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MB103 - Dennis Dragon/Duple Metsec
Citybus
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The model - this model features a 12-metre Citybus Dennis Dragon with Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa all-over advertising featuring a portrait of Hong Kong pop star Miss Miriam Yeung. Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa, commonly known as NJO, is a medicine for relief of sore throats. This is a limited edition of only 2,880 pieces and was released in Hong Kong in July 2001.

The bus - 856 is one of eighty 12-metre Dennis Dragons delivered to Citybus between 1995 and 1997. They carry Metal Section (Metsec) bodies, which were assembled in Portugal, and also feature Alexander style front ends. Fleet nos. 801-829 have a 3+2 seating layout, whilst 830-880 have 2+2. 856 entered service in February 1995. 

 
 Manufacturer of model  Model Bus Evolution
 Prototype chassis  Dennis Dragon
 Prototype bodywork  Duple Metsec
 Prototype length  12 metre
 Fleet number  856
 Registration number  GS 4109
 Route number  182
 Destination  Central (Macau Ferry)
 Quantity  2,880
 Date released - Hong Kong  10th July 2001

 
MODEL  REVIEW
by Graham White

The model comes in a box which represents that which the medicine itself comes in, albeit rather taller!! 

The casting is two piece, secured by two steel poles front and back. A detailed interior is provided with upper deck seating arranged in the 2+2 layout. The steering wheel is rather overscale and the front upper grab rail is not a separate moulding, being incorporated in the upper windscreen. The wheels are excellent, with all touching the ground and rotating freely when removed from it's plinth. Windscreen wipers are of the etched type. The destination screen is of the glazed type, with the details appearing "behind" the glass! 

The applied livery is absolutely stunning, with the dark shade of pink at skirt level, gradually changing to a lighter shade of pink by the time it reaches the roof. The decals are also superb. Being an authorised model, it carries Citybus logos and fleet numbers. This livery came runner-up in this Site's "Best Promotional Livery Vote - 2001" 

An eye catching livery, if not only for the colour, then for the large photograph of Miriam Yeung on the offside!

Graham White
19th March 2002


 
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Photograph of Miriam Yeung with model bus
courtesy of Dennis Law

 
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This page last updated Tueday, 19th March 2002
 
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