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ABC Models
 
Announced in late August 1999 was another new model, this time a 'jumbo' Daimler Fleetline from a new manufacturer based in Hong Kong, ABC (Asian Best Collection) Models.

The model included many of the new features found on the Collector's Model range with the following extras:-
opening engine compartment with an engine inside, some of the windows modelled in the open position, two sub-frames to hold the steering mechanism and engine in the model, two screws to take the model apart, guard rails fitted behind the windows, interior features include a 'money box' and the seating units are correctly modelled, a separate steering wheel and poseable front wheels.

The first release, LF 18, came in two variations, 1,000 with black wheels, the remaining 3,000 with cream. Soon after this model, two further releases were announced (October 1999), again based on the the 'Jumbo', but with casting changes. These two models, LF 107 and LF 108 came in the experimental red and cream livery of CMB.

The Leyland Victory 2 was the next vehicle to be modelled (November 1999), and this carries the attractive red and yellow livery of New Lantao Bus. Further castings included Dennis Jubilants, Short Fleetlines, various 12-metre MCW Metrobuses, Ailsa-Volvos, a CMB MCW Metrorider, a rebuilt CMB Guy Arab, Guy Arab Long Dragon single deckers, and several vintage single-deck buses including a Thorneycroft 'Cygnet', a Tilling-Stevens and a Leyland Lion PLSC. It will be noted that predominantly China Motor Bus vehicles were modelled, presumably as licences were much easier to obtain than from the bus companies still operating.

Unfortunately, no new models have been released since July/August 2001, and it is believed that each partner has gone their separate way. The last model announced by ABC, but which was never released, was the CMB Guy Arab water bowser. This model was subsequently released in February 2002 by both Ox Models and Best Choose.

Names believed to have been derived from one 'half' of ABC Models include Britbus, AsianBus, Ox Transport Models and Base Toys whilst Best Choose is believed to have emerged from the other 'half'.
 

