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09761 - Volvo Olympian/Alexander
China Motor Bus
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The model - details of this model first appeared on the Concorde Hobby Shop website on 18th October 2009. It was released four days later. It is the first 1/76 scale release from Best Choose since August 2006. VA51 has already been modelled, with the same route number and destination as this model, by Best Choose, but in 1/120th scale (06202). 

The bus - VA51 was one of the last batch of 14 Volvo Olympians to be delivered new to China Motor Bus in early 1998. The actual bus, with the same route number and destination as this model, is pictured in Mike Davis's excellent book 'Hong Kong Buses - China Motor Bus - 65 Years'. With China Motor Bus losing its franchise to New World First Bus, in September 1998 VA51 passed to the new company. In July 2009, work commenced to convert it and sister vehicles VA52 - VA55 to open top. All five vehicles re-appeared in October 2009, carrying a striking purple livery, to mark the launch of the New World First Bus 'Rickshaw Sightseeing Bus', aimed to compete with the Big Bus Company's sightseeing tours. 

 
 Manufacturer of model  Best Choose
 Scale  1:76
 Prototype chassis  Volvo Olympian
 Prototype bodywork  Alexander R type
 Prototype length  11 metre
 Fleet number  VA51
 Registration number  HN 8481
 Route number  106
 Destination  Wong Tai Sin
 Quantity  800
 Date released - Hong Kong  22nd October 2009

 
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