Dibro (NZ) - Routemaster Bus - Philips K9 Colour TV

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This model is the Dibro (NZ) Routemaster Bus in green plastic with "Philips K9 Colour TV" advertising. It appears to be of an earlier AEC or Leyland double decker bus, closely resembling the Dinky bus but with the added features of the rear stairs and "split" windows.

A two part plastic casting comprising the two halves of the bus, the model is entirely green with only limited detail cast into the body. The upper side advertising boards are marked with white paper labels reading "Philips K9 Colour TV". The front destination board is marked with "London".

The interior of the model includes the rear steps to the upper deck and seating for the passengers which has been incorporate in the die by having the seats protrude out from the sides of the two halves of the casting. Interestingly the drivers seat is not present due to the intrusion of the right wheel well into the space normally occupied by the driver. There is no glazing.

The base plate is incorporated into the two piece casting which is joined down the centre. It is not marked in any way.

All wheels are one piece, black plastic, attached to the body using a metal axle (very flat head on one side and crimped on the other) that passes through the wheels and the body.

Given the Philips K9 TV was manufactured in Naenae, New Zealand between 1974 and 1977, it is thought this item was produced as a promotional item for the company by another local firm, Dibro (NZ) of Lower Hutt, at that time.

Item: 3014