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|Living in the UK and buying from Hong Kong|
Firstly, I would like to welcome you to the world's leading site for news, information and photographs of model buses from Hong Kong, China, Singapore & Japan.
I do hope you find this site both useful and enjoyable and to help in both these respects, I would suggest you take a moment or two just to read through this section along with the Site navigation section immediately below.
One important point I would like to make is that I do not sell or buy models - the site is solely for information.
Corgi and Exclusive First Editions (EFE), both UK based companies, issued their first Hong Kong liveried models in the mid 1990's, albeit the accuracy of their castings was a little dubious, both basically using existing castings of UK buses - their scales varied between 1/76 and 1/64.
In 1997 Corgi launched their new tri-axle Leyland/Volvo Olympian casting and the release of various colourful liveries soon followed, with a keen interest being shown by many model bus collectors both here in the UK and in Hong Kong, where many of the models were initially released, being commissioned by the Hong Kong bus operators themselves. It was in 1998 that I became interested in these models and the creation of this website followed later that year.
With the level of interest being shown by collectors, several new model bus manufacturers emerged in 1999, these being Hong Kong based companies with quantities of many of their models being made available in the UK. The year 2000 saw seventy-four models released in Hong Kong, many in all-over advertising liveries, as standard liveried models were not always licensed by the bus operator. The market settled down and by 2004, both Corgi and EFE had withdrawn from the Hong Kong market, leaving just the Hong Kong based companies. During 2008, only seventeen models were released. By 2013, the number of new releases had increased to seventy-one, and during 2016, no less than one-hundred and fifty-two models were released! This trend has continued with 2019 seeing the same number of releases as 2016. The Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 saw the number of new releases drop to one-hundred and eighteen.
Back to the website, and in particular to the main section of the site, Diecast Models - each model released is generally included in three main listings as detailed below. Each listing basically contains the same information, but in a different order: -
Approximately two-hundred models were generally available in the UK in the early years, out of a total of just over one-thousand five-hundred models issued to-date (December 2020). Any quantities available in the UK are indicated in these listings in brackets along with the release dates, which are also shown also in brackets, where known.
The Notes section at the foot of each page, where applicable, provides general information.
[diecast models] - covers all diecast model buses and service vehicles - many of the earlier models were issued in the UK as well as Hong Kong, but more recently, the models are only issued in Hong Kong - the background colour of these pages is cream
[home] - this page has now been removed and replaced with the current News page
[information] - a guide to the site and its various sections, an explanation on how to navigate the site, it's background, acknowledgments and contributions and the legal bit
[links] - simple enough, a page of links to other related websites and photo galleries
[news] - now combined with the Home page, this will take you to the current month's News - a separate News page exists for each month - it also features both a 'Search the Site' and 'Site Map' facility
[plastic models] - covers all plastic model buses - the background colour of these pages is pink
[resin models] - covers all resin model buses and service vehicles, most of which are only issued in Hong Kong - the background colour of these pages is pale green
[trams] - covers all model trams - the background colour of these pages is pale blue
- covers topical items on the real bus
scene plus a look at other models, books and souvenirs
As mentioned above, clicking on the [news] link at the top or bottom of a page will take you to the current month's News. To access the previous month's News, click the left-facing spinning arrow. To access the next month's News, click the right-facing spinning arrow. There is also a facility to view a specific month's News.
Also mentioned above, the [diecast models], [plastic models], [resin models] and [trams] pages use different colour page backgrounds and are divided into several categories, listing by Operator, Vehicle type, etc. Once you have reached the required Model page, clicking the left-spinning arrow will take you to the previous model in the same vehicle type, clicking the right-spinning arrow will take you to the next model of the same vehicle type, or the next vehicle type.
A click of a left-facing spinning arrow will take you to either:-
the previous model of the same vehicle type or that vehicle's summary page
the next model of the same vehicle type or the summary page of the next vehicle type
Clicking on the button will always take you to the top of that particular page.
I would like to thank the following for their kind co-operation in providing news, reviews, photographs and information :-
ABC Models, Bus Fan World, Philip Chan, Citybus, the late Don Craggs, Stuart Dobie, Mr Kwok of 80M Bus Model Shop, Gakei, Edward Hong, Jacky Ho, Gareth Jones, Joe Kwong of Jotus.com, Grant Ng Kwok Kuen, Jacky Lau, Dennis Law, Lee Tin Yau, Bobby Liu, Donald MacRae, New World First Bus, Ray Ng, the late Peter Owens, Andrew Shirley, Terry Stapley, Chelton Tsze, Alan Wong and Keith Wood.
