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With the end of October fast approaching, I thought I would have a quick check of the models released so far this year, both by model manufacturer and by bus operator, and here are the results:-                                                                                                
 Model manufacturer No.
 80M Bus Model 29
 BR Bus Model 3
 Buses Model Co. 2
 Model 1 7
 NP Model 4
 Tiny 4
 Unknown 1
 Total 50


 Operator No.
 Citybus 7
 Kowloon Motor Bus (licensed) 24
 Kowloon Motor Bus (unlicensed) 9
 Long Win Bus 2
 New World First Bus 1
 Sun Bus 2
 Others 5
 Total 50


29th October 2022

 

Now released is this 1/76 scale Kowloon Motor Bus Hino 700 recovery truck from Tiny (Box KMB20/KMB2021058). 
25th October 2022

   
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Kowloon Motor Bus
 
The two Kowloon Motor Bus 9.7 metre MCW Metrobuses went on sale today. I am reliably informed that whilst these are produced by 80M Bus Model, they use the P&T Diecast casting which 80M has acquired from P&T.
 
M1 (CZ745) is on route 30 with a destination of Jordan Road Ferry and is in standard cream/red livery (KMB2021028). The second features M28 (DC9961) on route 113 with a destination of West Point and carries the additional wording between decks (KMB2021029). It is believed each is limited to 800 pieces and new pages for both with further photographs have now been added.

   
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James Fung
 
Also on sale today is this Kowloon Motor Bus Wrights Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B8L featuring V6B198 (XL6027) on route 68E to Tsing Yi Station (KMB2022044). It is limited to 900 pieces. My thanks to James Fung for providing this information and for allowing me to use his photograph.
23rd October 2022

 

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Released 20 years ago was this Kowloon Motor Bus 10.6 metre Alexander bodied Dennis Trident from Cars Workshop (38701). It features ATS68 (KC8120) on route 299 to Sai Kung.

     
Gary Tang
   
I am always on the lookout for photographs of actual buses that have been modelled and in this respect I am grateful to Gary Tang for allowing me to share his photograph of China Motor Bus Leyland Olympian LM4 (FW2045) which carries 'Save Our Seas' all-over advertising. The model was released by Buses Model Co Ltd in September 2003 (L40703).
22nd October 2022

   
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The above picture is a clue to what today's News update, which is currently being prepared, will focus on!
   
   
I have today received a copy of Roger Bailey's latest book, which is pictured above and features photographs taken during his visit to the former colony in 1984. A new page has just been created which gives full details of the book along with information on how to obtain a copy - just follow this link.
21st October 2022

 
Following on from yesterday's news about the two new KMB MCW Metrobuses, I believe the second example features M28 (DC9961) and the between deck lettering reads 'MCW + KMB = A partnership for better public transport'. It is displayed in Chinese on the nearside and English on the offside.
19th October 2022

 
Kowloon Motor Bus has announced at least three new models. Two feature what appears to be a new casting of a 9.7 metre MCW Metrobus whilst the third features a 12 metre Wrights Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B8L in 'Heartbeat of the City' livery.

Focusing on the two Metrobuses first, M1 (CZ745) is on route 30 and is in standard cream/red livery whilst the second features an example from the batch that was new in 1984 and carries a DCxxxx registration (M21-M29) and is on route 113.
 
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Philip Chan

The Volvo B8L features V6B198 (XL6027) on route 68E and the actual bus is pictured above.

18th October 2022

 
80M Bus Model Shop
 
New pages and photographs have now been added for the above two models, details of which are shown below.

     
   
Further to my post below (see 13th October) here is an image of the front cover of Roger Bailey's new book, which he has now received from the printers. Further details about the book, and how you can obtain one, will be published very shortly so watch this space!

 
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Bus Dream Land

Kowloon Motor Bus Wrights Gemini 3 bodied Volvo B8L V6B130 (WL9633) has received all over decals promoting the Japan Autumn Festival which takes place this October and November.
16th October 2022

   
80M Bus Model Shop
   
The two Kowloon Motor Bus Salvador Caetano bodied Scania K310UD models from 80M Bus Model have now been released. As previously reported, ASU3 (PC2625) is on route 296C to Sheung Tak (KMB2021229) whilst ASU11 (PC3851) is on route 113 to Choi Hung (KMB2021230). Each is limited to 750 pieces. New pages will be added shortly.
14th October 2022

   
Roger Bailey has advised that his third book in the series 'Hong Kong 1984' is set for publication shortly. This will feature Argos, Citybus, Lantau, Macau, Trams and Others. Further details will be provided in due course.
   
A reminder that the Books page can be found in the 
XTRA section of the site.
13th October 2022

   
80M Bus Model Shop
 
Now available is this Kowloon Motor Bus Alexander bodied Mercedes-Benz O305. It features ME11 (DF8962) on route 74A to Tai Wo and is limited to 700 pieces (KMB2021228).

A new page has just been added and this too features larger image sizes - please let me know if this new size causes problems when viewing.
12th October 2022

   
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Bobby Liu
   
Long Win Bus registered six new 12.8 metre MCV EvoSeti bodied Volvo B8Ls on 3rd October, one being UV6X52 (YF6159), captured earlier today outside the Airport Police Station.

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Bobby Liu
 
Also spotted in the same location was
Alexander Dennis Enviro500 803 (MA4413), one of the oldest buses in the fleet, having been registered on 10th August 2005.
 
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Bobby Liu

New Lantao Bus BYD BE04, registered back in July this year, entered service for the first time today, departing Yuen Long at 1330hrs on route B2.

   
The November edition of Diecast Collector magazine includes two Hong Kong bus models in their 'New Models' section - one having been released in Hong Kong in 2013 and the other in July 2019!
8th October 2022

 
          
 
     




   
Can you help?     
     
I am looking to update the site's headers, shown above, which were created by me using the simplest of tools several years ago. I am more happy with the OMB logo, shown on the right, which was professionally created following my DIY attempt using three cardboard letters which I subsequently painted!!

   
I am ideally looking to maintain the colouring for each word, matching it to that of the logo, but with a more dynamic/striking appearance.
   
If you are able to help or offer any advice, do please e-mail me.
   
 7th October 2022

 
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Kowloon Motor Bus
 
Kowloon Motor Bus has announced three new models. The first features Mercedes-Benz O305 ME11 (DF8962) on route 74A to Tai Wo. The next two both feature a Salvador Caetano bodied Scania K310UD - the first features ASU3 (PC2625) on route 296C to Sheung Tak whilst the second features ASU11 (PC3851) on route 113 to Choi Hung.
 6th October 2022

 
 
A reminder that the Tiny page of the site is continually being updated with new 1/110 scale models along with those at 1/76 scale.  I am especially grateful to Tsz Hin Ho for his efforts in keeping me updated with these models. 

3rd October 2022

 
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Bus Dream Land
   
To promote the Tuen Mun Road Interchange, Kowloon Motor Bus has applied all-over decals to MCV EvoSeti bodied Volvo B8L V6X57 (XE2082). My thanks to Bus Dream Land for sharing this photograph.                                                 


I am pleased to be able to remove a further two models from the 'Help needed' page, having received photographs of two Kowloon Motor Bus liveried 12.8 metre ADL 'facelift' Enviro500s from BMCU which were issued back in April 2018. The first is BMCU58M, which features 3ATENU30 (TX3747) on route 58M with a destination of Kwai Fong Station. The second, BMCU279X, features 3ATENU23 (TX917) on route 279X and has a destination of Fanling (Luen Wo Hui).
   
My thanks to HanSon Leung for sending me these photographs.

2nd October 2022
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