In the last couple of days I've been bounced some comments from one of the forums re: display boards and exhibition plaques. I've got mixed feeling about this and referred to this shot of Wood End at St. Albans in 2000. The drop down board was originally added to protect the card wall, but we soon added some info, covered with a sheet of perspex and framed it. Would I do this again? No. It ruined the visual balance as well as the physical balance (the end/corner board was cantilevered from the main two). I'm coming to the opinion that the rise in display boards can ruin a perfectly lovely layout. The above is quite subtle compared to some, but when they become bigger than the 'viewing window' of the layout then you are in danger of disappearing up your own arse.
Ditto exhibition plaques. There are a couple on the Garn fiddle yard front and one on the main board, but looking at the above photo, do they add or subtract? Looking now I think they look messy and take the eye away from what the main point of the exercise is. In fact I would possibly go as far as to say that they are are a bad idea full stop. Do we really need to wave these past 'glories'? This is like me putting my CV on a flip chart next to me when I'm working. Yes I've done TV, yes I've done West End, but does anyone give a monkeys? Of course not. And it is the same here. the fact that I've done a couple of ExpoNGs etc. is irrelevant to where I am now and the model that you are looking at - in fact it distracts.
It will be noted that while yours truly stands motionless in this photo it shows a rare chance to see Nigel showing is party-piece Frankie Howard impersonation.