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Photograph courtesy of 80M Bus Model Shop

One of the first photographs of the two New World First Bus Leyland "'SF' Fleetlines, Model Nos. 20002 and 20003, due for release in Hong Kong in July. SF8 is shown on the left, whilst SF31, currently on its way back to the UK, is shown on the right.

ABC's first liveried three-axle model, MCW Metrobus ML25, is expected to be released in Hong Kong on Thursday.
27th June 2000

First again with the latest information and news!

Photographs courtesy of Stu Hogben

Details of two future Collector's Model releases:-
The top photograph shows KMB Dennis Dragon AD332 in the all-over advertising livery of AXA Insurance, on route number 960 to Wan Chai Ferry, whilst the lower photograph is of KMB's Leyland Victory G224 in Bridgestone livery, on route number 73 to Tai Po Industrial Estate. 

Only 96 Pokémon liveried Collector's Models (DA102B) were imported into the UK by wholesaler John Ayreys, despite an order for many more. Digby's Miniatures, whose details can be found on our Stockists page, can obtain these models. I am also informed that Digby's will be the sole UK stockist receiving a quantity of the Citybus DMS/Lodekka set, which will retail for about Ł38, plus p+p. Watch this space for more information.

Corgi Metrobus MC7 (45107), commissioned by the Hong Kong Transport Society, is set to be released in Hong Kong on 2nd July, with a quantity of 4,800, of which 1,800 are destined for the UK.
23rd June 2000

New World First Bus have announced that their two Leyland "Short" Fleetlines SF8 and SF31, are to be known Heritage Collection I and II (20002 and 20003 respectively) with 1,800 of each being produced. The models will be released in July. The rrp in Hong Kong is HK$295.
20th June 2000

ABC Models have announced no less than three new releases, all CMB vehicles and carrying their "Hotline" Information livery. The first, due for release later this month, is an MCW Metrobus, ML25, (000801) . The other two releases are of Leyland Victory Mk 2 LV18,  Model No. 000404A shows the earlier "Hotline" decals, whilst 000405A carries the later version.
19th June 2000

Collector's Model have released the "Hollywood Plaza" liveried Dennis Jubilant (V109A) in Hong Kong today.

Below are photographs of Citybus's forthcoming DMS/Lodekka set (19906) , expected for release in Hong Kong shortly. This will feature the Lodekka model already issued (19906a), and a variation of the recently released DMS model, which has chinese registration and adverts for their cross border service (the National Express style ones) (19906b). The vehicle identity will also be different. 
To add even more value to the set, there will be an illustrated colour fleetlist correct at 31/12/86, a Citybus pen, a fridge magnet, and a key ring with the Daimler scroll etched on one side and the Citybus fleetname on the other. It is understood that this set is being handled by Citybus, and will not be available through the EFE collectors club, however it will be available in the UK through certain channels. More details will follow!! 

Photograph of the forthcoming Citybus Gift set
17th June 2000

I have received confirmation from New World First Bus that both SF8 and SF31 are to be modelled, and released shortly. No other details are yet available.
Photographs courtesy of New World First Bus

Both vehicles carry all over advertising for Route 15 to The Peak, the dragon between decks in the shape of New World wave. The real SF 31 is due to arrive in in the UK over the course of this weekend.

Corgi Leyland Victory Mk2 (44801) in CMB colours was released in Hong Kong yesterday. It represents Fleet No. LV 36, the prototype of which is now at home in the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum in Dunfermline.
11th June 2000

I am told that a limited number of C'sM "Pokemon" Dragons are available in the UK.

Further details of SF101A here

It is confirmed that Corgi 44509 and 44510 are now both available in the UK
9th June 2000

Two Collector's Models are now available in the UK, namely the "Canon SmartCam" KMB Dragon (DA101B) and a surprise Leyland Fleetline SF (SF101A) in CMB's standard blue & cream livery, but carrying Fleet No SF30, on route 15 to Central!

Corgi's two Citybus Tridents Model No 44509 and 44510 are also believed to be available in the UK.

Further details of the above news will follow shortly

8th June 2000

Holiday now over, I have returned to find news of no less than four releases during the past week. 

It started with Corgi's second "Queen Mary" (41908), this time in CMB's blue and cream livery, released on Saturday 27th May. Released on the same day, and again another Corgi model, was the KMB Dennis Trident with Duple Metsec bodywork (44511).

Monday 29th May saw a further release of Collector's Model Dennis Dragon (DA104B), this time carrying Bridgestone all-over advertising.

Finally, on Wednesday 31st May, ABC made a surprise release of (000302A), a single deck Thornycroft Cygnet.

Collector's Model have announced the lucky number in the draw for the Philippines Dennis Jubilant (V107A) - the lucky number being 184. Each Hong Kong release of the "Caltex" liveried Leyland Victory Mk2 (V111B) included a draw number.

The July issue of Diecast Modeller is now on sale and contains an excellent article by Vic Davey on the latest Hong Kong releases. 

4th June 2000
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