Just arrived is this new model from Japanese company "Cosmic" of a 22 story high-rise apartment building! Inside the box are several bubble-wrapped packages of parts, which does dispel the question I had of whether or not this kit came in some sort of pre-assembled state...it doesn't!
In fact, I'm pretty sure that anyone who builds this kit will want to paint it first as the plastic is a very glossy, very plastic-looking material that could use a little color. For my part, this is a good thing. As I like to add light to my buildings, adding several coats of paint to the interior walls is essential to ensure that light only shows through windows and doors - and not through walls!
A parts list accompanying the instructions (all in Japanese) gives you a rough idea of the amount of work necessary to assemble. I think that if the fit of all the pieces is good, this should be a somewhat time-consuming, but nevertheless easy building to create. I do need to think about how to manage interior details and lighting, but for now I just need to consider color combinations for painting!
One thing that does impress me with this kit is that its very clear that Cosmic is more of an artisan outfit than a traditional train manufacturer...the box, packaging, etc... seem somewhat DIY, and yet are entirely effective! Of course, I'll post my experience (and results) with this kit once I get started on it, but for now I'm still working on my somewhat ambitious terminal station project and won't be able to get to this structure for some time!