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05031 - MCW Metrorider
China Motor Bus
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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Alan Moore
 
The model - an unexpected release from Best Choose, who are usually associated with diecast models, is their first resin model in the form of China Motor Bus MCW Metrorider CM2. It was released in Hong Kong on 10th November 2005.

The bus - CM2 was one of two wide-bodied MCW Metroriders acquired by CMB in 1988 for trials on various routes. CM1 was fitted from new with air-conditioning whereas CM2 was retrospectively fitted with air-con in 1989. It obviously proved unsuccessful, and no further orders were placed. Both were scrapped in February 1996.

The 1999 Hong Kong Yearbook contains an article on the MCW Metrorider and includes several photos of CM1 and CM2 including several of CM1 being cut for scrap.

 
 Manufacturer of model  Best Choose
 Scale  1:76
 Prototype chassis  MCW Metrorider
 Prototype bodywork  -
 Prototype length  8.4m
 Fleet number  CM2
 Registration number  DY 1680
 Route number  47X
 Destination  Central
 Quantity  500
 Date released  10th November 2005

 
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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Lisa Tse


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Photograph courtesy of Simon Ayres

 
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A comparison.
The ABC diecast model (left) and the 
Best Choose resin model (right).
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Alan Moore
   

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