Rick, The fascia board does have wood grain on one side but I’ve used the plain side on the rest so plan to continue.
John, I thought that about the spruce, hope the wings and fuselage on my plane stay protected by the epoxy varnish fabric and paint. If the new owner maintains it well he will be fine. I have other plans for some of that wood. It’s so beautiful, the 15’ spar boards had straight grain running the entire length of each piece.
Pete, I used Accucraft NG code 250 for the oval I started with and I’ve been cutting the webs to space the ties for a more NG look. I will do the same with the wood ties, only the rail will be larger. Too bad the Aristo rail doesn’t fit the A-craft ties, would save me a lot of work. I am not totally 7/8 so I don’t want to go too crazy with 2’ looking track. I originally was going to dual gauge the layout like my portables but I don’t think anyone with that type of equipment will visit like they did in NY. I’m using two SVRR dual gauge turnouts and may swap them for smaller, simpler ones since I only have one siding on the new layout. Years ago Kevin Strong and I made some for my garden line but I’d rather just buy them and be finished with it. Now, if you wanted to build two for me… one right and one left please.
Rain is in our forecast (YEA!! we need it) so I may try cutting the redwood into ties if I get chased inside with the storm. I’m interested to see how tough it might be to drive spikes. I have some HO track nails I use as rivets so I’ll try that first but I do have a cordless dremel, drill press, etc and tedium can be entertaining if the attitude is correct.
Thanks all for the great thoughts!! Tom