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 AS1003 - MCW/Scania 'Metropolitan'
China Motor Bus
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The model - the first Hong Kong liveried Metropolitan was released in Hong Kong in July 2003, following a number of UK liveried models issued under the Britbus name. This model was imported into the UK by wholesalers John Ayrey Die-Casts, and should therefore be generally available. In 2006, a variation of this model was offered to collectors of a Spanish Model magazine, and details of this model can be found at the bottom of this page. My thanks to Andrew Shirley for providing me with this information and photos.

The bus - China Motor Bus purchased two MCW-Scania 'Metropolitans' in 1975, namely Fleet Numbers MS1 and MS2. These buses were part of CMB's attempts to increase the 'spec' of vehicles operating on town routes, as well as being used for evaluation purposes.

Upon their arrival, in November 1975, they operated Cross-Harbour Tunnel route 102. Both were withdrawn in the late 1980's.

The above information has been extracted from Mike Davis's
excellent book Hong Kong Buses - China Motor Bus.

 
 Manufacturer of model  Asianbus
 Scale  1:76
 Prototype Chassis  MCW Scania
 Prototype Bodywork   -
 Prototype Length  9.7 metre
 Fleet No.  MS2
 Registration No.  BJ4861
 Route No.  102
 Destination  Lai Chi Kok
 Quantity (total)  1,008
 
    Hong Kong 
United Kingdom
 Quantities (if known)
?
 Date Released
 18th Jul 2003
Sep 2003

 
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Photograph courtesy of Jotus.com

 
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Photograph courtesy of Jotus.com

 
Photograph courtesy of Jotus.com

 
Photograph courtesy of Jotus.com

 
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Photograph courtesy of 80M Bus Model Shop

 
Spanish Variation - Issued in 2006


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Photograph courtesy and copyright of
'Dennis'
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Photograph courtesy and copyright of
'Dennis'

This new version carries a fictitious registration number BJ4860. Other differences include a different route number, the removal of items like the rear view mirrors and some of the extra tampo printing found on the original.
 


 
 
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MS2 sporting it's later blue and cream livery, 
taken at Chai Wan in November 1987
Photograph Sholto Thomas and
courtesy of Donald MacRae
 

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