I was taking a look at Dalong's review of this kit and there was one picture in particular that made me question what I'm doing.
I took a hard look at my puttied parts today and decided that I want to go in a different direction. The putty has already cured so there's nothing I can do about that now but as it turns out my putty work will still be necessary. I just won't need as much as I thought.
Inspiration can really come from anywhere at anytime. It's good to just spend some time looking at models. You never can tell when and where the next idea is going to come from.