I want to ask you about the boiler of your live steam CP 173. Is your boiler a straight boiler with an add on wagon top or was your boiler built as a wagon top boiler? Did you add sheet metal covering ( metal jacket ) to the boiler and how did you design the shape of the metal jacket tapered sheet metal section from the wagon top to the straight boiler section? What type and mfg. of paint and what colour did you select for the boiler final finish?
I have a 3 1/2" gauge Virginia and as it turns out the driver diameter and axle distance measurements are the exact to the Walt Disney blue print CP 173. My Virginia has a straight boiler and I want to add a wagon top and tapered cone to my straight boiler to have my straight boiler look like Walt Disney's CP173.