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Stripping Atlas shells
« on: July 12, 2010, 05:42:39 PM »
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I know that stripping a Kato shell is a major production, but how about Atlas shells? In particular, newer releases such as the C630?
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Re: Stripping Atlas shells
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2010, 05:54:01 PM »
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90% alcohol gets it all off in about 10-15 minutes.
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Re: Stripping Atlas shells
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2010, 06:07:42 PM »
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90% alcohol gets it all off in about 10-15 minutes.

mine still has some of the PC black on it and the outlines of pad printing.  90% alcohol got it close...
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Re: Stripping Atlas shells
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2010, 09:44:00 PM »
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Thanks, Guys. So no half life like Kato paint. I'm mulling over getting a few CN C630's in their original big noodle scheme that will need some paint removed to become zebras.
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Re: Stripping Atlas shells
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2010, 10:30:55 PM »
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Thanks, Guys. So no half life like Kato paint. I'm mulling over getting a few CN C630's in their original big noodle scheme that will need some paint removed to become zebras.

Atlas shells are really easy, but at a mere $12 per fully-assembled Undec body from Atlas I'd consider going that route and saving myself the time and effort.  Sell your big-noodle bodies on eBay for $10 and you about break-even on the deal and take no work at all.

Or the main body is just $2 plus the radiator for $0.40, and you've got the hardest parts to strip for just $2.40.  The paint on the smooth tank and cab just falls right off.  Then you can put the big-noodle bodies into the scrap bin for some project later.

It's really amazing how cheap Atlas plastic parts are.  It's only when you start buying mechanisms that you pay out the wazzoo.  $50 on their online store can buy you enough miscellaneous locomotive components to keep your bashing locos for years.
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Re: Stripping Atlas shells
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2010, 09:10:36 AM »
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I totally agree on that last statement!!!  ;D

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Re: Stripping Atlas shells
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2010, 10:26:25 AM »
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It's really amazing how cheap Atlas plastic parts are.  It's only when you start buying mechanisms that you pay out the wazzoo.  $50 on their online store can buy you enough miscellaneous locomotive components to keep your bashing locos for years.

Agreed - I've been stocking up on sheels to detial for various locos, and then I can just switch mechanisms, reprogram the docers, and run whole fleets for an amortized miniscule price.

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Re: Stripping Atlas shells
« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2010, 11:18:27 AM »
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That is an even better idea... forgot Atlas sells shells at a reasonable price. I've a stack of GP40 shells I bought for some project, have to add some C630's to that pile.
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