Thanks for the update Hermit. I too have struggled with the paint/not paint the hull issue. It's all about how you want the model to look. So it's just a matter of choice. Great job by the way. I know how many coats it takes to do that. After 4 and 5 you keep saying to yourself... "this will do it. this will be the last one." NOT! :mrgreen: As far as smooth vs not smooth is concerned... I have a God given gift of "un-smooth hull maker". :mrgreen: It's a talent. Really though, real hulls are never glass smooth.