I have just
received a sample of ABC Model's
first liveried version of their 12 metre MCW Metrobus casting.
I am in no way
an expert on Hong Kong buses,
but with the aid of reference books such as Mike Davis's "China Motor
and Danny Chan's "Hong Kong Bus Handbook - Part 3", I have attempted to
carry out my first review of a model.
The model comes
in ABC's standard card box,
with a lid that includes a clear plastic window, enabling the model to
be viewed (see picture below). First impressions are that ABC have
the shape of the prototype very well, and it looks a big bus!
and I am only using a basic ruler, the length and width appear
whilst the height may be a fraction (1 mm) too tall.
chassis is detailed, front wheels are poseable, and the rear and side
compartments open to reveal a very detailed engine. A key is supplied
open the side engine doors, and this is necessity as, when closed,
is an insufficient gap between the doors and the bodywork of the bus to
be able to open them without!
discrepancy is the fact that the
MCW initials are cast on the front of the model, to the right of the
grille, although, in reality, only ML1-ML3 actually carried this
The majority of
windows are in the open position,
and the front route number is realistic, showing route no 690, but with
the numbers not in a straight line, which is often the case! Paintwork
and printing is excellent, with "wing" mirrors being supplied, but for
fixing by the owner. In addition, which is again the norm for ABC, is a
history of the model is included.
To summarise, I
believe this to be an excellent
model, and certainly, from my own point of view, the best "modern" bus
from ABC yet.