- news of this model was received from BusByBono on 17th May 2016 and
it was released in Hong Kong on 1st June along with a second model, a
Motor Bus Dennis Dart
with Northern Counties Paladin bodywork. The models are only
available from BusByBono using their website - they
also have a Facebook
information provided reads as follows:-
models, scale 1:76, are manufactured with limited editions of 500 units
each. Instead of a paper printed certificate provided by most of the
other manufacturers in this industry, each of our bus comes with an
individual metal etched QR code, 1 underneath the bus and 1 sat on the
base of display. With the use of unique QR code, it is truly a limited
edition of the said quantity.
are priced at retail online HK$590 each. The bus models are made of ABS
plastic injection to finest details and strict quality inspection."
of a model not previously issued is always very welcome, so the
announcement of the release of the unique China Motor Bus Dennis Condor
DL2 was somewhat tempered by the fact that it wasn't diecast
resin, but ABS injection, or in lay-man terms, plastic!
press releases from BusByBono claims the quality of this type of
material is far superior than most resin or die-cast models so I
contacted Rick of BusByBono and my model arrived a week after dispatch.
model comes in the usual plastic display case and is affixed to the
plinth by two screws. The display case has a simple card
The display case is packed in a plain white outer
box and is packed with polystyrene/foam inserts for protection.
removing the model from the plinth, the most noticeable difference is
its weight. Placing it on the kitchen scales it records a
of 96 grams - for comparison the recently released Model 1 Rickshaw Bus
Enviro500 weighs 245 grams and a Buses Model 11-metre Olympian weighs
It is a single piece 'casting' with a separate base,
which has a QR barcode on it giving confirmation of the
edition quantity and the individual number - such a QR barcode is also
featured on the plinth. There is no other detail on the base.
Overall impressions of the model are very good and in my opinion it
general appearance of the prototype well. The colours appear
the black pinstripes and window surrounds are precise.
The interior is well detailed, in particular the seats and
the separate metal grab poles and window
The photographs below hopefully will show the various aspects of the
summarise, I believe the model is very well detailed and it is
difficult to find any faults with it. With a retail
of HK$590, it is not cheap and coupled with its
may appear to some that you are not getting your moneys' worth
but if you are after an otherwise unreleased model and it
sit in a display case, so what!
Motor Bus trialled six three-axle buses in 1981/82 - two being
Metrobuses (ML 1 & 2),
two were Ailsa-Volvos (AL1 & 2) and the final two were Dennis
Condors (DL1 & 2). Unlike the other two pairs, the Condors
differing bodywork - DL1
having Duple Metsec and DL2 Alexander 'RX' type. Both arrived in 1982
with DL2 being registered on 13th July. It was transferred to New World
First Bus on 1st September 1998 and was withdrawn on 23rd April
subsequently acquired for private preservation and the following page
in the section of the site gives further