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 AS1002 - Guy Arab Mk IV/Park Royal
China Motor Bus
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The model - This model first appeared at Showbus 2003, on sale at the Britbus/AsianBus stall as well as a few other stalls, but was not generally available in the UK until November. Having purchased my model today (27th November) whilst being generally impressed by the model, it wasn't until I placed it on the 'table' for photographing that I noticed the model had quite a disturbing 'lean', resulting in the front nearside wheel remaining off the ground. The photographs below show the problem.

The bus - 17 Guy Arab Mk IVs were purchased from Southdown and entered service in Hong Kong between December 1970 and January 1972. They were the first second-hand buses purchased by CMB. The buses were new to Southdown in 1956, and were bought to cover for the short wheelbase Guy Arab Mk V single deckers whilst they were re-bodied as double-deckers.

In 1974, as part of CMB's push towards One Man Operation, a decision was taken to refurbish these vehicles, which included the fitting of a single-width doorway, with folding doors, in the first of the nearside bays. A farebox was fitted and the bulkhead window was altered, thus allowing the driver to see the farebox!

On 14 July 1977, MW8 was used by the Hong Kong Government in a roll-over test at the Lion Rock Tunnel, and was subsequently withdrawn.

 
 Manufacturer of model  AsianBus
 Scale  1:76
 Prototype chassis  Guy Arab Mk IV
 Prototype bodywork  Park Royal
 Prototype length  8.6 metre (28 feet)
 Fleet number  MW8
 Registration number  AH4155
 Route number  7
 Destination  Aberdeen
 Quantity (total)  1,008
 
Hong Kong 
United Kingdom
 Quantities (if known)
not known
not known
 Date released
 December 2003
November 2003

 
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