HO model detailing: Can the roof of Trax (Powerline) coaches be easily removed?

 
Topic moved from New South Wales by dthead on 13 Apr 2019 16:57
  jdmilne Beginner

I have acquired some HO Trax (Powerline) carriages and can see that a number of outlets produce/sell interiors and better windows than the original model. Because the carriage sides and floor are one injection, the only way to upgrade these interiors must be through the roof. Is there a simple way to get it off?

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  apw5910 Deputy Commissioner

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There are three or four catches molded into the clear plastic windows on each side. These have to be pushed in slightly (and/or the top of the window where they catch bent out slightly), and a thumbnail or similar size wedge gently worked into the area just above the catch between the carriage side and the roof. When all are released, the top comes off easily, but BE CAREFUL! If the coaches are getting old, the plastic is also getting brittle and will scratch or crack.

ps When you get it apart, file the catches down so they are almost flat. They don't need to be anything like as large as they are, they are way too obvious, and it will make it a lot easier to get the carriage apart next time.
  DJPeters Assistant Commissioner

Now if you can get the roof off and you are inclined to get the better windows for the cars as well as the interiors for them then you can remove the old windows entirely but leave about 5 mm or less of the windows under the roof edges as this will locate the roof for you. You then have to work out how to hold the roof on securely though after sawing the original windows off.
  jdmilne Beginner

Now if you can get the roof off and you are inclined to get the better windows for the cars as well as the interiors for them then you can remove the old windows entirely but leave about 5 mm or less of the windows under the roof edges as this will locate the roof for you. You then have to work out how to hold the roof on securely though after sawing the original windows off.
DJPeters
Thanks. This has been most helpful.
  jdmilne Beginner

There are three or four catches molded into the clear plastic windows on each side. These have to be pushed in slightly (and/or the top of the window where they catch bent out slightly), and a thumbnail or similar size wedge gently worked into the area just above the catch between the carriage side and the roof. When all are released, the top comes off easily, but BE CAREFUL! If the coaches are getting old, the plastic is also getting brittle and will scratch or crack.

ps When you get it apart, file the catches down so they are almost flat. They don't need to be anything like as large as they are, they are way too obvious, and it will make it a lot easier to get the carriage apart next time.
apw5910
Thanks for your help.

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