The Millennium Falcon Build Diary Issue 45

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    This time you add details to some more of the rear machinery and then add details to the housing, which sits between the two sections of machinery. The addition of the details to the machinery is almost exactly the same as for Stage 44, with only a minor difference or two. The most obvious of these is that the part numbered 8 on the photo of the sprue on the top left of page 12 of Issue 45 is a significantly different shape to the one numbered 8 in Stage 44 and it attaches differently, also. The details are also mounted on the sprue in a different configuration, but you will not go wrong if you follow the numbering guide for this stage and do not use that for the previous stage.

    Parts needed:
    External machinery supplied with Issue 45
    Sprue holding plant-on details for external machinery supplied with Issue 45
    External housing supplied with Issue 45
    Sprue holding plant-on details for external housing supplied with Issue 45


    Tools and other items needed
    If you do everything that is described in the Stage 45 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

    Detailing the machinery
    As with the assembly in Stage 44, this should be fairly simple as most of the parts can only fit one way round. The same advice about taking care when you cut from the sprue also applies, again most importantly to the parts numbered 1,3 and 4. Note that the part numbered 6 can only fit in one way in Stage 45 (in Stage 44 it was symmetrical).


    machinery 2

    machinery 3

    machinery 4

    machinery 5

    machinery 6

    machinery 7

    machinery 8

    machinery 9

    machinery 10

    machiney 11

    Adding the housing details
    This is another cut, trim, test fit and glue operation. There are just a couple of things to watch out for. The first is that you must be careful not to inadvertently cut off the short stubs on the parts numbered 1 and 2. The second is that if parts 3 and 4 do not lie flat when you test fit them, you might have to apply glue to more than just the holes that the pins fit into. You will find that putting glue on the underside of the details as well as in the holes for the pins and then holding the details flat with your fingers while the bonds form should do the trick.

    housing 1

    housing 2

    housing 3

    housing 4

    housing 5

    housing 6

    housing 7

    Tidy up and store
    Put any unused parts away safely for use later. Ensure that you do not throw away the sprue that held the plant-on details for the machinery that you used this time as (like in the previous stage) this has a part still on it that you will need later. The same applies to the sprue that contained the details for the housing, which still has four parts on it that you will need later. Put these sprues along with the plant-on pipe and other components supplied with Issue 45 back into the Issue 45 parts pack so you can find them when you need them 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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