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Cars Workshop released its first two Kowloon Motor Bus Mitsubishi Fuso MK117J models on 30th January 2010, the above in standard white livery (92701) whilst the second features a pink 'Nathan Shopper' livery (92702).



Yet another new Tiny 1/110 scale bus, this featuring China Motor Bus Leyland Victory Mk2 LV27 on route 27 and carrying all-over advertising for Yan's Ice Cream.
31st January 2020

 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Simon Ayres

My thanks again to Simon Ayres for allowing me to share his excellent photographs of this BMCU Singapore 12.8 metre 'facelift' MAN A95 (BMCU143).

 

Further to yesterday's news, here is an image of the Tiny 1/110 scale metallic Kowloon Motor Bus 12.8 metre 'facelift' Enviro500. It features E6X21 (WH7100) on route 170 (KMB2019108).
29th January 2020

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Keith Wood
   
I am always grateful to receive photographs of actual bus types that have been modelled, so my thanks to regular contributor Keith Wood for sending me the above shots of some buses he came across on his recent trip to Japan, these having been modelled by Creative Master Northcord Ltd. Clicking on an image will take you to the appropriate model page where a larger, higher resolution image will be found.

 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Simon Ayres
 
Some super 'life-like' shots of some Park Island buses from Model 1, thanks to Simon Ayres. The top photograph features Plaxton Pointer 2 bodied Dennis Super Dart fleet no. 115 (NE3283) (63121) alongside recently issued Gemilang bodied MAN NL323 KZ1269 (63242). The bottom photograph shows the same two models with the addition of Toyota Coaster XZB59R (LE5811) (63809).

 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan
 
Citybus has now registered five of its Wrights Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B8L, although their registration is a little hap-hazard, with 8800 and 8806 being registered on 3rd December last year, 8801 on 16th January, 8807 on 17th January and 8802 on 24th January.

   
I am very grateful to 80M Bus Model Shop for sending me four sets of photographs of the Year of the Rat models for Citybus, Kowloon Motor Bus, Long Win Bus and New World First Bus - these will be added shortly have now been added.

   


Tiny continue to announce/release new 1/110 scale models, the latest being a 12.8 metre Long Win Bus 'facelift' Enviro500, which is on route A31 with a destination of Airport (Box 77 - KMB2019104).
 
The 12.8 metre 'facelift' Enviro500 casting is also the subject of two metallic finished models, one in Kowloon Motor Bus red livery and the other in Long Win Bus livery, as depicted in the above image.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Ban Q Toys

Continuing with Tiny models, but this time to 1/76 scale, Ban Q Toys specially commissioned this Toyota Coaster red public light bus last year. I believe small quantities are still available.
Photograph courtesy and copyright
of
Ban Q Toys

The actual minibus, which is pictured above, was put into service last year operating between Tuen Mun and Yuen Long.


 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Masterpiece Collectibles

Posted on the Masterpiece Collectibles Facebook page today is the above image with the following text "Some CNY Teaser for bus fans - Still in planning / Not Final Product".
28th January 2020

 
Released today in Hong Kong are the Kowloon Motor Bus Year of the Rat liveried ADL 'facelift' 12.8 metre Enviro500 3ATENU166 (VN 5786) which is on route 681 to Hong Kong Station (KMB2019069) and the Long Win Bus example which features ADL Enviro500NG 6508 (TH 9318) on route E32A to Kwai Fong (South) (KMB2019070). The former is limited to 650 pieces whilst the latter is limited to 600 pieces.
27th January 2020

 
 


Photographs courtesy and copyright of China Model Bus
 
Released last week was this pair of Dragon Centre liveried KMB Mercedes-Benz from BR Bus Model - both feature ME13 (DF9534) and the top version is on route 63X to Tin Tsz (BR-019) whilst the lower is on route 66M to Tai Hing (BR-020). Each is limited to 120 pieces and new pages and further photographs will be added shortly.

