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Old 04-14-2020, 11:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone know who is making the Class HG 4/4 Cog Wheel Steam Locomotive for Maerklin/LGB? The prototype appears to be partly styrene. I wonder if the final product will be all metal... Best wishes from Indoors, Zubi
https://www.maerklinshop.de/en/lgb/g...eam-locomotive
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Old 04-15-2020, 12:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Not sure who is making the locomotive but description says all heavy metal construction so guessing it will be all metal with probably cast brass detail parts.


Interesting prototype.
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Old 04-15-2020, 12:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Both Kiss and LGB are coming out with this loco.


The LGB one is a combination of die-cast metal and brass
The Kiss one is all brass


There was a discussion on the net which approach is better.
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Old 04-15-2020, 02:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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...yes, I know Kiss has it scheduled for release too, LGB seems to be trying to throw a spanner into their works... even worse, Kiss has now filed for bankruptcy protection due to COVID19 so they may actually go belly up and not release this or any other locos (made in China). Kiss castings are excellent and so is their bodywork. The castings on LGB prototype look acceptable but not brilliant. Die-cast metal probably means Zamak which is less than great. Still, I would like to know who is actually building this locomotive for LGB. Best wishes from Indoors, Zubi
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Old 04-15-2020, 02:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Filing for bankruptcy may actually save a company, and let them re-start later, or perhaps makes funds available, so I would not interpret this as the end of Kiss.
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