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記得23年在淘寶尋寶時,發現有一家名為FanX方相的公司推出城巴車色的Flxible CFC6110GD 北京康恩專線1/110巴士模型,這是我第一次聽這個品牌的名字,至今年於北京舉行的中國國際模型博覽會中終於有機會跟兩位創辦人鄒生及小孫聊聊,想不到他們原來都是香港巴士的鐵粉,然後想經營一個以「小比例中國巴士」為主打題材的品牌。

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內地巴士模型說多不多,說少亦不少,但大多都是做車廠禮品,比例通常1/43或以上,FanX方相是一班巴士迷於22年共同成立的品牌,「大家喜歡巴士,而內地又很少有模型廠家願意製作巴士題材,很多巴士迷買不到自己喜歡的車。」品牌推出的第一款車是東北地區車迷熟悉的丹東黃海牌DD680/DD6111,從討論到出貨歷時一年,「因為舊車數據少,我們花了大量時間寸尋找圖紙、找前輩請教才能最大程度還原真車;其次作用新品牌,尋找願意與我們合作的工廠也不容易。」市場興起小比例車模,FanX方相直言受惠,「能夠感受到市場越來越接受小比例的模型,並且更加追求還原細節和可玩性;二是模型品牌越來越多,題材和風格越來越豐富。」鄒生指近年場景配搭以及可動配件成為趨勢,玩家已經不滿足純粹「收個型」的產品。

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不過香港流行的1/76比例在內地接受程度一般,「廣東省受港澳的影響,更青睞1/76;而北京就更喜歡1/64;如果對於同時玩火車模型的朋友,可能會更偏向1/87或是N比例,大家眾口難調。」同時因為巴士車廠眾多,難以找到一款讓各地玩家都有共鳴的款式,加上各地硬件配置不同,細節有異,對模型品牌是一個挑戰。挑戰歸挑戰,FanX方相依然堅持初心,「我們始終認為對於模型品牌,產品是核心,每次出品都要以巴士迷的身份去考慮還原度、品控是否過關,我們相信堅持這份初衷,就會在這個市場上立足。」未來FanX方相會繼續以1/110為發展方向,與內地巴士公司合作出車。

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巴士模型市場較1/64車仔市場狹窄得多,FanX方相選擇這條路除了因為他們既是巴士迷,還希望將這種愛好推廣出去。下次影巴士的時候,不妨留意一下旁邊的是否鄒生及小孫。

Small Scale, Big Dreams: FanX Revolutionizes the Chinese Bus Model Market

In the bustling world of collectibles, a new star is rising. FanX, a startup founded in 2022 by a group of passionate bus enthusiasts, is making significant inroads in the niche market of small-scale Chinese bus models.

The company first caught collectors’ attention in 2023 with its meticulously crafted 1/110 scale model of the Flxible CFC6110GD Beijing Kangen Express bus, complete with the iconic Citybus livery. This debut set a high bar for FanX’s commitment to detail and authenticity.

At the recent China International Model Expo in Beijing, founders Mr. Zou and Xiao Sun shared their journey in an exclusive interview. “We spotted a gap in the market,” Mr. Zou revealed. “Despite China’s thriving bus industry, few model manufacturers were catering to bus enthusiasts. We saw this as our opportunity to make a difference.”

FanX’s inaugural major release, the Dandong Huanghai DD680/DD6111, exemplified the company’s dedication. The year-long process from conception to delivery was rife with challenges, from sourcing accurate historical data to securing partnerships with skeptical manufacturers.

The company’s emergence coincides with a shift in the model collecting community towards smaller scales and enhanced detail. “Today’s collectors seek more than static displays,” Xiao Sun observed. “They want interactive models with movable parts that can be integrated into elaborate dioramas.”

However, FanX faces unique challenges in China’s diverse market. Scale preferences vary regionally: Guangdong leans towards 1/76, Beijing favors 1/64, while some collectors opt for 1/87 or N scale to complement their train models. The multitude of bus manufacturers across China further complicates the selection of universally appealing models.

Undeterred by these obstacles, FanX remains steadfast in its core values. “Quality and accuracy are our north star,” Mr. Zou affirmed. “We approach each model as enthusiasts ourselves, ensuring every detail meets our exacting standards.”

Looking ahead, FanX plans to continue its focus on 1/110 scale models, fostering collaborations with mainland bus companies to expand their portfolio. While the bus model market may be niche compared to the popular 1/64 scale car models, FanX views this as an opportunity not just for business growth, but to foster a deeper appreciation for buses and public transportation.

As FanX continues to grow, it’s clear that they’re not just selling models, but sharing a passion. For bus enthusiasts and model collectors alike, this small company is proving that sometimes, the most significant impacts come in the smallest packages.

In a world where bigger often seems better, FanX is championing the beauty of the small scale, one meticulously crafted bus model at a time.