The Millennium Falcon Build Diary Issue 54

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    In this stage you add another section to the top frame support jig then a couple more top frame sections plus a radial rib to the top frame itself. You then assemble the battery holder and are shown how to attach it to the top frame. You do not have to attach it to the frame at this time, however, as you might find it useful to have the battery box (now in its holder) handy as a portable power source to test the Falcon’s various electrical systems as these are installed during the course of the build.

    About the support bolts
    Instructions on how to make use of the support bolts supplied with the Issue 54 parts pack are given in the Stage 46 Assembly section of the magazine and in the Build Diary for that stage.

    Parts needed:
    Assembly jig section supplied with Issue 54
    Hull frame section TF-19 supplied with Issue 54
    Hull frame section TF-20 supplied with Issue 54
    Radial rib (outer section) supplied with Issue 54
    Four two-hole connectors supplied with Issue 54
    Gather together 15 short black button head screws
    Gather together two long brass coloured machine screws
    Two securing nuts supplied with Issue 54
    Protective pad supplied with Issue 54
    Battery box retaining strap supplied with Issue 54
    Battery box mounting plate supplied with Issue 54

    parts

    Tools and other items needed
    If you do everything that is described in the Stage 54 Assembly section of the magazine you will need the following:
    Screwdriver supplied with Issue 2 or similar

    Assembling the top frames
    You’ll use 11 of the short black button head screws (of the 15 specified in Parts needed, above) for this. This is another stage where you have to be careful that you do not bend the frame or the connectors that hold it together while working on the assembly. After you’ve added the new jig section to the existing assembly, you can use the support jig to rest the frame on and remember to be certain to support the frame from below when you do the screws up tight. Until all the connectors are connected and radial rib section is added to the ends of TF-19 and TF-20, be careful not to put undue force on these frame sections. These warnings aside, you should encounter no problems adding these sections and the outer radial rib.

    frame 1

    frame 2

    frame 3

    frame 4

    frame 5

    frame 6

    frame 7

    frame 8

    frame 9

    frame 10

    frame 11

    frame 12

    frame 13

    Assembling the battery holder
    If you attach the battery holder to the frame, you’ll need the remaining four black button head screws (of the 15 specified in Parts needed, above) for this. The long brass coloured machine screws used to screw into the nuts and that hold the battery retaining strap in place are the same type as those that are used in radial rib connectors.
    The position of the pad does not have to be exactly central, just more or less in the middle of the strap. You can, if you wish, hold the battery box in position while you add the strap, but you might find that securing one side of the strap first with the screw only loosely tightened in the nut and then sliding the box in before you add the second screw and then tighten them both up, works just as well.
    If you decide to attach the battery holder to the frame, remember that you can always remove it later if you need to.

    battery 1

    battery 2

    battery 3

    battery 4

    battery 5

    battery 6

    battery 7

    battery 8

    battery 9

    battery 10

    battery 11

    battery 12

    battery 13

    battery 14

    Tidy up and store
    Put the unused sprue and hull panel TP-12 from parts pack 54 away safely for use later. You now have an even larger section of the top assembly jig on which to rest the growing top frame, now with the battery holder in position (if you decided to do that).

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