First, I love this subject: Maya/Dace are one of my "must-build" duos (if I can ever get my complete building program together, before I die ), fixing up the Nichimo 500-scale Maya and - at exactly twice the scale - the Lindberg 1/250 Balao. (Although the new 350-scale Gatos do look really tempting, as well.) I gather your Maya here, is in her "as-sunk" fit - so Thank You for that guide as well, buddy! (Though I am also tempted to do Maya up as in the height of her glory days, at Guadalcanal.)
Speaking of which, what is your best reference for reading about Enterprise's bombing of Maya, (presumably) there in The Slot, off Guadalcanal?
Finally, that's interesting about the (old-tool) Aoshima kit: as crude as they were, still with good-fitting parts, eh?