IKEA) as well as try out some different modelling techniques or ideas - without haveing to build a whole new layout to accomplish this!
The top photo shows the diorama 'insert' that I've been working on. This will fill an entire shelf. The bottom base is some 1/2" foam core material that was leftover from signs from my workplace and was going to be trashed! 1/2" foamcore is like the normal 1/4" except really solid (and I can't even find it at normal outlets). The background section is made of Sintra (a standby favorite material of mine!). It will be primed, and then I'll start adding various diorama elements. I have a vague plan in my head of what I want and will play with a lot of different ideas before I settle on what do.
Below you can see the empty shelf (I used to have some of my locomotives lined up next to each other on the glass).
LED strips to add light to my bookcase shelving (this is way more cost effective and - I think - better quality than some of the kits you can buy at furniture stores). One of the features of this diorama is that it will tap into the 12v DC power supply currently powering these LED strips so that lighting effects can be used on the diorama.
Below is rough sketch of what I am thinking....three levels for the trains, and then some urban backdrop.
This seems like a fun little project that should be a nice way to keep up on modelling during the long winter nights!