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8009A - Guy Arab Mk V
 
China Motor Bus
 
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The model - This 'Long Dragon' was one of two (see also 8008A) released by the Hong Kong Model Co. in June 2005. This example is typical of the prototype in 1970, when it carried a darker maroon livery, the entrance and exit signs had disappeared and most noticably, strengthening work behind the front bulkhead and behind the centre doors had been carried out.

At least four, five, six (now seven!) different versions are currently known, namely:-

AC4786 on route 8A to North Point .... thanks to Jotus.com
AC4788 on route 8 to Wan Chai Ferry .... thanks to Albion Lowlander
AH4066 on route 8 to Chai Wan (San Ha St) .... thanks to Donald MacRae
AH4077 on route 8 to Chai Wan (San Ha St) ....

Update 20th September 2005
AC4746 on route 8A to North Point....thanks to Anthony Miles

Update 21st September 2007
AH4028 on route 8 to Chai Wan (San Ha St) .... thanks to Andy Morgan

Update 5th October 2007
AC4758 on route 8A North Point ....  thanks to Mike Sproat

The bus - China Motor Bus took delivery of 40 long wheelbase Guy Arab Mk Vs between 1965 and 1967. These were used for the rapidly growing Chai Wan area, where double deckers were, at the time, unsuitable. These single-deckers, known as 'Long Dragons' were the first standee type bus, seating just 29 with 50 standees. They mainly operated routes 8 and 8A between North Point and Chai Wan. 

By 1969, the anticipated structural problems began to come to the surface and the buses were strengthened by using thicker pillars at the front bulkhead and immediately behind the centre doors. The second release (8009A) represents a vehicle in this condition.

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

 
 Manufacturer of model  Hong Kong Model Co.
 Scale  1:76
 Prototype chassis  Guy Arab Mk V
 Prototype bodywork  Metal Sections
 Prototype length  35' 7''
 Fleet number  -
 Registration number  * see above
 Route number  * see above
 Destination  * see above
 Quantity (total)  Uncertificated
 Date released  June 2005

 
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