The Millennium Falcon Build Diary Issue 68

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    This time you start putting the engine bay cover together. Unusually, the assembly part of this stage does not involve any gluing, frame construction or attaching of panels to frame sections. Instead, you link four hull panel sections together with plastic connectors that are screwed to the panels with self-tapping screws.

    Parts needed:
    Hull panel TP-21 supplied with Issue 67
    Hull panel TP-23 supplied with Issue 67
    Connector for TP-21 and TP-23 supplied with Issue 67
    Hull panel TP-22 supplied with Issue 68
    Hull panel TP-24 supplied with Issue 68
    Connector for TP-21, TP-22 and TP-23 supplied with Issue 68
    Connector for TP-23 and TP-24 supplied with Issue 68
    18 of the brass-coloured self-tapping screws supplied with Issue 67

    parts 1

    parts 2

    Tools and other items needed
    If you do everything that is described in the Stage 68 Assembly section of the magazine you will need the following:
    Screwdriver supplied with Issue 2 or similar

    Assembling the engine bay cover
    Be sure to follow the assembly order set out in the magazine as some of the panels overlap others. And note that each of the two short connectors should be fitted so where the end part of the connector makes an obtuse angle (greater than 90 degrees) with the top is at the inner sides of the plates it connects. When the short connectors are the right way round you can see that the angle of the end of the connector matches that of ribs on the inner side of the plates. You’ll see also that the screw holes in the connectors are angled and they should be aligned so their angles match those in the screw holes in the plates they join together. Remember that self-tapping screws are meant to be tightened only once, so have a test fit of the plates and their connectors so you are confident you know how they go together before reaching for the screwdriver.

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    Tidy up and store
    Keep the remaining screws supplied with Issue 67 and not used in this assembly somewhere safe and store the part-finished engine bay cover where it will not get damaged – in particular don’t rest anything heavy on it; you will be needing it next time.

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