ISSUE 08

 Return to the BUILD


“This issue includes two walls for the main hold, plus parts for the Falcon’s technical station, the lounge seat and several small details including pipework and electrical panels.

 

Contents


Parts

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

Magazine

  • Starship Fact File – The Legendary Flight: The Falcon and the Kessel Run
  • Secrets of Spaceflight – Technical Station
  • Build the Falcon – Assembly Steps

Build


This is going to be a big Mod Zone! The magazine instructions mention dry-brushing some of the parts in this issue to bring out the details. I thought we could improve on this even more by adding a wash and some colors. I used some Vallejo Game Wash 73.201 Black to add dark areas and ‘oil streaks’ to these parts. Then, I used Vallejo Model Air 71.063 Silver Metallic acrylic paint to dry-brush the raised details, as seen here:

Wash and Dry-Brush

For example, I thought about where dirt and oil might appear on the Hold Starboard Wall and light brushed the Black Wash onto it, as shown:

Then, I lightly dry-brushed the Silver Metallic across many of the raised details on the various parts:

We can add the Black Wash to darken/dirty areas and the Silver Metallic to lighten surfaces as desired:

I even added Black Wash to the various pipes on the sprues to make them even more grimy.

NOTE: It does appear that in the early releases of this Millennium Falcon build, the parts on these sprues were not pre-weathered. You can see this in the magazine assembly step pictures. However, in my Fanhome version, there was some weathering already applied to the sprues. I just added to it:

Since I had the Silver Metallic paint handy, I also pre-painted the small Technical Station details on the larger sprue as shown:

Lastly, I grabbed our Lounge Seating Support from Issue 06 and used the Black Wash to darken the control panel and add some ‘dirt’ around the edges:

Adding Some Color

Beginning with the same Lounge Seating Support, I first dry-brushed the Silver Metallic over the control panel to bring out the details. Then, using Vallejo Game Air 72.711 Gory Red acrylic paint and a wooden toothpick, I painted a few of the buttons to make it more interesting:

Then, I used the following paints to add color to various surfaces and buttons on the parts in this issue. I am not trying to perfectly replicate the studio sets used in the films for the interior of my Falcon, so I just added color where I thought it would look interesting:

OK, that was a lot of prep work, but once this paint dries we can start working on the issue!


Making the Technical Station

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

Step 01

Carefully cut and prepare the two small Knobs from the Cushion and Hold Details sprue.

The process I follow for removing and preparing sprue-based parts is covered in the previous issue:

Step 02

Using super glue, secure the Knobs into these matching holes of the Technical Station Console.

To align these parts correctly, each Knob has a keyed pin that fits into a matching slot of the Console, as shown:

Step 03

In the same way, cut and prepare the square Display Panel from Cushion and Hold Details sprue. Then, glue it into this matching location of the Technical Station Console.

This Display also has a keyed post that matches a slot in the Console, orienting it as shown:

Step 04

Similarly, cut and prepare the Small Instrument Panel from the Starboard Wall and Technical Station Fittings sprue. Then, glue this Panel into this matching location of the Technical Station Console as shown:

This is my completed Technical Station Console after I removed it from the sprue:

Preparing the Hold Floor

Step 01

Retrieve your Main Hold Floor from the previous issue. To bring out the details of this part, the magazine recommends to apply black drawing ink along the details and blot away the excess before it dries. However, I chose to go a different route.

Initially, I added a random texture to my Main Hold Floor by randomly blotting it with a microfiber cloth coated in Citadel Nuln Oil Black paint:

Next, I drew in the recessed line details with an Ultra Fine Point Black Sharpie:

Then, I filled in the cargo hold hatches with a light coat of Vallejo Game Wash 73.201 Black:

Finally, to rough up the painted surfaces and lighten various details, I used a high-grit sanding stick/twig and an old toothbrush:

Preparing the Seat Support

Step 01

Retrieve your Lounge Seating Support from Issue 06. If desired, you can drybrush the control panel with a light-colored paint.

We did this already (and added more color) at the beginning of this issue:

Step 02

Retrieve your Bunk assembly from the previous stage.

