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Give styrene a try, it’s a lot of fun to work with.:)
 I’d recommend some thin stuff for starters (about the thickness of paper). It can be easily cut with scissors or an exacto knife, and can be easily bent. Start by making something that it roughly the shape that you want and fit it over the existing firebox. That test fit should be enough to encourage you!


You may also want to get a copy of Model Railroader’s "Steam Cyclopedia" This book if full of line drawings that can be enlarged on a copy machine to the size you want. Then it’s a simple matter of gluing the plan on a sheet of plastic and cutting out the piece you want. I’ve used this to technique with great success on 5 locomotive models so far.


Joel
 
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