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The model - the second Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Trident for KMB comes in the now standard champagne livery for its new low-floor buses. This model was a surprise release, following closely on the heels of KMB's Neoplan Centroliner model produced by Drumwell (Model No. DW10102).

The bus - One of KMB ATR class, which comprises of both Alexander and Duple-Metsec bodied Tridents, ATR144 entered service in May 1999. 

 
 Manufacturer of model  Corgi
 Scale  1:76
 Prototype chassis  Dennis Trident III
 Prototype bodywork  Duple Metsec DM5000
 Prototype length  12 metre
 Fleet number  ATR 144
 Registration number  JB9843
 Route number  271
 Destination  Fu Heng
 Quantity (total)  10,000
 
Hong Kong 
UK
 Quantities (if known)
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 Date released
29 May 2000
14 May 2001

 
MODEL  REVIEW
by Bus Driver

In a rare fit of enthusiasm, I thought I would post a few comments on the new Corgi KMB Trident/Metsec gold livery (ooopps that should be champagne livery!!) Model No. 44511

Whilst this Trident/Metsec model has been around for some time now, it's good to see that Corgi have made some further, although minor, improvements to this model, even after the recent Citybus models with their revised interiors.

This includes decent, realistic looking wing mirrors, the now standard photo etched wipers, but no Octopus smart card equipment. This is however excusable as not all their routes have been equipped yet.

The front interior dash has been painted grey compared to the rest of the interior which is pink. This does let the model down a bit as other manufacturers now have different coloured floors and seats. Standard Corgi "modern" wheels are being used rather than the correct wheels that Drumwell models have. It would have been good to see Corgi amend this as well.

Overall the model does look good and tidy given although the casting shows its age compared to the Drumwell models. The livery is nothing special, but does fill that gap in the KMB model bus fleet.

25th June 2000

 
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Sister vehicle ATR129
Photograph courtesy of Keith Wood
 

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