ISSUE 13

 Return to the BUILD


“Over the next few pages, you will be fitting the internal details to the hold and adding all the walls apart from the port wall, which we be done in Stage 14.

 

Contents


Parts

Materials: The Hull Frame is metal, but the rest of these parts are plastic.

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

  • Parts #6 = Type F for Frames

Magazine

  • Starship Fact File – Modified YT-1300FP: The Millennium Falcon Early History
  • Secrets of Spaceflight – Speed Control
  • Build the Falcon – Assembly Steps

Build


NOTE: The Hull Frame BF-16 and Hull Plating BP-7 will not be needed in these assembly steps. Store them safely until we need them in a later issue.

Assembling the Hold Walls

Retrieve your following assemblies and parts from the previous stages:

  • Hologame Table from Issue 02
  • Technical Station assembly and beige parts sprue from Issue 08
  • Hold Alcove Back Panel from Issue 09
  • Hold Forward Wall from Issue 10
  • Main Hold assembly (Main Hold Floor, Lounge Seating Support, Hold Starboard Wall) and Hold Rear Wall from Issue 11
  • Main Hold Pipe Support from the previous issue
  • Type M screws

Fitting the Seat

Steps 01-02

If not already in place, fit the Lounge Seating Support to this corner of the Main Hold Floor as shown:

Steps 03-04

Secure the Lounge Seating Support into place from below with five (5) Type M screws.

Two of these screws may already be installed from the test-fitting we did back in Issue 08:

Steps 05-06

Apply small drops of super glue to the three pins along the bottom of the Seat Cushion and push them down into the matching holes at this location of the Main Hold Floor.

NOTE: If you plan on doing any future modifications to your Main Hold, I would recommend waiting to glue anything in place. I did not glue this:

I already had these pieces assembled (along with the Hold Starboard Wall) at the end of the Issue 11:

Step 07

Retrieve your Hologame Table assembly from Issue 02. Glue the Table over the matching square peg at this location of the Main Hold Floor.

With a brush, I used Vallejo Game Wash 73.200 – Sepia to add some brown stains to my Hologame Table to give it a worn out look:

On my model, I still may want to add things to my Main Hold, so I did not glue my Table in place. I used a Removable Glue Dot to hold it there for now:

Fitting the Hold Walls

Steps 01-02

If not already installed, slide the three dovetail tabs of the Hold Starboard Wall into the matching slots of the Main Hold Floor, as shown:

Make sure the straight ends of the vertical door Pipes fit into this opening in the Main Hold Floor, as shown:

Step 03

As I did with my Hold Starboard Wall, I went over these new panels with my Vallejo Game Wash 73.201 Black to give them the same appearance of dirt and oil based on where they will be positioned. I mostly used a brush for this work and dragged the wash away from the edges. I also blotted the lower quarter of the Hold Rear Wall and then basically made a mess of the Main Hold Pipe Support as it will be below some large pipes:

Fit the dovetail tabs of the Hold Alcove Back Panel (from Issue 09) down into the matching slots at this location of the Main Hold Floor:

Steps 04-05

Secure this Back Panel to the Starboard Wall with two Type M screws, as shown:

Step 06

Fit the dovetail tabs of the Hold Forward Wall (from Issue 10) down into the matching slots at this location of the Main Hold Floor:

Step 07

Secure this Forward Wall to the Starboard Wall with two Type M screws, as shown:

Fitting the Pipe Support

Step 01

Fit the Main Hold Pipe Support (from the previous issue) to this location of the Main Hold Floor, orienting it as shown:

Step 02

Secure the Pipe Support into place from below with four (4) Type M screws:

Step 03

Fit the dovetail tabs of the Hold Alcove End Panel (from Issue 10) down into the matching slots at this location of the Main Hold Floor:

Step 04

Carefully cut and prepare two Fixing Studs from the sprue (one extra is supplied as a spare).

If you want to see how I cut and sand plastic parts from sprues, check out Issue 07:

Step 05

Inserting the thinner end first, press these Fixing Studs fully into these matching holes of the End Panel to connect it to the Back Panel.

I used light taps from my crafting hammer to seat these all the way in:

Step 06

Fit the dovetail tabs of the Hold Rear Wall (from Issue 11) down into the matching slots at this location of the Main Hold Floor:

Secure this Rear Wall to the Hold Alcove End Panel with two (2) Type M screws:

Fitting the Pipes

Step 01

Carefully cut and prepare the S-shaped Pipe from the beige sprue we received in Issue 08, as shown:

Steps 02-05

Retrieve the Technical Station assembly we completed in Issue 08 and turn it upside down. Using a small drop of glue, secure the hole in the tab of the S-shaped Pipe over this pin of the Technical Station.

The flat part of the pipe (where the hole is) should face towards the Station, as shown:

Step 06

Glue the Technical Station down onto the two matching posts at this location on the Main Hold Floor, as shown.

As I want to have the option to add more to my Main Hold later on, I only pressed this Station down into place – no glue was used:

Step 07

Carefully cut and prepare the last Pipe from the beige sprue, as shown.

Make sure not to cut off this small pin at one end of the Pipe:

Step 08

Glue the end pin of this Pipe into this matching hole of the Lounge Seating Support, orienting it as shown:

Step 09

The starboard end of our Main Hold is now complete:

For the last steps of this issue, I first prepared the parts by dirtying them up with my Vallejo Game Wash 73.201 Black. Then, I added some ‘nicks and scratches’ by dry-brushing some Vallejo Model Air 71.063 Silver Metallic acrylic paint in random places. For the two long Floor-Level Pipes, I just painted them fully silver:

Step 10

Fit the two Floor-Level Pipes to this area of the Main Hold Floor, next to the Main Hold Pipe Support as shown:

Step 11

Glue a Frame Member to this location of the Main Hold Floor, trapping the Floor-Level Pipes in place, as shown.

There is a pin on Frame Member that fits into a matching hole of the Hold Floor, and a tab that slots down into the Pipe Support. As I have been doing all along on my build, I did not glue these parts in place just yet. I may want to change my Main Hold later on:

Step 12

Slide the Main Hold Lower Pipe (yellow/black bands) over the bottom circular detail of the Hold Alcove End Wall, orienting it as shown:

Step 13

In the same way, slide the Main Hold Upper Pipe (red/black bands) over the top circular detail of the End Wall, orienting it as shown:

Step 14

Glue the remaining four Frame Members into place along the Main Hold Floor, as shown.

Again, I did not use any glue here:

Step 15

The back wall area of our Main Hold is now complete.

I did go over the Floor-Level Pipes with a bit more black Vallejo Wash Black to muck them up more now that they are installed:

Thoughts


With some basic paint work, I am extremely pleased with how our Main Hold is turning out! We could always have more detail, but to be honest, I do not plan on opening up my Falcon to look inside once it is completed. The exterior is where I plan on spending a lot more time. Keep the unused Hull Frame and Hull Plating nearby as we will need them soon.

Next Up


 Issue 14 – Hull Plating/Frame, Hold Port Wall, Circuitry Bay Door Lining, Hold Door Pads/Liners, Radial Stiffening Rib

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