9:30 am: It’s Sunday morning, but there’s no day of rest for the wicked!
10:05 am: Here’s the first stage of the superlaser cannon. It would’ve taken less time to finish if I hadn’t erroneously used the crucial spiral gear piece on the handle of the trash masher mechanism back on Thursday. In the instruction book illustration, I mistook it for the intended hose piece. Thankfully, I remembered using it previously.
10:28 am: Again, I take my hat off to the Lego designers. The big dish is initially built as sixteen hinge pieces with various plates attached.
10:40 am: Goodbye, Alderaan!
10:40 am – 1:05 pm: Even a Sith Lord’s gotta eat.
1:35 pm: I guess that this is meant to be a repair shop. The knob underneath the table controls the gantry in the hangar bay below.
2:00 pm: After spending 15 minutes searching for a tiny angle brick amongst the diminishing parts piles, I decide to write it off as a loss and fetch a replacement from my storage closet. Yes, I am a cheater pants.
2:19 pm: I really like this scaled-down version of Darth Vader’s personal fighter.
2:20 pm: Here it is hanging from the gantry.
2:37 pm: This control station literally controls the superlaser cannon on the deck below. The station turns to pivot the cannon assembly, and the knob raises and lowers the dish.
2:40 pm: Assembly is getting much faster now. I’ve sorted the relatively few remaining parts into individual piles, making it easy to locate the pieces I need.
3:17 pm: A lever beneath the deck causes this pair of turbolaser cannons to pivot in tandem. A control knob on each cannon raises and lowers the guns.
3:50 pm: Almost there…
3:55 pm: Governor Tarkin’s conference room. The table top lifts up to reveal a secret weapons storage space. Just in case Tarkin needs to shoot a recalcitrant admiral.
4:05 pm: Almost there…
4:12 pm: The central elevator seems a bit less elegant than the rest of the model, but I guess it’ll do. The large knob on the wall lowers the platform.
4:20 pm: DONE!
4:21 pm: Hey, what are these bits doing on the floor?
4:22 pm: Crap! I pull out the elevator car and add the missing end caps.
4:24 pm: DONE! REALLY!
Elapsed Time: 18 hours, 40 minutes.
Current Page of Instruction Book: 260 (of 260).