The Millennium Falcon Build Diary Issue 55

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    In this stage you add another section to the assembly jig for the top of the Falcon before then attaching a couple more frame sections – TF-21 and TF-22 – to the frame. Next you add some bracing straps to the ramp actuators before fitting the lower hull recesses you put together in Stages 19 and 42. There’s nothing particularly complicated about the different activities, but this is nevertheless a busy stage.

    Parts needed:
    Assembly jig section supplied with Issue 55
    Hull frame section TF-21 supplied with Issue 55
    Hull frame section TF-22 supplied with Issue 55
    One 2-hole connector supplied with Issue 55
    One 4-hole connector supplied with Issue 55
    Gather together 6 short black button head screws
    Two ramp bracing straps supplied with Issue 55
    Gather together 8 short brass coloured self-tapping screws

    parts

    Tools and other items needed
    If you do everything that is described in the Stage 55 Assembly section of the magazine you will need the following:
    Screwdriver supplied with Issue 2 or similar
    Cyanoacrylate instant glue, also known as superglue
    Cocktail sticks

    Assembling the top frames
    The usual points apply when you add frame sections, for instance, always support from below when screwing screws tight. This is particularly important during this stage as the sections to the right of the battery box (when looked at from below) could, if not handled carefully, easily be bent out of shape. So when you screw TF-21 to the flanges of the radial rib that is attached to TF-19 and TF-20, make sure you offer support from below when applying pressure with the screwdriver. Similarly be careful when you add the 2-hole connector and the 4-hole connector to TF-21. Finally, be sure to offer support beneath the connectors when you attach TF-22 to TF-21 using screws in the connectors.

    jig

    frame 1

    frame 2

    frame 3

    frame 4

    frame 5

    frame 6

    frame 7

    Fitting the actuator braces
    A test fit is definitely required for the actuator braces before you reach for the glue. But if you make sure that you’ve got them the right way up there should not be any problems. A dab of superglue on the parts of the braces (the shallow recesses at each end) that touch actuators should be all you need to hold them in place.

    brace 1

    brace 2

    brace 3

    brace 4

    brace 5

    brace 6

    Fitting the recesses
    Four of the short brass-coloured self-tapping screws hold each of the recesses in place. Each recess should fit easily into the space for it and the lugs and screw holes should align without any problems.

    recess 1

    recess 2

    recess 3

    recess 4

    recess 5

    recess 6

    Tidy up and store
    As in the last stage you now have an even larger section of the top assembly jig on which to rest the growing top frame. This especially useful now as the top frame is likely to bend if you do not support it carefully. Put the hull plating panel received this time away in the parts pack ready for use later.

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