After a weekend of progress, and with a bit of work during the week, the new cameo is born. At this stage it’s nothing more than a quarter-inch plywood box built around a layer of thick EPS foam board. If that sounds flimsy, it isn’t. There is plenty of structure here to support 1:48 models.
I designed it to hang on the wall via a French cleat system and that works as intended. I’m pleased with the the integrated lighting and backdrop and how they all contribute to a clean presentation, one that’s focused on the modeling instead of the surroundings.
My friend Chris Mears observed how tempting and easy it would be to add legs to something like this and, in turn, the mandatory shelves and subsequent clutter that’s certain to follow. His point being that such a visually busy mass would command more attention than the modeling itself and I completely agree.
Beyond finishing the last few details, like a proper routing for the power cord, the only additions will be simple staging cassettes on each end. Like the cameo, they too will hang from a French cleat and allow the train to leave the scene in both directions. Unlike the cameo, they will not have their own lighting. It’s hard to judge from the photo but in person, there is plenty of spill over light to see with. I’ll provide more details as things progress.
As much as the modeling on stage, I believe the overall presentation is just as critical to the layout story being told. I wonder why we shortchange this aspect so much?
More to come soon.
PS: Silly me, I neglected the completely mundane stuff like it’s eight feet long, 24 inches high overall and 15 inches wide. What was I thinking?