Rich Matt and Paul.....Thank you!
Rich, I have really enjoyed your modelling and choice of prototype!
I found that the MTH pilot is approx 2’ narrow and decided that I would just add a styrene veneer ,if you will, over the existing die-cast pilot.
I used a sheet of Plastruct styrene cut to the correct measurements. I built out the stairs etc from there.
So far I have had to add a 1/4” spacer made of styrene to achieve the correct dimensions when fixing the pilot to the body
Not an exact modelling job, as I decided to leave the existing walkway handrail intact, even tho, it was too short originally on the pilot steps.
Drilling out the existing stanchions was out of the question and risking possible damage to these fragile parts was avoided( a 1k pardons to to the “Rivet Counters” lol)
I do not know of yet what the minimum radius would be for this locomotive, as my layout was designed with 072 min.
Let me know if you have anymore questions, I can provide more info
I don’t know if this is the “right” way to do this, but this is the way that I did it