The Millennium Falcon Build Diary Issue 59

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    This time you attach five frame section to the growing top frame of the Falcon in what is one of the bigger frame assembly sessions of recent stages. When you are adding the frame sections you might prefer to work with the frame off the jig. If you do, just be careful when you handle it so that you do not bend it. When you screw TF-27 to the turret ring, the assembly does get a bit more rigid.

    Parts needed:
    Hull frame section TF-23 supplied with Issue 56
    Hull frame section TF-25 supplied with Issue 58
    Hull frame section TF-26 supplied with Issue 58
    Hull frame section TF-27 supplied with Issue 59
    Hull frame section TF-28 supplied with Issue 56
    Five 4-hole connectors
    Three 2-hole connectors
    Gather together 34 short black button head screws


    Tools and other items needed
    If you do everything that is described in the Stage 59 Assembly section of the magazine you will need the following:
    Screwdriver supplied with Issue 2 or similar

    Assembling the top frames
    If you follow the instructions in the Stage 59 Assembly section of the magazine, you should have no problems adding these new frame sections to the Falcon. Regular readers of the Build Diary will not need to be reminded that support should be given to the frame from below when screws are screwed down tight and that when screw holes do not initially align, loosening surrounding screws will enable a bit of jiggling so they do. When you screw the end of the long curved arm on TF-27 to the turret ring, you might need to pull the frame section firmly yet gently to the ring to align the screw holes. This is needed because the addition of this section brings a fairly large segment of frame into its correct alignment.

    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

    frame 14

    frame 15

    frame 16

    frame 17

    frame 18

    frame 19

    frame 20

    frame 21

    frame 22

    frame 23

    frame 24

    Tidy up and store
    If you took the assembly off the jig to work on it, return it now for safe keeping until next time. Store the hull plate section supplied with this stage but not used back in its parts pack ready for use at a later stage.

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