Thanks for the tip about the clips. I have a picture to share of the steel screws I was using to mount the pieces... at least what's left of the screw.
Gonna get some aluminium wire and try again using a higher concentrate in the bath.
Also going to spend more time with the wire wheel after stripping the old colours.
I appreciate the offers of donor bodies. Kind of funny how many old Spyders seem to be kicking around. Looking at the Kaos Pump, I'm kind of surprised more people aren't converting them into fun little pumps based on that design. I'm thinking that's the next step once I get solid colours happening.
To be continued...