   

Released today in Hong Kong is this Kowloon Motor Bus liveried AEC Regent Mk V from APEC. It features A19 (AD4807) on route 1A to Sau Mau Ping (Central) (59909). As an unlicensed product it does not carry fleetnames of logos.
24th January 2020

   

   
Kowloon Motor Bus released its 'Year of the Mouse' model from Cars Workshop on 20th January 2008 (92201).


 
Tiny has today released its Kowloon Motor Bus and Long Win Bus 'Year of the Rat' 1/110 scale models. Top is KMB 12.8 ADL 'facelift' Enviro500 3ATENU166 (VN5786) on route 681 to Hong Kong Station (KMB2019113) and below is Long Win 12-metre ADL Enviro500NG 6508 (TH9318) on route E32A to Kwai Fong (South) (KMB2019114).

My thanks to Tiny 'specialist' Steve Walsh for providing the above information, together with the following.


Three further recently announced Tiny 1/110 scale madels are as shown above, the details of which are:-

Top - Box 63 (KMB2019099)  - Kowloon Motor Bus ADL 12.8m 'facelift' Enviro500 3ATENU151 (UJ7903) on route 268C to Kwun Tong Ferry.

Middle - Box 141 (KMB2019064) - Kowloon Motor Bus 3-door Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Dragon with Red A all-over advertising on route 1A

Bottom - Box L13 (ATC64725) - Citybus liveried Wrights Gemini 2 bodied Volvo B10TL on route B3X
23rd January 2020

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle
 
Also released today are the Citybus and New World First Bus 'Year of the Rat' models from Go Idea. Both feature 12.8 metre ADL 'facelift' Enviro500s - the Citybus example features 6389 (UM6569) on route 930X (CM163) whilst the New World First Bus 6111 (UN6601) on route 601 (20092). Each is limited to 668 pieces and new pages have now been added.

 
A new page has now been added for the New Lantao Bus 'Year of the Rat' decorated MAN 'facelift' A95 from Model 1 (63221).

 
Photographs of the two Citybus Volvo Super Olympians, released today, have now been added to the relevant pages (63667/CM164) and (63668/CM165).
22nd January 2020

   
Model kindly supplied by Automobile Magazine Hong Kong

A lack of time yesterday prevented me from posting a photograph of the Tiny bus that accompanied the Automobile magazine, so here we go.


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle

Set for release in Hong Kong tomorrow are these two Citybus Alexander ALX500 bodied Volvo 'Super' Olympians from Model 1 - fleet no. 252 (CD 2198) is on route 88R with a destination of Residents' Service (63667/CM164) whilst fleet no. 268 (KV 3603) is on route 628 with a destination of TVB City (63668/CM165). Further photographs will be added as soon as time allows.

21st January 2020

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle
 
Yesterday I was able to post photographs of New Lantao Bus's 'Year of the Rat' and today I am able to post a photograph of the model, which was announced earlier today. From Model 1, it features MAN A95 MDR21 (VN 7328) on route 39M with a destination of Tung Chung Town Centre (Circular) and is limited to 688 pieces (63221).

     
Magazine kindly provided by Automobile Magazine Hong Kong
 
I have today received a copy of the January edition of Automobile Magazine Hong Kong, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in December. With the magazine came a special 40th anniversary magazine supplement together a Tiny Kowloon Motor Bus liveried ADL 'facelift' Enviro500, which features Automobile decals.

The supplement includes an 11 page feature on Citybus, which of course also celebrated its 40th anniversary in September last year and pictured above are some shots of the magazine and the Citybus feature. Please note that the photographs of the Citybus buses are copyright of Citybus.

I am very grateful to Dennis Cheng and Automobile Magazine Hong Kong for their assistance in kindly providing me with a copy of the magazine and bus model.



Photograph courtesy and copyright of BMCU

Three champagne liveried 12 metre Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Tridents have been announced by BMCU, one of which is pictured above. ATR205 (JN 8334) on route 40X (BMCU40X), ATR289 (JU 2300) on route 116 (BMCU116) and ATR252 (JS 6669) on route 259D to Lung Mun Oasis (BMCU259D).
20th January 2020 

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Island Vintage Bus
 
Island Vintage Bus participated in the Motoring Clubs Festival 2020 in Central today and a further selection of photographs can be viewed in the  section of the site.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Shu Tou

My thanks to Shu Tou for allowing me to share his photographs, taken today, of New Lantao Bus MAN A95 MDR21 (VN 7328) carrying Year of the Rat decals. Further photographs have been added to the  section of the site.
19th January 2020

 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

80M Bus Model Shop is now accepting pre-orders for the above Kowloon Motor Bus and Long Win Bus Year of the Rat models.

