RE: USA Conversion shell for 8800/05
- Hi everyone,
I've been lurking here for a little while since I am new to Z and
just soaking up the knowledge. However, the mention of the ISM Alco
0-6-0 replacement shell for the 8805 received my full attention. I
purchased one of these pieces of junk to add to my American
prototypes. Of course I sent it to the Stiskas to be checked and
relubed. They tried very hard to make the thing run, but due to the
badly made shell they were unsuccessful. Apparently, there are two
major problems. The shell is too heavy and the inside of the shell is
too small for the 8805. Both of these situations caused the motor to
short out. I guess you could bore out a larger hole as Jeffrey has
explained, and purchase a new 8805 and it would run. Being a newbie I
have neither the experience nor the extra cash/time to do this right
now. So there it sits, a $150.00 display item. If Bill Kronenberger
doesn't take it off my hands, off to E-Bay it goes.
Thanks to everyone on this list for your great insights.
p.s. Anders, thanks for your vacation highlights. I enjoyed it.
On 25 Aug 1999 14:35:20 -0000, you wrote:
> From: "Jeffrey MacHan" <jmac_han@...>
>Subject: RE: USA Conversion shell for 8800/05
>Its good to see some exchanges taking place. I guess everyone is on
>holiday, gardening or off line!
>Re: Alco 0-6-0 conversion kit for Marklin 8800/05
>The conversion shell that is being mentioned is / was manufactured by In
>Service Miniatures, P.O. Box 490, Monee, Illinois 60449-0490. I don't
>believe that the company is still in operation.
>The kit is white metal painted in flat black and is comprised of the main
>shell patterned after an Alco tank loco and two running boards with steps
>for switchmen for the front and back of the loco. These boards are a nice
>touch as they cover the buffer holes in the 8800 chassis.
>The inside of the shell does need to be enlarged slightly with a round head
>dremel cutting tool and files. It took me about 45 minutes to make the
>shell fit. It is tight but removable. The running boards will block short
>shank MT couplers but will not interfere with medium and long shank
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