January 28, 2016 at 11:03 am #19384
In this stage you add no fewer than 13 thrust vector actuators plus four pressure stabilisers and a pair of Y-shaped braces to detail the thrust vector plates. This detailing of the vector plates is a fairly simply job. After that you add a number of details to the lower hull. Some of these parts are quite small so will need careful handling, especially after you’ve trimmed them from the sprue and are removing any unwanted plastic from them. All the parts used in this stage came in earlier parts packs so you’ll need to go to your parts storage place and dig out packs 32, 33, 34, 44, 45 and 47.
13 thrust vector actuators supplied with Issues 32, 33 and 34
4 pressure stabilizer assemblies supplied with and assembled in Issue 34
Left and right plant-on braces supplied with Issue 45
Sprue with one part remaining originally supplied with Issue 44
Sprue with one part remaining originally supplied with Issue 45
Sprue with four parts remaining originally supplied with Issue 45
Sprue with six parts remaining originally supplied with Issue 47
Tools and other items needed
If you do everything that is described in the Stage 56 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
Detailing the thrust vector plates
You’ve already had some practice fitting the actuators to the thrust vector plates back in Stages 32, 33 and 34. Now you can glue them in place remembering that one is shorter than the others and this shorter one fits in the centre of the array. A drop of glue in each of the three holes into which fit an actuator’s pins will hold it securely. Press down gently but firmly with your fingers over the spots where the pins fit into the holes when you stick an actuator down to make sure it lies flat.
When you add the pressure stabilisers, a smear of glue in the slots their tabs fit into will hold them securely. Hold them in the vertical position for a few seconds to make sure they are at right angles to the plates while the bonds form. Some glue in each of the slots that the Y-shaped braces will ensure they are stuck down properly. One goes either side of the central plate.
Adding the final details
It can be hard to work out how the parts from the sprues supplied with Issues 44 and 45 (that now have a single part remaining on them) are attached to the model. And if you try to fit the part from 44 where the one from 45 should go, you will not have a chance, so don’t get the parts mixed up. The tiny pin on the end of the part fits into a small hole on the side of the machinery and the pin on the other end of the part fits into a larger hole in the hull plating.
When you are working with the four parts from the other Issue 45 sprue be careful to make sure that the T-shaped saddle is stuck on straight as otherwise when you add the W-shaped frame (which has a tiny tab on its underside that fits into a hole in the top of the saddle) the whole thing will be askew. Don’t forget to remove the cylindrical bit of plastic from the W-shaped frame.
The six parts form the Issue 47 sprue will need careful trimming after removal from the sprue but otherwise will go on without too much trouble. Make sure you have a trial run, however, especially with the two A-frames as although they might look identical, their tops (the points of the A) are slightly differently angled and will only they lie flat against the turret when correctly positioned.
Tidy up and store
Now you’ve added even more details – some of them quite small – be very careful of the hull as rough handling might dislodge some of these delicate plastic parts. Rest it on the jig or if you have space let it stand on the support bolts. All the parts supplied with Issue 56 should be left in their parts bag ready for use in later Stages.
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