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Offline applor  
#1 Posted : 04 March 2019 06:14:53(UTC)

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Hi guys,

Can anyone tell me what type of metal current Marklin locos are made with for the body?
I need to drill and tap some holes in my BR42.90 (39161) to secure a HLA motor so it would be good to know what I'm working with.

Edited by moderator 04 March 2019 09:40:11(UTC)  | Reason: Added capitialisation at start of topic heading.

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Offline CCS800KrokHunter3  
#2 Posted : 04 March 2019 07:35:18(UTC)

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I believe they are diecast Zinc or an alloy made primarily of Zinc. You should have no problem drilling and tapping with Zinc.

All the best,

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Offline amartinezv  
#3 Posted : 04 March 2019 10:56:32(UTC)

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Location: Madrid,

Actually the name of the material is Zamac or Zamak, it is an alloy of zinc with aluminum, magnesium and copper.

In internet and in the wikipedia there is enough information about it.

Best regards
Antonio Martínez
marklin, IB, era 3, Train controller
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Offline Minok  
#4 Posted : 04 March 2019 20:53:23(UTC)

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It is a very specific zinc alloy. Its when the alloy isn't properly made (wrong proportions or conditions) I think that the zinkpest issue arises. But in general , its zinc, and a workable material.
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