Thanks for nice words gents. I was really surprised it got a mention, and I was very happy about being in the 'utility' category- while I like pretty tools, the function is what counts for me. Also, this was a 'prototype ' plane and it would never have won anything based on cosmetics alone. To be honest, it's not all that well finished, and I rushed it to get it done in time. It does work like the dickens, though...
As for what I know about infills - this was my first. I have done a few wooden planes in the past couple years, so I understand the 'basics' of performance reasonably well, and the metalworking was the only really unknown territory. If you can cut dovetails (and they don't have to be anywhere near as accurate as they do in wood) and lightly swing a hammer without crushing a finger, you can make one of these. It is pretty labor intensive, though. I became intimately familiar with files and hacksaw.
I get only short bursts of time in the shop right now, due to a youngster and pregnant wife, so toolmaking makes for very suitable projects. I got two more infills in the works right now.