rubber tyres.
    Flush glazing throughout.
    Accurate, even paint finish that does not obscure the details.
    Working headlamps & interior lighting.
    Illuminated destination blinds.
    Requires a 12V 500mA DC power supply (not included).

    1/76 scale.