I have always been a fan of the Millennium Falcon and since the Apollo Saturn V was not available at the time, I decided to pick this up instead since I was in the mood for a build. I had previously built a Y-Wing and figured that at 1,300+ pieces, this would be a good intermediate build for me since I have never built anything that large.
I had seen this kit on display before, and was not a fan of how the body of the ship was designed... those fears quickly dissolved once I started building, and saw how solid the design was as I built the ship. My one problem is that the "smuggler's hold" kept falling out. I solved that problem by using a few of the leftover extra parts to make a tighter fit. I've moved the model a few times since then, and the part has not fallen out. Problem solved.
I also deviated slightly from the instructions in a few areas. Since I had a some left over parts from this and other builds, in the spirit of how the designers at ILM created the models for the original films, I did a little kit bashing on the exterior parts that open up, adding a little extra detail to the exterior. The other mod was: I had to put Han and Chewie in the cockpit, and because Chewie was too big, that took some work. I had to remove Chewie's legs and attach two little pieces under his body so he would stick, and I had to pry one of his arms off... but as a fan of the original films, there was no other way to set up the minifigs.
All in all, this was a fun build, and I highly recommend it. Next stop, Apollo Saturn V...