The Millennium Falcon Build Diary Issue 88

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    This time you again work on your model’s electrics when you add the engine lights, which are held on two identical housings. You can put away the glue for this stage, but you’ll need your screwdriver and a marker pen or pencil when you add the lights – which are held on by sticky-back strips – to the housings. When you’ve stuck the lights to the housings, you then add the housings to the lower section of the Falcon, screwing them in place. The fun bit comes when you get to try out the lights after you’ve plugged their connecting cables in to the control circuit board. There is nothing unduly challenging about this stage, especially when putting together the housings and attaching them to the lower half of the ship, but you do need a steady hand when you stick down the light strips.

    Parts needed:
    Starboard sublight drive housing (top) supplied with Issue 87
    Starboard sublight drive housing (bottom) supplied with Issue 87
    Port sublight drive housing (top) supplied with Issue 88
    Port sublight drive housing (bottom) supplied with Issue 88
    Starboard sublight drive LED strip supplied with issue 87
    Port sublight drive LED strip supplied with issue 88
    Gather together 12 of the shorter brass-coloured self tapping screws
    Gather together 8 of the longer brass-coloured self-tapping screws


    Tools and other items needed
    If you do everything that is described in the Stage 88 Assembly section of the magazine you will need the following:
    Screwdriver supplied with Issue 2, or similar
    Marker pen or pencil

    Assembling the engine lights
    The two housing are, in fact, identical and can be used interchangeably on the port or starboard sides. When you put the two halves of each housing together, route the wire from the light strip between the lugs on the upper housing to prevent it (the wire) getting trapped when you screw the housing halves together. Remember to use the shorter self-tapping screws when you put the housings together. When you add the light strips to the housings, make sure they fit into the long shallow grooves. As a strip goes on make sure there are no humps or kinks in it. If you get the light strip crooked, you can, if you have to, very gently lift it and reposition it and it should still stick OK. When it’s on, very gently firm it down with your fingertips along its length.

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    Fitting the engine lights
    Screwing the housings to the lower section of the Falcon should not be problematic. Just make sure that the lugs on the lower section and the holes in the housings align and are fully seated before you attach the housings with the 8 longer self-tapping screws. Remember also to have the battery cable plugged into socket J2 and the battery box switch turned to on when you test the lights.

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    Tidy up and store
    When you’ve finished trying out the engine lights, don’t forget to turn off the battery box. Put the side frame (SF-01) and the clips back in the parts pack for 88 so you know where to find them and keep any screws unused this time somewhere safe ready for use later.

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