December 7, 2015 at 1:29 pm #18399
The Build Diary and custom painting
Your Millennium Falcon model will look great even without custom painting, which is described in detail from Stage 49. Whether or not you intend to apply the paint effects described in the Assembly section of the magazine, the Build Diary will continue to offer advice and information on how to construct your model Millennium Falcon using the parts supplied.
This is a straight forward glue from the sprue stage. The order in which you attach the details is not crucial, as none of them fit over any of the others, but identifying the parts is important, so look carefully at the picture of the sprues towards the top of page 10 of the Assembly section of the magazine for Stage 49 so you can work out which part is which. And do not be tempted to cut all the details off both sprues before you start this stage as some are not needed this time. It’s best to keep the ones you don’t need attached to the sprues which can be stored back in the Issue 47 parts pack ready for use later.
Two sprues supplied with Issue 47
External vane supplied with Issue 44
External vane supplied with Issue 45
Tools and other items needed
If you do everything that is described in the Stage 49 Assembly section of the magazine you will need the following:
Side cutters or similar
Needle file or fine sanding pads or sticks
Cyanoacrylate instant glue, also known as superglue
Adding plant-on details
If you follow the key – looking at the numbers by the details in the picture in the magazine – things should go smoothly. And remember that a test fit before gluing can make it much easier when you fit the parts. As you go, trim off any excess plastic from the parts after you’ve you cut them off the sprue. As usual, take great care with any small parts: detail (5) in particular is very small so avoid overenthusiastic action with the file or sanding stick if it needs tidying up. The tab on the base of (5) fits best into the hole in the hull only one way. And hold part (5) straight while the bond of the glue forms. The two vanes from issues 44 and 45 also need to be held vertical while the bonds forms. Be careful when you remove (7) from its sprue, to not cut off the short stubby bits of the part that attach it to the sprue. Detail (7) will only lie flat one way round so try it out before gluing. Take care also when you cut (8) from the sprue and make sure you get (8) on the right way round.
Tidy up and store
Put any unused parts away safely for use later. The sprues should still have some parts on them. Put the Falcon back on the jig.
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