July 28, 2016 at 6:06 pm #22728
In this stage it’s time to start the assembly of the port upper mandible when you put frame sections TF-45 and TF-46 together – they’re attached to each other with a couple of two-hole connectors and some black, button head screws. You then add a single bit hull panel – TP-31 – to the assembly before returning to the lower port mandible to which you add no fewer than 12 plant-on details.
Top frame TF-46 (mandible) supplied with Issue 81
Top frame TF-45 (mandible) supplied with Issue 82
Top panel TP-31 (mandible) supplied with Issue 82
Gather together four black button head screws
Two two-hole connectors supplied with Issue 82
Gather together four silver self-tapping screws
Sprue holding 12 plant-on details supplied with Issue 82
Tools and other items needed
If you do everything that is described in the Stage 82 Assembly section of the magazine you will need the following:
Screwdriver supplied with Issue 2, or similar
Side cutters or similar
Needle file or fine sanding pads or sticks
Cyanoacrylate instant glue, also known as superglue
Assembling the mandible frame
You should be well used to frame assembly by now, so this should not prove any trouble. Just remember to align the edges of the frames where they join when you tighten the connector screws.
Fitting the plating
Again, there is nothing complex about adding this particular bit of plating to the frame assembly.
Adding details to the mandible
There may be minor differences to how the details are oriented on the sprue compared to those on the sprue shown in the Assembly section of the magazine, but the parts are all as they should be. Test fits (without glue) are essential for all the details you add this time. And if any of the pins are a tight fit, push them in and quickly firmly when you are ready to glue them so the bond does not have a chance to form when it is only part way in.
When you add detail (1), you might want to put a dab of glue in the middle of the groove it sits in to hold it securely. Take care when filing any excess plastic off the long thin detail (2), especially in its middle section, and when gluing it in place, hold down the end that fits into the hole in the recess so it sticks securely. In fact, all the ends of piping that fit into holes in the recesses should be held in place until they stick properly. You might have to do a bit of jiggling to get the end of detail (6) into its hole in the recess. When you add (8) hold it in the correct position until the bond forms to get it in straight. Detail (12) might take a bit of manoeuvring to get it under one of the protrusions of (8).
Tidy up and store
Put the lower section of the port mandible away somewhere safe – the pipework, and particularly detail (8), needs to be protected from knocks and bangs. Store the unused fixing screws somewhere where you can find them again easily.
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