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Apparently, sometime in the past I built an Airfix Eagle. Probably in the late Seventies. I don't remember doing so, but there you are. Anyway, I discovered it in a box a few years ago and it's been hanging around in the mancave crying out for a refurb. Now is the time. I recently discovered the magic of Dettol as a paint stripper. I've just finished a build, so with a clear desk I set to. The kit came apart quite easily, the ancient tube glue having crystalized over the years. Bits got dunked into the Dettol for 24 hours at a time and scrubbed. Forget a six inch brush, I must have applied the Humbrol gloss white with a tarmac laying machine! The Dettol got most of it off, but I've spent hours just chipping paint out of all the crevices caused by the tubular framework on the panels. The main bodywork. Now pretty much paint free. Dettol and a dental pick got most of it off. I finished up with a wire brush! Inside the 'beak' a copyright script and the year 1975 are moulded in. The lift engine pods. Slight damage caused in splitting these but nothing a dab of filler won't hide. The landing pads had broken off years ago. I've drilled the centres to insert rods. I might have a go at making the scissor links. Under fuselage engines. One was missing so I made a new one. A cutdown prop spinner and a couple of plastic rings. And here's the reason I need help. I originally painted these pods/tanks? in dayglow orange paint (of unknown type & origin) for some reason. Well it reacted with the Dettol and pretty much melted the plastic. No idea why. A horrible twisted mess. They look more like the Alien Queens' eggs! If anyone has a clue where I might be able to get replacements, or if you have a scrap Eagle, Please get in touch. I will have a go at scratchbuilding replacements but it would be good if help turns up anyway. The Passenger pod is in Dettol as I write. It will be decanted and cleaned in the morning. Yes, I know this kit is wrong in a lot of details and that better ones are available, but, nostalgia knows no bounds! Also....Speaking of nostalgia. Another one! This time, a car boot sale Dinky, bought many years ago. Why do just one when you can do two? It too has been hanging around the mancave, just lying there, green. Green? Why, I have no idea. But it was really annoying me, so it had to go. The Dettol did a fair job on the paint but some scrubbing and scraping had to be done. Again, as a model, it's far from perfect, but (sort of) looks the part. Thanks for looking in, As always, comments and suggestions are welcome. Pete
Hello all, Like many of us of a certain age, I grew up watching Space 1999 in the 70's. Looking back at it now, it's pretty cheesy, but the classic design of the utilitarian Eagle Transporter endures. I was smitten as a kid, and had the Dinky Eagle, in lurid green paint, and restored one a couple of years ago. I also got hold of the old Airfix 1/72 kit a few years ago, but when the 1/48 scale MPC Eagle kit was announced, I just had to have one. I was saving it for my retirement, so now's the time! Here's the box: ..and for those interested, here's the sprues: That's what the sprues look like when you spend three consecutive evenings cutting off and cleaning up 308 parts, many of which are round rods with a mould seam up both sides. I'm not sure how visible those seams will be on the finished article, but better safe than sorry. I separated the parts into plastic containers so I wouldn't get them mixed up: Comparing the beak to the 9" long Dinky toy I restored gave me my first impression of how big it'll be - referring to it as the 22" Eagle is all very well, but it's only when you get the bits in your hands that you start to wonder where on earth (or moon) you're going to put it afterwards: I hd a glueing frenzy last night, and many of the subassemblies are ready to have their seams dealt with...more when that happens... Cheers, Dean
I have been working on a personal project of a 3D model of the eagle transporter for a number of years - on and off - off mostly. With my acquisition of a 3D printer, I dug the project out again after a suggestion that my chosen printer was not good enough to print the model at the studio scale size of 44 inches. I like a challenge but after a bit of measuring i thought it foolish to create such a monster, my house is small, so I upped the difficulty and decided to go for a 33 inch size (roughly 1/32) as it fits nicely in the sizes of commonly made ET replicas and kits, and would fit on my shelf. after lots of printing, I'm ready to be showing images. A way to go yet but I finally see the end in sight. this is where I had got to at the end of the summer, since then I have been working on fiddly stuff like the cockpit interior, pilot figures and lighting. I'll post more images as I get chunks made. enjoy!
I finished up this project about a month ago for a contest. The model I used was not a production MPC kit, but rather one of the 12 first run test shots done last September (Jamie Hood made a brief mention in the special SF&FM Eagle issue that one went to a Jerseyfest contest winner, that was me). I documented the early part of the build for this on Youtube, but kind of lost interest when the production kits came out. Still, I knew I had to finish it so I got done what needed to be done before the Wonderfest convention. Technically there are still some things I want to do to it as I need to add some stripes to the spine and a little more weathering. But overall it is done. Since we don't have access to the Eagle color of choice here in the states, I went with a mixture of Testors Camouflage gray and 30% white to match the production plastic coloring (which was apparently matched to the original studio model paint). The pod however was done in Tamiya AS-20 U.S. Navy Insigia White and it is a DEAD ON match to the plastic color. The red stripes were done in Floquil caboose red. The main Eagle paint and decal work represents the #1 44" model as it appeared from about "The Last Sunset" to just before "Space Brain". The pod is painted up to represent the rescue pod in "Collision Course" and features red stripes that don't go all the way to the bottom or into the window frames. I believe this was the last time a 44" model was painted with a rescue pod as future appearances that weren't stock footage used the 22" model. For this project, I also made use of the rather expensive aluminium engine bells from Round 2 and the thruster bells. They look great, although next time I do one I'll go the Alclad route on plastic. I've also got 4.6 mm standoffs inside each gear pod to get the model to sit level at the proper height mainly because I didn't have access to the springs used on the production kit. Even with the springs, standoffs are a VERY good idea to keep the model sitting level because the engine bells do make the model a bit tail heavy otherwise. I also installed a battery powered lighting system in the nose to illuminate the cockpit interior and the astronauts. Everything (CR-123A battery, two LEDs, power switch) is self contained in the nose and the nose itself is held on with magnets so I can detach it when I wish to.