This is one of the best recreations I have seen to date. The paint work is spot on. Ive let my MF cook for almost a year. Letting a project sit allows the builder to focus on the the things that dont look right. Your display piece has given me a few places to work on to bring her up to standards.
My biggest gripe with MF birds is the over darkening on certain panels. Thats why I went light, then a little bit darker etc. This has allowed me to take a cautious approach to layering on weathering. Its far more easy to lay on weathering than take it off.