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A further resin
model announced by Hong Kong
Model Co is an original bodied China Motor Bus Guy Arab Mk IV (8031A).
It carries registration no. HK4208 and is on route no. 3 to HK
A new page has been added for the Best Choose 1/120 scale China Motor Bus Leyland Victory Mk2 (05061). Further photos will be added shortly.
28th January 2006
A new page has been added for the Best Choose 1/120 scale China Motor Bus Leyland Fleetline (05051). Further photos will be added shortly.
have been added of the recent
batch of Kowloon Motor Bus Enviro 500s, and these have been added to
Reaction to the new cream background of the site has, in the main, been favourable and therefore this revised colour scheme will be applied to the remainder of the site over the next few weeks.
27th January 2006
is one of KMB's latest batch
of Enviro500s, which feature several noticeable differences to the
vehicles. To see for yourself, follow the link to the new Xtra
page just uploaded. My thanks to Dennis Law for providing the
Being my wedding anniversary today, my time at this pc has had to be restricted, so updates will continue tomorrow!
26th January 2006
With the sheer volume of News this month, I have forgotton to reveal the answer to the question posed in the 'News' item on 5th January, namely, was it an Octupus card reader or not? My thanks to Dave Rogers and Dennis Chan for reminding me about this outstanding question, and detailed below is the answer!
The item in
question is actually a digital
alarm clock, released by 80M Bus Model. On the lower part of
clock, there is a light sensor. When an item (not only Octopus
is placed in front of it, blocking its light source, the green LED will
light up and the buzzer will give a 'beep' sound, resembling the
of a real Octopus reader (although I am advised that the sound does not
resemble it that much!).
Pictured above are the pair of new Best Choose 1/120 scale releases which I believe were released in Hong Kong today. They feature a Leyland Victory Mk 2 (05061) and the Daimler Fleetline (05051). The Victory Mk 2 is LV19 (CG4861) on route 9 to Shek O, whereas the Fleetline is LF104 on route 22 to Central.
Correction -26th January
From the various photographs received today, I have found it difficult, owing the the superb detail, to believe that they are in fact 1/120 scale models! They certainly put previous models/toys of a similar scale to shame! Unfortunately a lack of time has prevented me from adding further pages/photos tonight.
25th January 2006
model dominates today's news,
this time coming from 312 Model. It is expected that this model be be
Citybus and New World First Bus have announced a special Chinese New Year sale of their model buses.
'To reward our customers, Citybus / NWFB will launch a "CNY Sales of Bus Models" from 25 January to 10 February 2006'. Details are as follow.
Offer 1 - Buy any two of the following Chinese New Year bus models at $300
Offer 2 - Buy any two of the following bus models at $280
Citybus Customer Service Centre, Central (Exchange Square) Bus Terminus
NWFB Customer Service Centre, Admiralty (East) Bus Terminus, 95 Queensway, Admiralty
24th January 2006
models have been unveiled on
the Hong Kong Model Co
The first is a Kowloon Motor Bus Dennis Pax HK4092 on route no 18, Un
- Sheung Shui (8111A) and the second is a China Motor Bus Guy Arab Mk
HK4196, a renbodied example on route no 7 to Aberdeen (8038A).
A new page has
tonight been added for the
Buses Model Co. 'prize' Leyland Olympian in St
John Ambulance livery.
yesterday's news that Best Choose
are to release a 1/120 scale Leyland Victory Mk 2, a second release has
today been announced, this featuring a CMB Daimler Fleetline (05051)
It is again limited to 2,000 pieces and this model appears to come with
a bus wash.
Further photographs of Driver Training buses have been added to the Xtra page - my thanks once again to Donald MacRae for allowing me to use photographs from his superb collection - more of which can be found at his Fotopic site - just follow the link.
23rd January 2006
visitors to my site, who were
winners in the Buses Model Co. 'Lucky Draw', have confirmed that they
now received their prize - Kowloon Motor Bus Leyland Olympian S3BL428
an all-over St John Ambulance livery. Pictured above is one of them!
