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yesterday's news on plans to return China Motor Bus Dennis Condor DA1
to Hong Kong, I have today been advised of another bus that is about to
make the same journey!|
The prototype Dennis Trident has been acquired by a private individual based in Hong Kong and it is presently about to commence it's long sea journey. The bus features in the section of the site, dating from 2007. To re-cap, whilst it carries a then new Alexander ALX500 body, it was fitted with an 'R' type front as it is believed the front of the ALX500 had still to be finalised. It was initially registered M539 URX and was taken to Dennis with no interior to be used as a test bed.
30th August 2019
Continuing the Citybus 40th anniversary theme, new and old!
Island Vintage Bus, a group of Hong Kong bus enthusiasts dedicated to the preservation of vintage vehicles and related archive documents, has today announced in has been presented with the very first air-conditioned China Motor Bus double-decker, Dennis Condor DA1. The bus is presently in the UK and Island Vintage Bus has launched a crowd-funding campaign to meet the cost of shipping her back to Hong Kong. To donate, just follow this link.
DA1 has never been modelled in 1/76th scale, the closest to it being DA2, released in June 2001 and the first joint venture between Drumwell and Cars Workshop (38601).
It has, however, appeared in 'QB' form, a limited edition release commissioned by the Hong Kong Transport Society and produced by Jotus.com.
29th August 2019
|New pages have now been added for the two Model 1 Panda Bus Hong Kong liveried models released on Saturday (see below).|
26th August 2019
|Today saw the release in Hong Kong of several previously announced models, two from Model 1 and two from Automodel.|
The two Automodel 11-metre Leyland Olympians in KMB livery were initially announced back in July last year. They feature S3BL423 (FP 7359) on route 60X (36622) (pictured right) whilst S3BL455 (FV 6212) is on route 87D (36623).
Meanwhile the two releases from Model 1, announced in June this year, both feature Panda Bus liveried vehicles - a Toyota Coaster XZB59R featuring KC5525 (63811) and a Jit Luen bodied Isuzu LV434R featuring KD7382 (63936).
Released last week, but not previously recorded, were two KMB liveried Mercedes-Benz 0305. ME11 is on route 6 to Mei Foo (BR-010) whilst ME5 is on route 52M to Tseng Choi Street (BR-016). Both models are limited to 388 pieces, however it is believed less than 100 of each were released.
And finally for today, a front-end shot of the two Citybus 40th anniversary 12.8 metre ADL 'facelift' Enviro500s.
24th August 2019
Following yesterday's news, I am pleased to be able to publish the above photograph of the second Citybus bus to carry a special 40th anniversary livery. My thanks to Kwok Leung Lo and Mr Chan.
The above two Kowloon Motor Bus models are set for release in Hong Kong tomorrow (23rd) - the 1/43 scale Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL features AVBWU765 (VJ8267) on route 88 to Tai Wai Station (limited to 680 pieces) (KMB2018029) and the 1/76 Duple Dominant bodied Albion Viking which features BH3728 on route 208 to Broadcast Drive (KMB2019042) is limited to 750 pieces. Full sets of photographs, thanks to 80M Bus Model Shop, have now been added for both..
And two more models have today been announced by Network Shuttle/Model 1, these being two New Lantao Bus MAN NL262s, details of which are shown in the above image.
22nd August 2019
Believed to be one of two new Citybus 12.8 metre ADL 'facelift' Enviro500 that carry special liveries to mark the 40th anniversary of Citybus. This one features the second livery adopted by Citybus (canary yellow with blue and orange relief) whilst the other features a similar vehicle but carrying the original primrose yellow livery with maroon bands. The above image is 'clickable'. My thanks to Network Shuttle and Mr Chan for allowing me to share the above photograph.
Maybe a couple of models to follow?
My special thanks to Yui Ming for providing missing information and photographs for the Tiny 1/110 scale range of buses, and as a result the Tiny index page has now been updated.
As mentioned above and previously, Citybus celebates it's 40th anniversary this year and these
are the earliest of it's buses modelled to-date. This image is 'clickable'.
21st August 2019
Released in Hong Kong on 14th August was the champagne version of the 1/43 scale Kowloon Motor Bus Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL (KMB2018026). It features AVBWU660 (VA6783) on route 16 to Lam Tin (Kwong Tin Estate) and is limited to 680 pieces.
Available to pre-order on the 80M Bus Model Shop website is this 1/76 Kowloon Motor Bus Duple Dominant bodied Albion Viking which features BH3728 on route 208 to Broadcast Drive (KMB2019042).
Kowloon Motor Bus has placed it's first 12.8 metre Euro 6 ADL Enviro500s into service, having allocated them the fleet number series of E6X... Pictured above is E6X4 (WG9552) operating route 279X today. My thanks to regular contributor Philip Chan for the above photographs, more of which have been added to the section of the site.
Meanwhile, the company also registered it's 100th Gemini 3 this week - V6B100 (WH331).
Two Tiny 1/110 scale Kowloon Motor Bus models were released earlier this week - ADL Enviro500 ATENU670 on route 5 to Fu Shan (Box 189) and Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Dragon 3N168 on route 27 to Shun Tin (Box 191). Details of both have now been added to the Tiny index page.
17th August 2019
A full set of photographs of Tiny's 1/43 scale KMB Leyland Victory Mk2 has now been received from 80M Bus Model Shop and these have now been added (KMB2019041).
8th August 2019
7th August 2019
Kowloon Motor Bus has announced it will release two 1/43 scale bus models at their 'pop-up' store tomorrow (7th August).
One will feature the champagne liveried Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B9TL (as detailed in News - 26th July) and the other is the above Tiny Leyland Victory Mk2 (G36 - CA7949). The latter will be on general sale from Tiny from 8th August at the retail price of HK$1,250 (KMB2019041). A new page and further details and photographs have now been added.
6th August 2019
liveried ADL 12-metre Enviro500NGs are presently available to
pre-order from Network Shuttle, according to the company's Facebook
page. These are assumed to be unlicenced products as they carry no
fleetnames/logos. They are:-|
ATENU503 (TJ9996) on route 112 to North Point
ATENU547 (TL3251) on route 102 to Shau Kei Wan
ATENU551 (TL4218) on route 1A to Tsim Sha Tsui Pier
ATENU801 (TU9982) on route N368 to Central Macau Ferry
Similarly, a champagne liveried MAN A95, again without fleetnames/logos, also appears to be set for release soon.
3rd August 2019
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