Lima produced accurate models for the time which can be acquired very cheaply today. TIM SHACKLETON shows how upgrades to detail and chassis can transform their appearance and operation at a fraction of the cost of a brand-new model.
IT IS EASY to overlook the level of innovation that Vicenza-based manufacturer Lima brought to the party. Thirty-odd years ago, the quality of its pattern-making and moulding work was in a league of its own – with the occasional exception such as the ‘OO’ gauge Class 55 ‘Deltic’ and Class 08 shunter. Access to state-of-the-art printing technology allowed the Italian firm to offer short runs and limited editions in numbers never previously considered economic. Only the mechanisms let them down.