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    Default Dealing with a road to nowhere

    As I'm moving across my new module, I've been wanting to add a mirror under the rail bridge where the road heads into the wall. I've heard of this technique before to get that road to look like it keeps going.

    Surprisingly, I found it difficult to find tiny glass mirrors (and even if I could find one, it would still likely need cutting and fitting.) So I decided to try another type of mirror, a mirror adhesive sticker. Available in a variety of sizes, can be easily cut, and is pretty cheap. Ordered a pack of 6" square mirror stickers on Amazon and gave it a shot today.

    By the way, without the mirror, the underpass kinda looks like a cave. Not terrible, but a closer look reveals the wall behind.



    To make this mirror sticker work, it really needs to be on a flat surface. For continuing the road, it needs to be perpendicular to the road. So I cut and shaped a piece of plain styrene to fit exactly below where the bridge crosses. Fitting it was just a matter of marking and nipping until it fit snugly.



    Once that was right, I used the styrene as a template to cut the mirror sticker. Then attached the sticker to the styrene.







    It's slightly wavy, unlike a real glass mirror, but I think the effect is fine for this purpose. It really just needs to give the sense of the road continuing anyway. I don't actually want to see myself in this mirror.


    With the bridge fit back on top, it looks pretty good.









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    It looks pretty fantastic. Just looking at a photo without being told, it doesn't stand out at all. The biggest clue I see is where it rests against the road, and I wonder if it were sunk into the surface if it would be better, but it will probably have a slight tell there anyway. Just a thought.

    I also wonder if maybe that slight waviness is a benefit to you, as it makes it look like maybe what is beyond is far in the distance because it's not as sharp.
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    Assuming it looks as good in person as it does in the photo, it is indeed fantastic. I didn't notice the line, but looking at it again the only real tell-tale to me is the bridge's triangular shadow.

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    What about the people in that building right on the edge?

    Better watch that last step!
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    Looks great , perfect use of this trick.
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    I echo Jan's comment . Well done indeed !

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    Oh , and BTW , thanks for putting up the detailed step by step post of how you did it . That will be very helpful to those of us (me) who didnt really know about this trick

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    That's a great bit of trickery Ender.
    As others have said, thanks for the post and thanks for the step by step and info about the mirror stickers.

    Keep up the good work.
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    That turned out perfect. I might have a place one my layout for something like this. Thanks for sharing.

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    Nice job...you can hardly see where the illusion begins
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    Actually it looks really good.
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    Looks great. I agree that the waviness helps with the illusion - sort of like heat rising over an asphalt road on a hot day. Nice work!

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    Great job there! just make sure not to have any vehicles show up in the mirror or else there might be a head-on collision!

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    Excellent use for the mirror trick. I will need to keep the mirror stickers in mind.

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    Neat trick! I expect Wile E Coyote will be crashing into it real soon

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    It looks great.
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    @Ender ... Really excellent implementation! I too wonder if it was sunk into the road a bit, the dark'ish line would be less noticeable. Either way, I like it and can see myself using this technique on my layout. Kudos!!

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    Well done! Thanks for the how to!
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    I had no idea you could buy "mirror stickers"! They look like a great investment. I think I'll be buying some in the near future.

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    Very nice way to trick the viewer, I doubt anyone will ever notice the line. Fantastic idea.

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