Well I have now finished the Abrams and great fun it was too. As I have said this would not be my normal fare so I suppose that is why it was such a fun build. Added to that it's a great kit out the box but with a few additions it really is a smasher. The base was simple to make with just a few carved plants and grass tufts added then sprayed with various tamiya colours and finished off with pigments.
I do hope it makes lots of money when it goes up for auction next year for the make a wish charity. So next it just needs a secure transit box for the trip to the states and a name plate which should be here soon thanks to "name it!".