Very impressive - and the contrast between your 1/700 and 1/72 scale DDs is not lost on the viewer.
You are, of course, right that you "cheated" a little, by not counting the time still to come for the PE. But I'm amazed you can even add the PE, after completely building the model; I have always had to install the most inboard PE - with a lot of pre-painting on- and around it - before attaching the major sub-assemblies. (And then more PE before attaching guns, directors and other detail parts.
Great post, and it will be great to see 'er completed and painted, buddy!