@PaulMmn Thanks for the suggestion, I gather you are a model railroader? I never got into it myself but it is always fun to see the layouts running in person.
I actually cut up a new batch of data cards on the table saw to the correct size earlier tonight. I won’t be finishing or painting them until Spring weather arrives. Had previously picked up a simple reed switch and magnets right after getting the LCD panel in case I need to have a momentary N.O. switch to activate the LCD so I’m all set in that regard instead of re-thinking it with a photocell.
Turns out I cut the initial batch of cards a fraction too small. Basically since they were cut, rounded, and primed already I went ahead and finished them off for the painting practice with MDF. This was one of my reasons for making them first before painting the monitor since I’d never painted MDF before.