Life Like SW1200 Undecorated-Major Dismantling Process

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

  1. HPRL

    HPRL Member

    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

    ReefBlueCoupe Member

    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

    Delamaize Member

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

    csxengineer Member

    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

    HPRL Member

    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.

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