HAHA well, we figured a "problem" such as this could come in handy for some sort of chrome or liquid type character hehe. I havent been bale to chekc these forums as often as I was able to previously do to my work load increasing and such. I will try your suggestion McKinley =)
In regards to the rigging yes the red curves are part of the rig setup and the wings were rigged using the rigging tut for a bird by Alex Alvarez.
I believe this tut is available on www.highend3d.com
under the maya tuts section under rigging/animation.
I will update you guys soon as I can.