The model was insanely easy to build. I honestly don't think I have more than two hours of "cut and glue" time invested in this. Only a few ejector pin spots to fill, absolutely no seams (even between the metal lower and plastic upper chassis). The treads take some getting used to; it took me over an hour to build them for one side, but I evidently learned something while doing that as the other side took about ten minutes.
After base-coating the tank in Russian Green, I did the usual wash with Windsor Newton oil paints, then tried the "Filter" technique, where you put little dots of color on the model and blend them down to nearly nothing, to break up the surface of the subject. I put on too much oil, blended it too much, so I ended up with more of an overall dust effect, but it wasn't bad for a first try.
The only issues I had with this were at the very end, and none of it was related to the kit. For the final clear coat I used PollyScale clear flat, and it frosted up like a snow globe sitting on a paint mixer (okay, bad analogy...). To fix that I coated everything with clear gloss again (Future floor polish) and then sprayed it with Vallejo's clear flat. This time I got little white specks all through the finish, even though I strained the paint, etc. At that point it was the night before the build was due, so I got out the sandpaper and started removing all of the white specks and flecks, and there were tons of them. I had an old old can of Testor's dullcoat lacquer spray, so I decanted that, shot it through the airbrush, and all was well.