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80M Bus Model Shop

The Kowloon Motor Bus Daimler 'A' from Cars Workshop (38206) is set for release on 3rd April. Interestingly, this model comes with seated passengers. The model features 4962 on route 6 running between Star Ferry and Lai Chi Kok. Further photographs will be added shortly. The model will retail for HK$348.


 
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80M Bus Model Shop

I have tonight received confirmation from 80M Bus Model Shop that the unique Kowloon Motor Bus Leyland Victory Mk2, fleet no G544, is to be modelled by Drumwell (DW10901). The model appears to represent G544 in its latter life, with the air-conditioning removed and carrying standard non air-con livery. It will be limited to 1,800 pieces - no release date is yet known.


 
The latest batch of 12 Kowloon Motor Bus 1/150 scale plastic models are now available - further details will appear when time allows.

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Northern Blue Transport Images

My thanks once again to Garry Luck for allowing me to use another of his 'what might have been images', this time a Kowloon Motor Bus Bristol VRT/ECW. A larger image can be found by following the above link whilst some other interesting vehicles, can be found on Garry's Fotopic site, just follow this link - Northern Blue Transport Images . 

31st March 2009

 

Continuing the topic of pre-production samples, pictured in the foreground above is a pp sample for the Citybus 'Year of the Rooster' Dennis Trident model, with the production version in the background. Further photographs will be added shortly.

30th March 2009

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Dennis

My thanks to Dennis of Hong Kong for allowing me to use his photographs of this pre-production Corgi model of a Long Win Volvo Olympian. This model was initially allocated product number 43211, but was subsequently cancelled. Further details and photographs can be found in the 'Rare Models' section of the site.


 
On the subject of pre-production models, and in particular that mentioned above, Corgi subsequently used the product code of 43211 for its New World First Bus Volvo Olympian, VA54. Below are a couple of photographs showing the pre-production model on the left, and the production model on the right. 
 

Further 'comparison' photographs will be added to the site shortly.

29th March 2009

 
I have received an unconfirmed report advising that Drumwell are to issue a new casting of the unique Kowloon Motor Bus air-conditioned Leyland Victory Mk2 with Alexander bodywork. Fleet no. G544 (CM3879) is believed to be on route 64K. It is expected to be issued next month with a quantity of around 2,000 pieces.
28th March 2009

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
312 Model

A new page has tonight been added to the Resin section of the site for the two versions of the 312 Model Kowloon Motor Bus Dennis Dart with Duple Metsec bodywork (B0030).

26th March 2009

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
John Mikita

My thanks to John Mikita and Dennis for providing me with photographs of the Daikin Volvo Super Olympian. A new page has tonight ben added for this model using an assumed product number of DW10306.

25th March 2009

 
Currently the subject of an online Hong Kong auction is a Kowloon Motor Bus 12 metre Volvo Super Olympian/Alexander with Daikin between decks advert. It is believed this model may have been presented as a gift when purchasing a Daikin air-conditioner about 3 or 4 years ago. The model is on route 690 to Central Exchange Square and carries the registration LR8388. No KMB logos are carried. 

If anyone can provide further details on this model, or photographs, please e-mail me.


 
It has been confirmed the model numbers for the two versions of the forthcoming resin KMB Dennis Dart with Duple Metsec bodywork from 312 Model are B0030AA3 and B0030AA16 respectively. The model will retail for HK$378 and is expected to be available around Easter.

 
The route numbers for the two KMB Dennis Dragons mentioned in yesterday's News are 62X and 93K respectively. It is believed the models will be released in May.
23rd March 2009

 
Listed as 'Coming Soon' on the Hong Kong Model Co. website is a resin Kowloon Motor Bus Seddon Pennine (8175A), which appears to be AR7615. Further details will follow, when known.

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Dennis Law

An unconfirmed report has claimed that Drumwell will issue two versions (1,300 each) of KMB's S3N-class Dennis Dragon (with fog lights) in May. 

22nd March 2009

 
My thanks to Tony Price for providing the following statement:-
"During the course of this weekend the domain names and titles of the WWMB Web site and Fotopic site will change.

The Web site will become The Model Bus Website, and the new web address will be http://www.themodelbus.com/.

The Fotopic site will become The Model Bus Gallery (the name it has already carried for a couple of years), and the new web address will be http://www.themodelbus.fotopic.net/.

