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i would say that it is very bad advice to completely construct the model before painting it.
if you build the model completely before painting it, it will be harder to paint. if you construct the model partially and then paint it, before completing the model, it will be a lot easier to paint, but you might find that a lack of experience makes the task feel rather more enormous than it is.
if, however, you feel totally comfortable only partially building the model before painting it, then i think you will be fine doing that, and i wouldn't worry about it any further.
particularly skilled painters sometimes paint all parts individually before constructing the model, to allow better access to details.