That just looks great. I read the topic from the beginning and I must say I was a bit disappointed when you told about the colour you were planning on... But in the end it all came together really nicely. I love seeing old road bikes with new components. Who will ever guess this bike is 40 years old??
I wonder though why you didn't go with some sti style brake/shift levers. That would really be the icing on the cake and would totally take the bike into the 21st century. It would also make you faster and it would fit you more as you're already used to them. Maybe if you decide the handlebar tape is too fat and want to put a thinner one on, you could take the opportunity to mount a pair of brake shifters.
It's funny you should mention STIs, as I have already purchased a set.
My original intention was to keep it as retro as possible... therefore I purchased the downtube shifters before the project even began...
...it was only when I looked at the contents of my garage, that I decided to make it a modern build. The STIs were therefore purchased.
The thing is... the downtube shifters are SO light compared to STIs that I'm very reluctant to fit them now.
Not only that, the downtube shifters put my shimano 105 STIs to shame - they are amasingly smooth and light to operate.
I really do dislike the tape though... and that will be sorted ASAP.
Many thanks for the positive feedback.