I got the base all aligned and the blade cut through. I was surprised at how easy the blade plunged through the base. I was expecting the worst.
The fence is a little challenging to get set, but not impossible. I would like to have micro adjustment on it. I think that would make adjusting the fence a snap. I have an idea how to do it but haven’t quite got all of the details in my head yet.
As for a zero clearance, not. With the new base, the blade was no longer perpendicular (way out) to the base and no way of checking until after the blade was through the base. So I had to raise the blade, adjust the saw, plunge again, check, wash rinse repeat. So the blade slot in the base is a little wobbled out. Oh well. It will do just fine as is and it cuts just as good as before.
-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135