Thanks Rainer, I've learned to brace my hand against something when I brush paint. It has really helped but my new workbench is a lot lower than my other one so it's a bit harder to do so.
Mike, you're correct in that it's not 100% accurate but I can live with the differences. I though about grafting in the gear from the Tamiya T-bird kit but it's a bit too complicated.
I'm still plugging away at the kit and hope to have it finished before the deadline. We'll see on that one. I'll have some more pics up tomorrow, just haven't had a chance to upload them.