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Whilst yesterday's news was dominated by the announcement of the impending release of two New Lantao Bus MAN A95 models, today's news focuses on the company's other double-deck bus type, namely the lowheight ADL Enviro400. AD11 (VU4736) was the first double-deck bus to visit Ngong Ping, home of the Tian Tan Buddha (commonly referred to as the Big Buddha) as it underwent a trial run, fully laden, to assess the suitability of operating double-deck buses on the route between Tung Chung and Ngong Ping. A new page has been added to the Click here to visit the Xtra pages section of the site.

 
The KMB 'Pop Up Store' will be at the Mikiki Mall in San Po Kong between 1st and 9th June where it appears four new KMB models will be available - two Alexander bodied Mercedes-Benz 0305 (ME class) and two versions of Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL AVBWU734, which features white destination equipment. Further details will be added when known.

 
Photograph courtesy of Land Transport Guru

My thanks to Land Transport Guru for allowing me to share the above photograph of the actual bus, on the same route and with the same destination, that Masterpiece Collectibles have based their model (MC1901)
31st May 2019

 
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Model 1/Network Shuttle has announced the planned release of two New Lantao Bus Gemilang 'facelift' bodied MAN A95 as detailed above. The above image is 'clickable'.

MDR02 (VG1905), pictured nearest the camera, is on route B2 with a destination of Yuen Long Station (63217) whilst MDR06 (VG4439) is on route B6 and has a destination of HZMB Hong Kong Port (63218). Quantities are presently unknown as are the planned release dates.

   
With the sheer number of Tiny 1/110 scale releases, I am wondering if all the time and effort spent adding these is worthwhile? Please e-mail me your views.


News from a couple of days ago which I forgot to post, so thanks to Paul Tam for reminding me :-
 

"The world’s biggest manufacturer of double deck buses and leading British bus and coach builder, Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), has been acquired by NFI Group Inc. (NFI), North America’s largest and most diversified bus and coach manufacturer."  The full article can be found here.
30th May 2019

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Jotus.com

Further information and photographs have now been received in respect of the Masterpiece Collectibles Mercedes-Benz Citaro mentioned on 27th May. It is set for release in Hong Kong on 1st June and features SBS6548Z on route 116 with a destination of Hougang Ave 4 Hougang-S'Goon C'trl. It is limited to 590 pieces (MC1901). A separate decals sheet is provided. A new page has just been added, thanks to Jotus.com, who are now accepting pre-orders.

   


New pages and photographs have just been added for the three Kowloon Motor Buses liveried MCW Metrobuses recently released by Buses Model Co. Clicking on an image will take you to the relevant page. My thanks to Buses Model Co. for providing the photographs.
29th May 2019

   
   
Still playing catch up ........  so here is a Tiny update!!

Tiny have announced they will shortly release the above two Kowloon Motor Bus 1/110 scale models  - Box 184 (KMB2019001) features Gemilang bodied MAN A95 AMNF13 (UL3781) on route 258D to Lam Tin Station whilst Box 185 (KMB2019002) features Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Trident ATR160 (JD3231) on route 23 to Kwun Tong Ferry. New pages will be added shortly.
   
 
For the above model, which again is due for release shortly, Tiny has used artistic license for this Art Bus, which is meant to represent New World First Bus 4023, an 11.3 metre ADL Enviro500. The model is a scale 12 metre and is on route 904 to Lai Chi Kok (Box 12(c)).
   
I am reliably informed that the release of the two 1/76th scale 19-seat Toyota Coaster public light buses (Boxes 180 and 183) has been delayed.
28th May 2019

 
Suitably refreshed after a week's holiday and below are a few holiday snaps - two groups of four red buses, but in very different locations!!
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New photographs, thanks to Ronald, have just been added for the HZMBus liveried Marcopolo Audace Scania K410iB4X2 (63706).

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Jotus.com
   
Masterpiece Collectibles has announced it plans to release this SG Bus liveried Mercedes-Benz Citaro SBS6548Z in June. It is limited to just 590 pieces and can be pre-ordered at Jotus.com .

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle

Model 1 is to release this plain white Toyota Coaster XZB59R which carries the registration TW227 (63807).
27th May 2019

   
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Set for release in Hong Kong tomorrow are three 12-metre MCW Metrobuses from Buses Model Co. As previously reported on 21st April, they feature Kowloon Motor Bus liveried examples, namely:-


Fleet no. 3M1  (CN870) on route 
36A to Sham Shui Po Ferry (B3M1-36A)
Fleet no. 3M2 (CP5230) on route 42C to Lam Tin (B3M2-42C)
Fleet no. 3M3 (CS1204) on route 6 to Star Ferry (B3M3-06)
18th May 2019

 
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Set for release in Hong Kong tomorrow is the first release of this new casting from Model 1. RL6142 is 28-seat Toyota Coaster, which is limited to 388 pieces (63808). The above image is 'clickable'.
17th May 2019

   
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Model 1, via Network Shuttle, has announced it is to release the above Optare Solo SR public light bus (63891). VF7558 is on route 54M to Queen Mary Hospital. The above image is 'clickable'.

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle
 
The above photograph, posted on this site on 25th January 2018, shows the bus on display the day before entering service - note the destination!

   
 
Tiny has published these images of its new 1/43 scale Kowloon Motor Bus Leyland Victory Mk 2. It features G36 (CA7949) on route 4A to Tai Hang Tung, The image below is 'clickable'.
   
