That same week after the return Aldi had 45cm tempered glass proper Lazy Suzans for $8.00 each, so one for home use & one for the layout. Too good really to get it mushed up with paint, so I cut some white coated 3mm Masonite off cut to the size of the LS, & glued some sticky mat to the underside, that now sits on top of the LS & can be used for house & hobby.
Some time ago, the sticky mat items were promoted by someone in an AMRM edition,
& there were some warnings on the use of them, following it. Last year I was at the #7 district conference here on the Central Coast, & a fellow who had a clinic stand on using styrene had a stainless steel rule, with one side of it covered with glued on Sticky mat, he swore by it as it almost totally prevented the rule from slipping on styrene when cutting it, subsequently I obtained an 18" SS rule from China for $5.00 & I have to say it works a treat.
The past few months have not been the greatest as far as layout progress is concerned owing to not being able to get around very well, so the time has been spent working on long started kits, & scratch buildings. These early attempts were not that great but with some patience I have brought them up to an acceptable standard, at least for me.
Job 1: I had an old Structure Rama country shop kit, that I had removed a wall from & decided to build on a residence to the side, which has all but been finished with just a single window to be obtained, & finish off a couple of areas on it.
did not want any light bleeding.
Finishing the walls & main viewing side roof was no problem but getting the rear roof line in position, without simply gluing the building to the backdrop wall meant some work in cutting & working angles, thankfully the end results are not too bad, & the wall side having the roof made in 2 sections, & the rear section being fitted to the inside of the other roof made for an acceptable compromise.
The buildings at the front are around 90% complete, to finish the scene will require fences, a street light as well as railway crossing stop signs.
Lastly, the above building started off as being a small corner store, the idea came from seeing similar buildings along the roads in rural NSW, initially it was to be just a store, but like the other one, I realised that they too had small residences built into them, thus the room on the side is an after thought add one. Prior to finishing it, I did mark out rooms for it.
The corner store all but complete sits in Coxes crossing, all but finished with just some minor work to be done around the footpath area.