Dismantling is quite easy. The chassis is held between upper, rather fragile, hook-like clips and lower ones. There is no need for plastic cards, as the walls don’t need to be pulled apart, but simply unclip the lower clips.
In this photo, we can see the mild steel bogie pivots (some are rusty…) threaded and flattened in the middle to prevent their rotation. They have a part that protrudes into the rooms, probably to connect wires. This solution is not very discreet and these excrescences will be removed.
I want to dismantle these pseudo light ducts and mill them to make room for the LEDs. It is of course possible to leave them in place for this operation, at the cost of a lot of dust inside the coach, not to mention the risk of damaging the body. Some are not glued much, others too much, as usual…
I start by cutting the soft glue studs, which has well attacked the plastic.
Then I gradually lift the part with a small screwdriver and cocktail picks.
The glue finally gives way. Here is the result:
As is often the case, the removal of the glue is the hardest work.
In this photo we can see that the top of the gangway has also been milled, but this proved to be unnecessary.
As the doors are translucent, as we will see later, there are two solutions: either not to light the platforms or to paint the doors; they are the only parts of the body that are not painted (inside)!
I chose the second solution… Fortunately, the doors are quite easy to remove, with four small clips. Unfortunately, the glazing is well glued (it also depends on the copies; on the first 2009 series, it is often easy to remove them by sliding a blade. But you must keep the match between door and glazing because the gluing leaves irregularities that would prevent correct reassembly). If unsticking is not possible, we must paint over it.
The four small door clips (A) and the frame attachment system (B) are clearly visible here.
On the glazing are represented a handrail and even the door handle! It is invisible from the outside… I’m going to paint it in silver paint, the most effective way to cut off the light transmission.
The interior fittings must be disassembled to remove and then shorten the bogie pivots. It is clipped at four points on each side. No particular difficulty. It should be noted, however, that parts such as seats, shelves, glass partitions and luggage racks are likely to come loose during handling.
There are two small weights. The metal bogie pivots protruding on the inside are simply placed, not glued, so they are easy to remove for sawing the protrusion.