Really liking what I see.
My brother grabed me one of these models for Christmas.
I may have to call you for some pointers (Been forever since I put one together)
There's that place off Metcalf that has all sorts of paint and whatnot for models.
I can't remember the name but its right next to Da' Bronx Pizza and the Cigar shop.
Since it was a gift I plan on splurging on paint and things to "jazz" it up a little.
Really digging your idea about adding some lights.
You could try Lacquer or Acrylic Top Coat if you need more gloss..
I'm tempted to primer and then wet sand the whole body to prep it.
Then Lacquer on top.