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“This issue includes another wall for the hold, plus more parts for the bottom of the hull, which you will be assembling at a later stage. First, it’s time to continue putting together the hold by adding details to the starboard wall.“
Materials: The Hull Frames, Radial Stiffening Rib, and 2-Hole Connector are metal, while the other parts are plastic.
Screws: I have designated the screws supplied in this issue as follows. See my Screws page for more details:
- Parts #3 = Type F for Frame
- Parts #5 = Type M for Main Hold
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NOTE: All of the parts supplied in this issue will not be needed in the assembly steps here. Store them safely until we need them in a later issue.
Lining the Hold Door
Before we begin assembly of this issue, I decided to paint both of the Hold Door Liner parts to be a darker color. Looking at various reference pictures, the provided parts felt a bit too bright. Therefore, I chose to airbrush them with Tamiya XF-69 NATO Black:
Then, to add some variation to the Hold Door Liner (Outer), I randomly applied some Tamiya Weathering Powder F – Titanium around the inner edges:
Retrieve your Hold Door Pads sprue from the previous issue. Carefully cut and prepare the eighteen (18) Door Pads from the sprue.
If you want to see how I cut and sand plastic parts from sprues, check out Issue 07:
Retrieve your Hold Door Liner (Inner) from the previous issue. Test fit, then super glue, the groove of a Door Pad to one of the matching recesses around the inner rim of the Liner, as shown.
I scraped off the paint from the inside of each recess to give the glue a better surface to adhere to. These Pads should sit fully flush on the Liner:
Continue to glue the remaining Door Pads around the inside of the Hold Door Liner (Inner), as shown:
Assembling the Hold Wall
NOTE: I have slightly changed the order of the instructions here to make the process easier to follow.
Retrieve your Starboard Wall and Technical Station Fittings sprue from Issue 08. Carefully cut and prepare the Instrument Panel from the sprue, as shown:
Retrieve your Hold Starboard Wall from Issue 08. Test fit, then glue this Instrument Panel into the matching recess of the Wall, as shown:
Retrieve your Hold Door Liner (Outer) from Issue 08. Applying glue around the inner ridge opening of the Starboard Wall, secure this Liner (Outer) into place as shown.
On my model, I needed to sand a bit from the bottom edges of this Liner (Outer) so it would fit correctly in the recess:
Retrieve your Cushions and Hold Details sprue from Issue 08. Carefully cut and prepare this Instrument Panel from the sprue, as shown:
As before, glue this Instrument Panel into the matching recess of the Wall.
It is important that the small hole in this Panel (circled below) is in upper-right corner, as shown:
Test-fit, then glue the Hold Door Liner (Inner) inside the Hold Door Liner (Outer), centering it in the wall as shown.
After I installed my Liner (Inner), I went over this wall again with my Vallejo Game Wash 73.201 Black to give the appearance of dirt and oil streaks based on the position of the openings in the Liners. I dirtied up the Door Pads a bit more as well:
I am very happy with how a bit of paint can improve the look of our Main Hold. We will be adding additional details to this Wall in the next issue, so keep it nearby.
Issue 11 – Hull Plating/Frame, Hold Rear Wall, Radial Stiffening Ribs, Rib Connector