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5th November 1998 - 5th November 2008
The pages for the Leyland/Volvo Olympian models, previously grouped together, are currently being divided into Leyland Olympians and Volvo Olympians. As a result some pages may not be accessible and some links may not work. I will confirm once this work has been completed.
This work has now been completed and all pages and links should be available - 2100hrs
30th November 2008
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

My thanks to 80M Bus Model Shop for providing me with the above photograph of the forthcoming 80M Bus Model Citybus Alexander Dennis Enviro 500 (80892). Larger photographs have just been added to this page. 


Also featured on the 80M Bus Model Shop website is a Kowloon Motor Bus Mercedes-Benz 0305, which is believed to be the next release from KMB.
28th November 2008
 
The Cars Workshop Kowloon Motor Bus Volvo Olympian, AV197, (92202) is set for release in Hong Kong tomorrow. Further photographs have now been added.
27th November 2008
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Due to be released in Hong Kong tomorrow is this Drumwell Kowloon Motor Bus Volvo B9TL/Wrights Eclipse Gemini (DW10505). Further photographs, courtesy of 80M Bus Model Shop have tonight been added.


Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

My thanks to 80M Bus Model Shop for providing me with the above photograph of the forthcoming Cars Workshop Kowloon Motor Bus Volvo Olympian, AV197 (92202). Following my request for photographs of the real bus, Jotus.com have kindly obliged and have sent me two photographs, taken last Thursday, and these have been added tonight.


Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Jotus.com

Released in Hong Kong on Saturday was this cute-bus, Kowloon Motor Bus Daimler A with Manchester style front (qb-kmb-da-002). The retail price is HKD46.00 and further details and photographs will be added shortly

 25th November 2008
 

I am pleased to be able to publish exclusive photographs of the Auto Motor Collection resin Dennis Jubilant, Kowloon Motor Bus's unique air-conditioned Jubilant, it's latter life, without the air-con equipment. A new page has tonight been added for the two versions of this model (amb01c-hk / amb01d-hk), which is due for release in January.


The following Press Release was issued this morning by Creative Master Northcord Ltd, who have kindly sent me a sample model, which arrived this afternoon. A new page and further photographs have tonight been added, just follow this link.

CREATIVE MASTER NORTHCORD LIMITED

PRESS RELEASE - Date: 24th November 2008.

Model kindly supplied by 
Creative Master Northcord Limited

Sunwin SWB6100V2 - cnbus 1014 Shanghai City Sightseeing 

Having made the significant success of its cnbus 1013 model, Creative Master Northcord Limited has proudly released its latest example of the newly re-tooled Sunwin model, cnbus 1014. It is carrying the Shanghai City Sightseeing livery.

Demonstrating the flexibility of the cnbus 1000 castings, cnbus 1014 incorporates features drawn from both mainstream styles issued to date.

cnbus 1014 has the original style front, with individual front bumper, but has the newer style of driver rear-view mirrors rather than the one-piece “rabbit ear” style normally associated with the older front.

Internally, the City Sightseeing buses operated on route 6 by Shanghai Ba-Shi Group have the two-step entrance that was first introduced on cnbus 1012 (Shanghai Shen Xin bus).

cnbus 1014 features bus number S0D-214 (registration ?B-07830) and, although operated by Shanghai Ba-Shi Group, it carries City Sightseeing livery rather than standard fleet colours. Other routes terminating at Shanghai Stadium, such as route 10 also carry City Sightseeing livery, although operated by other operators, using buses with Sunwin chassis and with bodywork to a similar style to the cnbus 1014 model.

Route 6 terminates at Shanghai Stadium. The Shanghai Stadium is a multi-use stadium In Shanghai, China. It is currently used mostly for football matches. The stadium was built in 1997 for the 8th National Games of People's Republic of China event, and has an area of 190 thousand m2. It can hold about 80,000 people, so it is also called the "80,000 people's Stadium" . It is the second-largest stadium in China after completion of the Beijing National Stadium in 2007. It had been used for football preliminaries at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. 

cnbus 1014 features excellent detailing, inside and out. This is a one-piece casting whose clean lines accentuate the windows and application of Shanghai City Sightseeing livery on which all logos and lettering are clearly legible on the paint. The model has no unnecessary metal poles to hold it together.

The cnbus 1014 model is limited to 1000 pieces for worldwide distribution. They will be distributed by John Ayrey Die-Casts Limited (UK), Porte Publishing Company (Japan), Transit Graphics (Australia), cnmycar.com (P.R. China) and Concorde Hobby Shop (HK) respectively.

Creative Master Northcord Limited (CMNL)
------The World’s Miniature Bus Co. ------

24th November 2008
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Elvisip.com

My thanks to Elvis for allowing me to use his photograph of Kowloon Motor Bus Volvo Olympian AV197, which is the subject of Cars Worshop imminent release (92202). 

23rd November 2008
 
A new page has tonight been added for the Citybus Enviro 500 (80892). Whilst no official photographs of the model have been received, several recent shots of the 'real thing' have been added to this page.

I have just received the New World First Bus Dennis Dragon (MB112) and further photographs have now been added to this page. I was surprised to find the manufacturers name on the packaging to still be Model Bus Evolution, as early reports (see News for 7th October) suggested a name change to Model Bus Revolution.


My thanks to the Worldwide Model Buses website for featuring this site on their weekly 'Window on the Web'.

