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I am now on holiday for just over a week. There will be no updates during this time but do please continue to send any news items or photographs ready for my return on 5th September.
27th August 2009

 
15025 - Damler A (traditional radiator)
15026 - Daimler Fleetline Training Bus
15027 - Daimler A (Birmingham front)
15028 - Daimler A (Manchester front)
15029 - Daimler Fleetline CRL6
15030 - Daimler Fleetline CRL6
15031 - Albion Victor VT23L
15032 - Albion Victor VT23L
15033 - Leyland Victory Mk2
15034 - Leyland Victory Mk2
15035 - Leyland Victory Mk2
15036 - Leyland Victory Mk2 Training Bus
The whole set can be purchased in a box which
transforms into this bus garage 'backdrop'
 
All photographs courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

The twelve plastic Cars Workshop 1/150 scale Kowloon Motor Bus models pictured above are expected to be released in Hong Kong at the weekend. They are expected to retail for HK$59.90.


 
All photographs courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Also due for release shortly are these two diecast 1/64 scale buses, also from Cars Workshop. The top photograph shows a 12 metre Volvo Wrightbus (95002) whilst the lower photograph shows a 12 metre Dennis Dragon (95003). Each will retail for HK$99.90. 

26th August 2009

 
Following my request as to the reason why China Motor Bus Leyland Olympian LM5 received a red livery, I am advised by Kennis that it was rented by an advertising company for a Seiko watches advertisement, one of the actors used being Matsu Takako, a Japanese actress and singer. LM5 was used for the background of the advertisement.

 
To help provide copyright protection for contributors who send me their photographs for use on my site, a copyright watermark can now added if so requested, similar to that shown on the photograph below.
 21st August 2009

 
 Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Edward Yeo

My thanks to Wei Shen and Edward Yeo for providing news and photographs of the above new Yutong bus for SMRT Buses of Singapore. Further details and photographs have just been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.

20th August 2009

 
A new page, with further photographs, has tonight been added for the red China Motor Bus Leyland Olympian from Buses Model Co. (LM5). Whilst aware this was a genuine livery, I would welcome the reasons for it - please e-mail me if you know.

 
 Photographs courtesy and copyright of
www.Network-Shuttle.com

Released in Hong Kong today are the two versions of the 312 Model resin Kowloon Motor Bus Dennis Dragon (B0031). A new page and further photographs will be added shortly.


 
 Photograph courtesy and copyright of Model Bus Workshop

Following yesterday's publication of the photograph showing the repainted KMB Victory by 'Chowcck1', I would recommend that you take a look at his Fotopic site entitled 'Model Bus Workshop' from which the above photograph has been 

19th August 2009

 
 Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Kennis Tam

Pictured above is a Buses Model China Motor Bus Leyland Olympian (LM5) in plain red livery of which it is believed only 30 were produced. It is thought this model was considered as a prize for the winners of their competition back in 2005. Ultimately the St Johns Ambulance liveried KMB version was chosen. I am advised that a quantity of these models are on sale at 80M Bus Model Shop. Further photographs will be added shortly.


 
My thanks to Dennis Tang of the China Motor Bus Memorial Page and also to Lun for allowing me to use a photograph of ME19, the actual 'The Samaritans' liveried Mercedes-Benz 0305, which has now been added the the following page (DW10405).

 
My thanks to Wei Shen for informing me of various press releases from SBS Transit, and Volvo. To summarise, a total of 350 new buses worth an estimated S$159 million will be introduced by Singapore's largest bus operator SBS Transit from 2010 onwards. The order includes 200 new Scania Euro V buses worth an estimated S$ 72 million as well as a new order of 150 Volvo B9TL double deck buses with Euro V engines worth about S$ 87 million. The supplier of the bodywork for the Volvo B9TL is confirmed to be WrightBus.

 

 
 Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Model Bus Workshop

Is this the next livery for Drumwell's Leyland Victory Mk2  -  lets hope so!

This particular model has been superbly repainted by 'Chowcck1' into the livery first carried by this vehicle whilst being shown at the 'Hong Kong in Britain Exhibition' in September 1980.

18th August 2009

 
Click on image for larger photograph
 Photograph courtesy and copyright of Vincent

I am very grateful to Vincent for sending me a selection of photographs showing the recently announced set of twelve 1/150 scale KMB models. The above photograph, which has a larger photograph linked to it, shows all twelve models.


 
 Photograph courtesy and copyright of
www.Network-Shuttle.com

My thanks to Network Shuttle for sending me several photographs of the black Mercedes-Benz DW10405 with decals applied. Further photographs will be added shortly.

16th August 2009

 
 Photograph courtesy and copyright of
312 Model

Just announced on the 312 Model website are two resin Kowloon Motor Bus Dennis Dragons. On the left is S3N242 (ES5859) on route 85K to Heng On whilst on the right is S32N225 (ES2621) on route 70 to Sheng Shui. No other details are known.


