I don't know if Jai has said anything to you but I have taken up 3D modeling again in a very basic and limited fasion. If you are interested or in need of any objects I can try my hand at it. If you wold like to see a few things i have churned out check my MySpace pic gallery. Sadly I lost all those objects due to a virus my father-in-law picked up for me. He also managed to destroy all my backup disks.
I've haven't heard anything one way or another about anything, I've been dealing with industrial tooling and piping most of the time. Mainly Pro-Engineer and Tube-CAD...plus a whole lot of Autocad 2005 (trying to learn some AutoLISP programming as well)
I did some of the stuff you had there, and it looked pretty good....sorry to hear about the virus situation....I've been hit before by them, but I am an obsessive about burning backups to everything so I do pretty well.