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Kit Nos. STC 4  and STC 6

Sentinel STC 4/40  27ft bus  Sentinel STC 6/44 30ft bus


The 1948 Commercial Motor Show saw the introduction of a new name in bus manufacturers Sentinel.
The initial prototype of the SB4/40 bus was completed by Beadle and appeared at Earls Court in Western National livery and became 2006 (HOD 57). Meanwhile (EUJ 792) had appeared as a demonstrator in June 1948 and after six months was sold to Salopia Saloon Coaches.

Sentinel was certainly the star of the show in 1948 and even more surprising was the appearance of a third demonstrator in Ribble livery.2722(CRN 211). Ribble at the time was one of the largest bus companies in the British Isles and being based in Preston traditionally a customer of Leyland Motors. However they were attracted to the idea of an underfloor single decker and felt that Leyland were being slow in offering such a design and also caused quite a stir when the Sentinel was introduced on a route which passed Leyland works.

In late 1949 it was decided to change the designation from SB4/40 to STC 4/40. The exact meaning of this is unclear but the brochures make regular use of the phrase `Sentinel Town & Country`. At the same time the 44 seat bus development became STC 6/44 indicating the use of a six cylinder engine and from this time almost all vehicles were assembled at Shrewsbury from parts supplied by Welsh Metal Industries. Ribble received a further five vehicles in October 1949 and full deliveries started in March 1950.

By 1951 the Sentinel had built up a history of unreliability from which it never recovered and although Ribble ordered a further 14 STC 6/44`s, they were ordering Leyland Royal Tiger`s by the hundred. From 1952 most were fitted with coach bodies and production finally ceased at the end of 1955.

References       Super Prestige Sentinel by Howie &  Mercer;  Venture Publications Classic Bus magazine No35  The Ribble Sentinels

STC 4

STC 6


The parts include:  Resin Body shell, Resin seating unit, resin axle keepers, steering wheel, glazing, rubber wheel and axle set. .

The kit may be completed in any order, but the following is suggested:

         The main body parts may need cleaning in the aperture areas with a craft knife or small file

         Unless the parts are handled excessively they do not need cleaning, sanding or any other abrasive action as this will do more harm than good.

         If cleaning is needed use warm soapy water and rinse afterwards

         Fit the keeper plates into axle slots, drill and fit steering wheel and column.

         Cut axles to required length. The wheels are a push fit and may be put on the axles for painting purposes.

         All parts are now ready for painting and this is a matter of choice  You may brush or spray and in either case a primer undercoat is recommended

         Photographic reference is required to achieve the many and varied liveries

         Most operators are listed below

         Cut the glazing material to size and glue to the inside with a light contact adhesive (Kristal Klear or Bostik solvent free)

         Fit body to completed seating and base unit

         Fit axle through holes and push fit wheels

Specialist transfers are available from    Hunters Tryst Coachworks

6 Rosslyn Ave  Harold Wood   Romford    Essex RM3 0RQ   Tel 01708 344944 email foomf@btinternet.com 

General transfers are available from   Fox Transfers

4 Hill Lane Close Markfield Industrial Estate Leicestershire  LE67 9PN   Tel 01530 245618
                Email sales@fox-transfers.co.uk  Website www.fox-transfers.co.uk

CHASSIS

OPERATOR

FLEET

REG

SB4/40/1

SALOPIA SALOON COACHES

 

EUJ 792

SB4/40/2

WESTERN NATIONAL

2006

HOD 57

STC4/40/14

COOPER OAKENGATES

 

GNT 961

STC4/40/15

WIGMORE DINNINGTON

 

JWW 316

STC4/40/16

MID WALWS MOTORWAYS

 

BEP 864

STC4/40/17

TRIMDON MOTOR SERVICES

 

OUP 581

STC4/40/20

RICHARDSONS THORNE

 

GNT 587

STC4/40/24

EDWARDS BROS CRYMMYCH

 

NDE 799

STC4/40/25

CORVEDALE MOTORS LUDLOW

 

GUX 524

STC4/40/27

CONNER&GRAHAM EASINGTON

 

JWF 176

STC4/40/3

BOYERS OF ROTHLEY

 

GAY 50

STC4/40/30

MARYLAND LUXURY LONDON E 15

 

GUJ 608

STC4/40/31

RICHARDSONS THORNE

 

GUJ 457

STC4/40/32

TOR BUS  HAYTOR

 

LOD 974

STC4/40/38

PIONEER NEWPORT

 

NDE 620

STC4/40/4

GREEN BUS RUGELEY

 

GNT 190

STC4/40/68

CORVEDALE MOTORS LUDLOW

 

HAW 180

STC4/40/69

MOFFIT ANCOMB

 

ETY 174

STC4/40/7 -12

RIBBLE

2723-2727

CRN 212-16

STC4/40/70

MID WALES MOTORWAYS

 

CEP 147

STC4/40/71

PRENDEGAST MOTORS

 

ODE 40

STC4/40/72

KW SERVICES DAVENTRY

 

GRP 105

STC4/40/73

TRIMDON MOTOR SERVICES

 

OUP 579

STC4/40/77

SMITHS EAGLE TRENCH

 

HAW 179

STC4/40/79

MORRISON TENBY

 

NDE 555

STC4/40/83

TRIMDON MOTOR SERVICES

 

OUP 582

STC4/40/84

TRIMDON MOTOR SERVICES

 

OUP 580

 

 

 

 

STC6/44/39-52

RIBBLE

284-297

DRN341-54

STC6/44/80

RELIANCE GREAR GONNERBY

 

GCT 181

STC6/44/81

GREEN BUS RUGELEY

 

HUJ 619

STC6/44/82

CAMPLEJOHN DARFIELD

 

HAW 577

STC6/44/87

BOYERS OF ROTHLEY

 

GUT 543

STC6/44/88

DUGGINS NEWCASTLE-U-LYME

 

VRF 822

STC6/44/89

CAMPLEJOHN DARFIELD

 

LWT 880

STC6/44/90

EDWARDS BROS CRYMMYCH

 

ODE I82

STC6/44/91

BOYERS OF ROTHLEY

 

HAW 578

STC6/44/92

ROBERTS PIONEER NEWPORT PEMB

 

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STC6/44/93

GREEN BUS RUGELEY

 

YRF 732

STC6/44/94

OWEN UPPER BODDINGTON

 

NNN 998

STC6/44/95

LLYNFI MOTORS MAESTEG

 

GUX 614

STC6/44/98

DAVIES BROS PENCADER

 

GTH 576

STC6/44/99

GREEN BUS RUGELEY

 

YRF 734

STC6/44/100

TRIMDON MOTOR SERVICES

 

OUP 578

  

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