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The Millennium Falcon: Day 5
Hard Set is Hard
This set is one of the hardest things I’ve ever built. I have plenty of big sets, and more than a few of these large collectible display models. Generally speaking they take a long time to build, but they aren’t particularly difficult.
The Falcon is a whole different story.
The third and fourth set of bags started to include a little more detail in the form of several small compartments. Thr instructions have to build each compartment and then attach the finished product to the core frame, which is where things get complicated.
These don’t just “snap on" or anything like that. Each compartment has to be slid into place like you're trying to spin a block in a game of Tetris, and then there are pins that lock it into the core.
It's pretty cool to see the interior starting to take shape, and I finally started tapping into the sticker sheet.
I do kinda wish they didn’t use stickers for these larger sets. There are plenty of pieces with printed designs on them, and the price point is high enough already. It’s not the end of the world, but it is kind of a bummer when you have a tiny sticker to put on a tiny piece and it ends up just a tiny bit crooked.
The thing I really like about these larger sets is that you end up with a lot of unconventional connection points, and it’s fun to look at the early stages of the build and try to figure out what the different components will be used for.
So far most of my guesses have been wrong, but we don’t have to talk about that.
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