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

Australia   
Joined: 21/05/2004(UTC)
Posts: 1,290
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
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.

modelling 1954 Germany (era IIIa)
Offline CCS800KrokHunter3  
#2 Posted : 04 March 2019 07:35:18(UTC)
CCS800KrokHunter3

United States   
Joined: 03/04/2007(UTC)
Posts: 1,563
Hello,

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,

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

Spain   
Joined: 25/08/2004(UTC)
Posts: 186
Location: Madrid,
Hello

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
www.raildigital.es/davidruso
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Offline Minok  
#4 Posted : 04 March 2019 20:53:23(UTC)
Minok

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Location: Washington, Pacific Northwest
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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