Life Like SW1200 Undecorated-Major Dismantling Process

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by HPRL, Jan 11, 2006.

  1. HPRL

    HPRL Member

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    Oh, Wow: I just took apart my new undecorated Life Like SW1200 Switcher. Has anyone taken one of these apart? What a task that was. I took it apart to paint my HPRL colors and apply the decals. I am doing the painting now.

    I think I will have to put a DZ143 decoder in it before I put it back together – IF I can get it back together. Already lost a detail railing that popped and flew over my head during the dismantling. Hope it runs after all this work.
  2. ReefBlueCoupe

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    I hope you're wearing safety glasses.. optomologists probably aren't used to pulling locomotive railings out of peoples eyes goldtoth1

    Got any pics of the project?
  3. Delamaize

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    the easyest way is to put it in the cab and modify the cabweight.
  4. csxengineer

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    me too

    repainted four of them already. Not fun. Want harder? disassemble an atlas mp-15 and put back together without braking something. as for decoder, can't help you, but let me know how it works out.
  5. HPRL

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    Thanks everyone for your thoughts & input. Well let's put it this way...It is already taken apart. I am putting the final coat of my HPRL paint scheam today. I have replaced the copper contact that snapped off during he dismantling process. I will be placing the DZ143 decoder in before I put it back together as I do not want to take it apart again. Unfortunately I still have not found the tiny rail that popped during the dismantling. When it is completed, I will need to post some photographs. However, all in all, I am keeping a good attitude about it because I love the hobby.