Excuse me butting in, but I'm intrigued by point eight on your message:
"I am not a finescale modeller, but rather am concerned with the
building of small exhibition layouts that can be used to put on a
(theatrical) performance if you will to tell a story that is
evocative, informative, and entertaining."
Like you I'm not finescale moddeller & I like to use the layout to
tell a story. I'm always looking for new ideas how to bring this
storytelling more into modelmaking. Have you any thoughts?