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Citybus and New World First Bus have announced the forthcoming release of models of their Wright Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B8Ls. These will be produced by Model 1.
The Citybus models will feature fleet no. 8800 (WM5832) on route 22 to Kai Tak Cruise Terminal (CM166), as pictured above, whilst fleet no. 8806 (WM516) is on route X962 to Tuen Mun Pier (CM167). Each is limited to 1,688 pieces.
The New World First Bus models will feature fleet no. 5230 (WN2615) on route 8P to Causeway Bay (20093) whilst fleet no. 5232 (WN4282) is on route 682 to Wu Kai Sha (20094). Each is limited to 1,168 pieces.
There is also a selection of 1/120 models announced.
Another Tiny 1/110 scale release currently available to pre-order is this 'Red A' Mercedes-Benz O305, featuring ME5 (DF6548) on route 68X (Box no. 64 /ATC 65039).
On the subject of the Citybus Volvo B8Ls, my thanks to James Dymock for allowing me to share the above photograph taken at Southampton Docks on 17th August last year...
and this shot, taken on 3rd May 2019, with 4x KMB B8L and 5x LWB B8L. The two KMB vehicles at the front have been identified as V6B66 is on the left and V6B121 on the right. I plan to add a few more of these shots to the Xtra section of the site as soon as time allows.
13th August 2020
Released today, along with the Long Win Bus Enviro500, and officially available tomorrow, is this Tiny 1/110 scale 'Limited Edition' 12-metre Kowloon Motor Bus Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Dragon featuring 3N4 (DA6422) on route 101 to Kwun Tong (KMB2020047).
The Long Win Bus Enviro500 referred to above features 801 (MA2723) on route R8 to Disneyland (Box 111/KMB2020050). Both images are 'clickable'.
Further to the news update of 30th July, I can confirm that the second tiny 1/76 scale Kowloon Motor Bus Hino Recovery Truck has now been released and a new page has just been added (Box 167(b)/KMB2020063)
The 11.3 metre E6Mxx class of Kowloon Motor Bus's 'facelift' Enviro500s continue to be received and the above photographs were taken at Lai Chi Kok Depot earlier today. The latest of the class, E6M71 (WW3308) was registered on 28th July.
12th August 2020
More Tiny 1/110 models have been announced, the latest two appearing on the 7-Eleven website!
10th August 2020
A new page has tonight been added to the section of the site for the 'retro' liveried 11.3 metre Enviro500s.
Model 1 has just issued the following public statement:-
Model 1 Company Limited ("the company") and Dragon Rainbow Limited ("KMB subsidiary"), a subsidiary of Kowloon Motor Bus (1933) Co., Ltd., have reached an amicable settlement (case number: HCIP 29/2020), the company is now making a public statement to the KMB company and its business partners.
The company introduced a 1:76 bus model based on an active bus in October 2019, and the KMB subsidiary is the registered design owner of the bus and toy models. In April 2020, the KMB subsidiary sued the company for alleged infringement. The company immediately removed related products from the shelves after learning. Afterwards, the two sides negotiated and reached a friendly reconciliation.
Since its establishment in 2010, the company has been working hard to serve a large number of model toy car fans in Hong Kong. With Network Shuttle Diecast Model as a small business, it provides high-quality bus model toys. Over the years, the company has always respected the intellectual property rights of various bus companies.
The company promises that there will be no infringements in the future, and hereby appeals to the industry to self-discipline and strengthen the awareness and respect of intellectual property rights. I hope that the bus model industry can learn from this and make efforts to jointly create a mutually respectful business environment.
Finally, the company takes this opportunity to thank KMB for serving the general public of Hong Kong for more than 80 years, and also express its gratitude to the model bus fans and business partners who have supported the company over the years.
Model 1 Company Limited
August 10, 2020
9th August 2020
Two further Neoplan Centroliners models have been released by NP Models, these representing the two Kowloon Motor Bus examples that passed to Sun Bus. KR6160 (top) has a destination of 'Sun Bus' whilst KR6768 has a destination that reads 'I love Neoplan'. The models come in plain white boxes, have no product codes and do not have limited edition certificates. I am allocating these models the codes NP1014 and NP1015 and new pages and further photographs will be added as soon as time allows.
These are the actual buses that passed to Sun Bus, one of which (KR6768) overturned at Lai Chi Kok Depot in December last year.
Further photographs of the retro liveried Citybus vehicles have been received, and a lack of time today has prevented me from adding these, however, I propose creating a new page in the Xtra section of the site shortly.
Computer problems have resulted in this update being uploaded later than anticipated
Thank goodness for laptop no. 2, which will become laptop no. 3 soon!!
8th August 2020
Today's news focuses on a few 'real' buses of Citybus!
Citybus has repainted at least one of it's 11.3 metre ADL Enviro500s into this livery. 9102 (SA7428) was noted operating non-franchised route 88R earlier today. My thanks to Wilson K P PG for allowing me to share his photograph. I believe at least seven of this batch (9100-9107) have been transferred to the non-franchised fleet (see below for more details on the buses they are replacing).
A line-up of 'retro' liveried Enviro500s, taken at an event organised by AutoMobile Magazine Hong Kong. Left to right:- 11.3 metre 'facelift' Enviro500s nos. 9149, in early Citybus livery, and 9150 in 'Big C' livery along with 6427, a 12.8 metre 'facelift' Enviro500 carrying the unique striped livery and carrying Auto Mobile Hong Kong advertising. My thanks to KH Chan for allowing me to share this photograph and the one below, which I couldn't resist! All the images are 'clickable'.
