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QUOTE (BRITHO @ 7 Jan 2008, 14:00) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I always understood that the old Lima 20 shell had some serious errors - or am I mistaken?
Doubtless there will be some 'Thousand horse' specialists around who can describe the precise ill-proportions afflicting the bonnet sides. Seem to recall an Iain Rice rebuild which required dissecting the bonnet sides into half a dozen pieces, then rearranging them slightly to overcome the major deficiencies. There is also the little matter of the buffers right at the bottom of the bufferbeam, because the body sits too high above the bogies - I did sort that out on mine as the 'on-tiptoes' appearance really did offend the eye.

But with Bach 20's having one of their sweetest running AWD chassis, and often at below £35, anybody of the modifying persuasion is likely to start from there, unless Hornby come in with an ultra low price...
 

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QUOTE (Sol @ 7 Jan 2008, 21:05) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I had pre-ordered a Hornby Class 20 at #46, but when it seems that the mechanism may not be upto the Class 31 standard but just the motor bogie like the Clsss 73, well I canceled the order &will wait t ose what actually happens.
It is a pity the Hornby site & no doubt others, do not give the type of mechanism, etc - 5 pole skewed motor means nothing by itself. Does it mean bogie mounted like the Class 73 or a centrally mounted motor driving both bogies via cardan shafts?
All the re-released Lima to date has been like for like on drive system. The 67 had a central motor with shaft drive to both bogies, and still has; everything single bogie drive now has Hornby's (way better) motor bogie. The Lima 20 was an 'oddball': central motor with shaft drive to one bogie. My bet is a motor bogie replacement.
 
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