images Hand-painted MTA TDH-5303. Production models of 8170 will have an AC blister.

New! New Look "Fishbowl" Bus

The New Look Bus was the face of North American public transit in the latter half of the 20th century, with almost 45,000 built between 1959 and 1986. Everyone remembers the New Look, also known as the “Fishbowl” Bus.

We are delighted to introduce the second release of the New Look Bus in HO scale. This time with a single-width rear door, this bus model has various improvements over the first release from 2017 but still comes packed full of detail and realism that you expect from a Rapido model, right down to every rivet. This model represents the second through fourth generations of the New Look bus, spanning from the mid 1960s right up until the last one was produced in 1986, and comes with agency-specific details from advertising panels to roof hatches.

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New York bus with Bus-O-Rama in all its glory!

Photo courtesy David Onodera.

The Rapido Trains HO scale New Look Bus features:

  • Correct tubular profile traced from a 3D scan of a real New Look Bus
  • Single-stream rear exit door in either 2-window or 4-window variants (as appropriate)
  • Era-correct rear engine door available in either early (5303) or late (5307) styles
  • Optional left-side emergency exit door, a trademark of the early productions
  • Full interior including separate seats with seatback handrails and grooved flooring
  • Etched-metal interior stanchions, stamped-metal handrails and separate farebox and steering wheel parts installed
  • Steerable front wheels and REAL rubber tires
  • Three types of bumpers - steel, water and rubber - installed as appropriate
  • A wide variety of optional parts pre-installed (where appropriate)
  • Separate advertisement frames included with each model
  • Pre-installed route destination signs for added realism

On top of all that incredible detail, our Deluxe New Look Bus models also feature:

  • Interior lighting
  • Working headlights and tail lights
  • Illuminated front destination sign
  • Painted seatback handrails
  • Two-tone seats (where appropriate)

A 9-12 volt DC power supply (not included) is required to power the lighting features.

New Look Bus Feature Overview

This video is still pretty much up to date except that we no longer include route decals, as that would up the bus price by about $10.

We also fixed the tooling error on the bus side (visible in the video) before we started production back in 2017.

Did you know that we own a real New Look Bus?

And we drove that bus across Canada 'eh!

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