This time you add plant-on details to a large section of the upper hull-plating – TF-11. There are no less than 23 items to add, 22 of which are supplied on a sprue, and one not attached to the sprue. Most of the details are of a reasonable size so should be fairly easy to handle. There are a couple of fairly small ones, though, which will need extra care, especially when trimming or filing off any excess plastic after you’ve cut them from the sprue.
Hull panel TP-11 supplied with Issue 70
Sprue holding 22 plant-on details supplied with Issue 70
Plant-on detail supplied with Issue 70
Tools and other items needed
If you do everything that is described in the Stage 70 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
If you’ve had a bit of experience of cutting, trimming and gluing then there is nothing in this stage that will prove unduly challenging. Take care when filing the excess off (3): be gentle otherwise the detail might get removed when you tidy it up. While the glue is forming its bond, hold (8) level with TP-11. As well as putting glue in the long slots when you attach (9) and (10), put some on the parts of (9) and (10) that rest on the panel to hold them securely in place. Details (13) and (14) fit only one way up: have a look at the tabs on their undersides to see how these fit it into the slots on the panel. Details (17) is a bit tricky to trim, so take care and be careful when you cut and trim (18) as some pars of it are quite delicate. When you attach (18), you might need a bit of gentle force to get its pins into the sockets they are glued into. When you are gluing (22) in position, make sure you hold it at a right angle to the edge of the panel while the glue sets.
Tidy up and store
Store the panel you’ve been working on in a secure place. Don’t forget to keep the screws supplied with this stage somewhere safe as these will be needed later.
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