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Released in Hong Kong today are the two resin KMB Duple Dominant Albion Vikings from 312 Model, details of which can be found here.


It is confirmed that the quantity of the AsianBus Guy Arab Tow Truck (AS1008) is 504 pieces. It is also believed that John Ayrey Die-Casts have received quantities of all three recently released AsianBus Guy Arabs, (AS1006), (AS1007) and (AS1008).
30th September 2006


A new page has now been added for the AsianBus China Motor Bus Guy Arab Tow Truck (AS1008). I would welcome any further photographs of this model together with confirmation of the quantity shown on the limited edition certificate. 

The photographs of the new KMB Scania has certainly attracted plenty of attention with over 1,800 hits being recorded on this News page yesterday!


I have received some further details of the two KMB Duple Dominant resin models from 312 Model, announced here on 14th September. Each version will be limited to 200 pieces and will retail for HK$348. They are expected to be released shortly.
 

26th September 2006


Just added to the Xtra pages of the site are further photographs of the KMB Salvador Caetano Scania plus photos of ex-Hong Kong buses, all taken at Showbus yesterday.


 
CMB tow truck (AS1008)
Photograph courtesy and copyright of BritBus

Now released in Hong Kong is the AsianBus Guy Arab tow truck, pictured above. 

25th September 2006

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Photograph copyright of Oriental Model Buses

Pictured at it's first public appearance, Showbus 2006, is this Salvador Caetano bodied Scania K95UD6x2 for Kowloon Motor Bus. Further details and photographs will appear shortly. 



 

EFE had on display a mock-up of a 1/24 scale MCW Metrobus, which may well be another Best Choose model. 

24th September 2006


The KMB Super Metrobus announced yesterday is believed to feature fleet no. S3M228. No release date has yet been confirmed. 

A translation of the text from KMB Today reads:-

Since KMB introduced three 'super jumbos' in 1981, the 12-metre Super Metrobus with the capacity of 160 was found too lengthy and therefore between 1986-1990, an order for 254 11-metre Super Metrobus were placed and these modified 11-metre Super Metrobus since then serving between Kowloon and the New Territories.

The last forty of the 11-metre Super Metrobus are fitted with Cummins LTA Engine with the horsepower of 280bhp for routes 93A, 93K, 95 and 98A, as these duties require powerful engines for Po Lam Road's hilly terrain.

It is the first KMB Super Metrobus 11m 3 axles model and the model is showing no.95 to Tsui Lam.

This is a limited model with quantity of 2,000 pieces produced world-wide.


My thanks to Donald MacRae for providing further details on the KMB Scania which is due to appear at Showbus on Sunday. It is the first double deck bus to be built at the Caetanobus plant in Waterlooville, Hampshire. 

  22nd September 2006


Following yesterday's news on the 5 different Checkmate Guang Zhou buses, I have been contacted by Digby's Miniature Automobiles (UK) who confirm that they have stock of these models. They are priced at 24.95 each plus 2.50 postage and packing. I am also advised that they plan taking a few of these models along to Showbus on Sunday. For anyone interested, who can't make Showbus, please e-mail me and I will provide contact details for Digby's. 

Whilst I will be at Showbus, I will not be 'visible' on any stall, so for those of you who are going, have a great (and dry?) day!!

The September Edition of KMB Today is now on-line, and in it are details of the MCW Metrobus announced on this site earlier this month. It appears to be limited to 2,000 pieces and will retail for HK$288. If anyone can provide further details from the Chinese text, please e-mail me.

21st September 2006


Released in Hong Kong today is another diorama set (803011) from 80M Bus Model Shop/Best Choose. It features previously issued Best Choose China Motor Bus Leyland Fleetline LF106 in red and cream livery (03011), which was originally released in January 2003. The diorama set is limited to 380 pieces and retails for HK$338. The limited edition is almost identical to that of the similarly re-released blue and cream liveried version of the same vehicle (803012) and describes the model as 'A History of the Old Resettlement Estates'.


 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of CarFansClub

I have received information on 5 different versions of the Checkmate 1/76 scale Gwang Zhou GZK6100 Bus models. These are believed to be code 3 models produced for CarFansClub  . Each is limited to 120 pieces and details are as follows (left to right in the above photo) :-

Guang Zhou Yiqi Bus Co. - Route No. 7
Guang Zhou Yiqi Bus Co. - Route No. 40
Guang Zhou No. 3 Bus Co. - Route No. 270
Guang Zhou Jumbo Bus Co Ltd - Route No. 506
Guang Zhou Adshel Co Ltd - Route No. 135
Photographs of all the various models can be found at here on the CarFansClub website.


The radio controlled KMB Dennis Dragon, featured in Monday's News, is produced by Cars Workshop and retails for HK$188. It's product code is 96004.

