Atlas/Roco RS3 Hood Removal

Discussion in 'Diesel Locomotives' started by gstout, Mar 12, 2021.

  1. gstout

    gstout Member Supporter

    Does anyone remember how to remove the body shell from the above unit? I have a couple I want to repaint, and for the life of me, I can't remember how to release them from the chassis without breaking something.

  2. geep07

    geep07 Member

    Google it!
  3. magistrate

    magistrate Member

    As I recall you gently squeeze the body shell just above the walkways, first one end and then the other lifting gently at the same time. Once the body shell is off the walkway it should lift off.

  4. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Start by removing the handrails to prevent damage. Squeeze in on the sides of the front of the hood just above the walkway and pull upwards. The rear should follow.
  5. Coonskin

    Coonskin Member

    Yup, Robert and Keith have it. The Atlas/Kato RS-3's have little brittle (after all these years) tabs on the four corners that must be squeezed inward and to lift the shell off. Basically, right about the middle at the base of the radiator on the long hood, and the the battery boxes near the end on the short. To remove the walkway, you sort of have to jiggle it some for it to pass by the motor.

    As above: Don't forget to remove the handrails!
  6. gstout

    gstout Member Supporter

    Thanks everyone. I knew about the handrails, and I was pretty sure about squeezing the shell, but when it didn't lift off easily, I thought perhaps there was something I had forgotten.

  7. gstout

    gstout Member Supporter

    Done. Worked like a champ. Now it's on to the paint shop.

    Coonskin and modeltruckshop like this.

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