ISSUE 21

 Return to the BUILD


“Continue assembling the passage tube by lining the base with padded cushions, which are provided on a sprue as before.

 

Contents


Parts

Materials: The Hull Frame and Connectors are metal and the remaining 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 Frames

Magazine

  • Starship Fact File – Entry-Level Hotrod: Incom T-16 Skyhopper
  • Secrets of Spaceflight – Maintenance Bays
  • Build the Falcon – Assembly Steps

Build


NOTE: The Hull Frame and Hull Plating will not be needed in these assembly steps and can safely stored until the next issues arrive:

Fitting the Cushion Pads

Step 01

Retrieve your Passage Tube assembly from the previous issue.

I recommend temporarily removing the Corridor Arches to make accessing the wall areas easier – this is why I mentioned before not to glue them in:

Step 02

Carefully cut Cushion Pad #1 from the sprue.

For details on how I cut and sand plastic parts from a sprue, check out Issue 07. To identify the different parts on this sprue, we will assign them numbers as shown:

Step 03

Test fit and then super glue the tabs of this Cushion Pad #1 into the matching slots at this location on the Passage Tube Base.

To determine the proper orientation of these Pads, test fit them in both directions. For me, the correct position was the one where the Pad is nearly touching the Passage Tube Floor, as shown. If there is a larger gap between the Pad and the Floor, turn the part around:

Step 04

In the same way, test fit and glue the tabs of Cushion Pad #2 into the matching slots at this location on the Passage Tube Base:

Steps 05-06

In the same way, test fit and glue the tabs of Cushion Pad #3 and #4 into the matching slots at these locations on the Passage Tube Base:

Step 07

Test fit and glue the tabs of Cushion Pad #5 into the matching slots at this location on the Passage Tube Base.

The flat top of these smaller Pads should be flush with the wall edge of the Tube Base, as shown:

Step 08

In the same way, test fit and glue the tabs of Cushion Pad #6 into the matching slots at this location on the Passage Tube Base:

Step 08

Finally, test fit and glue the tabs of Cushion Pad #7 and #8 into the matching slots at these locations on the Passage Tube Base:

Thoughts


As we only added Cushion Pads to one side of this Passage Tube, you may want to leave the Corridor Arches removed until we install the rest of the Pads in the next issue. Keep all of these parts safely stored until then.

Next Up


 Issue 22 – Hull Frame, Cushion Pads, Connectors (Coming Soon)

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