1:76 scaled models are also known as OO-Gauge, and in this common gauge used in train modeling from the United Kingdom comes a breed of bus models in the orient. Models from Hong Kong commonly utilize this gauge.

The Site Admin have been collecting OO-Gauge bus models for a decade, when he first received a 1:76 Dennis Trident ALX500 from his aunt in Hong Kong. Since then the passion is kept alive by new models releases and improved manufacturing techniques.

In this post the Site Admin would like to share photos of some of his collections gathered over the years, as well as one prototype project involving car decals.

The twin-repair bays inside the bus depot featured in a previous post. Mitsubishi Fuso Aero Star KC-MP and Ford Cortina.

Two different double-deck standards, the conventional 4.4-meter (highbridge) deckers of United Kingdom and Commonwealth states, and 3.8-meter Japanese standard. Dennis Trident ALX500 and Mitsubishi Fuso Aero King.

The prototype project, Ita-Bus Project 001/痛バスプロジェクト001, featuring decals from Goodsmile Racing 037 「僕は友達が少ない」/’I have few friends’ used on a 1/76 Dennis Trident ALX500 made by 80M Bus Model. The Site Admin guarantees that this is a unique unit in the World!

The off-side of the same model, complete with Goodsmile decals.

Back to Japanese models, two units from Hiroshima Electric Railway, a Aero King and Aero Star, both of Mitsubishi Fuso origin.

A number of Aero Star models parked together, resembling a common bus depot after service hours.

The Site Admin prefers the Mitsubishi Fuso Aero Star/三菱ふそう エアロスター as a representative of Japanese route buses, known as Rosen-bus/路線バス. The Aero Star was the first non-step bus available on the route bus market in Japan back in 1997, previous designs too influenced the route bus market in Japan to a large degree.

Itami Municipal Bus/伊丹市営バス had two Mitsubishi Fuso Aero Star KC-MP and was the launch customer for the model in 1997. This two units lasted a full 12-year career with the Municipal Bus before being sold to Hokuriku Region/北陸地方 in 2009. Similarly, the Tokyu Bus/東急バス unit went through normal route service, had upgrade to LED destination signs later, served as training bus for a duration, before being sold to an operator in Nagaoka/長岡, also in the Hokuriku Region, when its license with Tokyu Bus expired in September 2012.

Added April 2013: The whereabouts of the Itami Municipal Bus KC-MP has remained unconfirmed till today. From several sources it is suggested that the bus was perhaps never sold but broken up for scrap instead. The Tokyu Bus model can be seen here, in the small town of Ojiya/小千谷 in Niigata Prefecture/新潟県.

109 evolved from the Japanese pronunciation of Tokyu (とうきゅう), which also carries the meaning of 10-9, the operation hours of a departmental store. What a convenience built by Tokyu Corporation over the years, which secured the grounds near Shibuya Station/渋谷駅 for expansion of their business as early as the pre-war era. The large ’109′ seen as you walk out from JR Shibuya station is Shibuya109 owned by Tokyu Mall Development/東急モールズデベロップメント, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tokyu Corporation.

Featured on this Hiroden Aero Star is Busrama, a bi-monthly magazine by Portepub Japan. They sought licensing from Japanese operators in the early 2000s for manufacturing of these Aero Star models, in all, 14 different variants were made by Creative Master Northcord in Hong Kong. Unfortunately CMNL has closed down and succeeded by Northcord Model Company. Will we see new Japanese bus models by them? The Site Admin does hope so.