Yup, I made every single piece before assembling it (see the "exploded" part view in the top image I posted on this thread's second page). As a beta builder, I had to test fit every part. Plus there were some scaling issues we had to resolve initially...(only discovered after I had mostly assembled the entire front end only to find that it wouldn't fit the rest ....and I had already printed everything out...yes, entire forests were levelled to make this model). So Ekuth fixed it and I printed it ALL again, and this time I was abit wiser. Make all the bits first, plan your assembly, follow Ekuth's instructions, and think "spine bracing" before getting into the final assembly. Part of the problem with dowel spine is where to run it. The main flight deck is the ideal piece to pierce with dowel spine, front to back, but there's this pesky hole right in the middle of it for that vertical tower. The dowel would be unsightly but could be minimized with some clever painting. Placing the spine lower would be OK, but there are intentional structural gaps where it would show from the side view, plus it wouldn't be able to run the full length of the thing right back to the engines, where it would be needed most. Lots to think about. But definitely a worthwhile build, and oh-so-satisfactory result. My wife thought I was crazy (nothing new there), but we didn't divorce when the thing was done...she even said it was kinda cool (I mean, c'mon, it IS WAY cool!). It sat atop our IKEA bookshelves in our main living room for a few (dusty, cobwebby) years, and sparked more than a few conversations with guests and visitors, including a few suprising closet geekdom confessions from some surprising people. Just do it. Build it, photograph it, then if she really won't have it in the house, donate it to the display window of your local hobby shop (after spraying it with a few good coats of fixative). At least that way you'll get the satisfaction of knowing where it is, and have a few banked brownie points with her (play up what a HUGE scrifice you made for her...) when it comes time to insist on that REALLY geeky thing you just have to have, like the 1.5 Metre Sulaco paper model, or a vintage ragtop or something like that.