You're welcome. The Stage 9 model I am building is a builder's proof and is not meant to be painted or lit. It is only for finding exact measurements and templates for blueprinting. After I am finished with the general build information then I will begin to include the information on detailing the sets and paint colors, fabrics, etc. but if you want to color yours the. Take a easy route and build it in colored card stock so any paint won't weaken or warp whatever you are building it out of. LEDs would be the smart route like you said for the cool temp nature they have.