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Re: Lima - Class 55
« Reply #15 on: August 13, 2012, 11:08:56 PM »
No the diesels are not all that bad - some were even worse.

There was a final Lima fling with some scale rolling stock including the Mark 1 CCT and the BR build siphon but that's about it.

The coaches are handy because they are worthless but run acceptably so can be fed to children to run at 300mph.
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Re: Lima - Class 55
« Reply #16 on: August 13, 2012, 11:39:44 PM »

The coaches are handy because they are worthless but run acceptably so can be fed to children to run at 300mph.

love it!

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Re: Lima - Class 55
« Reply #17 on: March 24, 2013, 09:55:40 PM »
I had one of these, the green Deltic 'Meld' I think it was.  The first N gauge loco I bought, mainly because I like Deltics and it was inexpensive.  But it soon became obvious that it was terribly out of scale and it didn't run very well, especially when the motor bogie was pushing the loco.

Another photo indication of how over height it is:


I'm glad I sold it.

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Re: Lima - Class 55
« Reply #18 on: March 24, 2013, 10:26:58 PM »
Dear oh dear and I thought the old Farish 56 got some stick!

Ok given my threats of disowning a certain maroon model yesterday, what follows might seem a bit hypocrite like, but I cannot help but wince when loco gets a verbal kicking like this.

Ok its over scale and runs like a bag of spanners, but SOMEBODY loved it. Its like my first car, ancient and embarrassing though it was, i would defend it to the hilt  :P

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Re: Lima - Class 55
« Reply #19 on: March 24, 2013, 11:39:00 PM »
I did my best to love mine.  I replaced its missing buffers and couplings.  I carefully cleaned its wheels and lubricated all its gears and bearings.  Sadly there wasn't anything I could do about the scale or old-fashioned drive system.

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Re: Lima - Class 55
« Reply #20 on: March 25, 2013, 12:40:52 AM »
I still have two of these, a Lima 31 and 2 Lima 86s sat in a drawer. None of them at ever used tho, and don't even mix with my other stuff.

One of my Deltics did have a mishap when I first started to build a board, in my Grandads loft when I was about 10 years old. I had a tight loop at the end, and ran it round at speed... Sure enough, off it fell, crashing to the ground and snapping the chassis. Never ran again.

I'm 41 now but they're still in the drawer.

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Re: Lima - Class 55
« Reply #21 on: March 25, 2013, 05:07:31 AM »
I had a 'Meld' when I was about 12, despite the scale it was the pride of the fleet being my first ever N gauge diesel. Up to then I only had three Minitrix steamies.
Don't remember the Deltic ever giving problems even though it never got cleaned and ran on an "under-the-bed" layout that also never got cleaned ;)


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Re: Lima - Class 55
« Reply #22 on: March 25, 2013, 08:52:46 AM »
A Lima Deltic body fits over a Farish one like a glove! :laugh:

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Re: Lima - Class 55
« Reply #23 on: March 25, 2013, 04:12:17 PM »
Hmmmm Ok so without the photos I was thinking 'how bad can it really be?' than the photos were added and BANG I realised just how bad it was. That does look truly awful  :goggleeyes:

BUT as Skyline said, somebody did love it once, whether a child or a modeller at the time.

OK who took my cake?

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Re: Lima - Class 55
« Reply #24 on: July 06, 2019, 05:34:00 AM »
Takahachikawa - Japanese and other trains

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Re: Lima - Class 55
« Reply #25 on: July 06, 2019, 06:21:43 AM »
Would never touch a lima 55. Plastic body poor mechanism.

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Re: Lima - Class 55
« Reply #26 on: July 06, 2019, 09:00:31 AM »
I think one of these was my first diesel in the mid 70s (although it may have been the Lima 31). It looked OK for the time, but was obviously overscale, especially against Lima Mk1s; it looked a little better against Minitrix mk1 1s.

The motor overheated and melted the cab...……

Long consigned to the bin.

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Re: Lima - Class 55
« Reply #27 on: July 06, 2019, 09:09:47 AM »
I detect a pang of nostalgia there....  ;)
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Re: Lima - Class 55
« Reply #28 on: July 06, 2019, 09:10:21 AM »
Agree with you martyn on the 31. Overscale and plastic body, poor runner. Mine broke now sat in the shed scene

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Re: Lima - Class 55
« Reply #29 on: July 06, 2019, 10:51:55 AM »
I actually got two cl 31s to run reliably...…….by double heading them and putting 'jumper cables' for pick up between the two locos.

Bought because they were relevant to my chosen area/era, and nothing else was available; but again, consigned to the bin after motor failures and the arrival of the Farish 31s.

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