Early work on the paint scheme, you will see what a difference finding images on line made in getting the colors right for this model.
The first thing I do, after making sure all the parts are in the kit, is go on line and begin to look for both unique paint schemes as well as details and information to make my model come to life. I can hear someone now asking, why information what difference is it what unit or squadron a tank, aircraft ship or figure represents?
Well it doesn't matter so much about a squadron or unit so much; however sometimes an aircraft, say the B-24 Liberator, may have been painted with orange and green stripes on the wing and fuselage. Yet there may have been a B-24 that had bright colored circles of Red and Yellow and Blue.
The point being, if I only went with the first paint scheme out of the box, I very well may have been bored with it and it would sit around collecting dust.
An example with me, when I got my mpc JU-52 several months back, I looked at it and thought I remember there being a version of the Ju-52 in North Africa, and yet the kit had no such markings or paint schemes. I went on line and searched hard and long, and I found not just a paint scheme for the model, serving in Italy in 1943, but I found photos of the interior, which helped me do some interior painting and detail work on the 40 year old model.
First look at the model, old decals look good, but aren't usable due to age, the styrene is clean as ever and holds up remarkably well for being nearly 40 years old.
Below, another look at the parts right out of the box, and those instructions that were simple to follow