How to dissassemble a TYCO Caboose

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by CNWman, Nov 26, 2007.

  1. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    Hi all:wave:

    My latest project after fixing up a defective coupler plate on an old Athearn kit custom-painted, my new project is trying to improve an old TYCO caboose I got free from a junk box in a San Francissco hobby shop along with the hustler and two other cars. I have succesfully removes the end-laders and trucks, but that's as far as I got, because I cannot take this thing apart! the body seems to be latched on the base, which is preventing it's removal, and the view cab also is attached in some way that seems impossible to undo! Can someone help me, or will this thing have to stay together forever? Here are some pics:
    This caboose seems to have been in a set, for one of the cars I got along with it seems to have been from the same package, but that's all I know.
  2. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    I don't think its latched, but glued together.
    I had a couple of Tyco cars I wanted to fix, but trying to part the underframe from the body, ended up in a couple of cracked shells.
  3. Kevinkrey

    Kevinkrey Member

    What do you want to do by taking it apart, cant you detail it (if that is what you are doing) while it is together? What do you mean by "fix it up"?​
  4. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    In your first photo, those two dark slots in the top edge of the lower orange stripe should be where tabs on the edge of the floor engage to hold the floor in place. Working from the underside of the floor, you should be able to insert the tip of a small screwdriver between the edge of the floor and the inside face of the side wall. If it inserts easily, then it's unlikely that anything is glued together, so you should be able to give the screwdriver a bit of a twist to spread the body, then pry up a little to lift the tab away from the slot.
    For the cupola, using your thumb and forefinger, grasp the ends of it down close to the top of the main roof, and squeeze. This should disengage the tabs that hold it in place. Then simply lift it off.

    If the floor is glued into the body, you should be able to slip the blade of your X-Acto knife into the joint, then carefully work it around the perimeter of the floor. Then remove it as described above.

  5. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    Well, weathering some parts of the model would be ALOT easier, and there's the problem of the caboose's quite noticeable lack of windows, which makes it lok even more toy like.
  6. tetters

    tetters Rail Spiking Fool!

    Clamp it in a vice, fire up the reciprocating saw and have at 'er! That should have it apart in no time!
  7. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    Problem is, I don't own a vice or a reciprocating saw!
  8. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    If all you want to do it repaint/weather it and glaze the windows, you do not need to take it apart.

    Painting from the outside is kinda obvious... ;).

    "Microclear" is a liquid window glaze that you can add with a toothpick... I have not tried it, but have seen results that look good. I intend to use it on a CN caboose project where the windows were flush mounted.

    One reason you might want to disassemble it is to add weight. Those Tycos are notoriously light...

  9. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    It was primarly the windows behind the reason to dissasemble this car, because it has none, just empty space. I could fix that with clear plastic at the least, but the car's design prevents me from doing that to the main body, let alone the view cab. Also, you're right about the weight problem. The other TYCO I got along with this one has a weight about twice the size of a peice of chewing gum, and can't take curves at high speeds. Then again, TYCO was aimed towards the young kids, not the modler.
  10. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

    I have used it with success in small building windows and some vehicles that didn't come with windows (alloy Forms).
  11. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Thanks for the confirmation Glen!

    But it's the kids that want to take the curves at high speed right...?! ;) :D So those Tycos should weigh a ton!

  12. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    Well, in all logical sense, it SHOULD by all means. However, TYCO's train line was aparently low quality through and through:cry:. At least my caboose can be saved, unlike the TYCO GG1:eek:
  13. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    I think there was a member here who had a tag line (I'm paraphrasing):

    [Nothing] is completely useless. [It] can always serve as a bad example...

    ;) :D

  14. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    So, did you manage to take it apart?

  15. JR&Son

    JR&Son Member

    I have a thought
    RBFH should do the trick

  16. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    :D sign1

  17. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan

    RBFH? What's that?:confused:
  18. scubadude

    scubadude Member

    RBFH - my guess it is a Real Big Flogging Hammer sign1
  19. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Really Big [ahem] Hammer.


  20. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    We get the drift, but shouldn't it be RFBH? ;):-D

    The "F", because of its ending, is an adverb, modifying the adjective "B".:p


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