First off, I bought this model last year and have put off starting it for two reasons... 1. I knew i'd spend around 50+ bucks on the paint needed alone! And... 2. I have never tackled a model of this complexity before, and was/is a bit intimidated. But I finally started it, Friday night in fact I got to work. First I only bought the paints and other supplies that I needed RIGHT NOW, i.e. the main colors of the hull, and decks, some sand paper, masking tape, a hobby knife, paint thinner, and some brushes. Well, due to a lapse in communication with the guy at the hobby place, he sold me GLOSS nat wood paint instead of FLAT nat wood! I wish I found that out BEFORE I started painting the boat deck! I ruined the boat deck! When I realized what had happened, I tried to remove the paint with the thinner I had bought, BIG MISTAKE!! It got rid of the color from the deck, but it left behind a sticky motor oil like goo that just would not come off, this was the base from the paint. I HATE TESTORS!! I would have commited harry carey right then and their, but thankfully the instruction book for the model had an address where I could obtain lost or broken parts if need be for 3 bucks, so I sent away for a replacment boat deck first thing Saturday morning, so all is well their. But I did get the right paints for the main hull parts, flat dark red, and flat black so I was able to get those painted... but not to my satisfaction. See, I usd a brush to do this, and when you look at it, you could obviously see the brush strokes, plus in some spots, the paint looked wet even though it was dry! I was THIS close to sending out an order for a replacment hull piece, which I really didn't want to do because I had already drilled out all of the port holes on this one, and to be honest IT WAS A REAL BITCH! as TITANIC had A LOT of port holes! But, I sanded it down, getting rid of all the paint strokes that I could, and went out and bought some flat black spray paint. PAYDIRT! I repainted the black hull with the spray paint and it's absolutly perfect! Now I have to do the hull below the waterline again. But I learned a valuable lesson, SPRAY PAINT IS MY FREIND! This is all i'll use whenever possible. So that's my oddysey so far, and it's only been three days! I am somewhat skilled at models, but this is a major one, with a full array of rigging and all! But, I think i'm up to the challenge though. I even sent away for a kit that contains over 200 passengers and crew to place on the decks when it's finised! My god, these things are so fricken small all 200 of them are attached to a tree as big as a credit card! I am NOT looking forward to painting them! Are they're any experienced modelers here that could give me some pointers? Some easy tricks that I could do to make things easier? Any unusual tools for getting the paint perfect on the small peices?