With the new additions to the non-franchised fleet, the company has started to retire the fourteen ex-New World First Bus short Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Tridents, transferred to the Citybus fleet in September/October 2018. Pictured today is fleet no. 886, which retired on 22nd July below which is a shot taken on 9th September 2018.
7th August 2020
As mentioned at the end of last month, Tiny, through the Eslite Bookstore, has today released this Tiny 1/110 scale Kowloon Motor Bus Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Dragon with Captain KMB decals - it features 3N8 (DA7746) on route 9 to Star Ferry (KMB2020066).
Also set for release shortly is this 'Red A' liveried Mercedes-Benz O305 featuring ME5 (DF6548) on route 68X to Un Long.
6th August 2020
Following the unveiling of the first of it's 11.3 metre 'facelift' Enviro500s in a retro livery last month, the second of the batch, fleet no. 9150, has today appeared in this 'Big C' livery. Plenty of scope for some new models if this policy continues for all ten buses!!!
Former SBS Transit Volgren bodied Volvo B10TL SBS9844Z has arrived in Hong Kong for preservation.
4th August 2020
Just over a month
ago, I posted a couple of example tables indicating possible ways of
identifying models that are unlicensed by the bus operators. One included the
use of coloured text. Following this posting, I received several constructive
comments on the subject of ways to highlight these models, including a detailed
response from Ray Ng, for which I am very grateful.|
Highlighted in Ray's comments was the problem faced by those who suffer from colour vision deficiency (CVD). Clearly the use of coloured text to highlight differences in models is not ideal for any visitor to the site who suffers from CVD. This prompted me to review the existing use of coloured text on the site, the most common being the use of coloured asterisks along with blue text to denote UK releases and quantities.
As a result, I am now in the process of updating the various tables within the site, which will remove all coloured text and asterisks, with the exception of an asterisk being used solely to denote an unlicensed model. Footnotes, where necessary, will be added to provide explanations.
Whilst carrying out this work, I have decided to slightly revise the headings for each bus type by simply adding a nearside and offside profile picture of the vehicle type in question.
Below are some screenshots of a few pages showing the revised layout.
these show typical 'bus type' pages, with the addition of nearside and offside
vehicle profiles - that on the left also indicates the only use of an asterisk to
denote unlicensed releases.
these show a 'model manufacturer' page on the left, with UK quantities
and release dates now being shown in brackets, with a footnote out of shot -
on the right is a 'bus operator' page, in this case KMB and showing the footnote.
Both the above images are 'clickable'.
Should you have any comments, good or bad, regarding these proposed changes, do please either e-mail me or send a message via the site's Facebook page.
3rd August 2020
Kowloon Motor Bus route 64K operates between Yuen Long West and Tai Po Market Station and it has recently seen the introduction of new 11.3 metre ADL 'facelift' Enviro500s, with E6M65 (WV8785) noted in service today. These buses are replacing the last of the ATS class 10.6 metre Alexander ALX500 bodied Dennis Tridents, a class which originally totalled 150 such buses, but as of today, only 15 remain in service. Both the images are 'clickable'.
ATS148 (KU5548) and ATS112 (KL6369) were noted in service earlier today - both images are 'clickable'.
Interestingly two members of the E6M class feature identical numerals - E6M47 (pictured above) is registered WU9717 whilst E6M68 is registered WV9717.
2nd August 2020
The above for models are now on general release and full sets of photographs for each have now been received and these have now been added. In the meantime, a reminder of their details:-
The two Long Win Dennis Tridents are :- fleet no. 501 (HT4665) is in standard Airbus livery and is on route A31 with a destination of Ground Transportation Centre (KMB2018015) whilst fleet no. 523 (HU2132) carries the eye catching KMB airport route advertising and is on route A41P to Ma On Shan (KMB2018016).
The two Kowloon Motor Bus 12.8 metre ADL 'facelift' Enviro500s are :- fleet no. E6X21 (WH7100) is on route 89D and has a white destination of Wu Kai Sha Station (KMB2020019) whilst E6X1 (WH451) is on route 278X with an orange destination of Tsuen Wan (Nina Tower) (KMB2020021).
Former China Motor Bus Daimler Fleetline SF3 was noted being towed to NWFB Depot at Chai Wan today, to be restored by the company along with Dennis Jubilant DS1.
Released today is this Tiny 1/110 scale New World First Bus liveried Alexander Dennis Enviro500. It features 5572 (RZ3683) on route 116 with a destination of vis Kowloon City (Box L18/ATC64993). Being an unlicensed product it carries no fleetnames or logos.
Following the recent release of the two Stagecoach liveried Olympians, my thanks to Peter Lau for pointing me in the direction of the above photograph of Citybus no. 508 soon after it's acquistion by Citybus from Stagecoach. It confirms that no Citybus fleetnames or logos had been applied at the time. My special thanks also to China Motor Bus Memorial Page for allowing me to use the photograph.
Citybus 8223 (RL6869) is now part of the company's non-franchised fleet and operated it's first service today, the 88R between Central and City One Shatin. My thanks again to regular contributor Philip Chan.
1st August 2020
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