Another reviewer made a comment after buying this version of the Normandy, and the Alliance version, that this one was better painted. Perhaps that reviewer was lucky, or the Alliance one must be a total disaster! The replica itself is detailed and attractive - although whilst it's quite long (about 5") the fact its so thin makes it feel much smaller. Ideal for placing on top of a low shelf or table (I have it on one of my computer speakers).
It is sadly let down by a horrendous paint job. Of the two SR2 labels on the engines, one is visibly sideways (whilst the other is not). The use of paint has been very heavy, and there is "flooding" in some of the gaps - the black paint of the engine areas is particularly bad, and on one side the amount of flooding is so severe that you almost lose the details. For this poor a job, I'd have preferred it came unpainted with decals and I'd get a hobbyist friend who collects Warhammer miniatures to paint it for me - I'm sure he'd have done a much better job.
All in all, it is a bit small and may make you feel like you aren't getting your money's worth - but this is offset by the novelty/collector factor if you are a Mass Effect fan... although this is diminished by the poor paint job. It must be said that the metal used feels extremely solid - even on the flimsy-looking bits at the front and rear... which are deceptively strong. I could believe that if I accidentally dropped this on my laminate floor the ship would bounce and the floor would be the one taking the damage.
If you are a fan of Mass Effect, you'll like it (as I do overall), and hopefully your painter will be better than mine. If you simply like collecting model starships, I might recommend going elsewhere.