I cannot tell you the amount of learning it is for ME, brother. The overwhelming utility of a thread like this, is that by the end of the day, it should serve as a complete "amrit dhaara" for anyone who might want to undertake such a project. The fun, the gup shup, the flights of imagination, and the forging of friendships by all who read it / participate in it, are also, undeniably important.
For me, the creative process is everything. At the end of the day, whether or not you drive something massively expensive, or efficient, or practical, or flashy, is immaterial, I think. What matters is for your creativity and imagination and artistic thinking to find a positive outlet.
In all truth, this thread is a manifestation of that. The contributors, the experts, the gurus, the maestros, the readers that offer good wishes, and even the ones that are silent spectators, make it a wholesome, useful online "manual".
As the purchases, the experiments, and trials and errors progress, so too, shall the "value" of this thread grow for me. And I bet the Phantom is likely to benefit from it, too!
To not just you, but to the friends, well-wishers and contributors...my profound gratitude and thanks.
And now that we're done with dispensing thanks, gratitude and mutual praise...what comes next?! LOL