The Millennium Falcon Build Diary Issue 80

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    In this stage you add seven plant-on details to the top of the starboard mandible; these details are all held on a single sprue. After that you put together the three sections – BF-45, BF-46 and BF-47 – that make up the frame for the lower part of the port mandible. When that’s done you add a section of plating – BP-35 – to the frame you’ve just assembled. Finally, you can, if you wish, put together the mandible assembly jigs and try them out with the main lower assembly jig to see how the mandibles will line up with the lower section of the Falcon. Remember when handling the lower part of the Falcon to be careful that the protruding metal parts of the ramp mechanism do not catch in anything. If they do they might get damaged.

    Parts needed:
    Sprue holding 7 items supplied with Issue 80
    Bottom frame BF-45 (mandible) supplied with Issue 79
    Bottom frame BF-46 (mandible) supplied with Issue 80
    Bottom frame BF-47 (mandible) supplied with Issue 80
    Four two-hole connectors supplied with Issue 80
    Gather together eight black button head screws
    Bottom panel BP-35 (mandible) supplied with Issue 80
    Gather together four silver self-tapping screws
    Assembly jig section supplied with Issue 72
    Assembly jig section supplied with Issue 73
    Two jig support pillars supplied with Issue 80


    Tools and other items needed
    If you do everything that is described in the Stage 80 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

    Adding details to the mandible
    Some of the details you add this time – especially details (2 ) and (5) are particularly long and thin, so be careful when you cut them from the sprue and don’t be too enthusiastic when you trim off any excess plastic, especially in the middle of the details. Unusually, a few of the details – (1), (2) and (5) – are attached to the sprue at four points.
    When you add (1) you might want to put a dab of glue halfway along the recess it fits into, as well as into the holes its pins fit into, to make it a bit more secure. When adding (2) make sure you get it the right way round: the end where the pin is closest to the end of the detail is at the front.

    detail 1

    detail 2

    detail 3

    detail 4

    detail 5

    detail 6

    detail 7

    detail 8

    detail 9

    detail 10

    detail 11

    detail 12

    detail 13

    detail 14

    detail 15

    detail 16

    detail 17

    detail 18

    detail 19

    detail 20

    detail 21

    detail 22

    detail 23

    detail 24

    detail 25

    detail 26

    Assembling the port mandible
    If you’ve put together the lower starboard mandible frame (see Stage 73) then there’s nothing here you will find at all challenging as assembling the lower port side mandible frame is more or less the same: it’s a mirror image of the starboard one.

    frame 1

    frame 2

    frame 3

    frame 4

    frame 5

    frame 6

    frame 7

    frame 8

    Adding the plating
    You’ll need four silver self-tapping screws when you add BP-35 to the lower port mandible frame. Watch out that you don’t put a screw into the lug that fits through the curved section of BF-47 – this is used to hold a recess in place (which you will do in a later stage) and not to attach the panel to the frame.

    panel 1

    panel 2

    panel 3

    panel 4

    panel 5

    panel 6

    panel 7

    Supporting the mandibles
    The mandible support jigs are easy to put together and you can move them into position – with the starboard and part-assembled port mandible on them – to see how the lugs on the lower side of the mandibles are brought close to those on the lower part of the ship on its circular jig.

    support 1

    support 2

    support 3

    support 4

    Tidy up and store
    Put the mandibles away somewhere safe.

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