Auto Motor Collection, who issued two resin versions of Kowloon Motor Bus's unique air-conditioned Dennis Jubilant (amb001-hk), are planning to release to further versions of this vehicle in it's latter life, without the air-con equipment. The models are expected to be released during January 2009. Further details will appear here shortly.
22nd November 2008
 
My thanks to Neo Cheung fo providing further details on the Citybus Enviro 500 model announced yesterday. An 80M Bus Model Shop release (80892) it features fleet no. 8100 on route B3 to Shenzhen Bay Port. It is expected to be released during December.
21st November 2008
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Alex Yeung

The 80M Bus Model Shop website has tonight been updated and the 'Coming Soon' section lists three November models, the two KMB models already mentioned below as well as a Citybus Enviro 500 with Euro 4 decals, as pictured above. My thanks to Kennis Tam for bringing this information to my attention.

20th November 2008
 
The on-line version of 'KMB Today' is now available and page 23 confirms the forthcoming release of AV197 (92202). 
17th November 2008
 
The 'Plastic Models' section of the site is currently undoing maintenance work and several pages and various information are currently unavailable. This should be resolved in the next few days.
16th November 2008
 
My thanks to Neo Cheung for providing further information on the two KMB models announced yesterday. The Alexander bodied Olympian is a Cars Workshop casting (92202) and includes a separate sheet of destinations whilst the Wrights bodied Volvo B9TL is a Drumwell model (DW10505). New pages, detailing this information have tonight been added.
15th November 2008
 
My thanks to Dennis Law for advising that KMB have confirmed they will shortly issue the two new models. The first is Volvo Olympian AV197 (HA6667) on route no. 66X to Tai Hing and further details can be found on hkitalk.net, just follow this link (link no longer available). The quantity is expected to be 1,800.
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Dennis Law

The second is Volvo B9TL with Wrights bodywork AVBW39 (MK9868) on route no. 5 to Star Ferry, as pictured above.

14th November 2008
 
Released in Hong Kong on 5th November were the two resin Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) Dennis Dominators from 312 Model / P & T Model (B0028). The resin KMB Albion Victor VT17AL from Hong Kong Model Co. (8167A) was released on 6th November.
8th November 2008
 
Many congratulations to Peter Harrison for all his hard work in compiling what must be the most comprehensive list of 1:76 scale diecast model buses, which is arranged by fleet/operator. Over 3,000 models have been grouped into more than 800 fleets/operators. All known Code 1 and Code 2 releases from ABC, Britbus, CMNL, Corgi, CsM and EFE have been included.

This superb point of reference can be found on the Worldwide Model Buses website, under the heading Model Lists.

7th November 2008
 
A new page has now been added for the resin Kowloon Motor Bus Albion Victor VT17AL from Hong Kong Model Co. (8167A).
6th November 2008
 

 
 

Today this site celebrates its 10th Anniversary

 Thursday 5th November 1998 saw the launch of the site, which at that time, was one of the first non-commercial 
websites aimed at providing information for the model bus enthusiast. Initially covering models only from Hong Kong, 
it subsequently developed to include those from China, Singapore and Japan. In its early days it consisted of a
handful of pages, but now includes more than 1,200 although its general format has remained the same. It not 
only includes diecast buses and trams, but also resin models, toys and books as well as a special section featuring
the real buses. This News page regularly receives over 700 'hits' a day, with visitors coming from as far afield
as Canada, Chile, South Africa, Iceland, Japan and Australia. 
 

Achieving this milestone would not have been possible without the help of a great many people, of which there 
are too many to list here, but you will know who you are. Special mention must, however, be made to several
people, the most important being my family, especially my wife, for not instigating divorce proceedings
despite the endless hours I have spent sat at a computer!
 

Special thanks also to Sindy & Joe of Jotus.com, Mr Kwok of 80M Bus Model Shop, Danny Chan of Creative Master Northcord Ltd, Bus Fan World, Concorde Hobby Shop, Dennis, Dennis Law, Donald MacRae, DM, Network Shuttle 
and Andrew Shirley, all of whom have continued to support the site over the years.

 5th November 2008

 
Released in Hong Kong today is the New World First Bus Dennis Dragon from Model Bus Revolution (20025).

Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Network Shuttle

Hong Kong Model Co have just released this resin model of Kowloon Motor Bus Albion Victor VT17AL (8167A). Registered HK4552, it carries fleet no. L51. It is on route 32R to Shing Mun Reservoir.


Added to the Xtra section of the site tonight are a further selection of photographs of The Deuce Bus, Las Vegas, these kindly being  provided by Peter Harrison.
3rd November 2008
 

 

During my absence I received a copy of the above book entitled 'Singapore & Hong Kong Bus Advertising Photo Collection Volume 1' from Stanley Yung and published by BSI Hobbies. A new page has tonight been added to the 'Books' section of the site, just follow the link. My thanks to both BSI Hobbies and 80M Bus Model Shop for providing a sample of this book.


More 10th Anniversary facts

between September 1999 and December 1999, the first photographs were received from World of Diecast,
Citybus, 80M Bus Model Shop and Jotus.com
(80M Bus Model Shop and Jotus.com still continue to provide this service)
exclusive news of the launch of the British Model Buses website on 6th December 2001
the Xtra section of the site was added on 30th March 2003
the site's URL changed to www.orientalmodelbuses.co.uk on 29th October 2006

 

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Peter Harrison

The above photograph is a taster for some new photographs due to be added to the Xtra section of the site tomorrow. 

2nd November 2008
 
From the Concorde Hobby Shop website, it would appear that the Model Buses Revolution New World First Bus Dennis Dragon DA93 is set to be released on Monday.
1st November 2008
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