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Automodel released the above resin model yesterday. China Motor Bus CX3 carries Airport Express livery and is on route A20, Airport (36618). It is limited to 420 pieces.  
31st October 2015

Whilst yesterday's News revolved around older buses, today's focuses on some new ones.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Grant Ng Kwok Kuen


   

   
On the model front, I received my 1/43 scale Kowloon Motor Bus Enviro500NG today and first impressions are very good. Here is a shot with 1/76 scale Hybrid ATH2 alongside.
   
27th October 2015

 
With the deadline of 31st December 2015 for the elimination of Euro 1 or earlier diesel engines in Hong Kong fast approaching, several notable withdrawals have recently taken place or are about to:-
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Big Bus Dennis Condor fleet nos. 2 (NR3574) and 4 (NR6564) were retired last week, fleet no. 2 have been replaced with a new Ankai carrying the same registration.
   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan
 
Citybus Routemaster no. 1 has been busy of late performing several special tours - this is expected to be retired this week.

And finally New World First Bus Volvo Olympian VA55, in Rickshaw Bus livery, was also retired last week.

26th October 2015

   
Three further releases from Roadshow Creations have been announced:-
KLE15021 - Long Win Alexander Dennis Enviro500NG 9513 (SM2655) - route E34B to Yuen Long - 1,800 pieces
KLE15032A - Kowloon Motor Bus Dennis Trident/Alexander ATR1 (HJ2127) - route 89 to Lek Yuen - 1,200 pieces (with red stripe but no 'Farewell' logos)
KLE15029 - Kowloon Motor Bus Alexander Dennis Enviro500NG hybrid ATH1 (TA2344) - route 619 to Shun Lee - 2,000 pieces
Release dates are not yet known.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Buses Model Co
 
Buses Model Co. has confirmed they have a new diecast model - this plain white MCW 'Super' Metrobus , ML64, is on route 2A with a destination of Wan Chai Ferry Pier (BMC64002). This is Buses Model Co. 15th anniversary congratulation model. The quantity is limited to 600 pieces only. The anticipated release date is 14th November 2015.

   
Kowloon Motor Bus has registered what is believed to be the first of the production 12.8 metre ADL Enviro500NG - 3ATENU3 (TT4698) was registered on 22nd October.
24th October 2015

      
Buses Model Co. is celebrating its 15th anniversary and to mark the occasion it is issuing a plain white MCW Super Metrobus featuring ML64 (DV4883).

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Tim Hall

On the subject of MCW Metrobuses, I am grateful to Tim Hall for sending me the above scanned image he took in May 1981 at the official launch of China Motor Bus ML1.
   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Tim Hall
   
..... and also the launch of Kowloon Motor Bus 3M1
   

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Citybus 9510 is one of the latest 11.3 metre Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL to enter service.
21st October 2015

   
Two models, in differing scales, are set for release in Hong Kong tomorrow.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

The first, in customary 1:76 scale, represents the first Dennis Trident for Kowloon Motor Bus, ATR1, with farewell decals (KLE15032).  It is on route 1A to Sau Mau Ping (Central) and is limited to 1,200 pieces.
   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

The second is in the more unusual scale of 1:43 and features Kowloon Motor Bus ADL Enviro500NG ATENU130 in Captain KMB livery (KLE15035). This is on route 101 to Kennedy Town and is limited to 1,000 pieces.

Thanks to 
Depot ModelDepot Model I am able to provide further photographs and advise that the model features steerable front wheels and the drivers cab window also slides open.

Photographs courtesy and copyright of Depot Model

   
20th October 2015

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of New Overground

Kowloon Motor Bus has decorated Dennis Trident ATR456 in a special livery marking the 20th anniversary of Friends of KMB - another possible model?  
15th October 2015

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Donald MacRae

Following the two recent releases of the 1/76th scale Captain KMB liveried ADL Enviro500NG ATENU130, a 1/43th scale example is on its way!

To be produced by Roadshow Creations, it is on route 101 and will be limited to 1,000 pieces. The suggested retail price is HK$898.


   
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Network Shuttle
   
Pictured above are the three resin models referred to in yesterday's news and new pages have now been added.
14th October 2015

 
Three resin models were released on 26th September, these being:-
P&T Model - China Motor Bus Dennis Dart / Carlyle DC2  - route 260 to Stanley (B15260)
P&T Model - China Motor Bus Dennis Dart / Carlyle DC8 - route 110 to Jordan Road (B15110)  -  each is limited to just 99 pieces.

Automodel - China Motor Bus Dennis /Marshall CX6 - Special Service (36616) - limited to 420 pieces
13th October 2015

 
Tonights update is aimed at catching up on recent releases:-
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Jotus.com

These two versions of China Motor Bus MCW 'Super' Metrobus ML1 from Buses Model Co. were released on 1st October. On top, ML1 is represented in its original guise on route 116 to Tsz Wan Shan (BMC01116) whilst the bottom photograph shows it in later life on route 104 to Pak Tin (BMC01104). Each is limited to 900 pieces.

No less than four Kowloon Motor Bus models were released on 3rd October :-

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

The first two feature Alexander Dennis Enviro500NG ATENU130 decorated in Captain KMB livery - top is on route 601 to Po Tat (KLE15019) whilst the second is on route 98C to Hang Hau North  (KLE15020). Each is limited to 500 pieces.
   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

The second two feature the 500th Enviro500NG, ATENU500 - one (top) is on route 116 to Quarry Bay (KLE15022) whilst the other (bottom) is on route 27 to Shun Tin (KLE15023).

Photograph courtesy and copyright of
Network Shuttle

New pages have just been added for the three Model 1 MAN A91 coaches 63101, 63102 and 63103.
12th October 2015

 
After several days of consideration I can confirm that I have decided to continue maintaining the site.
   
I have been overwhelmed and humbled by the sheer number of messages of support and offers of assistance and these have been a major factor in helping me reach my decision - thank you.
   
I hope to resume 'normal' service very shortly.
     
11th October 2015

   
Following my posting below, I would like to thank everyone who has contacted me and to all of you who have offered help to enable the site to continue, which I will consider over the next few days. 
       
I will respond to all these messages shortly, so please bear with me.
         

7th October 2015

After almost 17 years I have decided to cease updates to this website for the foreseeable future.
 
With the increase in popularity of social media sites, details of new models are readily available. Of late it has become increasingly more time consuming in seeking out detailed information, information that previously was willingly provided by manufacturers - time that presently I do not have enough of! As a result, I am no longer able to maintain the site in the manner that I have always prided myself in doing.
 
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have contributed over the years. The site has enabled me to make many good friends, both here in the UK and also in Hong Kong, for which I will always be indebted.

Thank you.

Graham

5th October 2015

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Alan Wong
 
Released earlier this week is this Cars Workshop plain white Enviro500 hybrid (94507). It has no limited edition certificate.
2nd October 2015
              
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