Chris - don't can this project - a mod contest(beauty contest) doesn't justify anything, literally anything. I've modded and have been critised alot but deep down inside, its the thought, effort and the output that matters not what some/most people think.
This mod was for your needs and for your purposes, a build log only meant you could show off your skills. Dust yourself off, move on and impress us with more ingenuity. Truth be told, voting for you lot was much harder than you think - then I did some thinking and a random vote was all that was needed...since all of you guys were very good at what you did.
* After paying attention to your postings after the votings - I thought to myself and been digging around for a How to DIY lightbox tutorial. The results are amazing - now I can reduce my effort on post processing/fiddling with camera settings. Might want to check them out but I see those towers causing problem for you.
** awaiting a burning on stake treatment