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Having this evening arrived home after my short break, I couldn't resist uploading one of my snaps!


 
The Big Bus Company has announced on its website that it plans to commence operations in Hong Kong in December.
31st October 2008
 
164701
164801

164802
All photographs courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle

Released in Hong Kong today are the above 1/64 pull back buses, all priced at HKD 99.9.

Item No. 164701 features Citybus Enviro 500 No.8106 on route B3X to Shenzhen Bay Port (diecast model)
Item No. 164801 features New World First Bus Enviro 500 No.5502 on route 112 to North Point (diecast model)
Item No.164802 features New World First bus Volvo Olympian No.VA53 on route 970 to So Uk (plastic model)
96201
96301

96302
All photographs courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle 

Also released are the above 1/64 remote control buses, all priced at HKD 198.

Item No. 96201 features Citybus Enviro 500 No.8106 on route B3 to Shenzhen Bay Port (diecast model)
Item No. 96301 features New World First Bus Enviro 500 No.5502 on route 8 to Wan Chai Ferry (diecast model)
Item No.164802 features New World First bus Volvo Olympian No.VA53 on route 38 to North Point Ferry (plastic model)

 
I am now on holiday until a week today, so there will be no updates during this time.
Please do continue to e-mail me your news and photographs, ready for my return.
25th October 2008
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Alex Yeung

I am reliably informed that Citybus will release a new 1:76 model featuring Alexander Dennis Enviro 500 fleet no. 8100, with Euro 4 advertisements, as applied to the actual bus. It's been reported that this model, with the destination of 'Shenzhen Bay Port, B3', is scheduled to be released at around Christmas time. Further photographs of the actual vehicle can be found on the Xtra pages of the site, just follow the link.

24th October 2008
 
A new page, featuring further photographs, has tonight been added for the forthcoming resin model Dennis Dominator from 312 Model / P & T Model (B0028). 

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Stephen Cho

Rather belatedly, I have tonight added photographs of three further Sun Hing Toy Dennis Tridents/Duple Metsecs. These have kindly been supplied by Stephen Cho, and have been added to the Sun Hing Toys page of the site. (This page has now been removed - 10th February 2010)

23rd October 2008
 
If you know of any news not listed here, please e-mail me
DM1 - Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Dennis Chan
DM18 - Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Dennis Chan

My thanks to Dennis Chan for sending me photographs of each version of the newly announced 312 Model resin Dennis Dominator. I understand that decals will be provided with each model. It is believed DM1 will come with extra large KMB logos without the slogan whilst DM18 will come with the standard-large logos as well as a pair of 'Voith Automatic' labels. Further photographs will be added shortly.


 
The Club Busrama page of the Porte Publishing Co. website gives a few details of the next Japanese release from Creative Master Northcord Ltd. JB1012 is a CNG Mitsubushi Fuso Aero Star for Osaka Municipal Transportation Bureau.

 
More 10th Anniversary facts

only 3 items of news were reported on the News page for February 1999
over 25 items of news were reported on the News page for June 2007
on 30th June 1999, the site changed its name from the 'Unofficial Site for Corgi Oriental Buses' (quite a mouthful!)
to its present title 'Oriental Model Buses'
on 21st August 1999, the first photograph appeared on the News page, being that of
ABC's China Motor Bus Daimler Fleetline LF18

22nd October 2008
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
312 Model

The Concorde Hobby Shop and 312 Model websites gives details of two new resin models, based on the KMB 9.5 metre Dennis Dominator. One features DM1 (DA7157) on route 105 to Lai Chi Kok and the second features DM18 (DB951) on route 15A to Tsz Wan Shan. They are expected to retail for HK$398.


 

A new 80M Bus Model Shop today opened in Ma On Shan. Its address is Shop 2095, L2, Sunshine City Plaza, Ma On Shan.
 

17th October 2008
 
As you will have noticed from the banner above, the site celebrates its 10th Anniversary shortly. Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be providing some random snippets of information, which hopefully will be of interest:-

The site currently occupies approximately 633MB of webspace and consists of over 23,000 files. 
The highest number of 'hits' received on this News page was 1,817 - on 25th September 2006.
The number of 'hits' received on this News page yesterday was 733.

16th October 2008
 
My thanks to Joe Lo for sending me a photograph of ASU2 on route 69X to Tin Shui, as featured on the model released yesterday. This, along with some more unusual shots of ASU2, have tonight been added to the Xtra section of the site.
15th October 2008
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Released in Hong Kong today is the second Kowloon Motor Bus Scania K310UD, fleet no. ASU2 (DW10802). It is on route 69X to Tin Shui and retails for HK$298.

14th October 2008
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Donald MacRae

Stagecoach Western Olympian No. 13644, former Citybus No 115, is the subject of the latest Xtra update.  My thanks to Donald MacRae for providing the photos and information.


 
My thanks to 'Sailormoonbus' for providing the following links to the APTA (American Public Transport Association) Expo 2008, which took place in San Diego last week. Alexander Dennis had a stand showing two 12.8m Enviro500 destined for BC Transit of Canada and a gold one for Las Vegas. 
Part 1 - http://www.hkbf.org/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=238906

Part 2 - http://www.hkbf.org/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=238909

Part 3 - http://www.hkbf.org/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=238918

Part 4 - http://www.hkbf.org/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=238924

A link to the official APTA Expo website can be found here: http://www.aptaexpo.com/
 
11th October 2008
 
Photograph of a pre-production model
courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Following yesterday's news, I am informed that Model Bus Evolution has changed its name to Model Bus Revolution. I also understand that this model (MB112) has not been commissioned by New World First Bus, nor will it be distributed by them. It has, however, been licensed by them. It is limited to 1,680 pieces and is expected to be released later this month.

80M Bus Model Shop has confirmed that the second release of the Drumwell KMB Scania K310UD casting will feature Fleet no. ASU2 (DW10802). It is limited to 2,000 pieces and is expected to be released later this month.

7th October 2008
 
Today sees a new model on the Concorde Hobby Shop website, this being a Dennis Dragon in New World First Bus colours (MB-112). A Model Bus Evolution (MBE) issue, DA93 is on route M590 to Central. Further details will be added, when known. My thanks to Donald MacRae for bringing this news to my attention.
6th October 2008
 
The 80M Bus Model Shop website has a photograph of a model of Kowloon Motor Bus Scania K310UD Fleet No ASU2 in its 'Coming Soon' section.
5th October 2008
 

During a visit to Borders Bookshop today I noticed that Buses Yearbook 2009 is now available. A quick browse through the pages and I came across is a feature on Hong Kong buses - 10 Years On. Further details of the book can be found on the Ian Allan website. That's one Christmas present, for me anyway, sorted! 
 

Moving away from Hong Kong buses, and also moving on to WH Smith, I came across a copy of the latest (I believe) Bus and Coach Preservation magazine, which featured an article on the last Bristol LHS chassis, delivered new to Bere Regis and District in 1983, an operator local to me. Unfortunately the company, and their unique livery, are no longer in existence, but I did come across this vehicle in Swanage last year.
 

In the same magazine I also came across a photo of DAE 511K, an ex-Bristol Omnibus Bristol RELL, owned by my friend Denis Strange. The above photos shows the vehicle having just emerged from an overhaul and repaint. 


 
I suggest you take a look at Donald's Victory Guy Gallery where owner Donald MacRae has recently rescanned the 35 mm slides taken on his first trip to Hong Kong thirteen years ago, in October 1995. This link will take you direct to the pages in question.
 
4th October 2008
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