A while ago now I asked â€˜how to take an AMS coach apartâ€™, and Kevin Strong (EBT) responded â€" thanks Kevin.
It seemed to be difficult with a particular trouble or difficulty at the ends. Product improvement seems to have been done because now the ends are very easy.
Remove the 4 screws down each side of the coach on the underside of the floor; those hold the sides to the floor. All the others which are shorter hold the plastic floor molding and seats on it to the metal floor. There is also a set of wires that have a polarity specific (like the Bachmann loco ones) with a couple of plastic latches to hold it shut.
With the screws out get a small bladed screwdriver and pass it along the edges between the outer side and the floor gap; at the end of the sides give it a flick, and it should free off the ends, there are no ledges at the ends now. This will allow the coach body to be lifted up â€" I did this with the coach upside down on my knee and it was surprisingly easy to free it off.
Separate the plug, and it is now free. Debits to the design for me are â€" the opening door spring is in the way of cutting out end windows; the circuit board is in the middle of the floor and seems to be a tight (push?) fit thus holding the floor unit on (when all the screws are removed; why could it not have a fixing screw instead? The end handrails will also need changing as they are too high.
Notwithstanding the debits I can work with it to backdate it (2 windows behind the stoves and 4 end windows, + a deep letter board as Kevin Strongâ€™s (EBT) very useful topic.
The body of the coach is made from 4 sections twos sides and two ends all screwed together then the roof and clerestory unit being added last, and keeping all in position; the roof vents for the lamps are cast in to the moulding; .the stovepipes are separate, and glued in to the roof.
This construction has allowed RioGrandeModels(UK) to produce some laser cut plywood replacement sides, (no connection) â€" see the following web link http://120pointme.blogspot.com
for details of them.
I have attached a couple of photos, the first shows the floor and seat unit, with right in the center the circuit board, that is all that is now holding the seat unit to the floor. Just seen are the four holes along the edge of the floor/seat unit that hold the two parts together.
Does anyone know if a sharp push from below will remove this circuit board from its position please
The second is the interior of the body and roof, note the four lugs that hold the fixing screws (as above). The roof will unscrew then the 4 piece body can be taken apart, being held together with screws.