Two poopy views under poor light, hacked down to attachment size limits, but they give you a taste for how wonderful this kit can be to build.
General impressions--it is a fair amount of work, certainly more than the typical kit, though I would not say it takes exceptional skill, and the instructions are excellent. It's probably the most work you'll ever run into on a $35 kit (exception--Flis's peanut scale Saturn 1b).
There are very few kits I've had to give as much thought and up front planning to, and I'm now over 500 in the built fleet. This is clearly not something you would want to build first, then decide how you want to paint/finish it. Even if building with pre-painted subassemblies, deciding how far to take any given subassembly before painting is a mental challenge.
The fit and design are superb. The templates, instructions, etc. are impeccable.
The decals, great designs, are the weakest aspect of the kit, and I'd almost prefer to have thrown most of them out rather than use them. They really needed to be printed over a base layer of white. As is, they're much too translucent, and especially weak against even the light blue and purple metallics. They're invisible against the black. The decals could really add a nice finishing touch, but given that they mostly blend into the dark backgrounds, I'd have to rate them a C- on what is otherwise an A+ kit. Those little black diamonds against the red of the ping pong ball look great. Those little alien symbols against the purple wing pods look like [fecal matter].
For those of you that bought one of these and either looked at the header card or the directions and panicked, look through this thread, realize start to finish was about 3 days part-time and 2 evenings, and toss aside the fear. This is a very buildable model.
For those of you not sure you would want one, or thinking it's too steep, look around your fleet. Is there anything else in there even as remotely fascinating as this, for anywhere near $35?
Heck, this one scared me off at first, but once I hit the last decal with Micro Sol, I started to recognize this is one of those designs that I'll probably be looking back at 20 years from now and thinking is one of the classics.
If I don't manage to trash it in flight--first flight might be this weekend, though weather doesn't look good right now.