Before we install our Bunk, I decided to add a bit of weathering to it. I gently swiped some Tamiya Weathering Powder A – Mud along the edges and in the middle of the Cushions to simulate worn areas, as shown:

Step 03

Fit the Bunk assembly down into this matching recess of the Lounge Seating Support, as shown:

Step 04

Retrieve your Bunk Frame from the previous issue. Test fit, then super glue, the Bunk Frame down over the Bunk assembly as shown.

This will capture the Bunk assembly in place:

Steps 05-07

Carefully cut and prepare the Seat Light Fitting from the Technical Station Console sprue. You can optionally paint the ends of this Fitting with white paint.

I chose to go a step further and painted the center bar as well. The ‘bulbs’ were hand-painted with Vallejo Model Air 71.119 White Grey and the center bar with Vallejo Model Air 71.055 Black Grey acrylic paints. I found this grey color to be a close match to the stock part base color:

Step 08

Use small drops of super glue to secure the tabs of this Seat Light Fitting into these matching notches of the Lounge Seating Support.

One side of this Fitting has a flat edge that is designed to fit up against the Bunk wall, as shown:

Step 09

Place the Lounge Seating Support at this corner of the Main Hold Floor, as shown:

Step 10

Temporarily secure the Lounge Seating Support into place from below with two (2) Type M screws:

Assembling the Seat

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

Step 01

Carefully cut and prepare the six Large Cushions and six Small Cushions from the Cushions and Hold Details sprue:

Step 02

Make sure any remaining plastic ‘gates’ are removed from these Cushions, especially along the bottom tabs as shown:

Step 03

Retrieve your Seat Cushion assembly from the previous issue. The bottom tab of each Cushion is designed to fit into the slots around the rear edge of the Seat Cushion. If desired, test fit the Cushions into the Seat Cushion.

As I test-fit these Cushions, I decided to arrange them so their weathering patterns made sense to me. Take note of the four Cushions on the left:

Step 04 (Optional)

The four left-most Cushions will have their hollow backs exposed once installed. You can choose to fill the hollow space with plastic putty.

I filled the backs of these four Cushions with Vallejo 70.400 Plastic Putty. As this putty will shrink as it dries (overnight is best), I overfilled each one:

Step 05 (Optional)

Once the putty has fully dried, remove the excess putty from each Cushion by sanding it down smooth.

To protect from damaging my Cushions by sanding them, I chose to use my hobby knife to slice the excess putty away:

Then, using the same Black Grey paint as the bar of the Seat Light Fitting, I hand painted the backs of these Cushions:

Step 06

Press the three pins of the Seat Cushion into the matching holes at this location of the Main Hold Floor:

Step 07

One by one, begin to super glue the bottom tab of each Cushion into the slots of the bottom Seat Cushion. The backs of each Cushion should NOT be glued to the Lounge Seating Support.

I recommend only adding glue along this groove between the bottom surface of each Cushion and the tab:

Starting on the right end, secure the first Large Cushion into the bottom Seat Cushion as shown. You may want to hold/clamp the Cushion up against the Lounge Seating Support so it leans up against it without any gap:

Continue around to the left, alternating between a Small Cushion and a Large Cushion, until these are all secured into place:

Step 08

If you filled/painted the back of the left-most Cushions, wait until the paint dries, and then secure these into place in the same way:

Step 09 (Optional)

To make the rear of the exposed Seat Cushion match, you may want to paint the beige part of the bottom Seat Cushion as well:

I simply masked off the Bunk wall and then hand-painted the backs with heavy coats of the same Black Grey paint. I was attempting to seal up the gaps with paint which didn’t work all that well, but it did add a unique look to them!

Here is my final Seat assembly installed:

Thoughts


That was a crazy long issue, but I think our Main Hold is heading in a good looking direction! The unused Hold Starboard Wall and Hold Alcove End Panel can be kept nearby. And, be sure to save the two sprues as there are still parts on them we will need soon!

Next Up


 Issue 09 – Hull Plating/Frame, Battery Box, Wiring Connector, Hold Door Pads/Liners, Hold Alcove Back Panel

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