I just took the body apart to have a look at making the changes to the paintwork. It's been said but a RTR almost $300 model should not require these kind of upgrades but alas I feel it needs to be done.
Firstly; the body came off with no worries once each pair of screws were removed from the cab end and the couplers were taken out.
The body is connected to the chassis with wires but happily these are actually on plugs and can be easily removed.
The lower chassis is held on by four screws (one above each side of each bogie); at first I was dreading having to snip the MU cable but again, happily this sits inside a hole in the angled receptacle and comes freely (and goes back in) with no trouble. so I now have the chassis separated meaning no paint changes to the body (phew).
Now is where I will need advice from those used to repainting models; Is it necessary for me to strip the [mostly] yellow paint from the chassis or would it be feasible to paint over it?
My plan is to leave the yellow, bring the blue down to the required level and reinstate the white stripe by means of decals or paint.
Also on the chassis are the seats for the cab; so driver figures would be easy to place. Regarding the issue with drivers i actually don't mind having none there.
Lastly, I measured the hand rails on the front and they are 0.42mm = about 36mm full size. Nobody would have the measurements of the real ones?