Carefully trimming the sprue is the single most important step in assembly. This model snaps together very well and has such good engineering that there is minimal gapping after assembly! Use a cotton swab to dab on the decals; this is a better technique than rubbing or rolling them on. The detailing is so good that I didn't feel compelled to add paint to high light them. The design and decals are virtually identical to Poe's X-Wing; two great kits to add to your collection from this series.