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    Default How to remove N Scale locomotive body shell from chassis

    How to remove locomotive body shell from chassis. This video is 4 years old but worth the watch and learn for newbie.

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    Just a warning the dropping can dislodge the Kato pickup strip in the chassis. Might also make it easier to dislodge the small parts that are attached to the shell and not glued in. Now I only drop it about 1 to 1.5" to dislodge about half way, then wiggle the shell off the rest of the way, less disturbance to small parts.
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    Um, no thanks. It's just as easy to grab the fuel tank in one hand, the shell in the other and gradually wiggle it apart, end-to-end. Too many delicate parts to risk with a drop, even if it's only 1-2 inches.
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    I have had to use this on some persnickety engines, and while I can say it works, I can also say I've had to glue plows and other details back on afterwords.
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    I haven't broken any parts yet using this method. When trying to just pull the hood off of the chassis, I have broken handrails on units when the walkway decides to separate from the hood.
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    This doesn't work on all locomotives. I use the method but prefer a shorter drop even if it takes a couple more drops.
    I discovered the technique trying to install a decoder into an Atlas GP7. The NCE instructions suggested this. It was the only way I could get that shell off.
    I have 2 Lifelike F units and 2 E units that this method does not work on. I had a Kato F3 A & B unit that this method didn't work on either.
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    Kato and Atlas seem to work for me using this technique. I found it is best to check out Spookshow before attempting this method though. A couple of manufacturers use multiple tabs to keep a shell on which prevents the drop method from working, requiring some finesse with a toothpick. Spookshow normally identifies these variants and has helped me avoid some potentially frustrating situations in the past.
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    I had to remove the shell on one of my Fox Valley engines a few days ago and i used the grab the fuel tank and pull technique. was scared i was goin to break something but even though i ended up pulling the tank off the shell came off but it just took a bit more force then i would have expected.

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    You never lose if you have four toothpiks. I slowly insert between shell and frame near each side of the trucks. Just enough to allow a gap. Then slowly rock the shell up and away from the frame. Seems to work on everything. Have patience, and watch for fragile details.

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