We test out the Cockpit Shell assembly, build the Rear Cockpit Instrument Panels, and install the hyperdrive Control Levers with Issue 06!
If you are building any of the die-cast metal large scale models out there, you are probably familiar with the pain around driving screws into metal parts. In my experience, some of these screws have a tendency to bind up, strip threads, or simply snap off. Not only does it cause frustration, but it could cause a long delay in your build waiting for replacement parts.
For a while now, I have read about other builders that were using a little oil on their metal screw threads to help reduce the risk of damage and the effort needed to seat these screws fully. Up until this point, I had taken my time to carefully pre-thread metal screws, but it turns out they were on to something. I recently picked up some 3-in-One Multi-Purpose Oil (from the WD-40 Company) and it has changed everything!
I simply dip the tip of each metal screw into a tiny drop of this stuff and they go right in and without any drama. I should have done this sooner! If putting a little oil on the end of a metal screw is not feasible, you can also use a toothpick or other small tool to apply the oil directly into a screw hole before installing the screw.
To hold the oil, I use this fantastic 4 oz dispenser bottle with a built-in pump and metal lid. I fill it up and pump the lid when I need a little oil to work with. Additionally, it has a nice wide base to reduce the possibility of spills:
I highly recommend grabbing a bottle of this oil (or other similar lubricant). It will surely save you time and headache!
I have had many visitors ask about the tools and supplies that I use to build my partworks, so I have created a ‘Shop‘ over at my main build site with Amazon links to most of the items I have used along the way. All proceeds go towards supporting my site costs, not for profit. I hope you all find this helpful!
If you want to build this specific partwork, check out the Fanhome studio-scale Millennium Falcon ordering page!
I feel there is no more recognizable spacecraft in the Star Wars universe than the infamous Millennium Falcon! DeAgostini released a studio-scale partwork model of the Falcon via Model Space as far back as 2007, but it became unavailable before I could build it. Now Fanhome is re-releasing the Falcon once again, and this time I will not miss the opportunity to add it to my collection!
Shipping is expected to begin on August 24, 2023!