Now that the track work is done, I decided it is time to install the front fascia panels. These would have been in the way while laying track, which is why I waited. I am using 1/8-inch Masonite hardboard for the boards, just like I used for the light fixtures above the layout. This photo shows the board being glued in place on the right-hand side of the layout.
I decided that for the left- and right-hand sides of the layout to make the front fascia panels 3-1/4" tall and flat on the top. This is because eventually this will represent the foundation of structures that will appear at the front of the layout.
For the center area, I varied the top of the fascia panel to mimic the undulations of the terrain. You can see what I tried to accomplish. I used a saber saw and free-handed the shape.
This is the finished view of the left-hand side.