You may find the link below rather interesting:
William Dunham's Thunderbolts
The decals I have used:
Superscale 48-970 1/48 Scale Republic P-47 Thunderbolt Razorback Model Airplane Decals with Nose Art
My answer to with or without rivets, is with. Also with stressed skin and BMF.
But most probably will never finish, while your is already sitting proudly on its... wheels!
Congratulations my friend!