I've had this state of the art Dragon kit of the Arizona in 1/700 for longer than I can remember. I started it years ago resigned to handpainting it, and it looked so awful after the first coat on the deck and hull that I gave up.
With my airbrushing kits a tad better, I primed the hill to start over, hit the deck with Tamiya tan and the hull and sprue parts with 5-D Dark Gray, and I was off detail painting like a fool.
After several days, I have the hull and most of the superstructure done, and have turret #1 – with the metal gun barrels – installed.
I also got the Pearl Harbor mooring quays in today, and "test fitted" the kit on the top shelf, which will eventually become a December 7 "Battleship Row" with Nevada, Arizona, Tennessee (actually a California kit, but don't tell) and Maryland. Later I might add a Vestal to go alongside Arizona.