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“This issue, you’ll be attaching the fourth base section with additional rusted metal parts and a rock.”




Materials: The Fourth Base Section is plastic, the Springs and Connectors are metal, and the details are solid resin.


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Add Another Base Section Along with Details

Step 1

Retrieve your base panel assembly from the previous issue. Then, fit the Fourth Base Section to it to see how they will mate together:

Next, if your Discarded Skull is in place, remove it and set it aside. Next, carefully turn the base assembly upside down and align these two sets of four screw holes and ensure the bottom edges of the base panels are even.

Take care not to damage any of the base details we have added. You may even want to set the base panel sections on something to raise them up off your work surface. As mentioned before, it is recommended to use a ‘bulldog clip’ or similar to temporarily hold these panels together. I used a set of plastic grip clamps:

Steps 2-3

Fit one of the Connectors over this set of the screw holes and secure it into place with four (4) 2×4 mm PWB screws, as shown.

At this point, it is normal for the connection between these two base panels to still be a bit flimsy. A future part will reinforce the joint:

Steps 4-5

Fit the other Connector over this set of the screw holes and secure it into place with four (4) 2×4 mm PWB screws, as shown:

Step 6

Turn the entire base panel assembly upright. Then, test fit Mechanical Detail (113-5) into this recess of the Fourth Base Section, matching the squared shape of the post to the recess:

Apply some super glue along sides of the squared post of this Mechanical Detail.

Once again, I am not gluing these details down just yet. I think I want to customize the base and need these details removable for now:

Fit this Mechanical Detail into its matching recess of the Fourth Base Section and hold it in place until the glue sets:

Step 7

Repeat the previous step to secure the Mechanical Detail (113-3) in place in the same way:

Step 8

Repeat this process one more time to secure the Rock Detail to the Fourth Base Section:

This Rock Detail will sit over the previous Mechanical Detail, as shown:

Step 9

Using a small amount of super glue, secure one of the Springs to these parallel grooves in the Fourth Base Section:

Steps 10-11

Again, using a small amount of super glue, secure the other Spring to this location across the seam between the second and fourth panels:

Step 12
  • Retrieve your remaining Searchlight assembly with the LED and Cable (Clear) from Issue 111
  • Thread the plug end of the LED and Cable (Clear) through this hole of the Fourth Base Section
  • Slide the split posts of the Stand for Searchlight down into this hole, aligning them to the matching tabs of the hole, and snap the Searchlight assembly into place
  • With this Searchlight installed, it should be able to rotate a few degrees and tilted up and down

I used the remaining blue Searchlight here:


This issue completes the visible upper section of the base included all of the apocalyptic details. The two round holes left in the base panel are for the stand poles that will hold our T-800 upright. We will be begin construction of that lower section, including the internal Main Circuit Board for the base in the next issue.

Next Up

 Issue 114 – Main Circuit Board

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