This is a replacement cab for the Mantua 4-6-0. It is designed to be a direct replacement, although you will still have to sand the surface and add the doors and windows of your choice. Both open and closed versions of the front doors, side and rear windows are provided.
The cab is a Southern Railway (US) design, as used on a number of locomotives. Builder's photos of Danville & Western (a Southern-owned short line) #24 were used to fine-tune the dimensions of this cab. While no two locomotives were identical, and little on Southern was truly standard, this cab should be about as close as is practical without accurate photos of any specific locomotive.
After cleaning and removing the door and window tree, prime the cab with a quality primer and let it dry thoroughly. Wet sand the walls with 600 grit wet/dry paper until you just start to see the plastic through the paint. Take care not to sand away the bead around the outer edge of the cab.When finished, you should not feel any surface texture at all. With a file or sandpaper, carefully remove any excess plastic or primer from the door and window openings.
Carefully cut the door and window tree away from the inside of the cab - it is attached at two points on either side. Then, carefully cut out the pieces you want, and glue them into the proper openings. The side windows open forward, so the wider section (representing the window slid open) should be at the front. There is also an arm rest on the open window. The rear windows open downward, so the thicker section should be at the bottom. The doors hinge toward the boiler, so the door knob on the closed door should go toward the outside, or the open door toward the boiler side.
After gluing the doors and windows into place, clean the openings as needed using a small file or knife. Paint with a gloss paint of your choice, and then apply rivet decals (available from Archer Transfers
), followed by a final coat of paint and decals.
I have left recesses for installing glass in the windows. You may either cut small pieces of glazing to fit them, or use a liquid product to create a pane of glass which is bonded in place.