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Donald MacRae

Creative Master Northcord have today issued a press release announcing the release of the above model, an 11-metre Olympian in the livery of Stagecoach Bluebird Buses and carrying 'the Buchan link' branding (hkbus2009).

29th February 2008
 
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80M Bus Model Shop

The 80M Bus Model Shop website has details of this unpainted Enviro 500 model (39404SD), described as 'Buses in the process of completion', and limited to just 180 pieces. No release date has been announced, but it will retail for HK$298.


 
Having just received my Kowloon Motor Bus 'Year of the Mouse' model, I have taken a few photographs comparing it with a previously released Corgi model. These can ve viewed by following the link.

 
It is rumoured that Kowloon Motor Bus will soon issue a new model featuring their Leyland Olympian AL66 (EZ933).

 
The third New World First Bus Enviro 500 has entered service, this being allocated fleet number 5506. A photograph has just been added to the Xtra section of the site. Also, I am reliably informed that Enviro 500 no. 5504 will be shipped to Australia as a demonstrator and is due to arrive in May. 
**  UPDATE  **

I have now seen photographs of this Enviro 500, which confirm that the bus is indeed destined for Australia as a demonstrator. 

26th February 2008
 
A new page has tonight been added to the Xtra section of the site, this features the Enviro 500s operating in Dublin. Just follow the link and then select 'Buses from the Rest of the World'. My thanks to Cathal O'Brien for providing these photographs.
23rd February 2008
 
A new section featuring the range of plastic 1/87th scale Dennis Condors and Dragons from Peak Horse has been added to the site. This can be accessed from the 'Other Items' link on the navigation bar. I believe that there was also a Bridgestone liveried model, so if anyone can provide the missing information and/or photographs, this would be greatly appreciated. My thanks Hattons Model Railways for allowing me the use of their photographs, more of which will be added shortly. 

**My thanks to Andrew Shirley who has already confirmed the Bridgestone model was issued and has also provided photographs ** 

Work on re-organising the Xtra pages of the site has now been completed, so if you find a problem with any of the links, please  e-mail me.

22nd February 2008
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of the 
Kenneth K T Ma

The second Scania K310UD with Salvador Caetano bodywork entered service on 14th February. ASU2 is registered NE6817. A larger photograph  has been added to the Xtra section of the site.

18th February 2008
 
Photographs of New World First Bus Enviro 500 No 5502 entering service yesterday have tonight been added to the Xtra section of the site - my thanks to Alex KM Cheng for providing these.
17th February 2008
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of the 
Albion Kwok

The first of the New World First Bus Enviro 500s entered service today on route 112 and photographs have now been added to the Xtra section of the site. Pictured above is the second, 5502. Thanks to Albion Kwok, Dennis Law and Alan W.L.Wong for these excellent photographs. 


 
The revised navigation bar is in the process of being amended to all the pages of the site. Most headings are self-explanatory. The 'Other Items' section includes Accessories, Books, Kits, Sets and Special Models. Also to be added to this section are plastic models and trams, these mainly featuring models from the Peak Horse range. 
15th February 2008
 
The current quiet spell has given me the chance to evaluate the 228 responses received from the recent survey. May I take this opportunity to thank all of you who took the time and trouble to provide this useful information. 

As a result, I hope to make some changes to the site over the coming months, the first of which are detailed below:-

the removal of the 'Videos' section. Details of newly released DVDs appertaining to oriental buses will continue to be featured in this 'News' page. A link to Independent Transport Videos can be found on the 'Links' page.

the removal of the 'Yahoo group' link in the navigation bar. Again, a link to this group is included in the 'Links' page.

the layout of the 'Xtra' section of the site is currently being changed, and during this time, some pages may well be unavailable.

With the removal of the above mentioned links from the navigation bar, space will become available to add 'Resin models' and 'Toys' as direct links, rather than accessing them through the 'Models' page.
13th February 2008
 

 
KUNG  HEI  FAT  CHOY
 

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of the 
Albion Kwok

My thanks to regular contributor Albion Kwok for sending me photographs of the first New World First Bus Enviro 500 which has been allocated fleet number 5501. It is believed that decals, similar to those applied to Citybus Enviro 500 No. 8100, will also be applied to this vehicle. Larger resolution photographs have now been added to the Xtra section of the site. 

Thursday, 7th February 2008
 
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Photograph courtesy and copyright of the 80M Bus Model Shop

Due for release in Hong Kong today are the New World First Bus and Citybus 'Year of the Rat' models. The New World First Bus model (20022) features Dennis Dragon DA96 on route no 113 to Choi Hung. The Citybus model (CM066) features Dennis Dragon 830 on route no. 780 to Chai Wan. Both are limited to 1,000 pieces. 

4th February 2008
 
My thanks to those of you who have taken the time and trouble to complete the simple on-line survey, details of which were featured in last months news. If you haven't, then please do so by following this link (link now removed) 

There has been a wide range of views and comments, which will take some time to assess, before deciding upon the various actions.

One such example, and such a simple one, was highlighted by Y.F. Cheung, and this relates to the 'Comments' box included on each of the model pages - 99% of which contain nothing at all! - the decision has already been taken and this box is gradually being removed from each page. The Xtra section of the site has been received well by most, but at the same time, comments on it's layout have not been so favourable! (which I can understand and agree with) - so, if something niggles you, or you have an idea on how to improve any aspect of the site, please tell me (even if you have already completed the survey). 

2nd February 2008
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