20th September 2006

Photograph courtesy and copyright of
'P' from Hong Kong

My thanks to 'P' from Hong Kong for providing the first shots of the recently released Creative Master Northcord South West Trains Olympian (hkbus2008). Further photographs have just been added. 
 

Photograph courtesy and copyright of 'DM'

Released in Hong Kong today is this radio controlled KMB Dennis Dragon, believed to be approximately 1/64th scale. Further photographs can be found here. (This page has now been removed - 10th February 2010).

18th September 2006


Further photographs have now been added for the two AsianBus models featured in yesterdays news. A new page has also been added for the two resin KMB Albion Vikings with Duple Dominant bodywork, and this can be found here
16th September 2006


Three new diecast models were released in Hong Kong today, namely the Creative Master Northcord South West Trains liveried Leyland Olympian (hkbus2008) and two AsianBus China Motor Bus Guy Arabs, LS31 in red and cream livery (AS1006) and LS56 in blue and cream livery (AS1007). Further details of these models will be added shortly.
15th September 2006

Photograph courtesy and copyright of 312 Model

312 Model are to issue two versions of KMB's Duple Dominant bodied Albion EVK55CL coach. While one of them features BL1825 on route 208 to Tsim Sha Tsui, the other one presents BH7637 on route 206 to Lai Chi Kok. No further information is available at the moment.

14th September 2006


An interesting entrant in this years Showbus Rally, which is being held at Duxford, near Cambridge, on Sunday 24th September, is a Kowloon Motor Bus Scania KUD6x2 with Caetano H80D bodywork. Can anyone provide any information on this vehicle? 
12th September 2006

I am reliably informed that KMB will soon issue a new remote controlled bus model, featuring one of their 3AD-class 12m Dennis Dragons. Another major model issue will feature a S3M-class 11m MCW Metrobus serving on route no. 95. 

Two items not related to model buses, but related to transport in/to Hong Kong are as follows:-

Ngong Ping's Cable Car service - Ngong Ping 360 - will start its service on Monday 18th September 2006. This project commenced in February 2004, and was then known as the Tung Chung Cable Car Project.  For further details, visit the NP360 website . 

Oasis Hong Kong, a new Hong Kong based airline, commences flights between Hong Kong and London on 25th September, with single fares starting from 75!!

New pages have now been added for the two resin Albion Vikings from Concorde Hobby Shop, and these can be found by visiting the main Resin index page - please note the revised product codes.

I am reliably informed that the KMB Reunification liveried Olympian, with a blue lower, as opposed to pale green and featured below, is not a pre-production model. The model was apparently a gift for customers of KMB to celebrate the 'Handover'. Perhaps others can confirm?

11th September 2006


I have received the following message from Dave Rogers, owner of preserved Citybus Olympians Nos 102 and 105 :- 

SHOWBUS SPECIAL!!

To clear the last remaining 152 models, you can buy from my stall at Showbus one model for 25.00, or two for 45.00. This offer is available at Showbus only, mail-order prices remain the same. There are not many left, so this could be your last chance to have this exclusive commissioned model in your collection! My stall will be located alongside either 105, or Titan 106, which will be parked in the main stall area, between the hangers.



 
A pre-production model of Corgi's KMB Reunification liveried Olympian 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Neo Cheung

My thanks to Neo Cheung for sending me photographs of a pre-production model, which was not released as the final product. The model is based on KMB Dennis Dragon (AD247). The production model (43207) was issued with a green lower as opposed to the blue on this example. It is believed that Corgi had produced this sample for KMB, but at the same time CMB had already applied this livery to their actual vehicles. Consequently, KMB sought a change of colour, and as the green livery was also being applied to their vehicles, they decided to change the livery on the model to green. It is thought that only 2 or 3 samples were produced. Further photographs will be added shortly .

 6th September 2006


Three new Hong Kong models in the AsianBus series have officially been announced by BritBus. The first is a low height China Motor Bus Guy Arab LS31 (AS 1006) in red and cream livery. The second is sister vehicle LS56 (AS1007) in blue and cream livery. Both these models are limited to 816 pcs. Finally, a Guy Arab tow truck in maroon and cream livery (AS1008)
 
Guy Arab LS31 (AS 1006)
Photograph courtesy and copyright of BritBus

 
LS56 (AS1007)
Photograph courtesy and copyright of BritBus

 
CMB tow truck (AS1008)
Photograph courtesy and copyright of BritBus

Now released in Hong Kong are the two resin KMB Albion Vikings from Concorde Hobby Shop. Each is limited to 200 pieces and retail for US$45.2

Fleet No. L265 (Reg. No. AR7746) is on route No 62 to Castle Peak Hospital (Product Code CHS053-A)
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Jotus.com

 
Fleet No L268 (Reg. No. AR7749) is on route No 73K to Man Kam To (Product Code CHS053-B)
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Jotus.com
 2nd September 2006
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