February 10, 2016 at 1:09 pm #19580
In this stage you add eight plant-on details to three panels of the Falcon’s upper hull: sections TP-13, TP-17 and TP-18. Panels TP-17 and TP-18 form the plating for the upper port corridor and TP-13 has the mounting for the Falcon’s military grade rectenna. As with all sprue cut and glue activities, make sure you don’t cut off any wanted bits of the detail when removing from the sprue and be careful when trimming any unwanted plastic. Smaller parts, in particular, need to be handled with a delicate touch when cutting with the craft knife or sanding with a needle file or sanding pad.
Hull panel section TP-13 supplied with Issue 55
Hull panel section TP-17 supplied with Issue 56
Hull panel section TP-18 supplied with Issue 58
Sprue holding plant-on details supplied with Issue 56
Sprue holding plant-on details supplied with Issue 58
Tools and other items needed
If you do everything that is described in the Stage 58 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
Adding plant-on details
Follow the numbering system on page 12 of the Stage 58 Assembly article to see which details go where. When adding the details to the hull panels, the order in which you stick them down matters only for the details labelled (2) and (5). You cannot add (5) until after you’ve stuck down (2). When you trim (3) from the sprue, don’t cut off its ‘arms’ and when you glue it in place, the D-shaped hole can be quite a generous fit so hold (3) in position so its ‘arms’ are parallel with the end of the panel until the bond forms to make sure it goes on properly aligned. A smear of glue on the plating will hold (4) in place and make sure you get it the right way up with its angled side uppermost. When you stick down (7) do not press down on the detail without applying supporting pressure to the underneath of the plate directly below where the detail fits. Detail (8) fits with the arrow shape pointing upwards.
Tidy up and store
Put the hull plates away safely for future use.
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