Strike Freedom is mostly complete. Took this whole weekend to paint and assemble the wings - the way they're designed there are two sets of 4 unique pieces, 1 set for each wing, so to avoid any misassemble issues I decided to follow the guide and make them by two at a time. Now all is left are Dragoon bits. Still unsure if I will use any stickers, as they are mostly designed for white background and won't be as visible on dark.
This turned out to be my biggest project now, with time spent somewhere around 50 hours mark and there'll be at least 8 more hours to paint and assemble Dragoon bits. Anyway, I really like how this kit turns out and this is time well spent.