The Millennium Falcon Build Diary Issue 44

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    This time you add some details to the rear machinery and put together the second gun control assembly. This second job is identical to that in Stage 41 so should not present any new challenges; follow the instructions set out in the assembly guide section of the magazine for Stage 41 and the Build Diary for that Stage and you should find this second go at putting gun controls together straightforward. The tiny parts involved – especially of the gunner’s platform – have not got any bigger, however, so as in Stage 41, take care and don’t rush it.

    Parts needed:
    External machinery supplied with Issue 44
    Sprue holding plant-on details for external machinery supplied with Issue 44
    Sprue holding gunner’s seat, controls and details supplied with Issue 43
    Ventral turret ring supplied with Issue 44
    Ventral turret well left supplied with Issue 44
    Ventral turret well right supplied with Issue 44
    Ventral turret well light LED supplied with Issue 44
    Instrument sticker (left lower) supplied with Issue 44
    Instrument sticker (left upper) supplied with Issue 44
    Instrument sticker (right lower) supplied with Issue 44
    Instrument sticker (right upper) supplied with Issue 44
    One short silver coloured self-tapping screw

    parts 1

    Tools and other items needed
    If you do everything that is described in the Stage 44 Assembly section of the magazine you will need the following:
    Side cutters or similar
    Craft knife
    Needle file or fine sanding pads or sticks
    Cutting board
    Cyanoacrylate instant glue, also known as superglue
    Cocktail sticks
    Screwdriver supplied with Issue 2 (for the screw used in assembly of the gun controls)

    Detailing the machinery
    This sticking of the details to the machinery should be fairly simple: many of the parts can only fit one way round because of the size of their pins and the matching holes in the machinery. If you find during your test fit of each detail that any of the pins on a detail are a bit too fat to fit into their holes, you can carefully file the pins until they do go in.
    You do need to watch out when you cut some of the parts from the sprue, however, as it can be hard to tell where the sprue ends and the part begins. This is particularly the case with the details numbered 1, 3 and 4 on the photo at the top left of page 12 in the magazine. When you cut 1 from the sprue, for instance, don’t accidentally leave behind the short stub of plastic that sticks out of the end of the detail; this stub is shown clearly in the photo for step 02 on page 12. And don’t remove the tips of 3 and 4 when you cut them off. It’s better to have to tidy up a bit of unwanted plastic than to have a detail that’s incomplete. The photos in the magazine and here show the correct places to cut to remove these details from the sprue. And, of course, take great care when you trim off any excess plastic.
    Detail 6 can be fitted either way round (it’s symmetrical), but be sure to hold it at a right angle to the surface it’s stuck on until the bond forms. And make sure 7 is at a right angle to the surface it’s stuck on.

    parts 2

    machine 1a

    machine 1b

    machine 2

    machine 3

    machine 4

    machine 5

    machine 6

    machine 7

    machine 8

    machine 9

    machine 10

    machine 11

    machine 12

    machine 13

    machine 14

    Assembling the gun controls
    When you look at the sprue holding the gun controls (which was supplied with Issue 43), you might notice that it has ‘ISSUE 40’ embossed on it. This does not mean you’ve been given the wrong sprue. It is labelled thus because it is identical to the sprue supplied with Issue 40 (which you used to make the gun controls with in Stage 41).

    controls 1

    controls 2

    controls 3

    controls 4

    Tidy up and store
    Put any unused parts away safely for use later. In particular, make sure you do not throw away the sprue that held the plant-on details for the machinery that you used this time as this has a part still on it that you will need later. Put the sprue along with the plant-on pipe and external vane back into the Issue 44 parts pack so you can find them when you need them in due course.

    machine 15

    machine 16

    Store the parts you’ve been working on this time with your growing collection of assembled and part-assembled subcomponents.

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