I cannot say anymore then what has already been said about the plane itself. You have some great resources and advice listed here.
What I can and should say is this. Don't try and take on too much too early. If you can get ahold of some basswood, try handplaning that. Its a hardwood, but softer then pine, holds details quite well, and can make some nice projects, but the stuff is an actual dream to handplane. As Fine Woodworking recently said, "It will make you look like a hand tool enthusiast even if you have not picked up a plane in years."
It would be a great wood to try your tuned up hand plane on.
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"