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Photographs courtesy and copyright of Alex Wong

My sincere thanks to Alex Wong for allowing me to use his excellent photos of Kowloon Motor Bus 'Year of the Tiger' liveried Enviro500, ATE104.


 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
www.3cubian.com

Confirmation that the Best Choose Leyland FG lorry (09765) mentioned in yesterday's News has been released in Hong Kong today. It carries the licence plate AC 1398.


 
I have carried out some minor alterations to the site the most prominent being the revised 'navigation bar' to which two new  categories have been added, namely 'plastic models' and 'trams'. Two categories have been removed, namely 'other items' and 'toys' - these can now be accessed through the extended Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.
31st December 2009

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
www.3cubian.com

Due for release in Hong Kong tomorrow is this Leyland FG from Best Choose (09765). It differs from the example included with the recently release diorama featuring the China Motor Bus Long Dragon (09764S) in that the rear canopy is grey. Also, that included in the diorama carried company wording 'Shing Kee' whilst this latest example carries wording 'Cheong Kee'.


 
Kowloon Motor Bus has unveiled its 'Year of the Tiger' livery - on an Alexander Dennis Enviro500 (ATE104). 
30th December 2009

 
If anyone has a good colour photograph of the actual Kowloon Motor Bus Volvo B10MD (fleet no. VMD1), or can direct me to one, please e-mail me
29th December 2009

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Philip Chan

My thanks to Philip Chan for sending me the above photograph of Kowloon Motor Bus ASC12 (PB 2491), a 12 metre Scania K230UB, which has just entered service and which differs from earlier examples of this batch - check out the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site to find out more.

The new Alexander Dennis Enviro400 for Citybus has been allocated the fleet number 7000.

28th December 2009

 

Congratulations to Kevin Ellis who has just launched the third in his Model Bus Zone series of websites, the 'CMNL Zone'
click on the above image for a look.


 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of 
Dennis Law

I am reliably informed that Star Ferry's second model release will feature 'Shining Star' in 'Harbour Tour's' specification, as shown in the above photograph. My thanks to Dennis Law for providing this information.

26th December 2009

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas

 


 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Released in Hong Kong today are two versions of the Long Win Bus Dennis Lance (92403 (top) and 92404). Produced by Cars Workshop, both feature fleet number 907 (FS 7880). 92403 is on route S1 to Airport (Passenger Terminal Bldg) whilst 92404 is on route S64 to Tung Chung (Yat Tung). Each version is limited to 900 pieces and is expected to retail for HK$298.


 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Dave Rogers

And yet another............. this time it is the ex-China Light and Power Leyland Olympians.

24th December 2009

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Network Shuttle

Believed to have been released today is this Best Choose China Motor Bus Guy Arab 'Long Dragon' with a Leyland lorry and diorama (09764S). The vehicle featured is AH 4028 on route 8 to Chai Wan. It is limited to 1,000 pieces. A new page and higher resolution photos has now been added.


 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
David-John Maxwell

Following on from yesterday's 'snow' topic, my thanks to David-John Maxwell for sending me the above photograph of a New World First Bus Trident, which completes the line up of operators!

23rd December 2009

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Network Shuttle

It is confirmed that in addition to the recently released Shanghai SK5105GP trolleybus, two different liveried examples will also be released along with two normal diesel buses, SK6105HP. Further details will appear shortly.


 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Dave Rogers

The above photograph sums up the weather that most of the UK has been experiencing over the past few days - I bet no-one from Hong Kong can better this!
 

Photograph courtesy and copyright of 
Donald MacRae

I am not sure whether this one counts!!

22nd December 2009

 
A new page has just been added for the recently announced Shanghai SK5105GP trolleybus (52002A) from 52Bus. Any details of the prototype bus would be most welcome. 
20th December 2009

 

Best Choose has announced a new release, this being a single deck Guy Arab and Leyland lorry in a diorama set. The setting is 60-64 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, former home of the Woo Cheong Pawn Shop. Originally built in 1888, the building has recently undergone a major refurbishment and is now known as The Pawn.

Further details will be published, when known. 


 
Two new pages have tonight been added, one for the Kowloon Motor Bus Leyland Olympian (BLS30104) due for release in Hong Kong tomorrow and the other has been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section for the new model of Star Ferry, 'Twinkling Star' (23001) 
19th December 2009

 
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Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Due for release in Hong Kong tomorrow (19th) is this 1/230 scale model of Star Ferry's Twinkling Star. Measuring just over 14cm in length, it is limited to 2,000 pieces and is expected to retail for HK$328. Further details and photographs will be added later today.


