I discovered the board can indeed become completely loose and lodge into the top of the inner body, at least for the GP30s, at some point in shipping. I’d recently received some GP30s from Anthony at Z Scale Monster. One of them appeared to be completely missing the board. Anthony was getting ready to send me a replacement board when he checked some other GP30s he had and discovered some of them had the boards nested inside the upper part of the body. I checked my GP30 and, sure enough, it was neatly lodged inside the body and easy to completely miss, unless you flipped the body upside down for a look inside.
Once discovered, it was easy enough to remedy. I just carefully popped it out with a dental pick and installed it, like in the video. By the way, I now have 4 GP30s and this only happened to one of them. They’re great running locos, though, and I’m very glad to have them. However, I’m glad to see the beautiful new RS3s have boards that are screwed down.
Another issue that I had with a GP30 (NYC, out of stock at AZL, bought "new on stock" in a shop on eBay two years ago) : there is a metallic reflector over the Leds, and in my case this caused a short-circuit at one Led (fortunately there was the resistor in series, so no complete short circuit in the loco) and the light didn't work in one direction ! Finally, finding the cause of a problem is the beginning of solving it, in my case I succeeded ...
Hello everyone, I am long time Marklin Z owner and just recently purchased a brand new AZL ES44AH in CSX livery. I am very impressed with the level of detail and the quality “feel”. However, as warned on the little sheet of paper that sat on top of the locomotive, the engine appears dead. I am assuming it is the PCB and figured I could do as suggested and fix it on the spot. So I gently tried to remove the shell, but it is firmly in place and would not budge at all. I am reluctant to do anything to get the shell off without a good idea how it goes on. I do not want to break my new AZL locomotive, the first I have ever owned at that.
So my question, could someone post a video or an instruction sheet on how to properly remove it without damaging any of the delicate hand rails. I have scoured the web and cannot find much discussion about this loco at all, never mind repair instructions.
One other more than likely unrelated data point, when I received the locomotive, the jewel box and all internal packing appeared in factory condition and previously unopened. However when I went to dump the engine into my hand, the front truck came out separately. Also, one section of railing was hanging off the body. I was able to snap the truck back on and gently push the railing in place. I was surprised that it came out in that condition but after reading the note placed in the box, it seems like this kind of thing is expected.
Robs video above shows how to remove the shell. Instead of his screwdriver method (edit: sorry - screwdriver method is in the F7 video - in this video the shell simply shimmies off), I use two thin guitar picks to get the shell to come off. Doesn't work for every locomotive