- details of this model appeared on the Porte Publishing website ( ) in
mid April 2010. The official press release was issued on 12th May and reads
Creative Master Northcord Limited
has now proudly released the first Mercedes-Benz Citaro G bendy-bus replica
in Japanese bus operation. It is JB0001 Keisei Bus. Keisei Bus is a big
name in Chiba, Japan. Keisei Bus has operated articulated buses in Makuhari
New City area since 1998. It is the first Japanese operator to have a fleet
of the articulated buses running on the public roads. Keisei Bus was having
brand new Volvo B10M bendi-buses with Fuji Heavy Industry bodywork. Keisei
Bus acquired 10 brand new Mercedes-Benz Citaro G Euro5 buses to replace
the Volvos. All new buses entered into service in February 2010, running
in a loop service between Makuhari Hongo Station, Makuhari New City, Kaihin
Makuhari Station and Marine Stadium.
The Mercedes-Benz Citaro G JB0001 model’s
clean lines accentuate the square-mounted, double-glazed windows and the
livery application on which all logos and lettering are clearly legible.
Another main feature on the model is the extensive portrayal of handrails.
The headlight / indicator units at the front and indicator / tail light
units at the rear are made of individual components to look more realistic.
The JB0001 three-door Mercedes-Benz G bus
model is limited to 200 pieces for the UK, Australia, P.R. of China and
Hong Kong. They will be distributed by John Ayrey Die-Casts Limited (UK),
Transit Graphics (Australia), cnmycar.com (China), and Concorde Hobby Shop
Master Northcord Ltd
| Prototype chassis
| Prototype bodywork
| Prototype length
| Fleet number
| Route number
| Date released - Hong Kong
14th May 2010
Photographs taken in January 2020
Courtesy and copyright of Keith Wood
Note that the above photographs of the Keisei Bus Citaro bendybuses are of the newer style which CMNL
did model but presumably after the Keisei Bus models
were commissioned by Busrama. Also noted was that they all appeared to have a
different coloured stripe above the window line (that modelled features a red stripe).