thanks Smash, I'm not generally a big fan of flaked paints altho they do look nice in some applications, including your mod
I am leaning towards a flat black "stealth surface" look, like the planes have.
N2, thanks for the suggestions. this single version of the project is just to get it finished before the cold comes. I am in the process of revamping a lot of what I did here in order to drastically cut build time, and lower the weight of the frame assemblies. This includes switching over to an all aluminum design, and ditching the welding altogether in favor or aluminum torch welding/brazing using Durifix alu brazing rods which I have ordered to test with. Going to an all aluminum design can also re-incorporate Sam in this (if he wants) because I have found ways to cut down on machining, and overall material needs, keeping time and costs down.
When I have time I will make a post to try and bring these topics up to date in this thread, instead of piece-mealing out little bits of info from the ever-changing big picture.