Making progress. I expected to be farther along but New Years has taken more time away than I wanted and tomorrow it's back to work.
This thing is way over engineered. Lost of small sub-pieces like this:
But the more I put it together the more I realize that it's actually engineered for "fun". The whole thing could have been constructed a lot simpler, look just as good (most of what I'm building is completely hidden) but wouldn't be as much fun to put together.
I also wonder if there was some Lego marketing person pushing the designers to "add more pieces" so they could cross 9000.
I'm done with box I, starting box II.