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Model 1 has announced it will release a new casting this year, this being an 11-metre Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Condor. Variations shown on their Facebook page include air conditioned and non-air conditioned China Motor Bus examples, open-top examples in Panda Bus and New World First Bus liveries and a UK Megabus version.
   
I am now on hoilday for just over two weeks, so there will be no updates to the site during this time. Do please continue to send
me any news or photographs, ready for my return on 9th March.

 21st February 2018

The Across website records the registration, on 14th February, of two Euro 6 ADL Enviro500s for Kowloon Motor Bus. In champagne livery, they are allocated fleet nos E6T1 and E6T2.
19th February 2018


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu
     
My thanks to Bobby Liu for sending me a selection of photographs of New Lantao Bus MDR03, one of four 'facelift' Gemilang bodied MAN A95 recently deliivered - a new page has just been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site,
16th February 2018

Photographs courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle

The above four models, from Model 1, were released in Hong Kong today - they are VA10 (GE 5908) on route 300 (63509), VA18 (GF 5091) on route 115 (63510) and VA21 (GF 8579) on route 780 (63511).
The fourth release is a plain white 11-metre Volvo Olympian (63512). If anyone can provide details of quantities, that would be welcome.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Shu Tou

New Lantao Bus has registered four Gemilang bodied MAN A95, all of which carry the new livery. They are registered MDR01-MDR04. My thanks to Shu Tou for allowing me to share his photograph.

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle
 
Two commissioned models not previously recorded are pictured above, these being Kwoon Chung Motors Asia Aero bodied MAN A91s. PH 7891 (top) features Yummy House advertising and was issued in December 2017 (63110) whilst KC 306 features HKRDA (Hong Kong Riding for the Disabled Association) and this was issued in January 2018 (63173). New pages will be added shortly (now added - 15th Feb)
14th February 2018

   
My thanks to Peter Harrison and Julian Yee for confirming the existence of APEC model 38809 - a KMB Albion Victor VT17AL issued back in April 2016. A new page has now been added.
 
The assumed product number for the Calbee liveried MCV bodied Volvo B7RLE has been changed from 94007 to 94008 - my thanks again to Peter Harrison for pointing out that a plain white kit of an MCV bodied Volvo B7RLE, issued in December 2016, carried this product number.

Thanks go again to Alistair Liddle for sending me further details and photographs of the Calbee liveried Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL, which I have given an assumed product code of DW10525.
11th February 2018

   
   
 


   
At least 19 people have been killed and over 50 injured today when a Kowloon Motor Bus double-decker operating on route
   
87
2 from Sha Tin
racecourse to Tai Po Central overturned. The bus was Wrights bodied Volvo B10TL, AVW78 (LX 9991). 
   
My thoughts and sympathy to all those affected by this tragedy.
 
   


   
 
My thanks to Bob Belcher and Alistair Liddle for advising me of two models not previously recorded on the site.
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bob Belcher

My thanks to Bob Belcher and Alistair Liddle for advising me of two models not previously recorded on the site. Pictured above is Kowloon Motor Bus liveried Albion Victor with BACo bodywork. It features L41 (HK 4542) on route 93 to Sai Kung and is limited to 200 pieces (38811). It is believed to have been issued in November 2016.

My records indicate APEC released seven models in 2016, with product codes ranging from 38805 to 38808 and 38810 to 38812.
Can anyone advise if 38809 was ever issued?
     
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Alistair Liddle

The second features an MCV bodied Volvo B7RLE with all-over advertising for Calbee (94008 - assumed model no.). This is believed to have been issued in June 2017 and is limited to 1,300 pieces.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of 80M Bus Model Shop
   
Further details of the Kowloon Motor Bus and Long Win Bus Year of the Dog models are as follows:-
Long Win  Alexander Dennis Enviro 500MMC Facelift 12m (orange) 5521 (UD 3393) on route A36 to Long Ping Station (KMB-M-2018004).
KMB Volvo B9TL Wrights Eclipse Gemini 2 12m (dark red) AVBWU669 (VB 6984) on route 2 to Star Ferry (
KMB-M-2018005).
Each is limited to 1,000 pieces.
 
My thanks to Doug Coster for providing the above information.
10th February 2018

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle
 
The remaining three New World First Bus 11.3 metre Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs were have been released in Hong Kong today - fleet no. 4523 (TW 8508) is on route 42 to North Point Ferry (63601), 4500 (TK 8211) is on route 30X to Cyberport (63602) and 4508 (TM 8052) is on route 970 to So Uk (63605).
9th February 2018

 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of 80M Bus Model Shop

Released today in Hong Kong are the New World First Bus (top - 80834/20074) and Citybus (80833/CM134) Year of the Dog liveried 11.3 metre Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs.  Each is limited to 1,000 pieces.
8th February 2018

The recent survey has now closed and I would like to thank all of you who took the time to complete it.
6th February 2018

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Watt Yung
   
Today's news is dominated by the arrival in Hong Kong of a MCV bodied Volvo B8L in dealer white livery, which is destined for Kowloon Motor Bus. My special thanks to Watt Yung for allowing me to share his photographs.

 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle
   
Two of the five New World First Bus 11.3 metre Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TLs have been released in Hong Kong today - they are 4503 (TL 7116) on route 91 (63603/20071) and 4520 (TW 4517) on route 23 to Pokfield Road (63604/20072). 

With the above news of the arrival of a plain white bus in Hong Kong, a reminder that clicking on the above image will take you to the page dedicated to plain liveried and demonstrator buses.
5th February 2018

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu
   
New Lantao Bus has decorated Gemilang bodied MAN A95 MD01 (TU9868) with Year of the Dog decals and it was noted in service earlier today. Further photographs have been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.

 
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Photographs courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

The Motoring Clubs Festival 2018 took place in Hong Kong earlier today and two entrants are of particular note, China Motor Bus Volvo Olympian VA64 (CMB's last new bus and the subject of two models) joined Guy Arab Mk V AD 4563. My thanks to Philip Chan for allowing me to share his photographs and larger images are available by 'clicking' on any of the four images.
4th February 2018

   
Buses Model Co. have confirmed that their two China Motor Bus Daimler 'LF' Fleetlines are set for release tomorrow (3rd Feb). LF13 is on route 20 to Central (BLC013020) whilst LF295 is on route 94A to Lei Tung Estate (BLC295094) - each is limited to 350 pieces. 


The response to the survey (see above) has been very positive - if you haven't done so already, please take a minute or two and follow the link above.

As a result of one suggestion, the 'search the site' facility has now been added to this 'News' page - previously it was only available on the 'Home' page.


A new page has just been added for the four P&T resin KMB liveried Dennis Dominators released a few days ago - B00283. Further photographs will be added as soon as time allows.
2nd February 2018

 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle

It is the time of year for the publication of the annual bus review and yearbooks and pictured above are two such books - that on the left is from New Overground Publishing and is expected to be available this week whilst that on the right is from Northcord Transport and is expected to become available shortly. I would welcome further details from both publishers.

   
A full set of photographs, thanks to 80M Bus Model Shop, has now been added for the two recently released Kowloon Motor Bus MCW Metrobuses (KMB-M-2017047) and  (KMB-M-2017048).
1st February 2018
   
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