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Released 20 years ago today was the only model issued by Model Express Co.  China Motor Bus SD3 is an Alexander bodied Dennis Dominator, new in 1982 and retired in 1996. Further details can be found here.

      
Masterpiece Collectibles has announced it will release a resin 1/76th scale model of a New Zealand Motor Bodies Volvo B57 in Singapore Bus Service livery. The ownership of the image used on the Masterpiece Collectibles Facebook page is currently unknown, so for the time,being I am reluctant to post it here until I make further enquiries.
   
26th October 2020

   
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Photograph © Philip Chan

To mark the company's 10th anniversary, Model 1 has chosen to apply banner advertising to two vehicles, New World First Bus 4503, an 11.3 metre Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL and Citybus 6419, a 12.8 metre ADL 'facelift' Enviro500.


Peter Harrison has advised that his latest 1/76th scale Model List has been updated to 30th September 2020. It now includes almost 6,500 bus and coach models along with nearly 2,500 bus and tram kits.

The list is available to view on the Model Bus Zone website, just follow this link.

24th October 2020

   
   
As reported back on 10th October, Tiny is releasing this 1/110 scale Kowloon Motor Bus a metallic champagne liveried KMB 12.8 metre ADL 'facelift' Enviro500 featuring 3ATENU100 (UF3262) on route 981P to Wan Chai (KMB2020056).
   
   
Announced today by Tiny is this Kowloon Motor Bus BACo bodied Daimler Fleetline. It features D1061 (BW3490) on route 3 (Box 78 ATC65118).

 
MTR has taken delivery of at least one 11.3 metre ADL 'facelift' Enviro500, which is believed to have been allocated fleet number 546.
20th October 2020

   

It has been confirmed that the release of the two New World First Bus and two Citybus Wrights Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B8Ls has been delayed until November.

   
   
Tiny has announced this 1/110 scale Citybus liveried Daimler DMS featuring CP2781 (Box L31/ATC64997).
19th October 2020

Photographs © 80M Bus Model Shop
   
Full sets of photographs for the two Kowloon Motor Bus Alexander Dennis 'facelift' Enviro500s released yesterday have now been received and these have now been added.
18th October 2020

The two Kowloon Motor Bus 12.8 metre Alexander Dennis 'facelift' Enviro500s with glass staircases,from 80M Bus Model Shop, have been released in Hong Kong today. The first features E6X30 (WJ802) on route 271 to Tai Po (Fu Heng) (KMB2020020) whilst E6X9 (WG9979) is on route 258D to Tuen Mun (Po Tin Estate) (KMB2020022). Each is limited to 700 pieces.

 
Photograph © Kevin Yao
 
I am always looking to compliment the individual model pages on the site with photographs of the actual vehicles, and today I am grateful to Kevin Yao for allowing me to share his photograph of Kowloon Motor Bus 3ASV78, an
Alexander ALX500 bodied Volvo B10TL 'Super Olympian' and the 3,000th Alexander bus for KMB.

 
This model was the second issue of Drumwell's 'Super Olympian' casting and was released in Hong Kong in late September 2001 (DW10302).

   
Photographs © Philip Chan
 
As reported below (14th October) Kowloon Motor Bus registered a further ten MCV eVoSeti bodied Volvo B8Ls earlier this week and these have now been allocated fleet numbers - pictured above is V6X10 (WZ5280) noted early today on route 601 whilst V6X9 (WZ4984) was operating route 258D.
17th October 2020

 

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Corgi released this KCR (Kowloon Canton Railway) liveried Alexander ALX500 bodied Dennis Trident twenty years ago today (44407). Although being inaccurate in that it is to a scale 12 metre length when the actual vehicle was only 11.3 metre, in my view it is still a nice model! 
16th October 2020

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What might have been - Take 2!!
   
My thanks once again to Dennis Leung for allowing me to share his latest 
'photoshopped' image of a China Motor Bus ADL Wrights Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B8L with glass staircase. The image is 'clickable'.

   
Kowloon Motor Bus has today registered a further ten MCV eVoSeti bodied Volvo B8Ls, although fleet numbers have yet to be allocated.
14th October 2020

   
Photographs © 80M Bus Model Shop

80M Bus Model Shop has announced the forthcoming release of two red Kowloon Motor Bus 12.8 metre Alexander Dennis 'facelift' Enviro500s. The first features E6X30 (WJ802) on route 271 to Tai Po (Fu Heng) (KMB2020020) whilst E6X9 (WG9979) is on route 258D to Tuen Mun (Po Tin Estate) (KMB2020022). Each is limited to 700 pieces
11th October 2020

   
   
Dave Rogers has today confirmed that former Citybus Van Hool Alizeé bodied Volvo B10M 1273 (FC9356) has joined his ever increasing preserved Citybus collection.
 
A poor shot of 1273 at Wong Chuk Hang Depot on 27th November 2002.
       
