The Millennium Falcon Build Diary Issue 69

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    This time you finish off the engine bay cover that you started in the previous stage. As before, you use plastic connectors to link up hull plates. In Stage 69 you add a single plate – TP-25 – to the existing assembly using two plastic connectors screwed in place with self-tapping screws. As has previously been stated, self-tapping screws are meant to be tightened only once, so have a test fit of the connectors so you are confident you know where they go before screwing them down. However, you will almost certainly get away with the occasional bit of taking apart and reassembling with self-tapping screws if this has to be done for whatever reason, just watch out that you do not overtighten the screws and damage the screw holes so the screws don’t grip when you tighten them up the second or subsequent times.

    Parts needed:
    Hull panel TP-25 supplied with Issue 69
    Connector for TP-22, TP-23 and TP-25 supplied with Issue 69
    Connector for TP-23, TP-24 and TP-25 supplied with Issue 69
    14 of the brass-coloured self-tapping screws supplied with Issue 67

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    Tools and other items needed
    If you do everything that is described in the Stage 69 Assembly section of the magazine you will need the following:
    Screwdriver supplied with Issue 2 or similar

    Completing the engine bay cover
    It does not matter which of the two connectors you attach to the existing assembly first. The straight connector has eight screw holes in total: three of these align with screw holes in TP-22, three align with screw holes in TP-25 and it has two at its outer end that align with the two remaining unused screw holes in the centre of the inner edge of TP-23. Don’t forget to put screws in these last two.

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    After both connectors are on, you offer up the hull panel TP-25 from below so its screw holes align with those in the connectors you have attached in this stage. You might have to apply gentle yet firm pressure to get it to fit. Make sure it’s seated properly before you tighten the screws. Check from the outside before, during and after tightening the screws. You might find that the outer corner of TP-25 is a bit reluctant to seat properly. If so, gently push it into position, jiggling it if necessary.

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    Tidy up and store
    Store the completed engine bay cover somewhere safe until it is needed at a later stage; remember to not rest anything heavy on it.

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