ISSUE 31

 Return to the BUILD


“Extend the hull framework with another complete segment, and add the final section to the assembly jig to support the growing hull.

 

Contents


Parts

Materials: The Hull Frames and Radial Rib are metal and the other 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 F for Frames
  • Parts #6 = Type H for Hull Plating
  • Parts #7 = Type R for Radial Ribs

Magazine

  • Starship Fact File – Elegant, Effective Fighter: Naboo N-1 Starfighter
  • Secrets of Spaceflight – The R2 Astromech
  • Build the Falcon – Assembly Steps

Build


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

Assembling the Bottom Frames

NOTE: I changed the order of these steps from the magazine instructions to make the process a bit smoother.

Steps 01-11

Assemble the two sections of the Radial 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:

Retrieve your Hull Frame BF-36 from Issue 28. Fit this Frame along with Hull Frame BF-37 and Hull Frame BF-38 (from this issue) under the matching tabs of the Rib assembly, aligning the screw holes as shown.

TIP: I always work with the markings of the Hull Frames 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. And, as we have done this many times before I will be shortening the steps involved from now on:

Secure the Rib to these Hull Frames with five (5) Type F screws, as shown:

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

Secure the inner Frame to the Turret Ring BF-09 and previous Rib with four (4) Type F screws.

Remember to ensure the pin at the inner end of the new Radial Rib fits into the matching notch under the lip of the Ring:

Secure the outer Frames to the previous Radial Rib with three (3) more 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:

Extending the Assembly Jig

Step 01

Stick the Non-Slip Pads into the matching circular recesses of the Assembly Jig, as shown:

Step 02

Fit the dovetail joints of this Assembly Jig into the last open spot of the previous Jigs. We can now place the Hull Frame on it, as shown:

The Assembly Jig is designed to support the lower Hull assembly while we continue to work on it. However, it does actually stand on its own. It is just more vulnerable as it could easily be damaged or bent out of shape if not handled with care. For me, I have been storing it vertically against a wall:

Thoughts


With this issue, we have completed three-quarters of our lower Hull. I did have a delay in receiving the next issue (32), but by the time this page is published it should be on the way so we can continue on with our build. I am still enjoying every minute of this model!

Next Up


 Issue 32 – Hull Plating/Frame, Thrust Vector Plates, Actuators (Coming Soon)