ISSUE 18

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“This issue includes two padded arches for the cockpit passage. There is also another section of plating for the bottom of the hull, so you can complete a full segment of the circle. Finally, you have the first part of an assembly jig, which you will be using to support the model.

 

Contents


Parts

Materials: The Hull Frame and Connector 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 #6 = Type F for Frames

Magazine

  • Secrets of Spaceflight – The Falcon’s Upgrades
  • Starship Fact File – Rebel Blockade Runner: Tantive IV’s Interior Layout
  • Build the Falcon – Assembly Steps

Build


NOTE: The Assembly Jig and Non-Slip Pads will not be needed in these assembly steps:

However, to keep us from possibly losing the Non-Slip Pads, we can install them now. Simply peel the backing paper off and stick them into the matching circular recesses, as shown. I also marked this Jig section with the issue number – I am not sure if it matters but it can’t hurt. Then, this assembly can be stored safely until we need it in a later issue:

Extending the Hull Frames

Steps 01-02

Retrieve your lower Hull assembly from Issue 15 and your Hull Frame BF-20 from the previous issue. Fit the Hull Frame to this location of the existing assembly, sliding the edge of the Frame under the nearby 4-hole Connectors, as shown:

Steps 03-04

Secure Hull Frame BF-20 into place with two (2) Type F screws at the corresponding 4-hole Connectors, 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!

Step 05

Retrieve your 2-hole Connector from the previous issue and align it over these holes at the outer edge of Hull Frame BF-20:

Step 06

Secure this 2-hole Connector into place with two (2) Type F screws:

Step 07

In the same way as before, fit Hull Frame BF-21 (from this issue) to this inner location of the existing assembly, sliding the edge of the Frame under the nearby 4-hole Connector, as shown:

Step 08

Secure this Hull Frame BF-21 to the rest of the framing with one (1) Type F screw at the 4-hole Connector:

Step 09

Align the 2-Hole Connector (from this issue) over these holes at the outer edge of Hull Frame BF-21 and secure it into place with two (2) Type F screws, as shown:

We now have one-third of our lower Hull Frame assembly completed! Here is the section we just worked on:

How the Hull Plating Fits

Steps 01-02

Retrieve your Hull Plating BP-3 from the previous issue. Gently fit the posts of this Plating into the matching holes of the Frame, as shown.

I have not been securing any of these Hull Panels in place with screws yet – they hold themselves in place with friction just fine. Contrary to the instructions having us keep taking them on and off, I find it easier to just leave the Plating attached as we continue to work on the model. We shall see if we actually need to remove them later on:

Assembling the Corridor Arches

Steps 01-03

Carefully cut the thirty-six (36) Cushion Pads from the sprues and super glue them to the matching notches inside the Corridor Arches.

These are assembled in the exact same way as the first set of Corridor Arches back in Issue 16 – check that page for details.

As before, I airbrushed these Corridor Arches (and the single Arch from the next issue) with Tamiya XF-69 NATO Black acrylic paint to add contrast:

The rest of the Arch assembly went the same as before. I just went ahead and completed the assembly of all three Arches here in this issue:

Thoughts


I am surprised at how much of our lower Hull we already have assembled and we are not even a fifth of the way into this build!

Next Up


 Issue 19 – Port Hull Recess, Reinforcing Beams, Plant-On Details, Corridor Arch, Cushion Pads, Passage Tube Floor/Base

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