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Alterations

 
Alterations

Couplings

   
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In the terminus station the locomotives have to be separated from the trains. In the goods station waggons must be fetched and parked. To make this possible Herkat uncouplers have been installed. They can be adjusted exactly into the right height.The Arnold standard coupling is in use.The uncoupling can only work if the vehicles stop exactly on top of the uncoupler. The locomotives have to drive with an extreme slowness.
 
       
 
If the waggon couplings have not the same height, I bend them carefully. Sometimes one has to work on the springs, so that the couplings rise easily. With elder waggons the coupling boxes may be too large and the whole waggon is raised. With newer waggons it may occur, that the couplings don't hardly move upwards. I then work with my miniature files. In order to do shunting, my last solution is to replace the whole chassis.
 
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Covered Waggon Kw (G 10)

   
From the Brawa model I removed a small part of the chassis above the couplings with my Roco saw and my miniature files. With a 10/0 paint brush I put Humbrol 27 colour upon the white plastic. Within the coupling boxes I bent the small peg in the middle by 45 degrees upwards. Now my waggon is perfectly able to couple and with my Herkat uncouplers to uncouple on a straight track. The nervous stress to reput the springs of the coupling kinematics during the assemby however is quite important.
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Beerwaggon Kwf (G 10)

 
The Arnold model 4262 received the chassis of the HN6353. To make the body fit with the chassis, I filed away 3 mm of plastic from the crossbeam on both sides of the tube for the screw. I also shortened the proper tube for the screw. On the new chassis I painted the RENFE inscription in black. Above the running board I wrote CFL with Microscale 70101 decal letters. Finally the lateral part of the chassis received a thin Humbrol satin cote.
 
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  Minitrix Points

   
       
 
The point motor is turned the other way round by putting a right motor on a left point. As the small red lever is not deep enough, the motor slides underneath. The point does not change its position.The turned point shows the small red lever. A thin and tiny plastic sheet is made with a cutter. It is glued with a drop of instant glue on a pin.
 
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The point is weathered and installed. You can see the tiny yellow sheet under the red lever. In order to stabilize the point motor, a support is installed and adjusted with the help of grey and yellow sheets. The installed motor lies in a perfect horizontal position. It works reliably.The camouflage sheet is screwed on top of the hole.
 
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Locomotives of the Series 800

   
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From the Arnold 5114 model I only used the body, the wheels and the couplings. The body received a cabin out of 0,25 mm plastic sheets. It was decorated with Platikote 22105 and Microscale 87-1061 as well as 70106 decals. The logos were developed by Decalo de and printed by Druckeronkel de in high-end digital.The couplings were cut, filed and put together with instant glue. With the help of Fohrmann tools, I put the wheels upon the axles of the HN2259. I covered the chassis of the HN2259 at the sides and at the ends with 0,25 mm sheets. For the stairs I filed and glued Evergreen 153. The lamps are Evergreen 222. The tank was created  with  Evergreen 248 and 153. The chassis was decorated with Platikote 22100 and Microscale decals. The buffers are Kato K2880-25B.
       
   
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I could use the Lifelike models 7867 and 7868 integrally. From the zinc chassis I removed a part at the rear. The door in the middle of the cabin has to reach the chassis. The hole on the chassis floor  was filled with small plastic sheets at this place. The sides and the ends of the chassis were covered with 0,25 mm sheets. The stairs, the tanks and the lamps were made out of Evergreen Strips. The body received a new cabin of 0,25 mm sheets. The models were decorated as formerly described. I removed 1 mm from the top of the Rapido couplings, so that they couple more easily with other vehicles.
       
   

Locomotives of the Series 850 and 900

 
My Roco 23115.1 locomotive had bad slow running performances for shunting. I sent it with this problem to Sb-Modellbau in Olching. They cleaned the gear and the worms, checked the lateral rotation of the bogies and installed a motor with ironless rotor. I turned the switching board the other way round and redressed the contact sheet on top of it. Now the machine starts under 3 V. In analog operation slow shunting is now possible. In the little clip besides you can see the Sb transformation in the front and the Roco 23225.1 in the back.
 
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The Formula Sports Roco locomotive 210116 received a new, self-made, plastic chimney. The decoration stripes were removed with nail varnish remover. On the cabin I shut the inferior holes for the railings with Humbrol Modelfiller. The body, as well as the cabin, were painted wine red with Plastikote 22105 spray. The new stripes are Microscale New Haven 87-1061 decals of 5 inches. The numbers are Microscale 70106 Gothic Railroad Letters and Numbers Yellow. They were placed with Micro Set and Micro Sol. A transparent satin coat of Plastikote  was applied upon.
 
From the railings I removed the inferior crossbeams with my miniature pliers. At the front and at the back their inferior part was painted in yellow. On the chassis I put small yellow stripes with decals near the stairs. Drim 3D buffers have been installed. The motor coals have been replaced. The collector, the gearwheels and the sliding contacts of the wheels and the bogies have been cleaned. The worms and the gearwheels have been oiled. The five pole motor turns rather slowly now and the slow driving performances are quite good. For optical reasons, I put Fleischmann 53717400 wheels. 
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Using the same method I also altered the 851 and 903. For the chimney I used an Evergreen 188 Strip, into which I drilled holes with my Proxxon. After this I used the file on it, so that it became slightly inclined to the top. The driving performances of the 851 were bad in spite of the 5pole motor. The gears of one of the bogies were jaming. One wheelset was not large enough and therefore had no lateral play. With Fohrmann special tools I tore the wheels slightly apart. My second MBM 854 received a black  chassis from the Fleischmann 931604, which was available in 2017. Adapting the cabin, I used the file on the roof and on the ancient chimneys.The holes for the lower crossbeams of the railings were closed with Humbrol Modelfiller.
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Motorcoaches of the Series 100

   

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The Guarniero model N-D003 of the 105 motorcoach was at that time unable to run on the radius of my track spiral. Therefore I had removed the bogie flancs. In 2016 Guarniero offered  an edition with altered bogies. I inspired me on this. The upper parts of the bogies were cut with my Proxxon cutting disc and filed. In the bend neither the bogies nor the wheels are to touch the body. Afterwards the bogies received a black colour coat with the paint brush.
 
