I initially put this kit aside for a while, as that's what I generally do out of habit, and also because I had notions of lighting the "eye" and the engines of the model. Finally, I decided to just build it, as it's a simple kit and I needed a break from a 16 month long ironclad build.
There were issues with the kit. The lower engine shrouds didn't fit well, so out came the files and the Aves putty. The head is a bit misshapen when looked at from directly forward; short of re-sculpting a new one there wasn't much I could do about that, so I left it. The kit-supplied guns were distorted, so I replaced them with telescoping brass rod. I think I mounted the guns in reverse order, the big ones should be on the top, the little ones on the bottom. A mistake I can live with, and, besides, it looks more symmetrical this way.