I went through a phase of trying to hit every nth degree of detail and found it laborious, tedious and not fulfilling (or convincing for that matter). There are those who excel at such things and I leave it to them to be rock stars. I'll just pay my admission to see them. I'm satisfied with wiring engines, building clean and wrapping them up in reasonable time.
I bought the rally SL maybe a year ago off ebay and I too paid very little for it (IIRC under $10). Not a high demand for them so if you want one, your best and most economical bet would be to watch the auctions.
This is my favorite. Worthless for heavy use, not a lot of torque, but I use it constantly for modeling. At $8.99 you get a lot, and when it craps out after a few years then replacing it is still cheaper than two cans of spray paint.
As cool as it will look in your home, it's kind of a shame to let so much work just hang so all you see is grey and props. One of the reasons I drifted away from planes, too much goes unseen, yet I can't not detail them. But the B-17 is such a handsome plane and I'm sure a lot of us wish we had yours hanging in our homes. Nice work.
Sure glad you're getting a handle on the whole back thing, Gregg. Sounds miserable. I particularly want to thank you for the update. It's a rare thing that a magazine is so transparent about what's going on. It proves you're one of the guys and not just some stiff with a corner office and a column. Frankly, I couldn't care less what issue is in my mailbox, I don't keep a calendar of those things. I just enjoy reading the mag and participating in this online gathering of grown up kids. Glad to hear everything's only going to get better. Have a great year my friend.