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Phoenix from the flames! New "Lima" Models!

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The Hobby Company, who used to be the Lima importer for its UK outline models, will start importing British outline models from Italy once again!

VI-TRAINS MODELS (Vicenza Trains Models) from Vicenza, Italy is a young company started from the two legendary model railway enterprises Lima & Rivarossi synonymous with high quality "Made In Italy" hobby products. VI-TRAINS productions are fully made and assembled in Vicenza, Italy and are realized from basic design to end product by employing the highest state-of-the-art technologies and machinery to ensure the complete appreciation by even the most demanding modeler and collector. All VI-TRAINS models feature super detailing, crisp paint work and lettering, and the powered units are famous for the power and smooth running. The company is made up of former Lima employees.

Click HERE to visit the Vi Trains website and to download their catalogue.

Model Rail Express magazine has reported that QUOTE model retailers have been receiving a four page leaflet which is very similar in design to the quarterly leaflets that The Hobby Company were distributing in the last few years that they importing Lima models into the UK.

The leaflet announces the pending release of an 00 gauge Class 37/4 and the manufacturer is Vi Trains who principally make HO scale trains for the Italian market. The Class 37 is claimed to be modelled to a very high standard. Six versions have been planned so far and these are: 37428 'David Lloyd George' in large logo blue, 37403 'Glendarroch' in Railfreight Distribution triple grey, 37423 'Sir Murray Morrison' in InterCity Mainline livery, 37411 'Caerphilly Castle/Castell Caerffili in BR green, 37414 'Cathays C&W Works 1846-1993' in Regional Railways livery and 37422 'Cardiff Canton' in EWS livery.

The first two models should be in the shops during February and these will be 37428 and 37414.

Click here to view the story at Model Rail Express magazine.

No prices have yet been confirmed however it is to be expected that these new models will be competitively priced. It will be interesting to see how these new models made in Italy compare with existing examples currently offered by other manufacturers.

Happy modelling
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I have ordered 2 examples from Kernow (add a pack of wheels or something over 10p and get free delivery) as I think its worth encouraging ViTrains to develop their UK market. The only worry I have (and its a small one at that) is the photo on the peco website looks a little plasticky. It looks like the Yellow is coloured plastic, not painted. Hopefully I'm wrong and these models will blow Bachmann out of the water. In fact with all the recent comments about Bachmanns up coming program perhaps we could ask ViTrains to also produce:

Class 40 (with correct body over bogie height)
Peaks (with nose seam)
And a number of other models we're all crying out for (blue pullman anyone?)
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