If your warning about something being large I might have to reconsider . Your right though, even with how small the scale is, it would still probably be something along the lines a museum exhibit. As far as the paint, I do use reference photos. The problem though with old school effects and Star wars in particular is the inconsistent coloring. You have several effects models for each ship, the full size model, the CG model from the new ones, plus there are differences between movies. I am taking aspects from each that I like for mine as well as a few professional builds I found that are really nice. hopefully the end result will be convincing. I was hoping no one would catch that. yeah i need to clean up the lines after weathering the gray areas. I also need to do a wash on the yellow part to make the recesses darker and eventuall I need to add carbon scoring from re-entry and laser burns. I always save the yellow for last because in my experience yellow is somewhat translucent and needs several coats.