My biggest problem back then was that I did not want to be bothered with painting. So often, I would just put it together adn say I'd paint it later; or paint it some weird color because that was the only color I had, and I couldn't get to the store.
Well, mine almost went in the bin at one stage. It was after I'd applied the Aztec decal set and coated it in Johnsons Klear, for some reason the decals reacted badly. Very badly. I had to strip them all off, repaint and try and make good. It was a very dark day for the home modeller, especially considering the price.