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I have recently bought a class 121 Lima model from Ebay. I believe the new Hornby model is almost identical to this one. The loco comes fitted with standard couplings which are not removable. This model also does not have sprung buffers.

As this is essentially an average model which lacks any extras which are available on other models, does anyone know anyone or anywhere that they would recommend that can modify the model through replacing the standard couplings (either with NEM couplings which are removable or a set of more realising display couplings), detailing the interior, adding sprung buffers, and adding weathering to give a more realistic feel to the model?

Thanks very much in advance.
 

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I really can't see, in everyday use, the point of sprung buffers. OK I have a couple of models with them, but to my mind the only reason you really need them are if you are using three link couplings, or intend to run right up to the buffer stops (highly unprototypical).

As the class 121's rarely, if ever, ran in multiple then the question of sprung buffers is even less relevant.

I believe the latest versions of the 121 now have NEM pockets and close couplings.

Unfortunately when you buy old Lima models you going to have the inherent Lima problems.

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QUOTE (BRITHO @ 30 Aug 2008, 22:35) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I really can't see, in everyday use, the point of sprung buffers. OK I have a couple of models with them, but to my mind the only reason you really need them are if you are using three link couplings, or intend to run right up to the buffer stops (highly unprototypical).

As the class 121's rarely, if ever, ran in multiple then the question of sprung buffers is even less relevant.

I believe the latest versions of the 121 now have NEM pockets and close couplings.

Unfortunately when you buy old Lima models you going to have the inherent Lima problems.

Regards

***Not sure I agree at all.... for coaches + any form of close coupling, its a great thing - when you have larger radius curves and like your stock to touch properly, then they are a real boon... and without springing or a very good mechanism for the coupler, any form of even reasonably generous model-like radius with closely coupled stock is problemmatic unless they are sprung.

I do agree that for anything approaching the tightness of set track (<30" / 750mm radius), its probably a cute but irrelevant feature.

Actually, if not sprung, then at least couplers should be represented as part compressed / short - not modelled fully extended as the brands often do - that really does look silly.

Richard
 
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