Yeah, this is a truly lovely model. Painstaking is not the word. Obsessive is more like it.
I have a few issues with construction, things that would have made it a bit easier, with just minor changes, but we can call this a model NOT for beginners and be done with it. Mostly it was things like having the sliding V cuts on the engine pieces not confine the center forms in perfect place so they can just be glued in and have it all just fit. With a very minor change that could have been done. As it is, they slide, so you have to fit several pieces together at once and hold while the glue dries, otherwise the piece may slide too far and the other side not fit.
And that radar dish proves very hard to print. I think it would print better if broken up into arms and dishes, separately.
And that's about where the complaints end.
I mean wow.
This is beautiful. And it was designed to print on the somewhat small-volume Afinia (Up!) printers. I have two, and they were rather busy there for a while printing this. I printed it in Afinia Premium Gray PLA which has a nice supple surface that allows light to catch detail unlike most white filaments in which detail gets lost easily.
I found no need to paint it either, though I may do some detail later, especially the windows, and some wash around the details, but it really displays beautifully without any paint.
I found an aluminum 1/4" rod at Lowe's for less than $5.00 which forms the spine, and works great. It does bend (but only slightly) if held in the middle or if laid down (letting the middle sag between the head and engine) but if held by two points somewhere along the spine, it holds nicely.
I can't say enough about this. I never thought I'd see a 3D printed version of this ship, and now it hangs right above my printers.