Best Choose are
shortly to issue a 1/120
scale Leyland Victory Mk 2 in China Motor Bus livery (05061).
Limited to 2,000 pieces it will retail for HK$69.90.
Pictured above (next to the SunStar 1/24 scale Routemaster) are two interesting items currently available in Hong Kong. They are double decker shaped calendar and photo frame. They are made of clear rigid plastic with 6 calendar sheets (double side printing) inside for this year. A favourite photo can be placed at the top deck. They retail at HK$ 65 each.
22nd January 2006
Pictured above is another new release from P&T Model (another name of 312 Model). It is modelled on a Mitsubishi Rosa belonging to the Airport District of Hong Kong Police, with registration number AM8396. The actual vehicle is the only 16-seat Rosa in the police force to have yellow roof. The yellow roof and beacon enable it to work inside restricted areas of the airport.
The model is due
to be released around 20th
January. This is the second government Rosa from 312 Model.
Sunday's Hong Kong Transport
Society Bus Rally have now been added to the Xtra
section of the site.
added page featuring the new
Driver Training liveries of NWS Transport in the Xtra
has been extended to include other Driver Training vehicle
Following yesterday's updated Homepage, the background colour of several other pages (including this one!) has been changed as a trial. Please e-mail me any comments or suggestions you may have regarding these changes.
18th January 2006
The resin Albion Viking from Concorde (CHS004) is now available in Hong Kong.
A lack of time has prevented me uploading photos of the Hong Kong Transport Society Bus Rally, but these should be available tomorrow.
The 'Home' page has received a makeover - comments, both good and bad, are welcome!!
17th January 2006
I am grateful to
Dennis Chan for this superb
photograph of the imminent resin Albion Viking EVK41XL from 312 Model /
Concorde Hobby Shop (CHS004),
which, I am reliably informed, is due to be issued in the next few
As previously mentioned, it features L228 (AR7709) on route 15A to Tsz
Wan Shan (as illustrated on page 51 of Mike Davis's excellent book 'The
Buses of Kowloon Motor Bus'). Like the Titan TC1 released
year, this model is produced by 312 Model but is branded as Concorde
product. The production run is 300 and the unit price is
yesterday's Hong Kong Transport
Society's Bus Rally 2006 is Citybus Olympian No 301 with a destination
of 'UK' !
16th January 2006
Several new photographs of the 'Year of the Dog' buses have been added to the Xtra section of the site and the Resin section has also been updated with some recent models. Further photos will be added to the resin section shortly.
15th January 2006
photographs were the only three
entrants received showing the Creative Master Northcord Volvo Super
kit 'as built'. I am grateful to Dave Rogers, Cathal O'Brien and Andrew
Shirley for submitting their photos. Creative Master Northcord had
agreed to provide a model as a prize for the winning entry, but in view
of the number of entries received, they have agreed to provide all
entrants with their recent Hong Kong release, the New World First Bus
Super Olympian. My thanks to Danny Chan of Creative Master Northcord
his co-operation in agreeing to sponsor this competition.
My thanks to the
Kong Olympian Buspage for allowing me to use the above photograph of
KMB's Year of the Dog Olympian.
14th January 2006
A new page has been added to the Xtra section of the site featuring the real 'Year of the Dog' liveried vehicles.
13th January 2006
As you will see from the photographs below, New World First Bus and Citybus have adopted the same livery for their 'Year of the Dog' buses.
I hope to create a new page on the Xtra section of the site shortly and would welcome any other photos of these actual and together with the KMB 'Year of the Dog'.
12th January 2006
|It's been announced
that the Citybus and New World First bus "Year of the Dog" bus models
be priced at $288 each, with the quantity issued being set at 688 for
reports have claimed that Citybus's
838 and NWFB's DA93 are highly likely to be chosen as the CNY buses
In the same publication it appears that the two companies are now part of NWS Transport, the logo for which is shown on the driver training bus featured in the News on the 5th January.
