Re: Am I missing anything?
If you want to use small cell foundation you could just use Mann Lake's PF frames. Some people would suggest using all medium equipment. I'm one of those who have all 8-frame medium boxes.
Mann Lake's economy jackets are very decent. I wouldn't like using a veil.
Go with a hive top feeder or just feed syrup from containers in an empty box over the inner cover.
You have plenty of time to agonize over all of the details....
5 hives and 8 nucs................... Trying to think inside the box...