ISSUE 15

 Return to the BUILD


“This issue includes three padded arches, which you will assemble when you start making the corridors. You also have another frame for the bottom of the hull, so you can complete a quarter of the main disc.

 

Contents


Parts

Materials: The Hull Frame and Radial Stiffening Rib are 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 #5 = Type F for Frames
  • Parts #6 = Type R for Radial Ribs
  • Parts #7 = Type H for Hull Plating

Magazine

  • Starship Fact File – Heavy Fast Attack Fighter: A/SF-01 B-Wing Starfighter
  • Secrets of Spaceflight – How to Land a Starship
  • Build the Falcon – Assembly Steps

Build


NOTE: The Cushion Pads and Corridor Arches will not be needed in these assembly steps. Store them safely until we need them in a later issue. I already airbrushed the Arches with Tamiya XF-69 NATO Black acrylic paint in the previous issue:

Assembling the Radial Rib

Connect the outer Radial Stiffening Rib from the previous issue and the inner Radial Stiffening Rib from this issue together using the Rib Connector and four (4) Type R screws.

I covered the assembly of these Radial Ribs in detail back in Issue 12 –  they are all built in a similar way:

Assembling the Frames

Step 01

For reference, this is how the Hull Frames we are about to assemble will be arranged and which issue they are from:

Retrieve your lower Hull Frame assembly from Issue 12 and place it on your work surface with the part number markings facing up.

Retrieve your Hull Frame BF-16 from Issue 13. Align this Hull Frame under the edge of the left-most outer Radial Stiffening Rib, next to Hull Frame BF-13 as shown:

Steps 02-03

Loosely secure the outer Rib to this Hull Frame with two (2) Type F screws, as shown.

TIP: To prevent stressing any part of this frame, I recommend only holding the assembly down near the screw you are tightening. Other parts of the assembly may lift off your work surface as you go. This is normal, as we are slowly creating the bottom ‘dome’ shape of our Millennium Falcon!

Steps 04-05

Retrieve your Hull Frame BF-17 from Issue 14. Align this Frame under the left side of the same Radial Stiffening Rib, just below the previous Frame, and then loosely secure the Rib to the Frame with two (2) Type F screws as shown:

Step 06

Align this Hull Frame BF-18 (from this issue) under the left side of the same Radial Stiffening Rib, just below the previous Frame, and then loosely secure the Rib to this Frame using one (1) Type F screw as shown:

Step 07

Fit the Radial Rib assembly on top of the left edge of these new Hull Frames, orienting it as shown:

Step 08

Loosely secure this Radial Rib assembly to the three new Hull Frames with five (5) Type F screws:

Check the alignment of these new Frames and Rib to make sure everything is squared up properly, then fully tighten all of the screws:

How the Hull Plating Fits

NOTE: This section is optional as these Hull Plating parts will not be secured into place until later on in the build.

Step 01

Turn your lower Hull Frame assembly over and reinstall the Hull Plating panels you installed at the end of Issue 12.

On my model, I never removed them from the previous issue. Since this assembly does not lay flat, we need to take special care not to put any undue force on it. As you fit the Hull Plating in these steps, I recommend picking the assembly up and doing it away from your work surface.

Step 02

Retrieve your Hull Plating BP-7 from Issue 13. Loosely press the posts of this Plating into the matching holes at this location, as shown.

This Hull Plating should slightly overlap the edge of Hull Plating BP-11 to the left. You may find that some Hull Frame holes don’t quite line up to the Hull Plating posts. This is because the posts are angled to fit the final position of the Plating. If needed, you can gently bend the Frames a bit to pop them onto the posts:

Step 03

Retrieve your Hull Plating BP-8 from Issue 12. Loosely press the posts of this Plating into the matching holes at this location, as shown:

The curved edge of this Hull Plating should fit under the edge of Hull Plating BP-7 while its long edge on the left sits on top of those panels:

Step 04

Retrieve your Hull Plating BP-6 from Issue 14. Loosely press the posts of this Plating into the matching holes at this location, as shown,

This left edge of this Hull Plating should slide under Hull Plating BP-8:

Step 05

Loosely press the posts of Hull Plating BP-4 (from this issue) into the matching holes at this location, as shown.

This edge of this Hull Plating should slide under the previous Hull Plating BP-6 panel. This panel will be fairly loose as it will not be better secured until we add more Frame in the next stage.

Thoughts


The larger this bottom Frame/Hull assembly becomes, the more care we need to take while handling it. I have been storing it up on its side to keep the edges from being bent or damaged. Soon, we will received a plastic ‘jig’ to keep this assembly in the proper shape.

Next Up


 Issue 16 – Hull Plating/Frame, Starboard Connector Floor/Base

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