Assembling the Galahad GEV
Working with a model this big makes assembly fairly easy, but we thought we'd share a few tips here.
The first step is identifying the parts. Looking at the image to the left, the pieces are:
- Side Guns
- Nose Gun
- Left Stand
- Right Stand
The hull is easy to identify – it is the largest piece, and it's hollow.
The hull is also resin, which makes it possible to cast a piece this size. However, the same safety precautions one would take when dealing with a piece of pewter apply to resin – wash the piece thoroughly before working with it; don't breathe, eat, or drink the shavings; and don't put it where children (or anyone too young to understand the dangers) might get access.
The fore of the hull is the taller section, with windows on the front facing. The top of the hull has five sockets. The largest, and farthest forward, socket holds the turret. The two pairs in the rear hold the stands. The front of the hull has a single socket, to hold the nose gun. The right and left sides each have a single hollow for the side guns.
Orienting the pieces is easy for the most part. The turret's guns face forward,
the nose gun can only be attached in one way,
and the side guns look best if the barrels are on the top.
The stands, however, can sometimes be tricky. If viewed from the side, they look something like a boot. When attaching to the hull, make sure the "toe" is pointed forward.
The turbines are oriented by pointing the widest end forward.
Assembling the Galahad is simple . . . just glue each piece into the appropriate socket. No cutting is required, although some filing may be necessary to smooth the occasional rough surface.
A dot of glue will hold the side gun (left) and the nose gun (right) in place.
We recommend the turret on top be left unglued, to allow it to rotate.
The turbines are slightly trickier. Attach the stands to the turbines first, fitting the narrow end into the slots on the underside of the turbines, and keeping the "toe" pointed the same direction as the wide end of the turbines.
The turbine assembly can then be glued to the aft sockets on the top of the hull.