Piko DB Armh216 coach after improvement.
This coach is relatively simplified, as are all the older Piko models, but its interior fittings really stand out like a sore thumb: it’s a single piece of pistachio green plastic.
We will see that the actual interior fittings have nothing to do with Piko’s green part. First, a view of a compartment and a wall with a shelf.
Next, a view of the dining room.
Finally, two views of the kitchen, the first towards the end, the second towards the dining room.
Photos © Friedhelm Schlender 2007.
Disassembling the coach doesn’t pose any particular difficulty, by sliding a plastic card between the chassis and the body, as usual.
To make airbrushing easier, I cut the interior fittings in three parts corresponding to three areas: compartments, restaurant, kitchen. Each part will keep four lugs to fix it to the chassis: no problem with this.
I will of course simplify or even interpret the decoration of the real coach.
Here are the colours used:
These colours are applied with an airbrush.
Then the restaurant table tops are painted white with a brush. The floors (although almost invisible except in the compartments) are painted in medium grey. In the dining room, I prefer to leave the floor blue, as contouring the seats would be tricky to do properly.