ISSUE 24

 Return to the BUILD


“You have not added any parts to the lower hull framework since [Issue] 18, because you needed to collect enough parts to support the growing structure. But with the addition of the frames provided this time, you can now complete a full half of the structure, including the first side passage.

 

Contents


Parts

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

Magazine

  • Starship Fact File – Largest Ships in the Rebel Fleet: Mon Calamari Star Cruiser
  • Secrets of Spaceflight – Starship Medical Facilities
  • Build the Falcon – Assembly Steps

Build


Lower Hull Frames

NOTE: I have slightly changed these steps from the magazine instructions to simplify the installation of these parts on my model.

Step 01

Retrieve your lower Hull assembly from Issue 18 and collect the following parts from the previous issues:

  • Issue 20Hull Frames BF-22 and BF-23 , Connectors (3x 2-Hole and 1x 4-hole), F screws
  • Issue 21Hull Frame BF-24, Hull Plating BP-1, Connectors (1x 2-Hole and 1x 4-Hole), F screws
  • Issue 22Hull Frame BF-25, Connectors (1x 2-Hole and 1x 4-Hole), F screws
  • Issue 23Hull Frames BF-26 and BF-27, Outer Radial Stiffening RibConnectors (1x 2-Hole and 1x 4-Hole), F screws

Then, fit Hull Frame BF-22 next to Hull Frame BF-19 at this location of the existing assembly, orienting it as shown:

Step 02

Secure this Hull Frame BF-22 to Hull Frame BF-19 using two (2) 2-Hole Connectors and four (4) 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:

Step 03

Next, fit Hull Frame BF-23 to the edge of Hull Frame BF-22, aligning it to the screw holes as shown:

Step 04

Secure the outer corner of Hull Frame BF-23 to Hull Frame BF-22 with one (2) 2-Hole Connector and two (2) Type F screws:

Step 05

Then, fit Hull Frame BF-26 to the inner corner of Hull Frame BF-23, aligning it to the nearby screw holes as shown:

If you have the Hull Plating installed as you work on the Hull Frames, as I do, make sure the Hull Plating panels overlap correctly at this location:

Step 06

Secure the junction of Hull Frames BF-22, BF-23, and BF-26 with one (1) 4-Hole Connector and four (4) Type F screws:

Step 07

Secure the angled junction of Hull Frames BF-26 and BF-20 with one (1) 2-Hole Connector and two (2) Type F screws:

Step 08

At the edge of Hull Frames BF-23 and BF-26, attach two (2) 4-Hole Connectors and one (1) 2-Hole Connector using four (4) Type F screws:

Step 09

Fit Hull Frame BF-24 under the Connectors of Hull Frame BF-23, orienting it as shown:

Step 10

Next, fit Hull Frame BF-27 under the Connectors of Hull Frame BF-26, orienting it as shown:

Step 11

Secure Hull Frame BF-24 and BF-27 to the existing Connectors with four (4) Type F screws:

Step 12

Then, fit Hull Frame BF-28 to this location and under the 4-Hole Connector of the previous Frames, orienting it as shown:

Step 13

Secure this Hull Frame BF-28 at the 4-Hole Connector with one (1) Type F screw:

Step 14

Additionally, secure Hull Frame BF-28 to Hull Frames BF-21 and BF-26 with two (2) 2-Hole Connectors and four (4) Type F screws:

Step 15

Fit Hull Frame BF-29 to this location and under the 4-Hole Connector of the previous Frames, orienting it as shown:

Step 16

Secure Hull Frame BF-29 at this 4-Hole Connector with one (1) Type F screw:

Step 17

Assemble the two sections of Radial Stiffening Rib as shown, 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:

Step 18

Fit this Rib assembly to the edges of Hull Frames BF-27 and BF-29, aligning the screw holes as shown:

Step 19

Secure the Radial Stiffening Rib assembly to these Hull Frames with three (3) Type F screws, as shown:

Step 20

Prepare the area for Hull Frame BF-25 by installing one (1) 4-Hole Connector and one (1) 2-Hole Connector at these locations using four (4) Type F screws:

Step 21

Fit Hull Frame BF-25 under these Connectors and under the mounting tabs of the Radial Stiffening Rib, orienting it as shown:

Step 22

Secure Hull Frame BF-25 to the Connectors and Rib assembly using four (4) Type F screws:

This completes the assembly of the lower Hull Frames at this point in the build:

Fitting the Hull Plating

Step 01

Retrieve your Port Hull Recess assembly from Issue 19. Fit its four rounded mounting tabs over the matching posts at this location, 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:

This is what the Port Hull Recess will look like from the outside:

Step 02

Retrieve your Plant-On Details sprue from Issue 19. Remove the last detail part from this sprue, as shown.

For details on how I cut and sand plastic parts from a sprue, check out Issue 07:

Step 03

Retrieve your Hull Plating BP-01 from Issue 21. Then, super glue the pins of this Detail into the matching holes at this location.

These holes are different sizes, so this will only fit correctly one way:

Step 04

Turn your lower Hull assembly over and fit this Hull Plating BP-01 over the raised section of the lower Hull framework, as shown:

Step 05

Finally, fit Hull Plating BP-25 to this section of the Hull framework, as shown:

Thoughts


Here we are, nearly a quarter of the way into our Millennium Falcon build and we have just under half of our lower Hull assembly fitted together! I love that we are progressing at a steady pace and not storing parts all over the place waiting to be installed – as some other partworks tend to do.

Next Up


 Issue 25 – Hull Plating/Frame, Assembly Jig/Pads, Gun Turret Access Panels, Cushion Pads

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