       
   
Railcars of the Series 150
   
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From the Fleischmann 7401 model I cut out the old window bars. With instant glue I fixed Evergreen 142 strips to the appropriate places. On the front and in the rear of the roof I fixed bended metal sheet. I filled the hollow spaces with Stabilit Express  and abraded them with sand-paper. I filled the third window in the middle of the doors with Stabilit Express. Afterwards I worked cautiously with the miniature file until there remained only two windows.The chimney is a sawn off toothpick. I cut open the chassis until the 42014 Sb-Modellbau fitted inside. With thin brass screws and glued nuts the chassis was fixed.
       
   
On the front and in the rear I filed holes for the coupling bars.  Underneath I bended rail guards out of 0,3 mm wire and fixed them. A thin metal sheet came above the motor in the case it might heat. I made the interior fittings out of plastic sheets and fixed them. I also installed sawn off figurines. I soldered two cables on to the lighting set.The front windows are Fleischmann. The lateral panes have been filed one by one out of transparent scheets. The airing stripes are Microscale 71114 decals. The model was painted with Plasikote sprays.The insciptions are Microscale 70106 decals.The curtains are yellow Busch plastic sheets.
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Railcar 161
   
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The Fleischmann 740204 model was repainted with Plastikote sprays. The insciptions are Microscale 70106 decals.The lateral windows are Piko A065230 from the online shop. With the cutter I shortened them at the bottom so that they fitted. For the door windows I used the Fleischmann parts. Into the model I glued sawn off figurines. On the chassis I removed the Indusi magnets with my Proxxon. With the brush I painted the bright spots in black.

Locomotives of the Series 1800

   
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My MTE 1814 model has a grey chassis from the Brawa 61123. The wheels with pneus were replaced by 0008765.00. I removed the bogie flancs. In the Märklin online shop I ordered the  item 305216 for the Minitrix Nohab. I cut, filed and glued it on to the Brawa bogies. On the down sides of the Brawa chassis I glued 1 mm Busch plastic sheets. I adaptet their size with the file to the MTE resin body. I imitated the fuel tank beneath the loco with 0,3 mm Evergreen sheets. Sparerooms underneath the chassis were filled with lead sheets. Everything was painted with the brush and Humbrol enamel colours.
 
       
   
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With the 1803 I proceeded to almost the same alterations on the shorter Minitrix 2020 chassis. I sligtly lenghtened the bogies to the front. Longer couplins 0291-10 for the Arnold Uerdinger  were installed. Small Evergreen 0,3 mm sheets were fixed at the front and at the sides with instant glue. Afterwards the hollow spaces were filled with Stabilit Express and filed. On the sides of the bogies I fixed stairs made of 0,3 mm wire underneath the doors of the body. Inside the resine body I glued thin plastic sheets until it fitted perfectly with the chassis. With thin stripes of adhesive tape for photographs and cardboard the body was fixed upon the chassis.

The Quarry Railway on Z Track

   
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I built the locomotive using the B60 Busch model. The cabin was made of Busch sheets into witch I filed windows and doors.The ventilation grilles were made with the help of Evergreen stripes and wire mesh. The chimney is a brass pipe. The model was painted with Plastikote spray. The letterings are self-made decals. Because of the Busch magnet system metal sheets have to be placed underneath the tracks.
 
       
 
The lorries were completey built out of Evergreen stripes and sheets. They were painted by the brush with Humbrol colours.The peaks of the Märklin 700810 wheels were abraded by the Proxxon. They were burnished and because of their weight, the vehicles run very well. With hooks plied out of 0,3 mm wire the locomotive and the lorries are tied together.
 
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The Faller Car System

   
       
 
The 162004 lorry was altered in order to deliver wine from the Moselle to the people. I filed  a Lemke Krupp Titan cabin  until it fitted  the Faller chassis. I painted my first alteration with the paint brush. The inscriptions were made in the Word programme of the PC. I printed them by ink-jet on white self-adhesive Micro Application film and on transparent Microscale decals. I placed them on to the lorry using Microscale products. In the end I sprayed a coat of Plasikote Clear Sealer.
 
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The Faller 162046 lorry received a few paintig improvements with the paint brush. The inscription is a self-adhesive Micro Application film. All the cars received license plates. They were made with Adobe Photoshop. I sprayed the Simon bus with Plastkote and lettered it with decals.The beer lorry is the Faller 162051 item. Again I filed on the cabin of a Lemke Büssing. The lorry was sprayed in two colours with Plastikote. The lower inscriptions are single letters of the Microscale programme.
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All over the country are small wooden houses of the "Ponts et Chaussées" next to the roads. I have reconstructed such a typical building.The planks were scratched with a cutter into Busch plastic sheets 7203. The  stone base was made out of a Kibri sheet 7961 and the roof of a sheet 7971. I painted everything with Humbrol colours 31, 62 and the roof with a mixture of my own.
 
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