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“The next stage follows the same process described in Stage 38 to build the steps and install the rear right stabilizer.“
Materials: The Rear Left Stabilizer is metal, but the rest of the parts in this stage are plastic.
Rear Right Stabilizer and Steps
Installing the Rear Left Stabilizer
For this stage, we will need the right-side Storage Compartment Frame and the Type H screws from Stage 44.
Fit the Stabilizer Support Plate to this location of the Storage Compartment Frame, aligning the holes. Make sure the small notch in the plate is in the upper-right corner (arrow below).
NOTE: When I reached Stage 49, I realized these Plates appear to be on the wrong sides of the truck. While it was too late to fix them then, look at how the bottom right of the Plate overhangs the arc of wheel arch in the picture below. I think this is where the notch is supposed to be. But this means I need the part from the other side here. Mounting them per the instructions does not let the rear Roof section sit flush and required sanding the top edge of these Plates. Unfortunately, my Compartment Storage Frame on that side is already glued into place. For those builders who can still fix it, you may want to swap these Plates left <-> right and rotate them accordingly:
Fit the two posts of the Rear Right Stabilizer into the matching holes of the Stabilizer Support Plate, as shown:
Secure the Rear Right Stabilizer into place from behind with two (2) Type H screws.
This is your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screws going into metal:
Rear Left Steps
Note the four Steps are slightly different. Step 1 has very short pins on the sides, Step 2 has very long pins, and Steps 3 and 4 are the same:
Fit the pins on one side of Step 1 into these matching holes of a Step Bracket.
Be sure the long rectangular tab of the bracket (arrow below) is further away from the step and the ‘grid’ pattern of the step is facing up, as shown. You might need to trim any excess material/paint off the pins for a better fit. If you find the fitment to be loose, apply a small drop of super glue to the pins during assembly. I did use glue here:
Fit the pins of Step 2 into the holes of the rectangular tab on the same side of the Step Bracket, as shown:
Fit the other Step Bracket over the pins of these first two Steps, in the same orientation as the first bracket:
Push the pins of Step 3 and Step 4 into these upper four holes of the Right Step Side Plate. Fit the longer pins of Step 2 into these lower two holes of the Right Step Side Plate, as shown. Be sure the ‘grid’ pattern of the four Steps are all facing the correct direction:
As we have done before, push the pins of the Light Lens into the matching holes in the front of the Light Frame, then push this Light assembly into the matching holes in this recess of the Step Backplate. Use a drop of glue, if needed.
NOTE: I have been adding lighting to my model, which is why you may see tiny extra wires throughout this stage. For more information, check out the entire process in detail on my Custom Lighting page.
Apply some glue to the forward pins of the Step Backplate and fit it into these holes of the Right Step Side Plate, as shown:
Gently press the pins of the Step Handle into these matching holes of the Left Step Side Plate. Use some glue, if needed:
Apply some glue to the exposed pins of the Step Backplate and fit the Left Step Side Plate down onto the pins of the upper three Steps and the Step Backplate.
Ensure all of the upper Steps are captured between the two Side Plates:
We have done all of this before, so nothing new here. However, we will be attaching the parts of these recent stages to the Box Frame next.
Stage 47 – Compartment Inner, Turntable Gear, Elevator Pistons, Handrail/Washers