I got this kit as my only Xmas present in 2017. There was a contest coming up in early February 2018 so it went on the bench shortly after. All I can say is that 680 pieces and 300 decals later what a kit. The details and moldings are first rate. I don't recall that I had to remove any flash whatsoever. As with the other Bandai Star Wars kits I built it was a little like assembling a Lego kit. However I did it classic model building style using glue and painting it completely. It also included very easy to install lighting and some PE parts which I used. It took quite a bit of effort but was well worth it. I ended up getting first in the Star Wars category as well as best overall spaceship, real or imaginary, for the entire contest. This is a fantastic kit and worth the cost and effort.