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“This issue includes the battery box and wiring for the lighting. You also have some more details for the inside of the hold, plus the first frame and panel for the bottom of the hull, which you will be assembling at a later stage.“
Materials: The Hull Frame is metal, but the other non-electrical parts in this issue are plastic or vinyl.
Screws: I have designated the screws supplied in this issue as follows. See my Screws page for more details:
- Parts #8 = Type M for Main Hold
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NOTE: The Hull Frame, Hull Panel, Hold Alcove Back Panel, and Wiring Connector (as well as the supplied screws) will not be needed in this issue and should be safely stored for use later on in the build. The Hold Door Pads and Hold Door Liners will be needed in the next stage, so keep them nearby:
Testing the Lighting
Temporarily remove the screw from the Battery Box with Lead and Plug, slide the cover off, and install four (4) AA batteries. Then, reinstall the cover and screw.
These AA batteries are not included with the model. Make sure the polarity position of each battery is correct, as shown:
If desired, connect the plug of the Battery Box to the socket on the back of the Cockpit Bulkhead Lighting Panel and slide the switch to ON.
This connection has a specific polarity, so ensure you do not force the plug in backwards. I tested these lights after I fit my Cockpit into the Passage Tube assembly, but this is what they should look like once powered and lit:
Detailing the Passage Tube
NOTE: I have slightly changed the order of the instructions here to make the process easier to follow.
Retrieve your two Passage Tube sections and the Hull Plant-On Details sprue from Issue 06. Looking at the sprue, note how the parts we will be using are numbered, as shown:
Carefully cut and prepare the numbered parts from this sprue. Using super glue, secure each part into the matching locations of the two Passage Tube sections.
If you want to see how I cut and sand plastic parts from sprues, check out Issue 07. It is recommended to cut and prepare one part at a time it to prevent losing any small bits. And, it is good idea to confirm the location, orientation, and fitment of these detail parts before gluing them in place.
I began with the Passage Tube Upper Section and glued the pins of part #1 into the matching holes at this location. Except for one part, we will be installing these details in numerical order:
On the opposite side of the Passage Tube Upper Section, super glue part #2 into place as shown. There are holes and notches in the hull that these details parts fit into:
When cutting and preparing part #3 from the sprue, note its shape and these two small pins:
Then, test fit and super glue part #3 into the matching holes at this top center location of the Passage Tube Upper Section, as shown:
The rear tab of this part #3 should be level with the surface of the Passage Tube, as shown:
Moving over to the Passage Tube Lower Section, super glue part #4 into this matching recess as shown. You may have to sand the edges of some plant-on details, like this one, to fit fully down inside their recesses:
Next to the previous part, super glue part #6 into this matching recess as shown. I purposely skipped part #5 here – it will be easier to understand where it goes as we complete the next step:
Then, super glue part #7 into the matching nearby recess as shown:
It can be difficult to see where part #5 is supposed to be installed. However, if you notice this curved end, it will make more sense:
The curved end of part #5 should contact the round edge of part #7, and sit underneath the protruding parts as seen here. I centered it with part #4:
The straight end of part #5 will then sit on top of part #4, as shown. I glued this part at both ends:
Returning to the normal numerical order of these details, super glue part #8 into the matching recess next to part #7, as shown:
On the bottom of the Passage Tube Lower Section, super glue part #9 into this matching location as shown:
Super glue the curved end of part #9 into the matching hole of part #7, as shown:
The straight ends of this part #10 should be parallel to the end of the Passage Tube, as shown. It is normal for this part not to reach the ‘joint’ of the Tube – this area will be covered up by Hull Plating at a later time. For a stronger attachment, you can glue the straight end to the Tube if so desired:
Finally, super glue the curved end of part #11 into the matching hole of Passage Tube Lower Section, as shown:
The straight ends of this part #11 should also be parallel to the end of the Passage Tube (and the previous part), as shown. For a stronger attachment, you can glue the straight end of this part to the Tube if so desired:
Assembling the Cockpit
Using the Passage Tube Lower Section and one of the Lightproof Stickers, mark how the Sticker needs to cut to fit around this post.
I held my Sticker up next to the post and marked it with lines for the bottom and sides of the post. The instructions would have you simply cut a 17x6mm corner away from the Sticker, but I wanted to make sure the small gap between the post and Cockpit grooves will be covered:
Carefully cut the Sticker to make room for the post, as shown.
You can use basic scissors here, but I opted for my hobby knife:
I measured the opposite side of the Passage Tube in the same way and cut out the slot for the other post:
Test fit the Lightproof Sticker into the Passage Tube Lower Section, then remove the backing paper and secure it in place as shown.
The ends of this Sticker should be even with the edge of the Passage Tube:
Repeat this process to cut the second Lightproof Sticker to fit around the posts of the Passage Tube Upper Section, as shown.
The posts of this Passage Tube are slightly thicker:
While these Lightproof Stickers should work fairly well, I will likely return to this area and add additional light-blocking later on:
Retrieve your Cockpit assembly from the previous issue. Slide the Cockpit Bulkhead down into this matching groove of the Passage Tube Lower Section, as shown:
Retrieve your Upper Rear Cockpit Instrument Panel assembly from Issue 06. Slide this down into the larger groove of the Passage Tube Lower Section, in front of the Cockpit Bulkhead as shown:
If you haven’t already, connect the plug of the Battery Box to the socket on the back of the Cockpit Bulkhead Lighting Panel:
Fit the Passage Tube Upper Section down onto the Passage Tube Lower Section, capturing the Cockpit assembly in between. Be sure not to pinch or trap the wiring between these sections:
With all those plant-on detail parts to install, this issue was quite a long one as well. I am really enjoying this build so far! Again, safely store the unused Hull Frame, Hull Panel, Hold Alcove Back Panel, and Wiring Connector (as well as the supplied screws) from this issue, but keep the Hold Door Pads and Hold Door Liners nearby as we will need them in the next stage.
Issue 10 – Hull Plating/Frames, Hold Forward Wall, Connector, Radial Stiffening Rib