ISSUE 07

 Return to the BUILD


“This issue includes the floor of the main hold, plus parts for the lounge seat and bunk behind the hologame table. You can also permanently assemble the cockpit interior – including the option of adding some painted details.

 

Contents


Parts

Materials: All of the parts in this issue are plastic.

Screws: I have designated the screws supplied in this issue as follows. See my Screws page for more details:

  • Parts #2 = Type M for Main Hold

Magazine

  • Starship Fact File – Rebel Blockade Runner: Tantive IV – Princess Leia’s Consular Ship
  • Secrets of Spaceflight – Hull Structure
  • Build the Falcon – Assembly Steps

Build


NOTE: The Main Hold Floor and Bunk Frame will not be needed in these assembly steps and should be set aside for use in the next issue:

Fitting the Cushions

NOTE: I have slightly changed the order of the instructions here to make the process easier to follow.

Step 01

Carefully cut the curved Seat Cushion from the sprue.

To achieve the cleanest edges of sprue-based plastic parts, I use a few specific tools: a basic set of sprue cutters (or a sharp hobby knife), a set of high-quality single bladed nippers, and some sanding sticks/twigs. For the nippers, I typically use my fantastic God Hand Ultimate Nipper 5.0, but a cheaper option is the practically identical DSPIAE ST-A Nippers 3.0:

Next, take note of the sprue layout. The main supporting rods around the parts are ‘runners’, while the areas where the runners thin approaching a part are the ‘gates’. We want to use the basic sprue cutters/hobby knife to cut the parts from the runners at the gate, leaving a millimeter or two of the gate on the part itself as shown by the dashed line below. It is better to make these cuts slow and smooth instead of quickly ‘clipping’ the gate:

Then, cut the remainder of the gates from the parts by placing the blade of the Nippers as close to the part’s edge as possible. Again, slow and steady motion creates a better result than a quick cut:

Finally, use sandpaper sticks/twigs or a needle file to gently remove any remaining gate material and smooth out the surface:

Place a few drops of super glue inside the groove of the Lounge Seat Frame and secure the Seat Cushion into it, as shown:

Step 02

Carefully cut and prepare the two large Bunk Cushions from the sprue in the same way as before. Then, glue the four small tabs of a Bunk Cushion into the matching slots of the Bunk Base, as shown.

While these Bunk Cushions are identical, the Bunk parts are not. The Bunk Base is the one with the four corner holes, while the Bunk Top has the four corner pins:

There are four small tabs on the Bunk Cushion that match up to four slots in the Bunk Base but it can be fitted in either direction. If needed, sand or file the Cushion to correct any fitment problems. I use a short piece of craft wire held in my pin vise to apply super glue into small areas, but a toothpick can also easily be used:

Step 03

Repeat the previous step to glue the second large Bunk Cushion into the Bunk Top, as shown:

Step 04

Carefully cut and prepare the six narrow Bunk Cushions from the sprue in the same way as before.

These Bunk Cushions look very similar, but are not the same. There are four curved Cushions and two straight Cushions:

Glue the two tabs of a straight Bunk Cushion into the matching slots at the edge of the Bunk Base, as shown.

Contrary to the magazine, I decided to install the straight Bunk Cushions first. This was so I could evenly space the gaps between all the Cushions:

Make sure these straight Cushions are sitting vertical so they will be able to fit inside the Bunk Top when we match the Bunk parts together:

Repeat this process to install the other straight Bunk Cushion on the opposite side of the Bunk Base, as shown:

Step 05

Glue the tabs of two curved Bunk Cushions into the matching slots at the inner corners of the Bunk Base.

While the curved Bunk Cushions are all the same, they do have a flat edge that faces the large flat surface of the Bunk:

When securing this curved Bunk Cushion to the Bunk Base, I nudged it into place so it would have evenly spaced gaps above and below, as shown:

The opposite curved Bunk Cushion was installed in the same way:

Step 06

Test fit the four pins of the Bunk Top into the matching holes of the Bunk Base, as shown:

When happy with the fitment, glue the pins into the holes as shown.

You can also apply a bit of glue to the exposed tabs of the straight Bunk Cushions to further secure them in place:

Step 07

Glue the tabs of two remaining curved Bunk Cushions into the matching slots at the inner corners of the Bunk Top.

Again, I nudged these Cushions into place to evenly space the gaps above and below:

Here is our completed Bunk assembly:

Finishing the Cockpit

“If you decided to paint these parts, make sure they are all completely dry before assembling them.”

Step 01

IMPORTANT: If you plan on modifying your Cockpit further such as with additional paintwork, parts, or lighting, I highly recommend not gluing anything together yet. You can always return to this section at a later time. I did not glue these parts as I am still considering more work on my cockpit.

Retrieve your Cockpit assembly from Issue 06 and use super glue to finally secure the following parts into place:

  • Throttle Levers to the Cockpit Base

TIP: According to many sources I’ve found, the two Throttle Levers should actually be facing each other, as shown:

  • Pilot’s Seats to the Cockpit Base
  • Control Yokes to the Cockpit Base
  • Passenger Seats to the Cockpit Base
  • Control Levers into the four Control Console holes
  • Control Console to the Cockpit Base
  • Cockpit Console Front Panel onto the front tabs of the Cockpit Base
  • Left and Right Instrument Panels into the matching slots of the Cockpit Base
  • Cockpit Door assembly into the matching opening of the Cockpit Bulkhead
  • Cockpit Base into the matching slots of the Cockpit Bulkhead

NOTE: The four Control Levers (hyperspace levers) are missing from this picture, but they should be secure into place as well:

Thoughts


We have begun the assembly of the famous bench used by our Millennium Falcon crew! And, if you are using the stock Cockpit, they are now fully glued together. Work will begin on the Main Hold in the next issue.

Next Up


 Issue 08 – Technical Station Console, Light Fitting, Hold Alcove End Panel, Hold Starboard Wall, Fittings, Cushion and Hold Details

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