No problem, Mick. I don't think it looks too bad... After all, they were built to be functional, and after a while they grow on you!
I've not had a good experience with Solent models. I have 3, a mk1, a mk2 and an unstarted one (which will probably be an Oakley if I ever get round to it), all aerokits. The first two were donated unfinished to Chatham, so I adopted them to finish, but then I found out why they were abandoned. One has a nasty twist in the hull, and the other's not put together particularly well.
Personally, I don't follow the instructions for finishing, going by the standard of the photograph of the model on the box lid, which has the number 48-01... which was an Oakley... with a unique superstructure...