The Millennium Falcon Build Diary Issue 100

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    You now finish assembly of your model by adding all the plant-on details supplied earlier but not yet used. You also add the upper (dorsal) quad laser cannon assembly – one was supplied with Issue 1 and the other with Issue 46 and you added one of these to the lower laser turret in Stage 99. Before you add the upper laser make sure you have assembled it properly, putting it together as shown in Issue 1, screwing the screws tight and gluing the barrels into their holes. And make sure you’ve painted it as described in Stage 99 Assembly article and Build Diary.
    There are 46 plant-on details so you’ll find this final stage takes a while to do. But when you’ve finished and loaded the battery into your remote control you can put your model on display and operate its lights and ramp. A battery for the remote is easily obtainable: you can get them in some larger supermarkets, from online outlets and from high-street electronics shops. The 12-volt battery required has multiple product designations including: A23, 23AE, V23GA, 3LR50 and MN21 to list but a few and is also known as a key fob battery, but check when you buy that it has one of the letter and number codes listed above.

    Parts needed:
    Sprue holding 10 details supplied with Issue 47
    Sprue holding 3 details supplied with Issue 49
    Sprue holding 15 details supplied with Issue 52
    Sprue holding 6 details supplied with Issue 53
    Sprue holding 3 details supplied with Issue 54
    Sprue holding 3 details supplied with Issue 63
    Sprue holding 5 details supplied with Issue 66
    Sprue holding 1 detail supplied with Issue 66
    Remote control supplied with Issue 100
    One 23AE 12-Volt battery

    Tools and other items needed
    If you do everything that is described in the Stage 100 Assembly section of the magazine you will need the following:
    Screwdriver supplied with Issue 2, or similar
    Side cutters or similar
    Craft knife
    Needle files or fine sanding pads or sticks
    Cutting board
    Cyanoacrylate instant glue, also known as superglue
    Cocktail sticks
    Tweezers

    Finishing the plant-on details
    You will almost certainly have got the hang of working with plant-on details by now, so there’s probably not much that Build Diary 100 can tell you about how to add this final batch to your model. Nevertheless, here are a few points you might find useful.
    Don’t cut off the cylindrical end of detail (2) when you remove it from the sprue. You will have to hold (8) for a while until the glue bonds form: look at the big picture on page 14 of the Assembly section of the magazine for the angle it should be at. You should find the rest of the detail attaching pretty straightforward, although adding the long, thin (22) and (24) might be a bit fiddly. When cutting (46) from the sprue, don’t remove the short thin projections on either side of it. And when you stick (46) to (43), enjoy the moment: it’s the very last time you add a detail to your Millennium Falcon model.

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    Attach dorsal laser cannon

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    Detail (17) also showing (16) stuck down

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    Details (21) to (28) glued down

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    Using the remote control
    As long as you have the correct battery getting the remote control ready for use should take very little time indeed. Now you can enjoy raising and lowering the ramp (button A) and turning the lights on and off (button B). You might notice that the ramp is slower to operate if the lights are on.

    Tidy up and display
    For the very last time (on the Falcon, at least), tidy your work surface and put away your tools including the cutters, files, cocktail sticks, tubes of glue and the screwdriver supplied with Issue 2, or similar.
    Where you choose to keep your model of the Modified YT-1300 Corellian Freighter (aka the Millennium Falcon) is up to you, but you will probably decide to put it in a place where it will be safe from accidental damage, protected from dust and out of reach of those who might want to fiddle with it, especially those who do not appreciate quite how much work went into putting together such a detailed construction.

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