There’s more gluing and screwdriver activity this time in this straightforward stage where you add the window frame and laser mount to the ventral (underside) turret before attaching the turret to the underside of the frame. You’ll only need six of the short silver self tapping screws and a few dabs of glue for this stage. After this stage there is very little left to do regarding the assembly of the bottom half of the Falcon. It’s not long now until you begin to put together the upper section.
Quad laser turret (BP-02) supplied with Issue 46
Laser turret window frame supplied with Issue 46
Laser turret mount supplied with Issue 46
Six silver self-tapping screws
Tools and other items needed
If you do everything that is described in the Stage 48 Assembly section of the magazine you will need the following:
Screwdriver supplied with Issue 2 or similar screwdriver
Cyanoacrylate instant glue, also known as superglue
Assembling the ventral turret
When you glue the window frame to the turret, you don’t need a huge amount of glue, just a spot every centimetre or so around the recess will do, applied with a cocktail stick. A test fit of the laser mount is a good idea, to see how far it should go down without glue. When you do add the glue, press the mount into place firmly and quickly, supporting the turret from below.
Attaching the turret
As long as you align it correctly and make sure all the lugs are seated properly then do up the six self-tapping screws, the turret should go on easily. If you do not wish to reposition the support bolts, you could just rest the underside of the hull on an old cushion while you screw the screws into their holes. Whatever you do, be careful of the ramp mechanism on the inside of the hull – do not let it rest on or touch your work surface or catch on your fingers or clothing. Remember to support the turret from below with your fingers while you screw the screws in.
Tidy up and store
Put any unused parts away safely for use later. Put the Falcon back on the jig.
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