Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Land Raider Assembly Instructions - part 1

About 10% of my traffic seems to be people looking for "land raider assembly instructions." It's time to give the public what they want.

What you'll need:
  • The interior walls
  • the floor
  • the front portion that includes the top turret mount (plus the little sensor plate that goes in it)
  • the exhaust pipe half that faces toward the front of the Land Raider
  • the interior engine detail piece (with the purity seals and adeptus mechanicus symbol)
  • both front access doors (the ones that rotate open)
These are all the pieces that sandwich between the two interior walls.

First off, prime all these pieces. I recommend gray automotive spray primer. Paint the interior walls (if you plan to... but why wouldn't you?!), the interior engine detail and the floor. Once assembled these parts will be nearly impossible to get to for painting, so do it now. You can paint the top part with the turret mount now or after assembly. Glue the sensor to the top turret mount before or after painting, but before the assembly steps below.

Once everything on the interior is as painted as you want it, you will need to trim the interior engine detail piece a little. I've found that this little fellow makes it really hard to get the Land Raider to fit together correctly unless you scrape the corners of the outside edges (left and right) to create a little taper. Being able to easily slip the interior engine piece in will make getting a good fit much easier.

After dry fitting everything to make sure you have an easy fit, it's time to glue. The rear part (engine exhaust) and the floor are straightforward, but you'll need to simultaneously insert the top front door and the top turret mount to get the hinge areas between them to mesh easily. Don't forget: don't glue the front doors! When everything's together you should have a nice square fit, with the top turret mount piece fitting nicely against the top of the two interior walls. Now insert the interior engine detail (which should go in easily.) A drop of glue from the interior of the engine area will hold it in place.

Next: the parts that sandwich between the interior walls and exterior hull.

Continue to part 2.

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