I had the 500K and it was IMHO a fairly "poor" kit. Remember these things came out around 1968 so the engineering, molding, etc. is all very dated. The plastic parts are thick, often ill fitting, and have tons of flash, sprue marks, and just big rough lumps of plastic to be removed. The main body parts do not fit smoothly too. Its hard getting the doors to close flush, etc. A lot of the details are just crude. The stamped metal looks a lot like photo-etch but is really very rough and not very user-friendly. There are a lot of modern machined and etched aftermarket accessories and fixes for these kits. There are also some building CD instructions as the kit instructions are largely worthless. Later issuse of the 500K had molded plastic wheels to replace the very complex wired ones in older kits. I sold a half built vintage 500K on eBay and it went for $800ish, but a MISB one with the plastic parts fetched about half.
You can make these into super models but they take a lot of work.
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