The Millennium Falcon Build Diary Issue 71

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    It’s a busy build in this stage as you attach two upper hull plates to each other (TP-11 and TP-14), add plant-on details and the concussion missile mount to TP-11 and add a number of magnets and their accompanying pins and rollers to the hull sections and the Falcon’s upper metal frame. The end result is a section of plating – the cover over the cutaway – that fits neatly onto the upper surface of the spaceship, held in place by the magnets you install, and that can be removed and put back on easily.

    Parts needed:
    Sprue holding 12 plant-on details supplied with Issue 71
    Two small magnets supplied with Issue 71
    Two steel pins supplied with Issue 71
    Hull panel TP-14 supplied with Issue 71
    Four self-tapping screws supplied with Issue 70
    Seven large magnets supplied with Issue 71
    Concussion missile mount supplied with Issue 71
    Seven steel rollers supplied with Issue 71

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    Tools and other items needed
    If you do everything that is described in the Stage 71 Assembly section of the magazine you will need the following:
    Screwdriver supplied with Issue 2, or similar
    Side cutters or similar
    Craft knife
    Needle file or fine sanding pads or sticks
    Cutting board
    Cyanoacrylate instant glue, also known as superglue
    Cocktail sticks
    Tweezers

    Adding fixing magnets
    Depending how you cut detail (1) from the sprue you might have a fair bit of excess plastic to remove. You can do this fairly quickly with a needle file or a craft knife, but if you use a craft knife you’ll still probably have to finish off with a file or sanding pad to get it looking neat. It can be a bit tricky to get the small magnets into the sockets of (1). Have a test to see how they fit before getting out the glue. If the magnets are a tight fit, you might have to press them into position with something like the blade of an old screwdriver. If so, support the detail from below while doing this, perhaps by resting it on the edge of your work surface.
    When you push the small steel pins into their holes in TP-11, support the hull plate directly below where you are pushing to avoid damaging it.
    Make sure you get (2) the right way round when you glue it to (1); you’ll need to hold it in position while the bond forms so that it goes on straight.

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    Assembling the cover
    The four screws you use to attach TP-11 and TP-14 came in the parts pack for Issue 70. Give the large magnets a test fit before using glue: those that are a very tight fit will probably not need glue. After they have been inserted, the magnets stand slightly proud of their holes. Support the hull panels directly underneath where you insert the magnets while you are pressing them in.
    When adding the missile mount, add the glue to the sockets on the underneath of the mount and press it quickly and firmly on to TP-11 so that the glue does not set when it’s only half way on.

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    Adding plant-on details
    Detail (3) is fairly small so be gentle when you file off any excess sprue plastic. Detail (5) fits partly under a detail you added earlier (in Stage 70). You’ll have to hold (7) in the right position while the glue bond forms. The cranked section of (8) should align with the steel pins and be angled towards them. One end of detail (10) has slight angle to it, this end should be by the steel pins. You might find it easier to attach (12) by poking its small pin into the detail (9) before then putting its thick end into its hole in the hull panel.

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    Adding the magnetic retainers
    When you glue the rollers in place, push them firmly yet gently into their holes with the end of a screwdriver, or something similar, so that they go all the way in.

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    Tidy up and store
    You can leave the removable cover in place on the top of the Falcon’s upper surface if you want and put the assembly back on its jig.

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