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80871A - Ankai HFF6110GS-2
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80M Bus Model Shop
 
The modela surprise release on 10th May 2012, with no previous announcements, is this Big Bus Ankai. Issued at the same time as a Hong Kong version, (80871), this model, labelled as the UK version, is limited to 1,500 pieces. This model is less accurate than the Hong Kong version, and appears to be a more generic model. Differences between the model and the real thing have been identified by John Bennett, and are as follows:-
ModelPrototype
Open-Top Sightseeing ToursSightseeing Tour of London
cream front lower panel between headlights*no cream front lower panel between headlights*
cream upper deck grab rails*black upper deck grab rails*
black wing mirrors*maroon wing mirrors*
fleet number 9 in lower windsreen (same as Hong Kong version)fleet number on nearside of destination screen
'www.bigtours.com' across upper deck windscreenno lettering on upper deck windscreen
the cream band sweeps up towards the rear of the vehiclea simpler livery is applied
displays Hong Kong 'Passenger Service Licence' at rear 
11 metre length 12 metre length
   
* a photograph taken during a press release shows the first vehicle detailed as per the model (see below)

The bus - Big Bus took delivery of twenty such vehicles in April 2012 for use in London, having previously taken delivery of similar buses in Hong Kong and Dubai. My thanks to John Bennett for providing the photographs below of the actual vehicles.

 
 Manufacturer of model  80M Bus Model Shop
 Scale  1:76
 Prototype chassis  Ankai Automobile HFF6110GS-2
 Prototype bodywork  -
 Prototype length  11 metre
 Fleet number  9
 Registration number  B16 BUS
 Route number  -
 Destination  -
 Quantity  1,500
 Date released - Hong Kong  10th May 2012 

 
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80M Bus Model Shop
 

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AN341 (LJ12 JVL) at Duke of Wellington Place
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AN327 (LJ12 AKL) in Trafalgar Square
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John Bennett


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AN338 (LJ12 GKL) at Trafalgar Square. This is a different model
 with a completely open roof
Photographs courtesy and copyright of
John Bennett



The above photograph is believed to be part of the press release unveiling the first of the new buses, having passed the various tests required for such a new vehicle. This clearly shows more resemblance to the model and confirms subsequent vehicles received various modifications. 
 

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