It was pointed out (rightly) that I left off an important part of the build presentation: a picture of the completed model. Allow me to remedy that!
All things considered, it’s a neat little model. Not sure if I want to do another build like this one any time soon, though…
A nice model indeed, though it looks a little bit more like a Range Rover than a Mini. That’s the only drawback to Lego: it’s very difficult to do “rounded”.
I’ve never messed with the more fiddly Lego models, and you answered a major question I had: are the big, non-lego-looking parts actually built up just like the normal lego-looking parts? Apparently they are, at least mostly.