In due course, the old Web site address will automatically forward visitors to the new to allow a smooth transition, and the old Fotopic address will remain available for a while yet.

Please adjust your 'Favourites' / 'Bookmarks' to reflect these changes. The style, content and structure of both sites will retain their familiarity on screen.

It may take up to 48 hours for the changes to be comprehensively implemented. Hopefully the shorter, more memorable, Web addresses will reflect more accurately the content of the pages available for viewing."

21st March 2009

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
312 Model

The 312 Model website gives details of a new resin single-deck model. Two versions of Kowloon Motor Bus's Dennis Dart with Duple Metsec bodywork are shown - on the left is fleet No. AA16 (FP1330) on route 34 to Kwai Shing (Central) and on the right is fleet no. AA3 (FN1332) on route 284 to Sha Tin Central. It is believed that the total quantity for both is 500 pieces with an anticipated release date of early April. Note the differing seating.

20th March 2009

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of KMB Today 

The March edition of KMB Today gives details of the forthcoming release of a Daimler 'A' type fitted with sliding gates and featuring a diorama. The set is to retail for HK$348. Details of the model are not yet known, but it is assumed to be similar to the Cars Workshop model (38203) released in 2002. 

19th March 2009

 
The Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site has now been updated with further photographs, as promised in yesterdays news. 
16th March 2009

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Neo Mak

My special thanks to Neo Mak for sending me photographs of one of the new Kowloon Motor Bus Scania K230UB. He advises that a batch of seven vehicles has just been received, six being 10.6 metre versions, and the one pictured being a 12 metre example. Further photographs will be added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site shortly.


 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of 
Dennis Wong

Following yesterday's news, Dennis Wong has kindly sent me a selection of photographs of the new Citybus Enviro500, which will be added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site shortly.

15th March 2009

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of 
Albion Kwok

With the continuing absence of any model bus news, the above photograph shows one of two new Alexander Dennis Enviro500's which are expected to enter service shortly. Further details can be found in the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site. 

 14th March 2009

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of 
Stephen Cho

Stephen Cho reports that he drove a charter for City Sightseeing Sydney (Australia) yesterday.

Ex- China Motor Bus Metrobus ML21 (now 425) was decorated with all-over advertising for Virgin Blue Airlines for the day, to  participate in the 2009 Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras with 50 Cabin Crews. Preserved ML1 and City Sightseeing 426 (ML22) were also in the parade. Further photographs have now been added to the Xtra pages of the site.


 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of 
Dave Rogers

Dave Rogers has sent me the above photograph, which shows his ex-Citybus Leyland Olympian No. 102 being prepared for a repaint. 
 

8th March 2009

 

 
I can confirm that the Concorde Hobby Shop resin Kowloon Motor Bus Metrorider (CHS0901), which was scheduled to be released at the end of January, is now set for release at the end of March. 

 
I note that several photographs of one of KMB's new Scania K230UB have appeared on various Hong Kong discussion forums. If you own the copyright of any of these photos and are willing to share them, please e-mail me.

 
I am currently awaiting confirmation that the second batch of the KMB Dennis Dragon from Venus Collectibles (M3N01) has arrived in Hong Kong. 
5th March 2009

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of 
Andrew Shirley

My thanks to Andrew Shirley for providing details and photographs of the above resin Kowloon Motor Bus Seddon Mk17, from Concorde Hobby Shop (C002), which has not previously been recorded on this site. If you are able to provide further details, i.e. a relaese date or quantities, please e-mail me.

2nd March 2009

 
BSI Hobbies has announced that 'The Fleet Directory of Hong Kong Buses - Citybus & NWFB' is scheduled to be released in July 2009. Priced at $128 each, a pre-release special rate is available at $104 each. Promotional leaflets have been released at Bus Fan World's counter during KMB's Bus Captain of the Year 2009, and is expected to be distributed to members of Universal Transport Fans Association's during their forthcoming activities.

 
Details of the current orders for new buses for the three main operators are as follows:-
NWFB: 11.3m ADL Enviro500 x20
CTB: 12m ADL Enviro500 x18 / ADL Enviro400 x1
KMB: ADL Enviro400 x1 / Scania K230UB 10.6m x20 / K230UB 12m x10
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