The boiler shell in pewter is the way to go. It has been done extensively in Nn3 and works a charm. The Marklin chassis is isolated from the track pickups so no shorting out as long as you tape the pickup copper traces on the side of the chassis before dropping the pewter one in place. Or a thing piece of styrene can be used glued to the inside of the pewter shell.
--- In email@example.com, "Loren" <ljsnyder@...> wrote:
> Ok Jim,
> I've got an idea......you buy 999 of them and I'll buy a
> couple...........and I'll thank you for helping to lower the price ok? :o)
> This is looking good from where we sit. Karin finally landed a used, 5 pole
> Mikado on Ebay so now we have something to convert over when the time comes.
> I'd like opinions here.........what if the shell itself were cast out of
> metal? Would the added weight be a plus, or would the metal chassis and
> shell be too much for the motor to pull let alone the string of cars behind
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jim O'Connell" <jimo.crcmnvgtr@...>
> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, July 01, 2009 2:01 PM
> Subject: [Z_Scale] 2-8-2 Shell Update
> > Friends, there will be other updates from the manufacture concerning the
> > 2-8-2 chassis and other releases. Reservations (cost unknown at this time)
> > will commence on July 14 with delivery on or about September 26 this year.
> > The chassis will be black pewter and there will be a tender available. On
> > Sept. 15th the manufacturer will release a Z catolog of available parts to
> > constuct your own modifications from the boiler up. Remember the more
> > orders the cheaper this is for all of us. Cheers, Jim CCRR