This is my third kit and my plan is to buzz through every kit they make. These are so very intricate and you need a lot of patience. I have a few suggestions: 1. Get a stand alone magnifying glass. You will be able to see much better since these kits are half the size of normal kits (which are 1:12) 2. Get a really sharp exacto knife. You need this to cut out the paper items, which are very small. 3. They can't ship glue overseas, and I've read a few reviews complaining about that. Suck it up. Go buy your own. Get Elmer's for regular gluing and Alene's tacky glue for when you glue fabric. Use small brushes to brush the glue on. I don't recommend wood glue, as it dries very intact and if you need to gently take the item apart and reset, you run the risk of breaking the item pieces apart and ruining the pieces. 4. This is the one thing I wish I would have figured out earlier: some of the items are also printed on paper. This means if you have, say, fabric that is labeled C23, there is also a section of paper labeled C23 and you need to find the tracer on that paper and use that tracer for the fabric (or picture frame, etc) in the next step. Download the Google translate app on your phone and you can easily decipher what each tracer says on the paper. I love these kits and the amount of enjoyment I get from them far outweighs the amount of time it takes to make the kits. In fact, that's what makes it so much fun.
I have also found missing parts and the company has always been responsive in getting back to me to send the parts. So don't worry about that.
All in all, these are so worth the money and if you enjoy miniatures and a challenge, these are for you.