ya it's pretty dead, lol
i saw your post a while ago but it took me a while to find the answer to the death clone thing, which i've done in the past...
you've got to go into all the XML files dealing with units (groundinfantry, groundvehicles, uniqueunits, and so forth) with any text editor, then search for the string:
and change whatever number is in there to -1 (even if 0). This prevents death clones from ever disappearing, but be warned that in a prolonged battle on land maps this can cause some lag later on, lol.
that and scale are the only two of your questions i've ever successfully edited, so that's about all i can help with.