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 1569 - MAN NL262/R
Citybus
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The model towards the end of April 2012 it was announced that Model 1 were to produce no less than four versions of Citybus MAN NL262, namely 1569 in Cityflyer livery on route A10, 1501 in Stagecoach style livery on route 85, 1516 on route 12A and 1537 in standard livery on route 11. 1569 and 1501 were the first to be released in early June.

I believe all four versions come in a standard box, as shown below whilst the limited edition certificate gives the total quantity of 1100, being the total for all four models. A unique number is not provided.
The model is affixed to the plastic base by two screws but a wide strip of cling film is wrapped around the base and roof of the model, thus ensuring the two screws do not take the full weight of the model in transit. A standard clear perspex case clips on to the base.

It's difficult to know where to start when it comes the model itself, as it really is a delight! The paintwork is crisp and well applied, as is the gold relief and black trim. The interior just gets better with superbly detailed seating, luggage racks, grab hooks, handrails... the list goes on!

I have included as many photographs as possible to show the various detail, as I believe a picture paints a thousand words!

In my opinion, a superby detailed model - so much so that I believe stocks are already limited.  My thanks to Network Shuttle for providing this sample model.
  

The bus - Citybus purchased sixty of these single-deckers in 1998 and they were allocated fleet numbers 1501-1560. A further twenty were added in 2000 (1561-1580). The last 11 of the batch were sold in 2004/5 to New Lantao Bus, Discovery Bay Transport and one to an operator in New Zealand. In 2006, 1560-1569 underwent modifications which included the removal of the centre exit doors and the fitting of luggage racks, and emerged in Cityflyer colours, ready for the launch of the new Cityflyer route A10 from Aberdeen to the airport - further details of this launch can be found here.

 
 Manufacturer of model  Model 1
 Scale  1:76
 Prototype chassis  MAN NL262/R
 Prototype bodywork  -
 Prototype length  11.7 metre
 Fleet number  1569
 Registration number  JL 8007
 Route number  A10
 Destination  Airport
 Quantity  300*
 Date released  June 2012

 * - the limited edition certificate states 1100, the total for all four versions

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