Need Some Help with my Doodlebug

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Chessie6459, Jan 13, 2005.

  1. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    Tonight i started to take my HO Scale Spectrum Doodlebug apart and ran into a problem. For some reason or another i can not get the shell off of the car body. I have tried, pulling, prying & other things to get it off but it will not come off. The reason i want to take it off is so i can airbrush some dirt and grim on the trucks of the doodlebug. I would like to have it apart by tonight because it is supposed to be really nice out tomorrow and while it is nice i would like to get this done. So can anyone with advise please help me out with this?
  2. shaygetz

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    I got it straight from the Bach-Man hissef when I tried to put a decoder in mine.

    Turn it on its roof. Using a small screwdriver, start at one end and gently pry the side away. Insert a round or square (not flat) toothpick into the gap. Proceed down the side using about 4-5 'picks 'til you get to the end then repeat down the other side. Tip it topside up and it will work itself out.
  3. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    Thank You Bob for the help :wave:
  4. kchronister

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    Let us know how it goes. I had a helluva time getting it off even using that method -- found it impossible to do w/o some of the windows breaking off and needing reglued.
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    Let us know how it goes. I had a helluva time getting it off even using that method -- found it impossible to do w/o some of the windows breaking off and needing reglued.
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    Let us know how it goes. I had a helluva time getting it off even using that method -- found it impossible to do w/o some of the windows breaking off and needing reglued.
  7. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    If all you want to do is airbriush grime on the trucks, just mask of the body and paint away! No need to remove the shell in what sounds like a bit of an onerous operation...

    Andrew
  8. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    I got the shell off. Took just a little bit of time. Andrew i wanted to do it this way in fear of me getting paint all over the shell and then having to go and look for another one. I know that might sound weird but this is my first big step into airbrushing. ;) I just want to be careful. LOL :D

    Again i Thank Bob for the idea & help :wave:
  9. shaygetz

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    Glad it worked for you, Matthew.