ISSUE 17

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“This issue includes the cushion pads and upper part of the starboard corridor, which you started to assemble in Stage 16 and will now be able to complete. You also have another frame and section of plating for the bottom of the hull.

 

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 #4 = Type F for Frames
  • Parts #5 = Type H for Hull Panels

Magazine

  • Starship Fact File – Darth Vader’s Personal Starfighter: TIE Advanced x1 Prototype
  • Secrets of Spaceflight – Orbiting A Planet
  • Build the Falcon – Assembly Steps

Build


NOTE: The Hull Plating, Hull Frame, and screws will not be needed in these assembly steps. Store them safely until we need them in a later issue:

Fitting the Corridor Cushions

Step 01

Retrieve your Corridor assembly from the previous issue.

To make installation of these Cushion Pads easier, I recommend to temporarily remove the three Arches – this is why I mentioned to not glue them in:

Step 02

Carefully cut the largest Cushion Pad from the sprue.

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

Step 03

Test fit, then super glue the tabs of this Cushion Pad into these matching slots of the Corridor assembly.

The tabs and slots are different sizes, so this will only fit one way, as shown. Generally, the shape of each Pad will match the shape of the Corridor wall:

Step 04

Carefully cut the long thin Cushion Pad from the sprue:

Step 05

Test fit, then glue the tabs of this Cushion Pad into these matching slots of the Corridor assembly, just above the previous Pad.

The top flat edge of this Pad should be even with the edge of the Corridor opening, as shown:

Step 06

Carefully cut a Cushion Pad #6 from the sprue.

The remaining Pads on the sprue are marked with numbers, but they are not quite right. Here is how I will be referencing them:

After cutting a Pad #6 from the sprue, note how these Pads are slightly wider at one end:

Step 07

Test fit, then glue the tabs of this Cushion Pad #6 into the matching slots at this location of the Corridor assembly.

The wider end of this Pad should be at the top, as shown:

Steps 08-09

Carefully cut a Cushion Pad #9 from the sprue. Then, test fit and glue the tabs of this Pad into the matching slots at this location of the Corridor assembly.

The wider end of this Pad should be at the bottom, as shown:

Steps 10-11

Carefully cut Cushion Pad #13 from the sprue. Then, test fit and glue the tabs of this Pad into the matching slots at this location of the Corridor assembly.

The wider end of this Pad should be at the bottom, as shown:

Steps 12-14

Carefully cut Cushion Pad #7 from the sprue. Then, test fit and glue the tabs of this Pad into the matching slots at this location of the Corridor assembly.

In order to find the correct orientation of this Pad, test fit it in place. If exactly half of the Pad is sticking up above the Corridor edge, you have it right:

Steps 15-16

Carefully cut Cushion Pad #8 from the sprue. Then, test fit and glue the tabs of this Pad into the matching slots at this location of the Corridor assembly.

This Pad is fitted in the same way as the previous one:

Steps 17-18

Carefully cut Cushion Pad #14 from the sprue. Then, test fit and glue the tabs of this Pad into the matching slots at this location of the Corridor assembly.

This Pad is fitted in the same way as the previous two:

Note how the top half of these Pads are also exposed above the Corridor edge:

Fitting the Top of the Corridor

Steps 01-02

Carefully cut Cushion Pad #12 from the sprue. Then, test fit and glue the tabs of this Pad into the matching slots at this location of the Starboard Corridor Top (the one supplied with this issue).

The wider end of this Pad should be at the bottom, as shown:

Steps 03-04

Carefully cut the remaining Cushion Pad #9 from the sprue. Then, test fit and glue the tabs of this Pad into the matching slots at this location of the Starboard Corridor Top.

The wider end of this Pad should be at the bottom, as shown:

Steps 05-06

Carefully cut the remaining Cushion Pad #6 from the sprue. Then, test fit and glue the tabs of this Pad into the matching slots at this location of the Starboard Corridor Top.

The wider end of this Pad should be at the top, as shown:

This is what our two Corridor halves should look like with all the Cushion Pads installed:

Steps 07-08

Fit the Starboard Corridor Top to the Corridor assembly, aligning the eight tabs along the walls and the three Arch pins.

The first thing we need to do is put the three Arches back in. However, it is important to note that they are directional. If you look at the Arches, this small locating pin at the top of the ring is off center:

When fitting the Arches, the locating pins should be closer to the inside curve of the Corridor:

Knowing this, we can install our Arches correctly into the slots of the Corridor floor:

Following the dirty, used theme of my Cargo Hold, I decided this was the best time to weather up the interior of these Corridor sections. This was accomplished using Vallejo Game Wash 73.201 Black and, to a lesser extent, Vallejo Game Wash 73.200 Sepia. I used various tools to apply the washes, from brushes to cotton balls – this was to give a varied texture to the colors. For the patterns, I just imagined leaking fluids, rusty areas, and where things were touched:

I reinstalled the Arches after weathering them a bit in the same theme:

Then, we can fit the Corridor Top to the Corridor assembly per the instructions. Note how the locating pins of the Arches fit into these matching holes:

Steps 09-10

Slide the Starboard Corridor End Ring onto this end of the two Corridor halves:

You may find this fitment to be slightly loose. While you can use glue to secure it place, I chose to wait until I know we are done with the interior sections before making any permanent decisions:

Thoughts


This Corridor is designed in a ‘cutaway’ style so it can be seen once an exterior Hull Plating section is removed.  There is so much we could do to make the interior crazy accurate and more detailed, but I don’t plan on opening my completed model all that much. I am just having fun learning how to weather!

Next Up


 Issue 18 – Hull Frame, Corridor Arches, Cushion Pads, Assembly Jig, Connector

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