I wanted to create imitation puddles in areas which would suffer the most wear during normal day to day activities. Having already created a highly reflective imitation pond using glass, I wondered if I could use the same media whilst creating the goods yard.
I attempted to cut some small pieces of glass, very successfully this time thanks to the purchase of a new glass cutter. I dotted the pieces of glass around the edges of the goods yard and moved them here and there until I felt that they were all sat in logical places. I drew around the pieces of glass, cut into the baseboard along the outlines using an appropriate knife, then dug out the waste wood with a chisel.
I painted the bottom of the glass components before fixing them into the hollows I had made in the baseboard. I was able to hide the angular nature of the glass pieces by creating an irregular outline around each puddle whilst surfacing the goods yard.
Though a fiddly and surprisingly time consuming process, I felt that the results were well worth the work.
I anticipate that reflections observed as rolling stock is shunted around Finchley could provide much more visual interest during normal operations. I feel that this could be a great benefit to minimum space model railways which often need as many features as possible packed into an aesthetically balanced arrangement.
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