Visitor's own Model Reviews are always most welcome, as is any other information or photographs of the models or the prototype vehicles.
This site is designed using basic HTML, the aim being to keep it simple, thus enabling pages to be loaded quickly. It is best viewed at 1024 x 768, true colour or above. With IE4 or above, ensure that your text size on the 'View' menu bar is set to medium.
The site went live on 5th November 1998, the counter being added on 28th December 1998.In October 2006, owing to mounting problems with my Internet Service Provider, Orange, I purchased webspace from a web hosting company and the site was moved to www.orientalmodelbuses.co.uk.
The site celebrated its 10th anniversary in November 2008 - on 31st March 2017 the site closed for six months for personal reasons, but it was re-launched in early October that same year - the site celebrated its 20th anniversary in November 2018.
The site was created and is maintained solely by me in my spare time, and is NOT my full time occupation!! I do not sell models, and it is not run for financial gain, but as an aid to fellow collectors in providing the latest news, information and photographs.
418 hits were recorded for the month of January 1999 - the 100,000th hit was recorded on 28th August 2000, with August 2000 also being the first month since the site was set up to receive in excess of 10,000 hits. The 200,000th hit was received on 24 June 2001.
June 2013 saw the highest
number of visits for the 'Home' page at 28,084.
Comprehensive statistics can be viewed by clicking on the icon at the foot of the 'Home/Current News' page. The tables below give an overview.
to the Site
I welcome any news,
information and photographs relating to the contents of the site.
the maximum size photograph I use on the site is 1600 x 1200, with a
size of about 400kb. The copyright of all photographs submitted should
rest with the sender and they should not be taken or copied from any
source. Photographs will be acknowledged and if requested, a copyright
The availability of models can depend on who commissions the model, who produces it and obviously how many are made. Corgi really started the interest in Hong Kong buses when it issued its three-axle Leyland Olympians in 1997 for the various Hong Kong Bus operators, to celebrate the Handover of Hong Kong to China. Many of these were produced in large numbers, generally over 10,000, and whilst being initially difficult to get hold of here in the UK, the operators had agreements with Corgi which has seen most of stocks of unsold models being returned to Corgi, and appearing at considerably reduced prices several years, or sometimes months, later. Collector's Model releases were generally available at 'normal' prices both in Hong Kong and here in the UK. EFE has issued a handful of Hong Kong models, most of which had been released previously in Hong Kong by other manufacturers, MBE, Drumwell, etc. The number of model manufacturers has decreased over the years and now the majority of KMB models are either issued by Cars Workshop, Drumwell or 80M Bus Model Shop. The other bus operators have greatly reduced the number of models released. Resin models increased in popularity during the early 2000's, when there wasn't the range of diecast models but the number of new releases has decreased considerable of late.
There are several bus model specialists based in Hong Kong - the following three all have English websites:-
Jotus Model Depot who specialise in mail order, accepting credit cards through a secure site
I have attempted to seek the appropriate permissions to use the various photographs on the site, however, if your photograph appears, for which I have not sought your permission for its use, please e-mail me and it will be removed immediately.
All the information included on this site is provided in good faith and I cannot therefore accept any responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions.
All photographs are copyright of Oriental Model Buses unless acknowledged to another source. You are NOT welcome to use any material or photographs without prior written permission from the owner.
As a matter of policy, I do not allow the use of any of my photographs
for use on auction sites such as eBay.
The following are some of eBay's copyright guidelines:-
eBay Guideline: Contrary to popular belief, the fact that material is posted on the world wide web does not mean it is in the "public domain" or otherwise free to be taken, copied or used by others. Creators of web content probably have copyright, trademark and other rights in the material they create. Copying, modifying and possibly linking to content created by others could expose you to legal liability.
eBay Guideline: No Copying Allowed! When you prepare your auction listings you generally should use only material (text, photographs, etc.) and trademarks/names that you created or own yourself or licensed from the owners.
eBay Guideline: No Unauthorised Linking to Photos! You cannot link to somebody else's picture (so it appears in your auction) without the owner's permission.
Living in the UK and buying from Hong Kong
For full details of charges that may be incurred when buying from countries outside of the European Union, visit the UK Government's website, in particular the section for HM Revenue and Customs :- 'Notice 143: A guide for international post users'.
The Royal Mail may also charge a handling fee in addition to the above charges, all of which are collected by the Royal Mail
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