The top photograph shows KMB's ADL 'facelift' 12.8 metre Enviro500 3ATENU166 (VN 5786) which is on route 681 to Hong Kong Station (KMB2019069) and the bottom photograph shows Long Win's ADL Enviro500NG 6508 (TH 9318) which is on route E32A to Kwai Fong (South) (KMB2019070). The former is limited to 650 pieces whilst the latter is limited to 600 pieces.
18th January 2020



Work has now been completed to include a numerical count of models produced together with a separate column for the vehicle length in the listings for 1/76th scale Hong Kong 'Bus Operators' and 'Model Manufacturers'.

Whilst the column for the vehicle length is self-explanatory, I would just like to clarify the following for the numerical count:-

Hong Kong bus operators - t
he new column is now the first column in each table and the number is shown in red. This provides a quick overview of the total number of models produced for each operator. As these are listed in date released order, new models are added to the foot of the table and the 'count' is simply increased accordingly, thus maintaining a cumulative total.

Model manufacturers - again,
the new column is now the first column in each table and the number is shown in red. This provides a quick overview of the total number of models produced for each manufacturer. Whilst models in these tables are listed by model number, manufacturers adopt differing approaches when allocating model numbers. Some use a particular series for a particular type of vehicle, some use just a sequential series for any type of vehicle whilst others appear to have no logical link! For the manufacturers that have ceased trading, the application of the new 'count' column has been relatively easy, culminating in a final total. For those with small numbers of releases, the application has also been relatively easy. All the manufacturers, with the exception of Model 1, have a 'count' column that culminates in a final total - as Model 1 continue to release models adopting a specific series for each vehicle type, and to make my like easier when new models are added, a 'count' appears for each vehicle type, but for a total count, a table at the foot of the Model 1 page provides a quick overview and a final total.
 
I hope the above explains these amendments, however, should you have any queries or comments, please e-mail me.  Whether the same 'count' facility is included in the Vehicle Type listing remains a possibility.


   
Just announced by APEC is this Kowloon Motor Bus AEC Regent Mk V, which is set for release shortly. It features A19 (AD4807) on route 1A to Sau Mau Ping (Central) (59909).

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Ray Ng
 
My thanks to regular contributor Ray Ng for sending me a set of photographs for the above APEC Kowloon Motor Bus liveried Berkhof bodied MAN 24.310 released in November last year (63002).

17th January 2020

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle

Released in Hong Kong today is this Park Island liveried MAN A22 from Model 1 (63242). KZ 1269 is on route NR330 to Park Island.

   
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Photographs courtesy and copyright of Bill Wong
   
My thanks to Bill Wong for providing the above photographs (all are 'clickable') of Vancouver Translink's first batch of Alexander Dennis Enviro500 MMC 'facelift' double-deckers, which will operate in the Greater Vancouver area.

Vancouver Translink (Operated by Coast Mountain Bus Company) is introducing 32 Alexander Dennis Enviro 500 MMC Facelift double deckers, these buses are specifically for the freeway services with high capacity, the first unit commencing service in October 2019 on route 620 (Bridgeport Station - Tsawwassen Ferry) and route 301 (Newton Exchange - Brighouse Station).

Last week, these new buses were rolled out on a third route, route 555 (Lougheed Station - Carvolth Exchange), this route is runs along Trans-Canada Highway.


   

A couple of new 1/110 scale Tiny models have been announced recently. Above is a 'Red A' liveried Kowloon Motor Bus Dennis Dragon 3N153 (DK 3530) on route 1A (Box 141 -  KMB2019064) - this is available for pre-order and is expected to be released in February.
 

