I was a bit skeptical of this thread when you started, thinking, "what's the point?". But you have won me over. I may not be so into the whole carbon fibre look, but you are very talented and the possibilities of this material are very interesting. Unfortunately I don't have a workshop or the tools that you have to try this (and finding the same source materials here in spain is probably tricky), but I really appreciate the time and patience you have put into explaining the process. It's fascinating. Thank you!
Incidentally, the grooves in the bashplate, are they to help the plate fit around the pipes?