The Millennium Falcon Build Diary Issue 86

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    This time you get to do some detail adding, frame building and panel attaching. There is plenty to do and much of it involves gluing so make sure you have plenty standing by before you get started.

    Parts needed:
    Sprue holding 10 plant-on details supplied with Issue 86
    Sprue holding 6 plant-on details supplied with Issue 86
    Sprue holding 1 remaining plant-on detail – detail (14) – supplied with Issue 85
    Side panel SP-21 (mandible) supplied with Issue 86
    Side frame SF-09 (mandible) supplied with Issue 86
    Side frame SF-10 (mandible) supplied with Issue 86
    Fourteen countersunk screws from those supplied with Issue 85
    LED headlight supplied with Issue 86


    Tools and other items needed
    If you do everything that is described in the Stage 86 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

    Detailing the inner panel
    You should, by now, be well used to cutting details from a sprue, trimming excess plastic from them and sticking them in position after a test fit. All the usual advice applies this time. For instance, think before you cut from the sprue and trim them carefully as you can’t put back what you’ve inadvertently removed. After you have cut the six small details from the smaller of the two sprues, you will probably have to use a file with a rounded side to get rid of excess plastic between the ‘ears’ of each of these small details. Make sure you get the small details the right way up when you glue them to details (4) and (5). You will probably have to hold these small details in place while the glue bond forms to get them on straight. Similarly hold (4) at a right angle to (6) and (5) at a right angle to (7) while the bonds form to make sure they go on properly. And finally, hold (6) and (7) to get them onto SP-21 properly.

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    Assembling the mandible
    Adding the two sections of side frame – SF-09 and SF-10 – should not be difficult. Remember to get the frame sections on the right way round so that the countersunk holes are ready to receive the countersunk screws.
    When you put the top and bottom of the mandible together, take care with the details already stuck on, especially the long thin pipe work. And when you’ve got the top and bottom sections aligned properly, add a couple of screws to hold them in place and then screw in the remaining ones to complete the process.

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    Adding the plating
    Don’t forget to use the LED with the red wiring when you screw the circuit board to SP-22.
    When you add SP-21 to the frame, don’t press down on details (6) and (7) while the bond forms. Rather, apply pressure between the details, perhaps with the tip of the screwdriver. And do not apply pressure to the small details on (23) and (24) when you glue them to the side frame on the outer edge of the mandible. The last thing you do is add the remaining detail from the sprue supplied with Issue 85. This detail – named detail (14) – is symmetrical and fits either way around where it bridges the two side plates.

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    Tidy up and store
    Put the mandible away somewhere safe and store the landing lights back in the parts pack for Issue 86 to keep them safe for next time when you will add them to the lower section of the Falcon.

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