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43212 - Volvo Olympian/Alexander
New World First Bus
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The model - This was the second New World First Bus (NWFB) model in a set of three Olympians, announced in early December 1998, which carry cryptic banner adverts for the then new company. This model carries the wording 'Didn't recognise me did you?' on an orange background, whilst the smaller lettering, on a green background, states 'All our buses have been cleaned'. The Chinese equivalent is carried on the nearside. The message refers to the much cleaner state of the new company's vehicles compared to when operated by China Motor Bus (CMB), this factor being one of the reasons that CMB lost its franchise. The model was released in Hong Kong in January 1999. It was not issued in the UK.

Corgi initially allocated the product of this model (43212) to Kowloon Motor Bus and the model, which was due to be released in June 1998, was to carry Long Win 'Airbus' white/orange/red livery. Further details on this topic can be found by following the link. 

The bus - VA57 was acquired by NWFB on 1st September 1998 when it took over the franchised bus operations from China Motor Bus (CMB). It was new to CMB in February 1998, being one of the final batch of 14 such vehicles.

After the initial batches of new NWFB vehicles in 1998, which carried the full 'wave' livery (see 44401), buses acquired from CMB were subsequently repainted, omitting the 'wave', thus enabling greater advertising space between the upper and lower decks. 

 
 Manufacturer of model  Corgi
 Scale  1:76
 Prototype chassis  Volvo Olympian
 Prototype bodywork  Alexander Royale
 Prototype length  11 metre
 Fleet number  VA57
 Registration number  HP 6260
 Route number  680
 Destination  Ma On Shan
 Commissioned by  New World First Bus
 Quantity (total)  5,000
 
      Hong Kong 
United Kingdom
 Quantities (if known)
5,000
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 Date released
January 1999
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