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My thanks to Steven Tsoi for allowing me to use his excellent photograph of the Calbee decorated Wrights Gemini. A new page will be added as soon as I have decided on a product number!

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of
Network Shuttle

To mark the opening of the new Network Shuttle shop in Causeway Bay, two commemorative models were issued, one being the New Lantao Bus 'Year of the Monkey' decorated MAN A95 with a special limited edition certificate whilst the second is a New Lantao Bus MAN A91 coach, this representing fleet no. MN91 on route 23,

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

It is reported that KMB's MCV bodied VDL DB300 suffered damage to a window on Monday and as KMB would/could not repair it, the bus is to be returned to VDL. The  above photograph shows the bus on its final day of service.
30th March 2016

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80M Bus Model Shop

The above two Kowloon Motor Bus 11 metre Dennis Dragons are set for release on 30th March. AD353 (HC2168) is on route 960 to Tuen Mun (Kin Sang) and carries route 960 branding (KLE15043) whilst AD359 (HC2437) is on route E31 to Tsuen Wan Ferry and carries route 935 branding (KLE15043A). Each is limited to 900 pieces.

28th March 2016

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Benny Wan

Citybus 12.8 metre 'facelift' Enviro500 6511 is the first franchised bus to receive a 'U' prefix registration, having been registered on 21st March.

 
New pages have been added for the two 'Viceroy' decorated Best Choose Dennis Jubilants - 180114 & 180115 - further photographs will be added shortly.

   

I would welcome any photographs or details of the Calbee Wrights Gemini model.
27th March 2016

   
The two Kowloon Motor Bus 11 metre Dennis Dragons with cross harbour route branding are expected to be released shortly (KLE15043 & KLE15043A) - both are limited to 900 pieces.
   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Cars Workshop
 
Cars Workshop have released images of this 1/76 scale Hong Kong building due to be released in June.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Steven M Smith

My thanks to Steven Smith and Guy Bowden for sending me photographs of Stagecoach Manchester Enviro400 19328 which has been decorated with to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The photographs were taken on Sunday 20th March outside the Greater Manchester Museum of Transport. 
   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Guy Bowden
   

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Steven M Smith

At the same time I would like to draw your attention to Stephen's tram website 'Steve's World of Trams' which is based around his tramway exhibition activities. 'Yellowthreads Treat' is his Hong Kong inspired tramway layout and 'Hasselhof(f) is an HO scale model tramway - well worth a look!

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Grant Ng Kwok Kuen

A number of 'facelift' Enviro500s await registration by Long Win.
   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Citybus and New World continue to receive new buses, 9538 is an 11.3 metre Wrights Gemini bodied Volvo B9TL whilst 5685 is a 12 metre 'facelift' Enviro500.
 
The New World First Bus 12.8 metre Gemilang bodied MAN A95 has been allocated fleet number 6090 and was registered TZ9333 on 21st March.
26th March 2016

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu
 
Citybus 12.8 metre Enviro500 6302 is believed to be the first facelift model in the fleet to receive all-over advertising.

     
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Network Shuttle

Pictured above are the three 11.3 metre Citybus Enviro500NGs due to be released shortly. Left to right - 9103 on route 85 to Siu Sai Wan (CM103/63390), 9110 on route 40 to Wah Fu (CM104/63391) and 9145 on route 973 to Stanley (CM105/63392). Each is limited to 890 pieces.

   
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Network Shuttle
 
Best Choose have released two versions of Kowloon Motor Bus Dennis Jubilant N320 (CS420) - Viceroy cigarette decals are provided. The first is on route 116 to Tsz Wan Shan (180114) and the second is on rote 111 to Ping Shek. Each is limited to 500 pieces.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

KMB facelift Enviro500s continue to be registered with ATENU933-6 being registered on 14th March - ATENU935 was noted in service today.

18th March 2016

   

Calbee is a popular Japanese snack brand and the above model is expected to be available at a new Okashi Galleria shop set to open in Wan Chai shortly. The model is thought to be limited to 500 pieces.
   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan
 
...and thanks to Philip Chan, here is the real thing!
16th March 2016

     
Model 1 are to release three versions of a Citybus 11.3 metre Enviro500NG - 9103 is on route 85 to Siu Sai Wan (CM103), 9110 is on route 40 to Wah Fu (CM104) and 9145 is on route 973 to Stanley (CM105). Each is limited to 890 pieces and they are set for release later this month.
 15th March 2016

   
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80M Bus Model Shop
   
My thanks to 80M Bus Model Shop for providing photographs of the recently released Daikin model, detailed below. A new page has just been added (84003).
   