Table listing ABC models by product number order
 Model
No.
Operator
Vehicle
Livery
Fleet
No.
Route
No.
Quantity
Date
Issued
000101
 China
 Motor Bus
 Daimler Fleetline LF 
 Alexander "Jumbo"
 Blue/cream 
 (black wheels)
LF18
10
1,000
09/99
000101
 China
 Motor Bus
 Daimler Fleetline LF 
 Alexander "Jumbo"
 Blue/cream 
 (cream wheels)
LF18
10
3,000
09/99
000102A
 China
 Motor Bus
 Daimler Fleetline LF 
 Alexander "Jumbo"
 Red/cream
LF108
102
3,000
10/99
000111
 China
 Motor Bus
 Daimler Fleetline LF 
 Alexander "Jumbo"
 Blue/cream 
 (silver wheels)
LF48
10
2,000
12/99
000112A
 China
 Motor Bus
 Daimler Fleetline LF 
 Alexander "Jumbo"
 Red/cream
LF107
102
1,000
10/99
000201
 China
 Motor Bus
 Dennis Jubilant 
 Alexander
 Blue/cream
DS8
82
2,000
01/00
000202
 China
 Motor Bus
 Dennis Jubilant 
 Alexander
 Driver recruiting 
 adverts
DS6
1M
3,000
04/00
000301
 China
 Motor Bus
 Tilling-Stevens  Red/cream
4898
2
4,000
01/00
000302A
 China
 Motor Bus
 Thornycroft 'Cygnet'  Maroon/cream
4128
6
4,000
05/00
000401
 New Lantao
 Bus
 Leyland Victory Mk 2 
 Alexander
 Red/yellow
LD6
7
4,000
11/99
000402
 China
 Motor Bus
 Leyland Victory Mk  2 
 Alexander
 Blue/cream
LV128
9
2,000
12/99
000403B
 New Lantao
 Bus
 Leyland Victory Mk 2 
 Alexander
 White/green
LD7
7
4,000
02/00
000404A
 China
 Motor Bus
 Leyland Victory Mk 2 
 Alexander
 Blue/cream 
 "Hotline"
LV18
23
1,000
07/00
000405A
 China
 Motor Bus
 Leyland Victory Mk 2 
 Alexander
 Blue/cream 
 "Hotline"
LV18
47
1,000 
07/00
000501
 China
 Motor Bus
 Daimler Fleetline SF 
 Alexander
 Blue/cream 
SF3
78
2,000 
05/00
000502
 China
 Motor Bus
 Leyland Fleetline SF 
 Alexander
 Blue/cream 
 Coach livery
SF29
15
2,000 
05/00
000511
 China
 Motor Bus
 Leyland Fleetline SF 
 Alexander
 Blue/cream
SF2 
78
1,008 
05/00
000512
 China
 Motor Bus
 Leyland Fleetline SF 
 Alexander
 Blue/cream 
 Coach livery
SF15 
15
1,008 
05/00
000601
 China
 Motor Bus
 Ailsa/Volvo (Long version) 
 Alexander
 Blue/cream
AV8
112
2,000
10/01
 ?
000701
 China
 Motor Bus
 Ailsa-Volvo 
 Alexander
 Red/cream
AV1
102
1,500
03/01
07/01
000801
 China
 Motor Bus
 MCW 3-axle 
 Metrobus (ML class)
 Blue/cream 
 "Hotline"
ML25
690
2,000
06/00
000802
 China
 Motor Bus
 MCW 3-axle 
 Metrobus (ML class)
 Blue/cream
ML22
780
500
08/00
000803
 China
 Motor Bus
 MCW 3-axle 
 Metrobus (ML class)
 Blue/cream
ML1
101
3,000
01/01
11/00
000804
 China
 Motor Bus
 MCW 3-axle 
 Metrobus (ML class)
 China Paint 
 "Flower" brand
ML49
116
1,000*
09/00
1,000*
10/00
000811
 China
 Motor Bus
 MCW 3-axle 
 Metrobus (ML class)
 Blue/cream
ML2
112
2,000
04/01
06/01
000812
 China
 Motor Bus
 MCW 3-axle 
 Metrobus (ML class)
 Blue/cream
ML22
780
1,500
08/00
000821
 China
 Motor Bus
 MCW 3-axle 
 Metrobus (ML class)
 Blue/cream
ML2
112
1,000
08/01
05/01
000901x
 China
 Motor Bus
 Guy Arab MkV 
 Alexander
 Blue/cream
LX333 
1
1,000
09/00
000901
 China
 Motor Bus
 Guy Arab MkV 
 Alexander
 Blue/cream
LX322 
40M
3,000
10/00
11/00
001001
 China
 Motor Bus
 Leyland Lion PLSC  Maroon/cream
-----
-----
2,000
01/02
07/01
001101
 China
 Motor Bus
 Guy Arab 
 (Long Dragon)
 Maroon/cream
----- 
8
1,000
04/01
001102
 China
 Motor Bus
 Guy Arab 
 (Long Dragon)
 Maroon/cream
----- 
8A
1,000
05/01
07/01
001201
 China
 Motor Bus
 MCW 
 Metrorider
 Blue/cream
CM1
262
2,000
06/01
07/01
001301
 Argos  Daimler Fleetline LF 
 Alexander "Jumbo"
 Yellow
27
-----
1,000
07/01
08/01
LE0102A
 China
 Motor Bus
 Daimler Fleetline LF 
 Alexander "Jumbo"
 Lilac/cream
LF116 
9A
1,000
12/99
LE0103A
 MCW 3-axle 
 Metrobus (ML class)
 Gold plated
-----
-----
1,008
04/00
LE0103B
 MCW 3-axle 
 Metrobus (ML class)
 Chrome plated
-----
-----
1,008
04/00
LE0104
 China
 Motor Bus
 Leyland Lion PLSC 
 (Diorama Set)
 Maroon/cream
----- 
1
700
300
11/00
12/00
LE0105
 China
 Motor Bus
 Daimler Fleetline LF 
 Alexander "Jumbo" 
 (Diorama Set)
 Red/cream
LF108 
102
700
01/01
LE0106A
 Ailsa/Volvo (Long version) 
 Alexander
 Gold plated
-----
2001
1,008
01/01
LE0106B
 Ailsa/Volvo (Long version) 
 Alexander
 Chrome plated
-----
2001
1,008
01/01
LE0107
 China
 Motor Bus
 Leyland Fleetline SF 
 Alexander  (Diorama Set)
 Blue/cream
SF29
15
500
06/01

* Apparently, only 500 of each issue are for general sale

 

 
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