 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Network Shuttle

Network Shuttle has today confirmed they are the sole agents for the distribution of the above Shanghai SK5105GP trolleybus (52002A) from a new manufacturer known as 52Bus. It is to 1/76 scale and features registration no. B3750 on route 14. It is limited to 1,000 pieces and is expected to retail for HK$338. Further details and photographs will appear shortly.


 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

And another .............. this time a Buses Model Co. Kowloon Motor Bus Leyland Olympian (BLS30104), due for release on Sunday 20th December. Featuring S3BL422 on route no. 66 to Tai Hing, it is limited to 1,800 pieces and will retail for HK$298.


 
As a result of the two additional news items, my plans to publish additional photographs of the Star Ferry model have had to be delayed until tomorrow.
18th December 2009

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Mark Taylor

My special thanks to Mark Taylor for allowing me to use his excellent photograph of the Citybus Enviro400 en route to Hong Kong. 
 

Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Mark Taylor

and for this one too!!! 

Larger and higher resolution photographs have now been added to Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.

14th December 2009

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Grant Ng Kwok Kuen

My special thanks to Grant Ng Kwok Kuen for sending me a superb selection of photographs, taken today, of the Kowloon Motor Bus Alexander Dennis Enviro400. These have now been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.

12th December 2009

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Kowloon Motor Bus

Alexander Dennis officially handed over the first Enviro400 for Kowloon Motor Bus today. The official press release can be found on the Kowloon Motor Bus website - just follow this link. (link no longer available).

7th December 2009

 

The Concorde Hobby Shop website gives details of four versions of a resin Kowloon Motor Bus short Dennis Dragon (ADS class). The four will feature route 2 to So Uk, route 107 to Kowloon Bay, route 108 to Braemar Hill and route 606 to Siu Sai Wan. Each is limited to 100 pieces. They will retail for HK$468 each and are expected in either late December or January. 

My thanks to Philip Chan for tipping me off about this piece of news.

6th December 2009

 
I returned from Hong Kong with several models, some of which I have detailed below.


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This New World First Bus Dennis Trident/Alexander ALX500 carrying 'Festival of Harvest' decorations (20009), at first glance, looks nothing out of the ordinary, however, upon closer inspection, several noticeable differences can be spotted when comparing it to the  production version. Some of these can be seen in the photograph below. Further comparison photographs will be added shortly.
 

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Pre-production model on the left - production model on the right. 

My special thanks to Jacky of MSD for presenting me with this model.


 
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The second has already been well covered by the main UK model sites and features the resin model of London Transport's Ailsa Volvo V3 from Jotus.com. The detail is truly amazing, even down to the moquette seats and tax disc holders - the above photograph doesn't do it justice. A full review is expected in the February edition of Model Collector. 


 
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The third I just couldn't resist at HK$58 and features the 1/76th scale Leyland FG from Best Choose.


 
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and finally, the Drumwell air-conditioned Kowloon Motor Bus Leyland Victory Mk2.


 
Further photographs of the former China Light & Power Olympians referred to in yesterdays News have tonight been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site. 
4th December 2009

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Dave Rogers

Seven former China Light and Power Leyland Olympians have recently returned to the UK week and the above photograph shows them at Southampton Docks. They are all destined for Kinchs of Minety.

3rd December 2009

 
 Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Network Shuttle

Believed to have been released in Hong Kong today is the second China Motor Bus Volvo Olympian from Best Choose (09762), this time featuring VA64 in silver and blue livery. It is on route 112 to So Uk and is limited to 800 pieces.


 
 Photograph courtesy and copyright of
312 Model 

A second version of the resin 312 Model Kowloon Motor Bus prototype air-conditioned Leyland Olympian, AL1, has just been announced (B0032B), this release carrying additional Denso wording. It is on route 238M to Riviera Garden and is limited to 200 pieces.


 
New pages featuring further photographs for both the above models will be added as soon as time allows. 

 
Two Alexander Dennis Enviro400s arrived in Hong Kong on 23rd November, one for Citybus and one for Kowloon Motor Bus. It is believed these remain with Alexander Dennis prior to handing over to the respective operators.
2nd December 2009
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