January 5, 2016 at 12:25 pm #18921
In this stage there are three things to do. The first is to continue putting the top frame together: this time adding sections TF-18 and TF-18. There’s nothing out of the ordinary in this, but remember to support the frame sections while you work on them, especially when they are attached by a single connector. The next job is to start putting together the assembly jig for the top frame. The three sections supplied so far will provide a handy stand for the growing structure. The final thing to do is to add the 15 plant-on details supplied on the sprue to the starboard fore recess. Some of the parts are small and some are fragile so as usual, treat them gently and try a test fit before reaching for the glue so you can be sure to fit them correctly aligned and orientated.
Hull frame section TF-17 supplied with Issue 53
Hull frame section TF-18 supplied with Issue 53
Two two-hole connectors supplied with Issue 53
One four-hole connector supplied with Issue 53
Gather together 8 short black button head screws
Assembly jig section supplied with Issue 48
Assembly jig section supplied with Issue 50
Assembly jig section supplied with Issue 53
Starboard fore recess supplied with Issue 53
Sprue holding 15 plant-on details supplied with Issue 53
Tools and other items needed
If you do everything that is described in the Stage 53 Assembly section of the magazine you will need the following:
Screwdriver supplied with Issue 2 or similar
Side cutters or similar
Needle file or fine sanding pads or sticks
Cyanoacrylate instant glue, also known as superglue
Assembling the top frames
Take care when you attach the two new frame sections to each other with a single 2-hole connector as until you add them to the rest of the frame, this link can easily be bent. Similarly, be careful when joining TF-17 to TF-14 as until you screw TF-18 to the four hole connector attached to TF-15 the two new frame sections are held on by a single, 2-hole connector.
Using the assembly jig
When you take the assembly jig sections out of their parts packs, you might want to label them with the number of the issue they were supplied with. By doing this you will find it easier to put them back together in the right order if you have to take the jig apart for some reason.
As it says in the magazine in the caption at the bottom right of page 11 of the Stage 53 assembly article, you can, if you wish, attach the jig to a board. Advice on how to do this is the same as for the board for the lower hull and can be found in the Assembly Guide and Build Diary for Stage/Issue 27. You might want to leave the addition of the assembled jig sections to a board until later on when you have more of them.
Assembling the recess
When you cut the details off the sprue, make sure that you trim off any unwanted plastic. You can use a craft knife for this or needle files or sanding pads and sticks. You might find that some of the pre-applied paint effect has gathered around where a detail has been joined to the sprue. If this is the case you can carefully remove it with a file or sanding stick. When you test fit detail 1, you’ll find it only fits one way round. Put the glue into the holes with a cocktail stick when gluing it. Detail 3 requires tweezers to place it accurately. When you trim detail 4, be careful you don’t also remove plastic that is supposed to be there. When you stick detail 5 in position, hold it in place at a right angle to the base of the recess while the bond forms. When you glue detail 9 to detail 5, you might find it easier to put the glue in the U-shaped bit of detail 9 rather than the saddle-shaped section of detail 5. Watch where you cut detail 10: make sure you do not cut off the long thin section. You can put glue in the hole that the end of this section fits into to hold it securely. Hold detail 12 at a right angle to detail 7 until the bond has formed. Be careful when you remove detail 14 from the sprue: do not try to twist it off as the vane on its top is delicate and can easily be bent.
Tidy up and store
Put the unused sprue from parts pack 53 away safely for use later and add the recess to your collection of sub-assemblies. You now have a section of the top assembly jig on which to rest the growing top frame.
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