- news of this model was received on 3rd August 2011 and it
was released in Hong Kong on Monday 15th August. VA51 has
been modelled in its original China Motor Bus livery by Best
Choose, both at 1/76th scale (09761)
and 1/120th scale (06202).
Whilst the box states it is a product of 80M Bus Model Shop,
the base plate is stamped 'Cars'.
was one of the last batch of 14 Volvo Olympians to be delivered new to
China Motor Bus in early 1998. With China Motor Bus losing its
franchise to New World First Bus in September 1998, VA51 passed to the
new company. In July 2009, work commenced to convert it and sister
vehicles VA52 - VA55 to open top. All five vehicles re-appeared in
October 2009, carrying a striking purple livery, to mark the launch of
the New World First Bus 'Rickshaw
Sightseeing Bus', aimed to compete with the Big Bus Company's