10th January 2006
Following yesterdays news on the Volvo B10M/Xian Silver Bus, a new page has just been added featuring further information and photographs of this model.
8th January 2006
I have just received the above model, which as will will no doubt see, represents a Volvo B10M, with Xian Silver Bus bodywork. The model is believed to be a promotional model and not for general release. It is thought to be produced by Checkmate models. My example comes without a box, but it is believed that the model was originally on a wooden plinth with plastic cover, similar to the packaging of Corgi and CMNL. If anyone can provide any further details, these would be appreciated. Further photos will be added to a new page shortly.
7th January 2006
Further photographs of the recently released radio controlled Public Light Buses from Carven have now been added to the Toys section of the site. My thanks to Jacky Ho for providing these. (This page has now been removed - 10th February 2010).
6th January 2006
Citybus and New
World First Bus appear to
adopted a common livery for their Driver Training fleet. Further photos
have been added to the Xtra
section of the site.
I have just received the above photograph, which at first glance appears to be a standard octopus card reader, or is it?
5th January 2006
is the next three-axle Olympian
to be modeled by Creative Master Northcord (hkbus2007).
This is former Citybus Olympian No 160, now with Stagecoach
and in the colours of 'The Green Bus'. It carries registered no. H627
and fleet no. 13650. The model is due for release in April.
Whilst on the
subject of former Citybus Olympians
in the UK, the above photograph, taken on 1st January 2006 at the
of King Alfred Winchester rally, shows Stagecoach fleet no. 13634
Citybus no. 155), one of five ex Megabus Olympians to be repainted in
West Trains livery, for rail replacement services.
Citybus open-top Dennis Condor No 20 (formerly NWFB DM18) has appeared in a new livery, as shown in the above photograph which has a passing resemblance to Metroline's livery in the UK.
4th January 2006
FAVOURITE NEW CASTING OF 2005
1st place - Best Choose - Daimler Fleetline 1/24th scale
2nd place - Cars Workshop - Alexander/Dennis Enviro 500
3rd place - Cars Workshop - Leyland Fleetline/BACo
votes matched that of the overall result and these names were put into
the hat, with Fong Kin Tai being drawn as the winner. He will receive
Citybus 'Year of the Dog' model from Jotus
.com, when released and the Sentosa MAN from the Sentosa
FAVOURITE LIVERY OF 2005
1st place - 60th Anniversary - Leyland Olympian/Alexander - CMB
2nd place - Pocari Sweat - Volvo Super Olympian/Alexander ALX500 - KMB
3rd place - Year of the Rooster - Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX500 - NWFB
Fourteen people's votes matched that of the overall result and these names were put into the hat, with Carmelo Yeung being drawn as the winner. He will receive the New World First Bus 'Year of the Dog' model from Jotus .com, when released and the Sentosa MAN from the Sentosa Leisure Group.
Special mention must be made of Calvin Cheng, Carmelo Yeung, Matthew Walker and Tong Min Man whose votes in both categories matched those of the overall results - well done!
The full results are now available by following this link.
As mentioned in the News at the end of last year, the above photographs show the Q-type buses representing the 'Year of 'liveries.
announced as 'Coming Soon' on the
Kong Model Co. website are two resin models of the unique
Bus Guy Arab Mk IV, HK4202. This bus was extensively rebuilt in 1970 as
part of a trial by CMB. The front entrance door provided access only to
the engine, and was not for passenger use. Pictured above shows the
(8039A) with Route No 1 to Happy Valley, whilst the photograph below
the model (8040A) on Route No. 2 to Shau Kie Wan.
3rd January 2006
Voting for your Favourite New Casting of 2005 and Favourite Livery of 2005 has now closed, and I am currently preparing the results.
Maintenance work is currently being carried out on the News pages from 2004, which may render these pages inaccessible for a short time
1st January 2006
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