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The site's "hit" counter reached the 250,000 mark today !!

News of another new model tomorrow!!

30th November 2001


The Buses Model Co "Hotline" Leyland Olympian (LO20101-680) is due to be released in Hong Kong this coming Saturday.

The Japan Home Centre liveried Citybus Dragon from Model Bus Evolution (MB-105) is expected to be released in Hong Kong around 8th -10th December. Further information and new photographs of the model have just been uploaded. 


"I have received, from EFE, my model of the Andy Lau Neoplan and have been informed by EFE that the KMB Dragon should be sent out towards the end of this week" - Brian.

Thanks Brian!

29th November 2001

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Photograph of the single model 

 
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Photograph of the twin pack 

To commemorate and coincide with the launch of SBS’ new livery, CMNL has created a 12 metre, Alexander-bodied Volvo Olympian.

These models are available as a twin-pack that includes 1 x old livery + 1 x new livery and is certificated to 4,500 or a single-pack of the model in the new livery only. The twin-pack models in the old and new liveries are the based on the same bus, but the single-pack bus carries a different registration and destination.
 

Twin Pack :

Registration number : SBS 9228C
Fleet no : None
Destination display : Tampines 28 Toa Payoh
No model number discernible
Certificate : 4,500

Single Pack :

Registration number : SBS 9388Z
Fleet no : None
Destination display : Pasir Ris 88 Toa Payoh
No model number discernible
Certificate : 2,000

The launch of the new livery took place at 11am local time (3am UK time) today. The models’ packaging contains references to the launch of the new livery, but now carries the wrong date, as it was originally planned for 1st November.

Full details of how to order from the sole, authorised UK distributors (Campbell H Morrison – CMNL UK Consultant - and Harold J Cameron) to come later.

Further photos can be found on the Club, but these will be added to the site later today

28th November 2001


It is reported that a pre-production model of Citybus Condor T1, in Driver Training livery, is on display in the 80M Bus Model Shop in Kowloon (Mong Kok). As soon as further details are known, these will be published.
27th November 2001


Following the recent postings on the Collector's Model Members Club it is confirmed that KMB Dennis Dragon (DA-2001) carrying all-over adverts for Michelin tyres is now available in the UK. 

Rod kindly advises that he has today received the "Andy Lau" Centroliner  (DW10103) from EFE, having ordered both models.

24th November 2001


KMB's green Neoplan Centroliner (DW10105) was released yesterday, and new photos are now posted.
   

Could I ask those of you who have ordered, through EFE's subscriber offers, either the Andy Lau Centroliner or KMB "air-con" Dragon, to advise me when these models are received - Thank you.

21st November 2001


KMB's green Neoplan Centroliner (DW10105) is due to be released in Hong Kong tomorrow.
 

 
Photograph courtesy of
80M Bus Model Shop

BSI have just published a new book entitled "The Development of Kowloon Bus Routes in the 20th century".  Further details will follow shortly, however it comes in either hard back (HK$198) or paper back (HK$168).
 

Photograph courtesy of
80M Bus Model Shop

80M Bus Model Shop  now have their 2002 calendar available. Customers with an 80M VIP card can get one free and those who purchase over HK$50 also get one free. 

19th November 2001

ANOTHER  EXCLUSIVE
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Photograph courtesy of Dennis Law

It is believed that KMB are to release a model of their Berkhof bodied MAN, as shown above, which is expected during December.


I am carrying out maintenance on the Dennis Dominator pages of this site, and there may be occasions over the next 48 hours when these pages are unavailable - I am sorry if this causes any inconvenience.

16th November 2001

EXCLUSIVE
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Pre-production model

Just received from Buses Model Co. is this pre-production model of Leyland Olympian LM7 in China Motor Bus "Hotline Service" livery (LO20101-680.) Unfortunately, my lack of a decent camera means sitting the model on the scanner!!

For a pre-production sample, the paintwork finish is excellent, and the model captures this "in house" advertising livery well. The interior, like the previous two Olympians, is finely detailed. All details are correct, no mispelt destination or incorrect registration number! 

The model is limited to 1,500 pieces, and is now expected to be released during either December 2001 or January 2002, and further details of release dates will be published when known.

I am very grateful to Buses Model Co. for providing this sample model for review, and feel sure that this model will prove as popular as the previous two Olympians.

15th November 2001


Following on from Winston Lau's observations on the spelling (or mispelling!) of Shau Kei Wan (8th November), Matthew Leung kindly advises that the "Shau Kei Wan" on LF108 is, in fact, also incorrect! Whilst this is the government's official name, CMB had always used the names "Shaukiwan" or "Shau Ki Wan" on all it's destination blinds. New NWFB vehicles have a destination "Shau Kei Wan".

I hope this clarifies things !!


The Collector's Model "Member's only" plated Dragon models, released in April 2000, are now being advertised by 80M Bus Model Shop for less than they were originally offered to "Members"!! 


Tomorrow sees the publication of "DMS ColourScene 1979 - 1984", a new book by N. J. Eadon-Clarke
and published by DTS Publishing. This is the first of a new series of books illustrating the controversial London DMS-class and its derivatives from the time of the first withdrawals in 1979 to the end of 1984. This volume is illustrated by nearly 300 colour illustrations taken by the author showing these ex-London buses in many colours and varied locations from busy inner-city to distinctly rural .

It is to be followed, in February 2002 by: DMS ColourScene HONG KONG  - Watch this space for further details.

13th November 2001


Worth checking out is the Jotus Model Depot site, which not only has a new look, but they have just announced the start of their Christmas sale, and having had a quick glimpse, there are some bargains.
10th November 2001


On the subject of recent errors found on some of the newly released models, Winston Lau has kindly informed me of an error on an older model which he doesn't think too many noticed. The destination of "Shau Kei Wan" on CMB Tilling Stevens 4898 (ABC model no. 000301) was incorrectly spelt as "Shaukiewan". On LF108 (ABC model no.000102A), however, the display is correct (see below).
 
 Photographs courtesy of Winston Lau

Interestingly, the same destination was spelt as "Shau Ki Wan" on the real LF136, as shown in the photograph below, taken after the 1998 NWFB takeover. 
 

 Photograph courtesy of 
Winston Lau

The official name should be Shau Kei Wan, although sometimes the syllables of the three Chinese characters are spelt as one single word "Shaukeiwan".

I am grateful to Winston for providing this information, and as a result, have tonight checked the CMB destination blind that just happened to come my way, and confirm this too reads "Shau Ki Wan".


Model Bus Evolution's  "United Airlines" Citybus Dragon (MB-104) was released in Hong Kong yesterday, and new photographs of this model have just been uploaded.

8th November 2001


Whilst attempting to keep the site focused on diecast models, the odd "resin" release, I am sure, will interest enough visitors to warrant me publishing a photo and brief details.  Below is pictured a KMB Mitsubishi Fuso Recovery truck, due for release shortly. Further photos of this, and other recent resin releases can be viewed at the Oriental Model Buses Yahoo Club
 
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Photograph courtesy of Jotus Model Depot
4th November 2001


Not really model news, but I just couldn't resist being the first(?) to publish photos of Citybus's new Scania with Volgren bodywork (Fleet No. 2800). A touch of the Stagecoach livery ? 
   
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Photographs courtesy of Donald MacRae

The next release from Collector's Model is this Dennis Dragon (DA-2001) carrying all-over adverts for Michelin tyres. Let's hope that the quality control on this model has improved!

 Photograph courtesy of 80M Bus Model Shop
2nd November 2001
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