Has anybody removed the roof off an MM Mk2d?
Richie's post below mentions it popping off at the ends but mine also seem glued or friction fitted along the sides. I was hoping to put passengers in some coaches, add coach lighting, and respray the proper shade of tan/orange. If you had a photo of the inside of a roof that would be really helpful to see where they are attached. Thanks in advance. Noel
Thanks for that Jon. I guess I do mean the ventilators but am probably not old enough to remember anything older than a pair of sliding panes in the upper section of coach windows and the push down glass on the doors. I was surprised by how much they protruded fun the coach seen almost end on which I;d not noticed before.
So with the Bray Fair cancelled on Sunday I had a bit of spare time- Flying Scot upper tender body time!
With my plan on being able to remove the upper body I cut some waste brass sprue to make two brackets to hold it together on assembly, straps cut, scored for folding, and M2 bolt holes drilled..
All folded up and setup to mark holes in footplate
Captive M2 nuts about to be soldered on, using the excellent modellers tool to hold the nuts in place- cocktail sticks!
All soldered up with 180deg solder, soldered the folds also for a bit of rigidity
M2 holes in footplate were countersunk for the screws
After a few minor adjustments the upper body was installed and the unit was epoxied, making sure the footplate was not glued
While that was setting I started on the tender main frames, these needed the rivets embossed out first, the kit has half etched marks for this
This is a very handy rivet embossing tool which I made a new MDF table for, and I get to try it out for the first time here- its hard to hold a part in place with nothing to rest it or your hand on when using the punch, it works really well
Nice little embossed rivits
I then soldered on the frame steps, steps rivet detail, and the axle box keeper plates with 180deg solder
All cleaned up and frames now ready to be fitted to the footplate