This is the model that has convinced me to NEVER EVER AGAIN buy a used model that just needs to be stripped. It was such a total pain in the ass to remove whatever paint and epoxy was used to assemble this model initially. I soaked it in Simple Green for a week and a half - no joy. Ultimately nail polish remover did the trick and the model turned out pretty decently even with my ham fisted whip conversion. Here's the thing though: the materials (and to some small extent, the time) to strip this bad boy ended up eating the savings I may have had if I had just gone and bought a new model. I say it again: Never again!