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Meanwhile, back to Tiny's usual 1/110 scale releases, these t a Motor Bus Volvo Olympians are expected to be issued in June.
16th May 2019

 

Kowloon Motor Bus has posted the above photograph to it's Facebook page with the following message, which has been automatically translated by a computer, so please accept my apologies for any errors!!
 
"According to reliable information: the glass staircase dragon bus will be sent to Hong Kong via sea - it is now in the process of delivery! We all know that everyone would like to catch it. There will be more glass staircase buses coming up in the future, and they will be able to catch them together".

15th May 2019

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle
 
Overlooked in yesterdays' News update was the release of a further Discovery Bay Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL.  DBAY212 (TP1172) is on route DB03R with a destination of via DB Plaza and is limited to 72 pieces (63063A).

   
I would welcome confirmation of the quantity of the HZM Bus Marco Polo bodied Scania released yesterday (63706).

   

Tiny 99(c) (KMB2019004) - ATENU1550 (VR6208) on route 13D to Po Tat
Tiny 76(d) (KMB2019005) - ATENU1000 (UB8222) on route 619 to Shun Lee
Tiny 180 (ATC64595) - Toyota Coaster 19 seat green minibus JX156 to Laguna City
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Tiny

The work to add the various (and numerous!) Tiny models is continuing, but rather more slowly than I had hoped. New pages have tonight been added for the two KMB 'facelift' Enviro500s above, which were released last week. The Toyota Coaster is set for release on Thursday (16th). The list of Tiny models can be found here,  
14th May 2019

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle
   
Released today in Hong Kong is HZM Bus Marco Polo Audace bodied Scania K410iB4X2 from Model 1 (63706).
13th May 2019

   
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Photographs courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

At least three New Lantao Bus Euro 6 MAN A95 buses underwent testing today, as can be seen in the above photographs
kindly provided by regular contributor Philip Chan. All these images are 'clickable'.
 


This day 5 years ago !

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Photographs courtesy and copyright of Leslie Chan
 
Kowloon Motor Bus Enviro500 ATENU53 (SD6028) was destroyed by fire today (around 2130hrs HK time) after bursting into flames near Exchange Square Bus Terminus, damaging the adjacent building. The bus was believed to be on route 961. My special thanks to Leslie Chan for sharing the above photographs, all of which are 'clickable'.
11th May 2019

 
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News of the three New World First Bus lowheight Duple Metsec bodied 10.3m Dennis Tridents has officially been announced today. Fleet no. 3301 (JH6164) is on route 15 to The Peak (63493/20088), fleet no. 3330 (JJ7481) is on route 9 to Shek O (63491/20086) whilst fleet no. 3351 (KS1615) is on route 14 to Stanley Fort (63492/20087). Each is limited to 1,433 pieces. Pictured above is a pre-production image of 3330 - the image is 'clickable'.

 
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of 80M Bus Model Shop
 
In addition, two Citybus Jit Luen bodied Volvo B6LEs have also been announced, these being fleet no. 1347 (HV4509) on route 260 to Stanley (CM153) and fleet no. 1348 (HV5667) on route 117 to Happy Valley (CM152) - each is limited to 947 pieces. These are 80M Bus Model products.
   
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bus Enthusiast's Diary

.....  and thanks to Bus Enthusiast's Diary Facebook Group for allowing me to share the above photograph of sister vehicle 1346.
10th May 2019

 
I can confirm that a new casting of a low-height New World First Bus Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Trident is to be formally announced shortly, and, as expected, there will be three versions, as detailed in yesterday's News.
8th May 2019

   
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When I posted the above photograph last month (see News 28th April), little did I know that the 'missing' model, a lowheight Duple Metsec bodied short Dennis Trident, may be in the pipeline - well today Network Shuttle posted on Facebook photographs of New World First Bus 3301, when new, and carrying a special livery promoting the fact that it was only 4.17 metres high and with the slogan 'A new model tailor made for the Hong Kong roads!'. Two other buses are featured, namely 3312 and 3345, both in standard livery.
7th May 2019

 

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Dave Rogers

For the first time since working together in Hong Kong, former New World First Bus 2066, a Plaxton Pointer 2 bodied Dennis Dart, and DM17, a Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Condor, were reunited this afternoon! DM17 was being delivered to its new owner by Dave Rogers, and whilst passing his yard the opportunity was taken to photograph it alongside 2066.

   
Thanks to 80M Bus Model Shop, full sets of photographs have tonight been added for the two Long Win Bus Enviro500s released yesterday (see below).
5th May 2019

 
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The above two Long Win Bus 'facelift' 12.8m Enviro500s have been released in Hong Kong today - just click on either of the above images to see further details.
4th May 2019

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Benson Ho
 
Pictured above is a 'facelift' Gemilang bodied MAN A95 in Gemilang colours, believed to be from Model 1 (63214). My special thanks to Benson Ho for informing me of this model and providing a full set of photographs, which have now been added to the new page.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Benson Ho

Again, thanks to Benson Ho, I am able to advise the existence of another specially commissioned tram model, this time for Herbalife Nutrition. It features tram no. 24 heading towards North Point. It is believed the model was issued in 2017, but any additional information would be most welcome. A new page and further photographs have been added - just follow this link.
2nd May 2019

 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Watt Yung
 
Pictured above are some of the latest new arrivals in Hong Kong, thanks to Watt Yung. It is believed the single-decker is destined for Ocean Park.

   
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Not oriental, but local to me, is Yellow Buses ADL Enviro400MMC no. 200 (SM17 MTO), which is the subject of Northcord's impending release (ukbus6510). This image is 'clickable'.
1st May 2019
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