The Millennium Falcon Build Diary Issue 81

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    In this stage you’ll need to apply a range of different skills including gluing, painting and assembly as you continue to work on the underside of the port mandible. First you add plant-on details to its two recesses and then, if you want, spray-paint them to give them a grubby, well-used appearance. After that you add the second and final plate to the mandible’s underside before attaching the recesses.

    Parts needed:
    Sprue holding 6 items supplied with Issue 81
    Two recesses supplied with Issue 81
    Bottom panel BP-34 (mandible) supplied with Issue 81
    Gather together five silver self-tapping screws
    Gather together four brass-coloured self-tapping screws


    Tools and other items needed
    If you do everything that is described in the Stage 81 Assembly section of the magazine you will need the following:
    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
    Matt black acrylic modelling spray paint
    Matt mid-grey acrylic modelling spray paint
    Matt light grey acrylic modelling spray paint
    Screwdriver supplied with Issue 2, or similar

    Adding details to the recesses
    You shouldn’t have much trouble with adding the details to the two recesses. Just watch out when attaching (1) that you push it down firmly into the recess so the glue bond does not form before it is properly seated. You might also find you need to hold (2) in position for a few seconds while the bond forms as otherwise it may not go on straight. The end of (2) that joins to detail (1) might not actually fit into the hole in detail (1), so you might have to make sure it fits over rather than into the hole. Detail (3) should also be held in position for a few seconds so that the bond forms while the details is properly aligned. To make sure that detail (6) fits flush you can put a dab of glue on the surface it should be fitting flush to (as well as into the slot in the recess) before inserting it into the slot and holding it against the surface.

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    Finishing the recesses
    The last time you did some recess painting was in Stage 77 and all the advice set out there applies, obviously, to what you do this time. When you use spray paints, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions – especially as regards how long to shake a can. And be sure to protect surfaces – including part-finished bits of your model – from overspray. Don’t overdo a colour – you can always add more – and wait for coats to dry fully before proceeding. All the nooks and crannies of the recesses should be covered by the black coat. The dark then light grey paints can be sprayed from the sides to pick out the high points of the structures within the recesses.

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    Assembling the mandible
    Bottom panel BP-34 is attached to the frame with five silver self-tapping screws. Remember not to put screws into the lugs that fit through the circular recess mounts in the frame.

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    Fitting the recesses
    This is not a difficult procedure but you have to be careful that you put each recess in the correct position and with the correct orientation. The pictures in the Assembly section of the magazine and in this Build Diary show which one goes where and which way round each one goes.

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    Tidy up and store
    Put the port lower mandible assembly away somewhere safe and store the frame section – TF-46 – supplied this time but not used back in the parts pack for Issue 81 ready for later.

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