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Old 07-22-2020, 09:11 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by zubi View Post
Interesting to hear that Maerklin makes their Ltd Eds in house now.
Maerklin has always made their high-end models in house.
They use a different technique than the earlier LGB Magnus and Aster models which were basically hand-made models constructed of brass and stainless steel.

The new 'limited edition' LGB models use the Maerklin technique of "Mixed construction die casting / brass centrifugal casting" - on-line translation of
"Mischbauweise Druckguss / Messing-Schleuderguss" which Maerklin has used for years.
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Old 07-23-2020, 08:20 AM   #12 (permalink)
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KRS, thank you for this information. I wonder what the die castings are. This may be Zamak. I guess someone who owns Maerklin metal models in 1:32 could verify. I would say, technically, they are all hand made models in these quantities. Magnus and Aster are not comparable however, although they used the same approach of utilising LGB parts such as motors, wheels and even parts of the drive blocks. Magnus models consist of a lot of white metal glued together with steel and brass while Aster models are extremely strong brass and steel held together by screws and welding. Although there were also a few plastic parts on Aster/LGB, especially on HSB 2-10-2. Best wishes from Indoors, Zubi
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