Return to the BUILD

“Start assembling the port corridor, extend the hull framework and put together the assembly jig to support the growing hull.




Materials: The Hull Frame and Radial Stiffening Rib 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 C for Corridors
  • Parts #4 = Type H for Hull Plating
  • Parts #5 = Type F for Frames
  • Parts #6 = Type R for Radial Frames


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NOTE: The Hull Plating in this issue will not be needed in these assembly steps and can safely stored until needed later on:

The Assembly Jig and Non-Slip Pads will not be needed in these assembly steps either. 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. Then, this assembly can be stored safely until we need it in a later issue:

Fitting the Base and Cushion Pads

Steps 01-02

Retrieve your Port Corridor Floor from the previous issue. Fit this Floor section to the matching posts of the Port Corridor Base, as shown:

Step 03

Secure these parts together from below with four (4) Type C screws:

Steps 04-05

Carefully cut these specific Cushion Pads 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 06

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

The narrower end of this Pad is the bottom:

Step 07

Likewise, test fit and then super glue the tabs of Cushion Pad #2 into the matching slots at this location on the Port Corridor Base:

Assembling the Bottom Frames

Step 01

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 02

Retrieve your Hull Frame BF-30 from Issue 25. Fit this Frame under the outer end of this Rib assembly, aligning the screw holes as shown.

TIP: I always try to work with the markings of the Hull Frames (in this case BF-30) facing up to make all of my assembly steps consistent.

NOTE: Instead of attaching these Frames to the existing Hull assembly per the magazines, I have found it easier to attach them to the Rib first:

Step 03

Secure the Rib to this Hull Frame with two (2) Type F screws, as shown:

Step 04

Retrieve your Hull Frame BF-31 from Issue 26. Fit this Frame under the middle section of the Rib, aligning the screw holes as shown:

Step 05

Secure the Rib to this Hull Frame with two (2) more Type F screws, as shown:

Step 06

Finally, fit the Hull Frame BF-32 from this issue under the inner end of the Rib, aligning the screw holes as shown:

Step 07

Secure the Rib to this Hull Frame with one (1) more Type F screw, as shown:

Step 08

Retrieve your existing bottom Hull from Issue 24. Fit the new Frame assembly to this end of the skeleton, as shown:

Step 09

Secure these Frames to the previous Radial Rib with five (5) Type F screws.

TIP: To prevent stressing any part of this frame, I recommend only holding the assembly near the screw you are tightening. Other parts of the assembly may lift off your work surface as you go – this is normal:

Making the Assembly Jig

Steps 01-02

Retrieve your Assembly Jig parts from these earlier issues: Issue 18, Issue 20, Issue 23, and Issue 25. If you have not attached the two Non-Slip Pads to each one, do that now:

Step 03

Source a portable work surface that is 24 x 36+” (610 x 815+mm) such as piece of thick plywood.

I do not have the room to have something like this, so I will be storing my jig sections separately.

Step 04

Fit the dovetail joints of these four Assembly Jig sections together like a jigsaw puzzle, arranging them as shown.

Note that this ‘half’ of the Jig assembly is for the FRONT edge of the hull. I am glad I chose to mark the issue numbers on each one of these!

Step 05

Position this Jig assembly on the board ~ 12″ (300mm) from one end, orienting it as shown.

This image is a larger version of what is in the magazines as I will not be doing this:

Step 06

Retrieve your Assembly Jig section from the previous issue and attach it to the Jig from Issue 25, as shown:

Similarly, attach the Assembly Jig from this issue to the end of the previous Jig, as shown:

Step 07

Using strips of double-sided tape (not included), secure these Jig sections to the board. Note how the ship will rest on them.

Again, this is a larger version of the image in the magazine. The last two sections of Assembly Jig will arrive in Issue 30 and Issue 31:


It is kind of crazy how much space the Hull Frames and Assembly Jig takes to store between build sessions. As my space is limited, I have to keep my Jig assembly stored away in case I absolutely need it and simply take extra care keeping my Hull Frame assembly safely stored. Keep the remaining parts on the sprue for use in the next issue.

Next Up

 Issue 28 – Hull Plating/Frame, Corridor Arch, Port Corridor Top/End Ring, Cushion Pads

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