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“Add another section to you upper saucer assembly, and get to grips with a key part of the battle section before you use it in a later stage.“
Materials: The Deck Panel U1-03 is metal, but the rest of the non-electrical parts are plastic.
Assembling Deck Panel U1-03
Carefully remove two (2) Escape Pod Covers, three (3) Clear Windows, and four (4) Dark Windows from their sprues and fit them into the back of Deck Panel U1-03, as shown.
Reminder: I sanded all of these windows down already. See The Windows page for more details:
As before, I used pieces of black electrical tape behind the Escape Pod Covers and Dark Windows to reduce light leak:
Fit the Reflector Panel U1-03-A over these three posts on the back of this Deck Panel, as shown:
Slide the LED on the end of the red/grey Deck Panel Light cable into this notch of the Reflector Panel:
Secure the Reflector Panel to the Deck Panel with three (3) DM screws.
This is your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screws going into metal:
We can test these new window lights by connecting the Deck Panel Light cable to the PCB and Battery Box:
And, with the studio lights off:
Fitting Deck Panel U1-03
Retrieve your saucer Upper Skeleton assembly from the previous stage. Feed the plug of the Deck Panel Light cable through this right-side opening of the skeleton, as shown:
Position the Deck Panel U1-03 onto the Upper Skeleton frame, as shown.
When fitting this Deck Panel to the frame, ensure you slide these three tabs underneath the lower panels:
This Deck Panel sits off from the skeleton, so there is room to fit the cable of the Deck Panel Lights along the outer edge, as shown:
Carefully pull the Deck Panel Light cable into the skeleton, and gently bend the leads of the LED under the lip of the panel, as shown:
Finally, secure Deck Panel U1-03 to the skeleton from below with two (2) BM screws:
Now I know how they are getting 120 stages out of this build – so many of them are just adding one Deck Panel. Even so, we have attached and lit more than a quarter of the upper saucer hull plates! We received the Left Ventral Neck Panel here, but it is not needed until the next stage, so keep it nearby.
Stage 29 – Deck Panel U3-15, Windows/Reflectors/Lights, Escape Pod Covers, Docking Alignment Light