- this is the first Kowloon Motor Bus liveried model from Buses Model Co,
and features their highly acclaimed Leyland Olympian/Alexander casting
used previously for China Motor Bus models.
- S3BL426 is one of the last batch of 50 (S3BL421-470)
11-metre Leyland Olympian non air-conditioned buses to join KMB's fleet
during 1993 and 1994. They were nicknamed "Tiger-heads" and were originally
ordered by KMB as air-con buses, however, as the acceptance level towards
air-con "premium" bus services from the general public was still relatively
low during the early 1990s, the Transport Department asked KMB to convert
the order of these 50 buses (together with another 50 11-metre Dennis Dragons,
which have become S3N271-319 and 370) to non air-con buses. By June 2002,
most of these buses were allocated on routes 60X, 62X, 81 and 81C.
I am very grateful to Dennis Law for
the above information.