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“This stage’s parts enable you to continue assembling the outer shell for R2-D2’s dome and add the fuel cell to complete his left foot.”




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Fitting the Dome Panel

Step 1

Take the Dome Panel supplied and use the two strips of tape to stick it into this hole in the dome:

Since we have already installed a few of these panels already, there is no need to break down the steps each time. This is the final result:

Fitting the Left Fuel Cell

Step 1

Separate all of the Plastic Plugs from the sprues.

I recommend using a sharp craft knife or sprue cutters here for nice clean cuts. Here, I used a craft knife:

And here, I used my sprue cutters. I just wanted to show you can use either:

Step 2

Push the six (6) shorter Plastic Plugs into these holes on the back of the left leg assembly:

Step 3

Push the two (2) longer Plastic Plugs into these holes on the back of the left leg assembly.

These plugs have a curved surface, so rotate them to align with the shape of the foot:

Step 4

Insert one of the Quick-Release Fuel System Latches into the front of the Left Fuel Cell Inner Cover, as shown:

Step 5

Fit this Left Fuel Cell Inner Cover to the foot, as shown:

Step 6

Secure this in place with four (4) 2.3×6 mm black screws:

Step 7

Fit the other Quick-Release Fuel System Latch to the front of the Left Fuel Cell Outer Cover, as shown:

Steps 8-10

Align this Left Fuel Cell Outer Cover with the inner cover, press into place, and secure with four (4) 2.3×6 mm screws:

Step 11-12

Plug one end of a Powerbus Cable (from the previous issue) into the upper socket on the foot and the other end into the inner socket of the fuel cell, as shown. Use a drop of super glue in the holes if needed:

Step 13

Fit the second Powerbus Cable into the two remaining sockets:


The left leg is really coming together now! The only metal in this issue is the Dome Panel, and the rest is all plastic.

Running Total of screws used so far: 353

Next Up

 Issue 60 – Dome Top Panel, Logic Function Display Cable, Shoulder Fitting, Plugs

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