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Offline Zme  
#1 Posted : 27 October 2020 05:02:00(UTC)

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Hi everyone

The collector in my caused me to purchase on of those special advertising limited edition sets. I checked on this set and it is possible only about 100 were produced. I was excited when it arrived today and I can tell you, it looks like it has never been used. No wheel wear, the track looks new and it is all there, the box still has those small track lockdown clips for shipping and even the small stick pin souvenir. I really like it.

It includes a BR 89 and two imprinted freight wagons. It is an older set with the black plastic wheels on the wagons, so it goes back some.

My issue with this set is that the one refrigerator wagon is warped. When looked at from above the roof bends significantly. Cursing The 89 is perfect, like new, the tank wagon is flawless.

I have seen this before with other early refrigerator wagons so I think it is a factory flaw.

My question is, do you think this could be straightened somehow? On the other hand should I not mess with it?

Wish it was all perfect but can it be fixed? I was just going to keep it as a collectors item not really run it.


Best wishes.

Offline JohnjeanB  
#2 Posted : 27 October 2020 14:21:20(UTC)

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Hi Dwight
Possibly if you post a picture of your model would help find a solution.
I have seen a similar problem with HO cars from 1955 built with a Zamak superstructure and a "Thermoplastic" body; the 4606.
On this picture from the LokMuseum you can clearly see the bending
4606 NiederbordWagen.jpg

The thermoplastic has shrunk and not the Zamak underframe so the body is bent. In this case nothing can be done
May be in your case there is a sheet metal inside that could be corrected?
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Offline Zme  
#3 Posted : 27 October 2020 15:48:41(UTC)

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Thank you for your observation.

From above, the warp is very visible. Looks like this has a plastic floor.



I am not certain I would be able to work on this. This wagon looks real great in the box. May need to keep it there.


Offline Zme  
#4 Posted : 29 October 2020 05:30:55(UTC)

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Guess I will not mess with it. This is just a collectors item, not intended for actual use.

Perhaps I will find an undamaged Hirschmann refrigerator wagon some day. Who knows, could happen. If you have one, let me know and at the very least I will know it does exist. After all,it is possible all of these were defective right from the factory.

Best wishes

Offline Carim  
#5 Posted : 29 October 2020 11:03:20(UTC)

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Originally Posted by: Zme Go to Quoted Post

Guess I will not mess with it.

Yes, that's probably the best thing to do. It looks like it needs a complete re-build, almost scratch build the entire wagon; so what you'd end up with wouldn't be a Märklin wagon.

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