I'd like to point out that if CKAN picks them up, then they are(usually) the most up to date version for the corresponding ksp version. We're using 1.02 right? I've got finals week this week, then I've got to move, and then I might actually be able to participate over the summer.
I've been able to spend an hour or so testing the new aerodynamics. They're okay, I've been watching the FAR thread and it seems nuFAR is supposed to be pretty cool so I'm okay with that.
As far as mods to use. Those seem perfectly fine, the infernal robotics includes the model reworks yes? My only other suggestions are adjustable landing gear and SCANsat. Maybe persistent rotation? I haven't used it, but it eliminates the timewarp to stop rotation cheat, and would allow some cool artificial gravity sections of stations when coupled with docking washers from IR.