December 14, 2015 at 2:25 pm #18497
In this stage you return to the assembly of the top frame. The last time this was worked on was back in Stage 4, and it’s now time to get the top frame assembly out of storage and add some new frame sections to it. There is nothing unduly difficult about this stage, but all the usual advice applies to how you work with frame sections. For instance, always support sections from below when screwing the screws tight as otherwise there’s a chance that either frame sections or connectors might bend when you apply pressure to do a screw up tight. And when a screw is proving difficult to get in because the screw hole and the threaded screw hole do not align, loosen those screws in connectors around it and try again, remembering to retighten the screws afterwards.
Note: For those of you who have decided to custom-paint your Millennium Falcon model, reference photographs are available to download.
Hull frame section TF-07 supplied with Issue 48
Hull frame section TF-08 supplied with Issue 48
Hull frame section TF-10 supplied with Issue 49
Hull frame section TF-11 supplied with Issue 49
Hull frame section TF-12 supplied with Issue 50
Hull frame section TF-13 supplied with Issue 50
Two four-hole connectors (one supplied with Issue 48 and one with 50)
Seven two-hole connectors (one supplied with Issue 48, three with 49 and three with 50)
Gather together 24 short black button head screws
Tools and other items needed
If you do everything that is described in the Stage 50 Assembly section of the magazine you will need the following:
Screwdriver supplied with Issue 2 or similar
Assembling the top frames
If you follow the steps set out in the assembly section of the magazine for Stage 50, you should find the new sections you add this time go on easily. There is one thing to bear in mind, however. After you have fixed TF-13 in place with one screw, it, the section you’ve attached it to and particularly the two-hole connector that links them will be more than usually vulnerable to any bending forces until you have connected TF-10 to TF-11 so be careful how you handle the assembly while you add TF-12 and TF-11 and then connect TF-10 to TF-11.
Tidy up and store
Put any unused parts away safely for use later and store the top frame assembly carefully. Do not store it under any objects as their weight might make it deform.
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