Well I got everything I need to get started and have begun with the tedious task of plating the 1000 scales I bought from the Ring Lord. I have to say that I am impressed with the scales overall but I wish I wouldn't have got just the mild steel but my reason for that was stainless steel needs an additional 'coat' of a special plating before you can plate it for real. Didn't want to over complicate things my first time so I just went with the mild steel. I do believe that they will still be strong enough after everything is said and done to suit my needs for now. I am VERY impressed with the results I have gotten with the plating kit. I highly recommend it to everyone. It is a long process but mainly because I have so many scale to do. Many might feel like it wouldn't be worth it but to me the fact that I can control the look of the final plating is more than worth the sacrifice of a few hours time. I only polished a few of the scales prior to plating like Caswell instructed and have yet to notice much of a difference between those I did polish and those I didn't. I did however notice a slight difference when I polished the scales post plating with a dremel tool and preferred the more aged look when I just rubbed off the slight tarnish that was cause by the plating itself with a paper towel. You do have to clean the piece very well as any oils or grit will; 1) affect the look of the plate, I have a scale with a plated thumbprint in it now cuz I was hurrying and touched it before I plated it, 2) contaminate the plating solution and affect your results from then on. That hasn't happened to me yet My internet connection is acting funny right now and it's not letting me upload any pics but I will get some up later today.