The second is this 'AEON' liveried Kowloon Motor Bus Wrights Gemini 2 featuring AVBU58 (PS 9654) on route 243M to Mayfair Garden.
15th January 2020

 
   
Set for release in Hong Kong tomorrow is the Stagecoach 'Magic Bus' Duple Metsec bodied Dennis Dragon from Resin Specialist - it comes in four variations and full details have been added to a special page - just follow this link or click on the image below


12th January 2020

 
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Island Vintage Bus

The major topic of conversation today in Hong Kong is the return of former China Motor Bus Dennis Condor DA1, the first air-conditioned bus in the CMB fleet.
 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle

Several companies have shown their support by sponsoring the return of DA1, Network Shuttle being one such company.
   
 

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle

New pages and additional sets of photographs have tonight been added for the three Toyota Coaster public light buses from Model 1, which were released yesterday - just click on an image to be taken to the appropriate page.
11th January 2020

   
 
Kowloon Motor Bus has today confirmed the impending release of it's 'Year of the Rat' models.


Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle

Released today in Hong Kong are the above three Toyota Coaster public light buses from Model 1. New pages will be added shortly.


Photographs courtesy and copyright of
80M Bus Model Shop

Set for release tomorrow (Saturday) is this 1/43 scale Daimler 'A' featuring HK4342 on route 2A to Lai Chi Kok (KMB2018027).
10th January 2020

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Grant Ng Kwok Kuen

Noted in service today were the Citybus and New World First Bus 'Year of the Rat' decorated buses. My thanks to Grant Ng Kwok Kuen for allowing me to share his photos.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of China Model Bus

New pages have tonight been added for the two NP Model Neoplan Centroliners released at the end of December. On the left is AP49 (JT 1608) on route 276P to Sheung Shui (NP1004) and on the right is AP89 (JV 7178) on route 106 to Wong Tai Sin (NP1005). Each is limited to 150 pieces.


Photograph courtesy and copyright of China Model Bus

New pages have also been added for the above two models from BR Bus Model, these also being released at the end of 2019 and not previously recorded. On the left is ME8 (DF 8120) on route 68A to Long Ping Estate (BR-017) whilst ME33 (DG 4756) is on route 71B with a destination of Fu Heng - Tai Po Central (BR-018), Each is limited to 120 pieces. 
8th January 2020

   
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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle
 
Interestingly there were no China Motor Bus models released in 2019 and here we are, just seven days into 2020, and there are no less than ten announced for release this year, the latest being these five Carlyle bodied Dennis Darts. The above image is 'clickable'. Who needs Corgi!

Model no. Fleet no. Reg. no. Route Destination Livery Comments
63152 DC1 EU 3821 260 Stanley Demonstration
63153 DC2 EX 1835 A20 Central (via Pacific Place) Airport Express Route
A20 branding
with luggage racks
63154 DC3 EX 1241 A20 Airport Airport Express with luggage racks
63155 DC8 EX 2604 110 Jordan Road (via Tsim Sha Tsui) Standard -
63156 DC20 FB 904 15 The Peak Standard the destination is displayed
in the windscreen
 

 
The above models have now been added to the list of 2020 models released and planned, which has also been revised in that it now lists planned models by bus operator. Work continues on the model manufacturer and bus operator pages to include a numerical count of releases together with the vehicle length.  
7th January 2020

 
Corgi today announced their release schedule for 2020....... and guess what, there are no Hong Kong models planned  
6th January 2020

     
As promised, new pages for the two Discovery Bay liveried MAN A22 from Model 1 have now been added, just follow the links:- DBAY185 (63243) and DBAY187 (63244).

 
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Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

ADL 'facelift' 12.8 metre Enviro500 3ATENU166 carries Kowloon Motor Bus 'Year of the Rat' decals and was noted operating route 681 today (image is clickable).

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu

Pictured above is the actual public light bus released in Hong Kong yesterday - a larger image has been added to the relevant page (63816).

   
 
Recently released is the 1/43 scale Mitsubishi Fuso Rosa public light bus from Tiny (ATC43107). A new page and further photographs will be added as soon as time allows.

