May leave these as my last contributions to this great challenge. Bit disappointed that my schedule was so busy over the last couple weeks. That really reduced my opportunities for working on the challenge.
Annnnyhow, I loved this challenge. This was exactly what I needed. I feel like I ‘leveled up’ in several aspects re: blender. However the number one thing would have to be a new level of confidence and competence in simply manipulating the software. I was never much of a modeler but I feel certain that I can do nearly anything now given enough practice, persistence, and patience! Very excited to move on to a few longer-term projects but sad to see this one go!
Thanks to all for the comments and camaraderie! And especially thanks to @hanoldaa for organizing the challenge! Looking forward to another!