August 4, 2016 at 3:33 pm #22875
There’s plenty to do this time, starting with finishing the frame for the port upper mandible, when you join frame sections TF-45 and TF-44 with a pair of two-hole connectors, and then adding the second and last hull panel – TP-30 – to the frame you’ve just put together. After that you work on two recesses for the mandible, adding 14 plant-on details to them before spraying them, if you wish, for the dirty, used look of the Falcon. You then add them to the port upper mandible, to which you then add a few more plant-on details.
Top frame TF-44 (mandible) supplied with Issue 83
Top panel TP-30 (mandible) supplied with Issue 83
Gather together four black button head screws
Two two-hole connectors supplied with Issue 83
Gather together five silver self-tapping screws
Two recesses supplied with Issue 83
Sprue holding 17 plant-on details supplied with Issue 83
Four brass-coloured self-tapping screws
Tools and other items needed
If you do everything that is described in the Stage 83 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
Matt black acrylic modelling spray paint
Matt mid-grey acrylic modelling spray paint
Matt light grey acrylic modelling spray paint
Assembling the mandible
The assembly of the port upper mandible is much the same as for the starboard upper mandible, which you worked on in Stages 75, 76 and 77. And as is the case in this advanced stage in the build, there is nothing that an experienced Falcon construction engineer will find difficult when it comes to putting frame sections together and adding a section of plating.
Adding details to the recesses
When you are adding the details to the recesses, be careful to cut them carefully from the sprue and be sure to take it easy when trimming off any unwanted plastic, especially from the smaller parts. You might have to hold detail (1) in place while the glue bond forms and do not accidentally file or cut either of the pins off the base of (3) as these are used to locate it on the recess. Hold (6) in place while the glue sets to get it located accurately and don’t cut the pin off (8). Take care when cutting and trimming (11) and take extreme care when cutting (14) from the sprue.
Completing the mandible plating
If you spray paint the two recesses you’ve just added details to, remember the spray painting advice already given for spraying the other recesses. Make sure you get a good coverage of the black by spraying into the recesses from vertically above, catching any areas you’ve missed by spraying from the sides into any uncoated nooks and crannies. And don’t overdo it. Spray the two shades of grey from an angle to give the recesses that grubby used look. Wait for each coat to dry completely before you proceed.
When you add the two recesses to the port upper mandible, make sure they are in the right holes and the right way round. Use the shorter variety of brass coloured self-tapping screws to hold them in position.
The final bit of assembly for this stage is to add the remaining three details from the sprue to the plating of the port upper mandible. When you attach (16) to (15), make sure that the bits with the recesses and the four dots face forward.
Tidy up and store
Put the upper section of the port mandible away somewhere safe.
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