On the subject of Tiny models, and in particular their 1/110 scale range, I am again grateful to Steve Walsh for providing information on some recent issues, which has now been added to the Tiny Index page.


And a glimpse of Tiny's Long Win Bus 'Year of the Rat' decorated ADL Enviro500NG fleet no. 6508

   
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Photographs courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu
   
After almost a month of preparation, Sun Bus deployed two Dennis Tridents, transferred from Kowloon Motor Bus, on Ma Wan route NR331 and NR331S linking Tsuen Wan Station and Tsuen (West) Station respectively. The above images are 'clickable'.
5th January 2020

   
New pages have tonight been added for the 'Block Sixteen Cart Noodle' liveried Toyota Coaster, released today (63816) along with the Log-On exclusive Toyota Coaster carrying route 36X route branding, which was released back in October 2019 (63814). Both models are from Model 1.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Philip Chan

E6X77 (WN 5099) is one of eleven 12.8 metre 'facelift' ADL Enviro500s registered by Kowloon Motor Bus yesterday. Further photographs will be added to the section of the site shortly.

   
Photographs courtesy and copyright of Bobby Liu
 
Following yesterday's announcement of the forthcoming release of two Discovery Bay MAN A22, I have received photographs of the actual vehicles to be modelled from regular contributor Bobby Liu, and these will be added when the new pages are created tomorrow. In the meantime, a taster of each is shown above.
4th January 2020

   
A bumper news day!

Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle
 
Network Shuttle are now accepting pre-orders for the above Discovery Bay Gemilang bodied MAN A22.  DBAY185 (VR 1689) is on route DB01R to Tung Chung (63243) whilst DBAY187 (VR 7581) is on route T4 to Peninsula Village (Coastline Villa) (63244)

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle
 
The above China Motor Bus 11-metre Leyland Olympians are also available to pre-order - fleet no. LA6 (FF 3170) is on route 312 - the destination is blank but Tong Shui Road appears in the windscreen (
63517) - fleet no.LA4 (EZ 1236) is on route 592 to Causeway Bay (63518)  - fleet no. LA17 (FG 9004) is on route 307 to Tai Po Central (63519).

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle
 
Set for release in Hong Kong tomorrow is this 19 seat LPG Toyota Coaster BZB70R carrying Block Sixteen Cart Noodle livery by QConcept. It features VJ 5287 with a destination of Mong Kok (63816). The above image is 'clickable'. Note the front bumper is different on this model compared to the three new models below.

   
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle

Three further 19 seat Coasters are available to pre-order, Min Kee Motors JY 7362 on route 26 to The Education University of HK (63818), Min Kee Motors VC 8279 on route 308M to Tsing Mi Station (63819) and finally CC 9369 on route 101 to Belvedere Garden (63820).


Thanks to Jacky of MSD Bus for advising the product codes for the two recently released NP Model Neoplan Centroliners, which are AP49 (NP1004) and AP89 (NP1005). New pages will be added shortly.

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle

This is one I missed last year, and exclusive to Log-On (one of the three core components of City Super Group) - Sun Hop Hing Development VN 8121 is on route 36X to Causeway Bay Times Square and is limited to 600 pieces (63814).


All the above models will be added to the relevant listings as soon as possible and new pages will be added in due course.
3rd January 2020

 
Photograph courtesy and copyright of Network Shuttle
   
The first news to report for 2020 is the announcement that APEC are to release two versions of a Citybus liveried Berkhof bodied MAN 24.310. This batch of thirty-two buses never joined the Citybus fleet, instead being acquired by Kowloon Motor Bus, who acquired thirty of them, with Kwoon Chung Motors acquiring one and the final one being retain by Berkhof. The top model is on route 388 (63004) whilst the lower one displays a destination of MAN (63005). Being unlicensed models, they carry no fleetnames or logos. 

   
I am grateful to Ray Ng for pointing out the obvious error in the table I posted yesterday, in which I listed that 208 Discovery Bay models having been issued - this has now been corrected to 15 models!

 
A new page has just been added for the resin KMB Albion Victor VT23L from AK Classic, which was released yesterday (AK3506).
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