After wrestling with plastic I switched back to bending metal pieces. The previous two Metal Earth Models kits had been nice, so maybe this one was going to be nice as well. The pseudoround shape of the TIE series did concern me a bit in advance, but we'd find out about it soon enough.
The wing panels were gigantic. Those bars that'd go between the panel's sectors seemed like a clever thing. Maybe this'd be a quick and pleasant miniproject.