 
My thanks to Sailormoonbus for providing further details of the twelve 1/150 scale KMB models announced earlier this week. They are as follows:-

Daimler CVG5, or Daimler "A" x 3

* Original traditional exposed radiator with red/cream relief livery, with front entrance and rear platform entrance/exit
   and sliding gates fitted
* Birmingham style grille with Red/cream relief livery with yellow stripes and powered folding doors fitted, one seated
   conductor (OCO)
* Manchester style grille with red/cream livery and powered folding doors fitted
Albion Victor VT23L x 2
* Original radiator grille, two doorways with sliding gates fitted
* Replaced radiator grille, two doorways with powered folding doors fitted, OMO
Leyland Victory MK 2 x 4
* with 1979 style red/cream livery
* with 1981 style red/cream livery
* with 1982 style cream/red livery
* with white and red skirt driver training bus livery
Daimler DMS x 3
* with 1981 style red/cream livery
* with 1982 style cream/red livery
* with white, red and yellow driver training bus livery

 
Alexander Dennis ATEU5
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Vincent Chong

Pictured above is one of the recently delivered batch of Alexander Dennis Enviro500s for Kowloon Motor Bus. Of particular note is the new offside emergency exit.


 
I am reliably informed that the recently released black Mercedes-Benz 0305 (DW10405) comes with decals that convert the bus into that shown in this link (ME19 - fifth bus down). 

 
An unconfirmed report states that Big Bus will purchase three 3-axle double decker buses, manufactured in China, to replace the their Dennis Dominators. The new buses are expected to arrive within the next two months.
15th August 2009

 
The latest edition of 'KMB Today' gives details of further new models. 

The first is a 1/60 scale Alexander ALX500 bodied Dennis Trident, which I assume will use the same casting as the New World First Bus model announced last week. No image of the model is shown. It appears to be limited to 1,500 pieces and will retail for HK$398. 

The remaning models consist of twelve 1/150 scale older KMB vehicles, which appear to include a Leyland Victory and Daimler. It is difficult to identify the precise models from the photograph.

13th August 2009

 
 Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Due for release in Hong Kong shortly is a black version of KMB's Mercedes-Benz 0305 (DW10405). As with the white version (DW10404) which was released last month, it features DF9520 on route 68M with a destination of Private. I believe it carries the incorrect fleet no. of ME16 (it should be ME19).

12th August 2009

 
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PRESS RELEASE
Mitsubishi Fuso Aerostar Eco-Hybrid
JB1014 Meitetsu Bus

Creative Master Northcord Limited has proudly released another brand new non-ukbus series replica. It is JB1014, a Mitsubishi Fuso Aerostar Eco-Hybrid Non-Step model carrying Meitetsu Bus colours.

Meitetsu Bus operates a large fleet of vehicles in Nagoya, the biggest city of Aichi Prefecture. The latest state of art vehicles in the fleet are these environmentally friendly diesel-electric hybrid buses with the electric batteries on the roof. JB1014 features such a vehicle with an additional tank and brand new wheels and rubber tyres.

JB1014 features excellent detailing, inside and out, including an opening engine door and engine detail, JB1014 is based on a one-piece casting whose clean lines accentuate the windows and livery application on which all logos and lettering are clearly legible respectively. The model has no ugly metal poles to hold it together.

The JB1014 model is limited to 200 pieces for the UK, Australia, P.R. of China and Hong Kong. They will be distributed by John Ayrey Die-Casts Limited (UK), Transit Graphics (Australia), cnmycar.com (P. R. China) and Concorde Hobby Shop (HK) respectively.
 

11th August 2009

 
Click on image for larger photograph
 Photograph courtesy and copyright of 
Wei Shen

Today sees Singapore celebrate its National Day, marking its 44th anniversary since independence. Pictured above is Singapore Bus Services Volvo SBS 760R, on Service 292, with the National Day Parade 2009 advertisment.


 
Photographs are currentlly being added to a new page in the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site featuring the Exhibition of the History of Hong Kong Buses. My thanks to Dennis Law for prodviding a superb selection of photos. ** Now completed 10th August **
 9th August 2009

 
 Photograph courtesy and copyright of Dennis Law

80M's annual Bus Model Exhibition is now being held at Pioneer Centre, Prince Edward and below are a few of the models on display.

 
 Long Win Dennis Lance/Alexander PS (92403)
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Dennis Law
 
 An early pre-production model of the forthcoming
KMB Mitsubishi Fuso
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Dennis Law

A further selection of photographs from the Exhibition will be added added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site shortly.

8th August 2009

 
 Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Just announced in the 'Coming Soon' section of the 80M Bus Model Shop website is the above Long Win Bus Dennis Lance with Alexander PS bodywork (92403). Featuring fleet no. 907 (FS7880), it is on route S1 to Airport Passenger Terminal Bld. No release date or quantities are yet known.  Now how about an Enviro500 to accompany it! 

My thanks to Donald MacRae who, within minutes of the above announcement, sent me a selection of photos of the real thing, one of which is pictured below. More can be found on Donald's excellent Fotopic site, just follow the link.
 

 Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Donald MacRae

 
 Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Also in the 'Coming Soon' section is superbly detailed 1/60 scale New World First Bus Dennis Trident, fleet no 1001 in 'wave' livery. Further details will be published when known.

7th August 2009

 

A new livery for Citybus? To find out more, follow this link.

4th August 2009

 
I have received two unconfirmed reports that MTR is going to release two new Enviro500 models in September. One in the old ex-KCR red and blue livery and another in the new MTR red and grey livery. One report is that these models may form a set.
2nd August 2009
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