Removing Marker Lights from Athearn GP7u Shells
During a recent visit to Discount Model Trains in Addison, TX I stumbled upon BLMA item No. 4551 - "Removed Headlight Covers". Several of the designs look like patches used by the Santa Fe so I purchased them to try them out. Since my Y&MV is set in 1996, the marker lights molded on had to go.
Here is the process I used to remove the molded-on marker lights and install the BLMA removed headlight covers.
1 - With an Exacto knife - slice off the rounded part of the molded light.
2 - Use a push-pin to indent the center of the marker light area to guide the drill-bit.
3 - Drill through each light on the nose.
4 - Sand any remaining raised surface smooth.
5 - Apply ACC to the drilled hole from the inside of the shell.
6 - Place Removed Headlight Cover in position on the outside of the shell (I used the adhesive part of a Post-It note to hande the cover as they are difficult to position.
7 - Sand away any excess ACC.