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.
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.
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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