The latest build of muffin has support for automatic typed model generation using T4 templates. I let you see how; in this youtube video.
Two of my main concerns when I dived a little deeper into the Umbraco system are; The flexibility of Umbraco has it’s price. XSLT, Webforms, MVC where to start and what to use? I have seen solutions where all these techniques are used together. Resulting in a non-maintainable solution at the end and I don’t like code ….. in views.