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It appears that the website where this was originally hosted has expired or something, so I feel it my duty as a loyal Browncoat to carry the torch forward for this venerable project.

One of these days, I'm gonna do a translation of the directions and switch around a few of the steps, but for now, here's where you can find your own little bit of Serenity. :D
 

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I'm currently working on a color corrected version that I came across. At the moment, it's in the form of a Microsoft Word document, so I'm gonna have to do some converting, but so far as assembly goes, it's going well.
 

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Here we go.

First, the side engines...





Now, with the wings attached....




Note that at this stage, I'm deviating from the directions, and in that deviation, the above pics show a bit of an error on my part. Specifically, I shouldn't have attached those shrouds over the hinge assembly just yet. This will become clear in a moment...
 

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Next, the main hull...



And with it, I skip ahead to the end and attach the landing gear housing now, because otherwise, if I waited until almost the end of assembly, odds are they wouldn't fit, because the shroud over the hinge assembly would probably be in the way.

So, first, I attach the assembly (I still haven't decided if the gear will be deployed or retracted)...




Then, carefully remove those shrouds so that I can get the wings on straight, and then reattach those shrouds so that everything fits.




This way, not only does everything fit properly, but the shrouds now actually help hold the wings up, avoiding a rather ugly droop.
 

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Plain old Elmer's white glue. Glue sticks don't stick well enough, and are rather troublesome when dealing with dinky little paper parts.

If I ever try this with cardstock, I might try something else, but with standard printer paper, I prefer to keep it basic. Plus, it's a lot easier getting Elmer's off your fingers than superglue.
 

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And now, the rear engine cone.



Here's where working on such a small scale becomes a major pain...



First, the smaller nozzles, then the big one...





Then stick the assembly on the end of the cone, since by this point, it's too much of a pain in the tuchus to put that little shroud thingie on there without a little more anchoring.





No, it doesn't quite fit right. That's something you have to get used to with this model.

For instance, that thing that goes right above the rear nozzles. Be prepared to really glob on the glue, because the odds are that the curve of the thing and the curve of the cone aren't even gonna be close.

 

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So, we move on to the little blocky thingies on the base of the cone.

One option is to hold the cone up to the monitor screen, with the relevant directions at the proper magnification, and carefully mark the places where they go, if you don't want to print out the page.



It's an idea that yielded mixed results, and an I wound up mostly eyeballing it anyway.





Onward to the horseshoe.....
 

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And now, the horseshoe framework (I assume this is the "extenders" that Book is talking about in the pilot), and with it, the biggest pain the keister is concluded for this kit.





A note here about the directions at this point: The two pieces that go on the bottom are the opposite of what the directions indicate. It's still not a perfect fit (no surprise there), but trying to do it according to the directions is impossible.



Best way to insert the engine cone is from this end.



Anchoring within the horseshoe is best at the blocky thingies on either side of the cone. Don't worry about the top one, since the whole thing wasn't all inside the horseshoe on the actual ship.





The main concern is to make sure it's straight and level, because it's at this point that you stick the whole thing onto the back of the cargo hold.





An extra bead of glue along that back edge, then set the whole thing aside, because now it's time for the nose and neck...
 

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Those two pics are there, but they're now called "Nose and Shuttles" and "Neck".

By the way, I've got a lot more pics, which will be posted shortly.

As a preview, lemme just say that assembly of the neck needs to go mostly the opposite of the directions.
 

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They're up now. Sorry 'bout that.

Back to the progress pics.

I started off putting together the neck according to the directions, only to find it increasingly difficult to fit the pieces together the further I got into it, so I printed off the two pages of those parts again and started over, this time starting from the back, where it's easier to keep things lined up.

Actually, a slight correction: I started from the middle...



...then the back...



and worked my way forward.



Okay, so there was a bit o' jumping back and forth...



The main point was to firm up the overall shape of the neck as much as possible and get all those pieces in position and not have them forced back by the front pieces being ever-so-slightly off.

Stay tuned...
 

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Now, we flip it back right-side-up and start firming things up a bit more. It's at this point that the bulkhead at the back of the cockpit goes in.







And now the front piece goes on...



And that, I guess, collar piece, for lack of a better term...



From there, it's time to attach the neck to the main hull...



And then that last neck piece goes in place.



That just leaves the main cabin and the shuttles.
 

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Now, about that cabin...



It helps if you bend back the fore and aft bits, makes it easier to work on the shuttle docking ports.





Here's the base completed...



And here's the roof...



And the whole thing put together...



And nestled into its spot...



Next, the shuttles, landing gear, solar panels, and just plain wrapping it up.
 

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And now, the conclusion.

A couple of shuttles, standard short range...



And some landing gear feet (I've decided to have them retracted, so no need for the struts)...



Some of those solar panels in place, along with some extras, thanks to reprinting a couple of pages (that second attempt at the neck)...





And of course, the shuttles.

Another positive aspect of having to reprint those two pages is being able to double up the little antennae bits, reinforcing them and preventing some rather ugly curling.



And we have the landing pads in place, bringing this project to a conclusion.
 
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