Hello again, work continues at Longstone, although I haven't built any rolling stock, I have been quite busy arranging the Mill Board buildings. Meanwhile, I was wary that, during running sessions or exhibitions, my stock may decide to topple off the boards at certain points on the layout. I didn't want a tall perspex screen all around the layout, so I obtained several shorter lengths of acrylic perspex and polished the edges to get rid of the opaque line on the tops. My wife added bushes, shrubs and grasses to the inside of the perspex, above baseboard level, glued on with pva glue. To my surprise it sticks!? - and it can cleanly be peeled off and re-done if necessary.
From eye level, the horizontal edge of the perspex is virtually invisible, and from a standing position people can look over the screens without reflections. The scenic materials stuck on the inside gives the scenery and extra layer too. (Please excuse the walls and fences in the background)
Pictures below are of two of the new Mill buildings. Lots of details to add just yet, and in the yard etc, but they were made my "usual" way using foam board and Slaters 7mm Dressed Stone, with thin mdf for the roofs and added card slates. Windows are from York Modelmaking (their 0-105 Arch top windows) also using the extra template and the Stone Headers, the doors are scratch built with plasticard. The upper floor windows have been shortened by one pane height.
The stores/office building also has York windows (0-104). The hole in the end of the board will be obscured by a small third building.
These buildings have certainly taken-up a lot of time recently, and gone are the days when I can paint a small 5" size 4mm scale building in half-an-hour held on my finger tips, now it takes days and I feel as though I am holding a 9-month old baby in my lap!