That 3D print looks like it has a bit too thick of a paint job. I am STOKED to see the first test shot to see those super fine details pop! The panel lines should be quite a bit finer when molded also. This kit begs to be painted with an airbrush.
I'm working on the same project as you and I am beginning to think that Vintage wings are too BIG after attaching them to the Solo tie cockpit....too tall. Maybe someone with a studio scale tie could measure the height and width of their wings? The vintage wings are 15 and 1/4 high x 12 and 1/2...
What bothered me with the Zvezda even MORE than the narrow side trenches was the too wide bridge. Looks like Bandai corrected BOTH of those flaws. I can't wait to pick one up. Oh, and looks like I won't have to cut out the garbage chute either!