14th March 2016

   
Released in Hong Kong today is the third Daikin liveried model, this being blue in colour and representing New World First Bus Dennis Trident 1023 on route 18 to North Point, although it carries an incorrect registration number. It is limited to 700 pieces (84003).

    
   
Received in the post from Germany today, having purchased it on a popular auction site, is this Hachette Collections China Motor Bus Leyland Victory Mk2. At a scale of 1/43, the item is being described as diecast with plastic parts - I am not convinced the body is diecast, although I stand to be corrected! The model comes in a simple blister pack with no other details. The rear of the pack states the model is made in Bangladesh. Whilst it is nowhere near as detailed (or as heavy!) as the 1/43 scale Enviro500 issued last year, it is acceptable and is a nice addition to the collection. Further photographs will be added shortly (LV21). Now should it be listed in the 'diecast' or 'plastic' section of the site?
11th March 2016

 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

Today saw the final day of service for Citybus Volvo Olympian 9042, former China Motor Bus VA64, this being the last remaining China Motor Bus vehicle in service.

    
To celebrate its 3rd anniversary, Vehicle Model Studio is to release a model representing the first Dennis Trident for Kowloon Motor Bus, ATR1, in a predominantly white livery with grey skirt, that carried when it arrived in Hong Kong in 1997. It is limited to 300 pieces and is expected to be available at their Bus Model Show 2015/2016, which is to be held on 27th March between 1200hrs and 1830hrs at Tsuen Wan Town Hall (Exhibition Gallery).
10th March 2016

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Stephen Cho

My thanks to Stephen Cho, who last week visited Melbourne (Australia) to see the only running example of Volgren Optimus bodied Volvo B9TL.

Originally destined for Hillsbus in Sydney, it didn't get the necessary permission to be registered as a public bus owing to outdated axle-weight limits on tri-axle buses in New South Wales, as a result the bus ended up with sister company CDC Melbourne.

Both Hillsbus and CDC Melbourne are subsidiaries of ComfortDelGro.
9th March 2016

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of China Model Bus

My thanks to China Model Bus for providing me with photographs of the two unlicensed Long Win 'Airbus' models detailed yesterday - new pages have been added for both and further photographs will be added as soon as time allows - (180119) and (180120).
8th March 2016

       
Best Choose are to release to further unlicensed Long Win 'Airbus' models, this time with the earlier red livery. Both feature HH1452, the first is on route E31 to Tung Chung Town Centre (180119) whilst the second is also on route E31 but with a destination of Tsuen Wan Ferry (180120). Each will be limited to 350 pieces.
   
A new page has just been added for the resin AK Classic Albion Viking EVK41XL (AK3303).
7th March 2016

   
New pages have tonight been added for the two New World First Bus Enviro500NGs released earlier this week (63310 & 63311) and also the 1/43 scale China Motor Bus Leyland Victory Mk2 from Hachette (LV21).
6th March 2016

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of
Network Shuttle
   
Released today in Hong Kong is this resin KMB Albion Viking EVK41XL (AK3303). It features L265 on route 76 to Un Long and is limited to 300 pieces.

    
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan
   
Kowloon Motor Bus held an exhibition at Tsim Sha Tsui today entitled 'Getting around with KMB' and present were several preserved buses.
5th March 2016

Released in Hong Kong today are the two New World First Bus Enviro500NGs from Model 1. 5610 (TK2979) on route 8P to Island Resort (63310/20049) and 5639 (TP9919) on route 106 to Wong Tai Sin (63311/20050). Each is limited to 889 pieces. New pages will be added shortly.
3rd March 2016

    
Photograph courtesy of David Rowe
   
Not previously mentioned is this 1/43 scale China Motor Bus Leyland Victory Mk 2, one of a series of bus models issued by the French company Hachette. This model features LV21 on route 20 to Central. Any further details would be most welcome.

    
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

And on the subject of historic Alexander bodied China Motor Bus vehicles, Dennis Jubilant DS1 appeared at the Hong Kong Bus Rally last Sunday - just follow this link The Xtra pages cover topical items on the real bus scene plus a look at other models, books and souvenirs
2nd March 2016

     
Photograph courtesy and copyright of KM30192002
 
Park Island Transport has recently taken delivery of this Enviro200.
1st March 2016
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