The platen module is now glazed and seen here undergoing a first simple test to OCR a children's reference book.
The lighting is jury-rigged and as it was pouring with British summer rain all day, I didn't fancy going up to the workshop to make a screw to hold the camera, hence the rubber bands.
However, despite all that, the results were impressive. With proper lighting and mounting on the cradle mech, the output promises to be outstanding.
... A lick of black paint wouldn't hurt either.