As far as knowing at what stage I'm at in completion of my first maquette, I have absolutely no idea. Ive just finished applying the spines and a single layer of masking tape to cover the entire body. For the spines I used card stock paper, wire, and masking tape to secure it into place. The next step is to create some "chest plate" scales underneath his neck. Ill be crating them from sculpty, which is what I used for the head. Its coming together nicely so far. All that's left to do is keep going.