Well my dilemma is over.
After seriously considering getting a lightly used guitar from Musicians Friend, I decide to buy the '87 Jap Start locally. I haven't found a better player, Aside from that MF stopped their free shipping to Aus, so the Strats jumped in price from $750 to $900.
Although local pickings are slim, I've been able to try a swag of LP copies, (some very good ones) - Haggies, Jackon's, ESPs, and my local superstore had a MIM and MIA strat. After all those, I felt there were too many variables to punt on getting a guitar shipped in, and returns polices just aren't viable to take up from OS, even if offered. Gaskell didn't have a Tele available to send over to my local dealer.
Try as I might I couldn't get on with the MIM, the neck was too draggy for me, my local superstore would order one a rosewood one in, which may feel less laquered, but if I order it, I have to buy it, so all the inconvenience of buying OS, without the low prices. They still have the same two leftys in there from 6 months ago. The Japanese felt and sounded as good as a new MIA, but at half the price, although it is 25 years old.