Well I made the decision to remove the netting from the barrel after some deep thought and some discussion with Brian. I actually prefer the barrel without it. The gloss went on this morning so this evening the decals went on. Chinese eyes are courtesy of Brian and the fire extinguishers have the accurate armour decals which come with them.
I also used an archer 7.62mm ammo box decal and found a suitable first aid box red cross in the spares pile. I just need to paint on the eyebrows above the eyes later on.