Pain-free. Go slow, enjoy the build and mind the gunsight glass so the carpet monster doesn't eat it.
The blue decal for the spinner is poorly sized and if you use it, the decal won't conform no matter what decal setting solution you use. I just couldn't bear to spoil the Yak's sleek lines and build it with the engine exposed. I've still got the parts, though. I will probably build it up and display it separately if I'm bored.
Lt Marcel Albert, Normandie Niemen regiment.
The kit-supplied paint scheme for Savely Nosov's aircraft is apparently incorrect; I consulted this drawing from Savely Nosov himself and painted it thusly.
Weathering was, well, everything I had in my box! oils, tamiya panel line wash, sakura .05 drafting pens, pastels, MiG mud, abteilung pigments, watercolors... I think I even used a silver welding pencil! Gloss coating is Krylon workable fixatif, which, in addition to providing a nice not-too-shiny coat, also kills any bugs you have in your garage or wherever it is you spray it. It's pretty foul, make sure you use a heavy duty respirator if you can't spray it outside.