Well guys, y'all are going to get bombarded with my questions as I start into the scenery on the layout. Let's talk about grade crossings and asphalt roads. I've got 4 crossings on the layout. One of them I have made out of wood strips. Another one I have used the commercially-made concrete (plastic) grade crossings. The other two, I think I want them to just be asphalt. For the roads, I am attempting to use "foam putty" which is like lightweight spackling. Any advice on doing this? How to make the roads? Just smear it on and smooth it with a putty knife? How to make the grade crossings? Maybe put some plastic strip against the rail where the wheel flanges go, then smear in the foam putty and smooth it, let dry, then remove the plastic strips? I'd appreciate any commentary on the subject. How did you make your asphalt roads?