Thanks for the comment!
To answer your questions:
1) The elastic bands aren't needed, but it really helps. the back half has the old finger hinges to SNOT it up, but the front part tended to not stay together to well.
2) The actually is a landing gear of sorts, I just forgot to extend it. Maybe I'll take a picture showing it, though it's a fairly simply design, and it tilts to one side.
The first theory of Ketchup: With enough Ketchup, everything tastes the same.