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I'm pleased that Hornby intend to produce this loco as its preseerved on the Great Central Railway and hauled the train I travelled on last year but AFAIK this was one of the class 20's that was built with a recess in the cab side for the tablet catcher equipment. This recess was later plated over but I doubt this occured whilst it was still painted Green. I presume this model is going to be an improved release of the old Lima model, did they produce a version with a recess or maybe Hornby intend to do a version with the tablet catcher recess? Maybe Hornby intend it to represent the preserved version, otherwise it would seem to be a strange choice. Does anyone know when BR started plating over the recesses?
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Having done a bit more digging, it looks like D8098 still had its recess until at least 1979 so a green colour scheme for this particular loco would definately be incorrect. Interestingly, the Hornby website doesn't say which loco their class 20 in green will but several other websites including Hattons do list it as D8098.
It also seems that Lima did produce some of the Scottish class 20's but only in BR Blue so presumably they represented loco's with the recess plated over but don't know if they had the larger side windows that these loco's should have.
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QUOTE (34C @ 29 Jul 2008, 07:22) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hornby have done very little to the Lima derived models, apart from fit a drive bogie of their own design. The Lima 20 had wrongly positioned bodyside grilles among other deficiencies in the body moulding. The Bachmann model is significantly more accurate, better detailed, has the token catcher cab variation modelled, has a very sweet all-wheel drive. Your choice!

Looks like the best option would be to get a Bachman version and renumber it.
Simon
 
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