Thanks for your input, I am very aware he is a one-man-band in this case and aware of the situation, given the length of time, my project will take I'm not too worried about lead time. I have already emailed regarding the concerns about my order so with some luck I will hear back before nothing can be done about it
(It will likely come down to simply making a new order anyway)
As for the trackwork, the younger me couldn't care less about how it would look up close and at eye level, I just wanted to run trains! But now I'm fascinated by the workings and the engineering involved, the research, the nuances. To me this along with the manual laying is part of the experience, no matter how long it takes, in the end, I will feel better for saying "I did that and I did it (semi) right"
Cheers for your support,