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Hornby Maunsell coaches.

Posted: Wed May 27, 2020 8:55 am
by trerod
Hi, could a member tell me how to remove the body shell from the Chassis of a Hornby
Maunsell coach please.

Re: Hornby Maunsell coaches.

Posted: Wed May 27, 2020 9:27 am
by Bigmet
Like every newly tooled coach in the last 20 years, the body will clip onto the underframe. The basic technique is to ease the coloured body side away from the underframe, trying to identify where the clips are - usually three or four along the length of the coach side - inserting slips of card to prevent them re-engaging. Gently does it, I find a scalpel blade good, working in a bright light so you can see where it is going! The plastic is plenty elastic enough for this treatment. There have been some coaches where screws visible on the underside fixing the interior to the underframe can usefully be slackened or removed, but I haven't seen this in Hornby coaches I own.

Now wait for more specific advice from a Maunsell coach owner.

Hint for reassembly:

Make small register marks that will be out of sight once reassembled, to ensure underframe, interior and body shell all go back together the way they were originally aligned. Possibly just me, but I have found it surprisingly easy to get this wrong.

Re: Hornby Maunsell coaches.

Posted: Wed May 27, 2020 11:55 am
by RFS
There are 4 tabs at each corner. You need to carefully push these in with a small screwdriver. I've not opened one myself but if they're the same as the 2-BIL coaches then there's a tab in the centre as well. Best to slide a piece of plastic between the coach sides before pushing the tabs in.

Re: Hornby Maunsell coaches.

Posted: Wed May 27, 2020 12:13 pm
by Bigmet
RFS wrote:There are 4 tabs at each corner. You need to carefully push these in with a small screwdriver. I've not opened one myself but if they're the same as the 2-BIL coaches then there's a tab in the centre as well. Best to slide a piece of plastic between the coach sides before pushing the tabs in.

Would those tabs be clear plastic, moulded as part of the glazing insert?

Re: Hornby Maunsell coaches.

Posted: Wed May 27, 2020 12:35 pm
by RFS
On the 2-BILs they're clear plastic and part of the glazing. But just looked at a Maunsell coach and they're black so not sure what they're attached to. So have a look yourself - they're fairly obvious - but do proceed with caution!

Re: Hornby Maunsell coaches.

Posted: Wed May 27, 2020 2:13 pm
by Bigmet
That's worth knowing about as a possible variation in Hornby's construction. (I don't have any Maunsell coaches to look at.)

Anyhoo, over to 'trerod' who posed the original question of how to open them up...

Re: Hornby Maunsell coaches.

Posted: Wed May 27, 2020 4:17 pm
by 4472
I have a couple of Hornby coaches, 1 Pullman 1 dark green which both have screws which go from the underframe through plastic pillars to the roof. I unscrewed them but could not separate the coach body. Any ideas on these?

Re: Hornby Maunsell coaches.

Posted: Thu May 28, 2020 9:24 am
by Bigmet
4472 wrote:I have a couple of Hornby coaches, 1 Pullman 1 dark green which both have screws which go from the underframe through plastic pillars to the roof. I unscrewed them but could not separate the coach body.

That's Margate Triang to Hornby period construction. Typically the roof is also clipped in by lugs both ends, into locating slots visible within the gangways . Can be very tight, and I have seen plenty of examples where an owner has added paint, and that's gumming everything together, and sometimes polystyrene cement to fix damage or correct a little warping.

Take them out in the sunlight and have a good look all around, good lighting makes a huge difference in what you can see.

Re: Hornby Maunsell coaches.

Posted: Thu May 28, 2020 10:34 pm
by 4472
Thanks for the advice, removed roofs and then the rest of the body followed. Just got to install a few fare paying passengers !!