Just a heads up: watch out for warping of the main hull. When I did a test fit of the top and bottom hull pieces with the sidewalls there was an obvious upward bow to the front third of the ship. I had to shave the alignment tabs off the front half of the hull pieces and glue and clamp to get it...
I know a lot of members here don't have an airbrush, so choose your rattle can paint carefully. The details on this beauty are TINY....some of the finest I've seen. it would be a shame to obscure any of it.
I think a thin wash with a color slightly darker than the base coat is how I plan to address the panel lines. Too dark and it will look busy. I also plan on picking out the odd panel here and there with a darker shade. Still haven't decided on a base coat yet.
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...