A quick stop on how I achieved painting the clear parts:
Tamiya Enamel Paints work wonders. I don't know how it achieves the "clear" effect but it looks GREAT!
Do take note on the importance of using a thinner. You do NOT want the brush strokes to be visible on the surface do you? (Newbness still struck and I did apply a little bit thick on some pieces - lesson learned)
....Aaaand a little bit of masking
Finally done with the kit. Overall I am VERY VERY satisfied with my work. A few imperfections here and there but my GFP brothers' appreciation made all the hard work worth it. I am glad to have joined the competition as I've learned a few tricks and did achieve the very essence of joining the competition (as the master Zen said) - "..it's the journey that counts. The Prizes at the end of the journey are just bonuses. ^_^". And I did have one heck of a journey. Learning a thing or two from a new experience and from others' WIP and pretty much enjoying every second of building while trying out new things - I've already felt that I won. Thanks guys for having the opportunity to have fun and learn at the same time. Cheers!