It's always interesting to look back on an older build and evaluate your work over time.
Throughout this post - On the left is the older build, the right side the new build.
Here you can see the difference in the decal opacity. I really don't like that pink look next to the full red color on the fins.
Also notice the thicker fins on the right side or newer build.
On the lower body -
I like the wider fin spikes which better fit the thicker fins.
On the left you can see some fin grain and seams in the launch lug. I was probably using sanding sealer then.
My fit and finish of the engine vanes is much better. This time I centered the engine hook in line with the launch lug. The Semroc instructions place the lug and hook as shown on the left.
The shroud is smoother and the paint gloss better.
On the left side is the original build. It looks like I used super glue to adhere the fins. This time I scraped off a line of paint and used white glue.
I now attach the Kevlar to the elastic shock cord inside the lip of the body tube edge. I probably wouldn't get a zipper on this model, but why take the chance!