John, thank you soooo much for taking the time to let me know all of that. You are a huge help. Knowing what I know now, I may like scale looks more but place much more importance on mod-ability and versatility not to mention replacement parts for all the oopsies... and now the choice is quite a simple one. Just all the threads on the mods alone will be a great read and leads to more adventure.
Thanks again and Merry Christmas