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“In this stage, you fit the left and right sun visors to the cockpit ceiling of your Ecto-1.”
Materials: All of the parts in this stage are plastic.
Cockpit Ceiling and Sun Visors
NOTE: I reorganized the steps in this stage compared to the magazine just to keep similar processes together.
Fit the Right Sun Visor Panel (marked ‘R’) to the Right Sun Visor (marked ‘R’) as shown, then secure it into place with three (3) RP screws:
In the same way, fit the Left Sun Visor Panel (marked ‘L’) to the Left Sun Visor (marked ‘L’) and secure these together with three (3) RP screws:
Slide one end of each Sun Visor Stalk into the matching side hole of each Sun Visor Stalk Retainer, as shown:
Next, slide the free end of each Stalk through the matching hole of the Sun Visors, orienting them as shown:
Then, fit the keyed post of the Stalk Retainer to this matching hole of the Cockpit Ceiling Panel, orienting the right Sun Visor as shown:
Secure this Retainer into place from the other side with one (1) GP screw:
In the same way, fit the keyed post of the Stalk Retainer to this matching hole of the Cockpit Ceiling Panel, orienting the left Sun Visor as shown:
Finally, secure this Retainer into place from the other side with one (1) more GP screw:
Fit the Sun Visor Retainer (116H) between the Sun Visors capturing the exposed Stalk ends, then secure it into place with one (1) TP screw.
This step can be tricky. One way to do this, per the instructions, is to align the exposed ends of the Stalks onto the ‘legs’ of the center post, as shown:
Then, cover them with the Sun Visor Retainer and secure it down:
Another way to do this is to remove the Stalks from the Sun Visors and Stalk Retainers and install them under the Sun Visor Retainer first:
Then, slide the Sun Visors onto the Stalks, cap the ends with the Stalk Retainers, and secure the Stalk Retainers into place:
We should now be able to individually pivot our Sun Visors up and down and they should stay in the position we set them. If they are loose, I recommend removing the Panel from the affected Sun Visor and put a tiny bit of Blu Tack (or similar adhesive putty) into the groove where the Stalk sits:
Reassemble the Panel and test again. These Sun Visors should be able to hold their positions:
I feel it was a bit fiddly messing with these Sun Visors. Not only fitting them into place, but keeping them from flopping down!
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