Recalling Diorama 惜景 言情

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I’m very impressed on the following Hong Kong Models in John Prentice’s Collection, admired his dedication on recurring the typical views with trams.

我十分欣賞John花了不少心血鑽研電車類模型和場景製作,尤以重現昔日的香港街景的功夫更是一絕。

This model was built in 00 scale (1:76 – 4mm to 1ft) by John Prentice, modifying a Tramalan white metal kit of a 1950s style tram with scratch built parts. It is of tram 163, the real tram being built in 1979. It is painted in the advertising livery of the Wing On department store as carried in 1981.

Built by John Prentice, this diorama in 00 scale is an impression of what Johnston Road in Hong Kong looked like around 1990. The “Wing On” car 163 and Lung Moon Chinese Restaurant, both have gone in 1991 and 2009. To the left of the scene, in the road next to the taxi, are two tram photographers who represent the model maker and a friend.

這架Tramalan的1:76白金屬電車模型經John巧妙地改裝後,變成和163號一模一樣的造型。163號於1979年建成,1981年加上永安百貨的車身廣告。

而同樣按oo比例製作的情景,勾畫出九十年代的灣仔莊士頓道。163號的永安廣告電車和龍門大酒樓,已分別在1991年和2009年消失。有趣的是,的士旁邊站著拍攝的兩人,正是John本人和他的朋友。

This model is of Hong Kong car 145. It was built to 1:16 scale (3/4in to 1ft). It is fully working (24volt DC) and was scratch built by John Prentice from wood and metal as appropriate. This class of tram was built in the 1950s. The tramcar used a Peckham P35 truck and originally was first class on the upper deck and third on the lower but were later one man operated, rear entrance – front exit, as shown on the model, being in the 1970s condition and till present.

The inner of 145 is mostly wood, the lower deck has longitudinal wooden seats, like the originals. The turnstiles are scratch built from metal and turnable. The metal doors also open correctly.

這架由John製造的1:16香港電車模型145號,以木和金屬製成並可走動,完全呈現昔日的電車風貌。這款電車建於五十年代,上層頭等,下層三等,七十年代改為一人操作後,上落車方式變成「前落後上」維持至今。

模型的內籠主要為木,下層木造的橫向坐椅、可轉動的旋轉閘和可開啟的車門等,都和真車一樣。

The smallest model on show is this plastic model of tram 38 in N gauge (1:160). It advertises Po Sum On Medicine and the model itself was produced as marketing feature for that company. They were sold by the 80M Bus Model shop in Hong Kong.

More details of tram modelling at www.tramwayinfo.com

這個1:160的N gauge情景模型,38號電車披上保心安廣告,在80M巴士模型專門店有售,相信是比例最小的了。

Most has been gone or materially changed, only photos are recalling. Yet I hope the old memories can recur one day.

無數的舊物或消失,或改變面貌,只有相片可懷緬,但我仍寄望昔日經典重現的一天…

Hong Kong Tram Models 香港電車模型

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The pictured model was done by cutting the outline to be same as the real car. (John Prentice)

TRAMALAN (TA kit)  

I first saw this tram model in an exhibition, impressed by a motorized tram model under the background of the renowned Dried Seafood Street in Sheung Wan, however the price for an unassembled one is too expensive for me.

The 1:76 Hong Kong tram model is made by white metal and the body is designed with features of the 1950s style (the “Post-war” style) and typical adverts. It is definitely superb I ever seen.

As I was gripped by the recent tram 120 fever, I changed the livery of my model into 120s style!

英國TRAMALAN系列  

十多年前在上環西港城的巴士模型展覽,一個以上環鹹魚欄和一架走動的電車模型情景深深吸引著我,可是模型的售價要六百多元,令我卻步。

這架模型的比例為1:76,白金屬物料,車身呈現五十年代「戰後式」的外形,加上經典的橫額廣告,是我見過最完美的一架電車模型。

最近掀起懷舊「120」熱,我更特意為我的模型換上當年120號電車的廣告 !

 

 

St.  Petersburg Tram Collection, Russia

This 1980 design tram model is, however, even more expensive than the TRAMALAN collection. I could not afford such an exorbitant price of USD300! It keeps me hesitating for a long time as it is a limited edition of 100 sets.

Finally, I decided to order for it. I ended up spending several months’ savings to buy it. The 1:43 model is made by metal with a bright red livery of “Double Happiness Cigarettes”. Detailed seats, staircases, handrails and turnstiles are made incredibly precise.

Nowadays, advertising liveries of cigarettes are no longer allowed in Hong Kong. This model, to me, refreshes my memories of the old days.

Recently the HK tram – Bachmann version has launched in February. Definitely a potential market!

俄羅斯St. Petersburg Tram Collection系列  

這架八十年代款式的電車模型,售價遠比TRAMALAN那架還要高,竟要三百多美元!這對我實在是非常大的負擔。加上限售一百部,令我猶豫了很久。

幾番掙扎後,我終於決定訂購。整整省下了幾個月的飯錢。模型的比例為1:43,金屬物料,鮮紅色的「紅雙喜」車身廣告倍添奪目。車廂內籠如座椅、樓梯、扶手、車尾的旋轉閘等都十分仔細。

當年電車披上香煙廣告的光景已不復再,這架模型正好勾起我的回憶。

今年二月百萬城推出香港電車模型,這將會是一個潛在市場 !

Superb outline for Tramalan 120, whilst perfect inner cabin for Bachmann version!!

This might be a good example to HKT to making one set for the precedent and present tramcars..

這套九鐵紀念版模型,電車公司或者可考慮推出電車版本…

All Photos: Joseph Tse