I've uploaded some pathetic photos (cheap camera, poor
lighting, inept operator) of the Marklin 8804 that I'm
converting -- to a limited degree -- to a USA-style
So far, the following small steps have been completed:
1. Pull buffers/puffers (English/Deutche). This was
done by firmly and steadily pulling on them with a
padded pliers. They easily came out.
2. Replacing the Marklin couplers with MM (MTL #902).
3. Replacing the outer 2 wheelsets, which are linked
with connecting/drive rods, with the center wheelset
which is not connected. This was the hardest step --
I have to wait almost 2 months to get 2 wheelsets.
Replacing the outer wheelsets was done in order to get
rid of the drive rods. They looked bizarre on what is
supposed to emulate the looks of a USA diesel. The
engine is also much easier to put back together
without the rods, and the engine runs a bit better.
There's not much else I can do without taking drastic
action. There's not much else I can do given my
I do want to change the color of the wheels. Red just
doesn't look right. I've got a few questions.
1. If I decide to repaint them, should I first remove
the existing paint or just paint over it?
2. Should I just remove the paint and leave the
wheels unpainted or should I paint them?
3. If I remove the paint, how should this be done
given consideration to ease, damage potential, etc.
4. If I repaint:
4.1 What color? Black?
4.2 What kind of paint? Acrlic? Enamel? Other?
I may repaint the shell, but that's another story for
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