The Millennium Falcon Build Diary Issue 43

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    This time you fit the pins and magnets that hold the three forward landing leg cover plates in position. This should not be too complex a job, the only problem that might arise is in the unlikely event of one of the cover plates being supplied slightly warped and as a consequence not lying flat. If this is the case, follow the advice in the assembly section of the magazine as to how to straighten it out.

    Parts needed:
    Hull plate BP-27 supplied with Issue 35
    Hull plate BP-28 supplied with Issue 36 and last worked on in Stage 37
    Hull plate BP-29 supplied with Issue 43
    Two landing leg cover plates supplied with Issue 41
    Landing leg cover plate supplied with Issue 43
    Four magnets supplied with Issue 41
    Two magnets supplied with Issue 43
    Four steel pins supplied with Issue 41
    Two steel pins supplied with Issue 43


    Tools and other items needed
    If you do everything that is described in the Stage 43 Assembly section of the magazine you will need the following:
    Possibly needle file or fine sanding pads or sticks
    Cyanoacrylate instant glue, also known as superglue
    Cocktail sticks

    Fitting the forward cover plates
    Identify which plates go where using the visual guide on page 12 of the assembly guide section of the magazine and the parts picture shown in this Build Diary. (Note that the cover plate supplied with Issue 43 is misnamed on page 11 of Issue 43 as the ‘Landing leg cover plate (forward centre)’. It is, in fact, the starboard forward cover plate.) The port and starboard ones look somewhat similar so be sure to get them in their correct positions. If you do need to file any moulding flash off any of the plates, use a light touch and do not do more than is absolutely necessary.
    It’s a really good idea to do a test fit of the pins into their holes to see if they need gluing. If you do need glue, because the pin is not a tight fit, push the pin home quickly otherwise it might get stuck part way in. And if the pin is a tight fit, push it in firmly while supporting the hull plate from below.
    Be sparing with the glue used to hold the magnets in position and push each magnet down when you’ve glued it with a cocktail stick, wiping any excess glue away immediately.

    plate 1

    plate 2

    plate 3

    plate 4

    plate 5

    plate 6

    plate 9

    plate 7

    plate 8


    Tidy up and store
    Put any unused parts away safely for use later. Store the parts you’ve been working on this time with your growing collection of assembled and part assembled subcomponents.

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