In the time I’ve been building the Mill Road cameo, I’ve become a fan of separating the layout from the support structure. There are many advantages in doing this that fit well with my evolving philosophy of the craft.
You may recall from an early post about the project that I planned to hang the cameo from a French cleat system attached to the wall. While the idea worked well and gave a clean appearance, the cameo was stressed at the points where the mating cleats were attached to the rear panel. Nothing bad ever happened but I had a bit of concern about the situation.
Secondly, my original vision was to build the staging modules with the same C shaped framework as the scenicked portion. It didn’t take me long to realize how silly that would have been. I wanted a simpler design like a plain cassette that clips on to each end, but how to support them without a back panel? With that question in mind, the more I looked at the hanging rail, the more visually distracting it grew in my eyes.
I’ve been following Chris Mears’ design thinking for a small layout he’s planning and liked his notion of a self-contained module that sits on a shelf or countertop. Why not consider something similar for Mill Road?