They do not lie,this is one of the harder kits to put together.
Mine does not close 100% it might take me a few tries to get the drop-pod perfect.
I can fix mine with magnets.
I painted in the same scheme as the rest of my force however I wanted this pod to look like it really just survived re-entry and maybe even went through a weak structure or two.
I used chaos black and an airbrush to paint a band a soot on the lower half which I then augmented with MIG black pigment.
I went a little heavier than I should so I worked in some Industrial dirt to lighten it up.
Once the powder dried it really helped soften the soot and bring it back from the brink.