Hey guys! Kinda new to this area of the forum, spend most of my time over in cartoon/anime and science fiction. I would like to get started in WWII ship modeling, and am having difficult in selecting a kit to start with. It doesn't help that all of the models I've done to this point have been freebies on the net. The details don't scare me that much, I've done some of Flarebaffled's WH40k models...that guy can model! I guess I'm looking for something in the cruiser range, as a battleship is definitely much too large for me to start on, and I've yet to see a destroyer model I really liked, though if you guys suggest a good one I will definitely consider it. If Digital Navy finishes up that Fletcher class I'll probably snap it right up. Nationality is not greatly important, though I've never really cared for the lines of the Japanese ships of the era. Clear diagrams are a must, for something this complex. Directions in English a big plus, of course, though if the diagrams are clear enough I can look past that. The other big thing I ask is that it fit together pretty well...I don't want to have to fabricate a lot of pieces myself, though the oddball piece is ok. I'd much rather have a full hull than a waterline model, but once again, I'm open to suggestion. The models I'm looking at currently are Modelik's USS Oakland, HMS Chiddingfold or HMS Badsworth[GPM#255], the HMS Glowworm (GPM#229), or this guy http://www.papermodelstore.com/product_info.php?products_id=2922 These are just the ones that have caught my eye so far, of course. Any advice on quality of these kits, especially pertaining to the above criteria, would be great, as would general suggestions about brand. On a secondary note, where do you guys get the 1, 1.5, and 2 mm card you guys laminate to? In rural mississippi, my options appear to be fairly limited, so what do you guys use? I've actually considered using the cardboard from cereal boxes... Thanks for any help!