Photographs taken today © Dave Rogers
   

   
I believe that two Tiny 1/110 scale buses have recently been released, these being the 'Red A' liveried Kowloon Motor Bus Mercedes Benz O305
featuring ME5 (DF6548) on route 68X (Box no. 64 /ATC 65039) (see News 13th August) along with a metallic champagne liveried KMB 12.8 metre ADL 'facelift' Enviro500 featuring 3ATENU100 (UF3262) on route 981P to Wan Chai (KMB2020056).
 
 
In a post on social media earlier today Tiny has included this photograph of Wrights Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B8L V6B71 (WF6188) on route 80 to Kwun Tong Ferry.

 
Photograph © Bobby Liu
 
 
   
Kowloon Motor Bus has registered it's first two MCV bodied 12.8 metre Volvo B8Ls, allocating them the fleet numbering series V6Xxx. V6X2 (WZ2778) was the first to enter service and was noted earlier today operating route 290A.  Further photographs have tonight been added to a new page in the XTRA section of the site.
10th October 2020

 
Photograph © KH Chan
   
Despite having new buses stored for over a year, Long Win Bus has taken delivery of some new 12.8 metre ADL 'facelift' Enviro500s, which carry 'Heartbeat of the City' decals, as shown above.
8th October 2020

   
Photographs © Chi Fung Yim

I have today been made aware of the above Tiny 1/110 scale ADL 'facelift' Enviro500s in attractive Sky100 livery.  The dark blue version features ATENU877 (TW8534) on route 8 to Kowloon Station (ATC64443) whilst the lighter blue version features ATENU1013 (UC2958) on route 296D, also to Kowloon Station (ATC64445).  My thanks to Chi Fung Yim for allowing me to share his photographs and for providing the additional information.
   

Whilst on the subject of Tiny 1/110 scale releases, this China Motor Bus 11-metre Volvo Olympian has been announced. It features VA56 (HP3011) on route 38 to Chi Fu (Box 92/ATC65067).

   
   
Released 15 years ago this month (DW10305)
6th October 2020

   
Photograph © Bobby Liu
   
Citybus lowheight 10.3 metre Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Trident 887 (KR7057) was used on what is considered to be a farewell tour of this bus type, with the destination reading "A model tailor made for Hong Kong's roads".  887 started life as New World First Bus 3347 and was first registered on 30th July 2002. The photograph below shows it at Shek O Bus Terminus on 24th November 2002 alongside sister vehicle 3348.
   
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Photograph © Dave Rogers

My thanks to Dave Rogers for allowing me to share his photograph of 'facelift' MAN A95 VJ3933, one of the HZMBus vehicles to be produced by Model 1.
The three are:-
VH7175 with a destination of Hong Kong (63224)
VJ3282 with a destination of Zhuhai (63225)
VJ3933 with a destination of Macau (63226).  

   

   
AP141 (KR4210) on route 3S to Diamond Hill Cemetery (NP1016)
     
AP140 (KR4025) on route  R678 to Causeway Bay (Victoria Park) (NP1017)

NP Models have issued three further unlicensed, champagne liveried Neoplan Centroliners, two of which are pictured above.
 The first (not pictured) is Sun Bus KR6768, as previously modeled (see NP1015), but with a destination of Neoplan (NP1015A).  The second is AP141 (KR4210) on route 3S to Diamond Hill Cemetery (NP1016) and finally AP140 (KR4025) on route R678 to Causeway Bay (Victoria Park) (NP1017).  The latter two are limited to 120 pieces each.

New pages and further photographs have now been added (7th October).
5th October 2020

 
The recently purchased unbranded issue
   
The original Venus Collectbles release
 
   
A recent purchase from a popular on-line auction site is this unbranded Kowloon Motor Bus 2-axle Leyland Olympian. It uses the same casting as that issued by Venus Collectibles back in 2013, and in fact features the same vehicle, BL34 (DB7198) on the same route with the same destination!. Closer examination reveals a few differences, these including - no front registration, the Leyland badge has moved from the centre of the black grille to the vents above, the drivers' mirror is on an extended arm, the orange of the front indicators is reduced and the side windows are not full height opening, which they should be.

   
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Four former Citybus Youngman single-deckers, fleet nos. 1812-1815, have joined the NWS training fleet becoming T34-T37.  T34 (HD8873) and T36(GC7776) have received registrations from previous training buses and originally carried by Volvo Olympians 560 and 243 respectively.
3rd October 2020

   
Photographs © Bobby Liu

Kowloon Motor Bus introduced a new service today.  Route 98 operates between Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate and Ngau Tau Kok Station and several vehicles have received route branding decals, including Wrights Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B8L V6B153 (WU4676).
2nd October 2020

   
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New World First Bus resumed it's Rickshaw Sightseeing Bus services today using converted ADL Enviro500s fleet nos. 5550, 5551 and 5552.

   
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Following the recent announcement by Model 1 of the forthcoming release of three HZM Bus liveried Gemilang 'facelift' bodied MAN A95s I am grateful to Paul Naylor for allowing me to share his photograph of a sister vehicle, seen here in Macau in January 2019.

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1st October 2020
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