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M3N01a - Dennis Dragon/Alexander
Kowloon Motor Bus
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Network Shuttle
 
The model - an unexpected and so far unannounced release is this Kowloon Motor Bus Dennis Dragon from Venus Collectibles, details of which were received on 25th January 2009. Venus Collectibles had previously released a resin model of KMB Dennis Jubilant N1 in March 2007. The model represents the vehicle in its later life, having received a new radiator grille. The model is not licensed by KMB and therefore no KMB logos are applied. 

Update 22nd February 2010

I can confirm that the first release of this model, M3N01a, in January 2009, consisted of 333 models only. A second version, M3N01b, consisting of a further 333 models and featuring a different route number destination was released in October 2009. The third and final version, M3N01c, will again feature a different route number and destination and is planned for release during 2010. 

The bus - 3N1 was the first of three Dennis Dragon prototypes for KMB. They were the first 12 metre buses to be ordered by KMB although they were not the first to enter service. They were fitted with Alexander RX bodywork. 3N1 entered service on 12th March 1982. 

 
 Manufacturer of model  Venus Collectibles
 Scale  1:76
 Prototype chassis  Dennis Dragon
 Prototype bodywork  Alexander
 Prototype length  12 metre
 Fleet number  3N1
 Registration number  CU 5437
 Route number  42A
 Destination  Cheung Hang
 Quantity  333
 Date released - Hong Kong  25th January 2009

 
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Network Shuttle

 
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Ernest Chu

 
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Jacky Ho

 
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A comparison between the recently issued Venus Collectibles diecast model of 3N1
and the resin version of 3N2 from P & T Model, issued in January 2008. 


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3N2 (top) and 3N1 (bottom)
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Jacky Ho

 
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3N2 (top) and 3N1 (bottom)
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Jacky Ho

 
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3N2 (left) and 3N1 (right)
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Jacky Ho

 
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3N1 (left) and 3N2 (right)
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Jacky Ho

 
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Ernest Chu
 

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