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Old 24-03-2006, 12:10 AM   #1
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Default 44" AB Eagle owners

I've been building my one for ages now. It's taken an age, but I'm getting there... slowly.

How about some feedback from other AB 44" owners?

I know the cleanup task is horrendous but I am seeing results now and am planning for a finish this year.
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Old 19-04-2006, 03:55 PM   #2
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Surely someone else must be building one of these?
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Old 12-05-2006, 08:05 PM   #3
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Surely someone else must be building one of these?
See this http://public.fotki.com/skyhopper/44_eagle/

For now I'm replacing the AB pod by pods from Jim Small - excellent castings!! - and the walkways too. I will leave the pods and the pads and the CM. The leg struts will be made of brass tube with spring loaded elements. But at the time I'm working on my big eagle and hawk. Slow progress, I have not the time I'd like to have for all my projects! From the pics You can see how I'm doing the pods. White metal fame was glued and pinned. Be very carefully in case You should solder the frame parts!

As told from other people, the AB model need a lot of work and a new build up from scratch would be easier.
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Old 10-06-2006, 12:08 PM   #4
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Looking good.

I'm really pleased you have kept the white metal frames and not discarded them and made new ones.
My ones took weeks of clean up, but it was worth all the effort.



One point, BEFORE you continue, look at the command module and combustion chamber brackets.
On the AB kit, they are entirely WRONG.
Best (but only if you want to) correct them now, so they don't haunt you for the rest of time.
I corrected mine, and am glad I did.

To finish my w/m frames, I used steel wool after (carefully) filling any flaws with a drop of solder and filing smooth.
I then degreased using a white spirit wash, with a final rinse using cellulose thinners leaving a beautiful super clean surface.
Next I used Halfords Plastic primer, with a final dusting of Ford Diamond White.

Good luck with the build.
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Old 11-06-2006, 07:05 PM   #5
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Thanks for the tip with the frame. I have no progress to show on my AB 44". I still have to finish all the pods.
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Old 19-07-2006, 11:25 PM   #6
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44" AB update...

Everything is built and painted now, and will assemble as a finished Eagle.

All I have left is the addition of the numerous grey panels on the beak, passenger and leg pods, and a few more technical decals here and there.

Finish target date is this Christmas, possibly before.

Been on the go for six years now, so I am looking forward to seeing it done.

Will post pics the moment it's finished! (I promise)

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Old 22-07-2006, 11:00 AM   #7
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I'm in the process of gathering kitbashing detail parts and accurate EMA parts, as per the Chris Trice Daniel Prud'homme blueprints, as well as decal sheets and as much 1st season Eagle 1 reference as possible.
Then there's parts from Mike Reader and when I have spare cash a few parts from Jim Small.
Then I'll order brass stock and begin.


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Old 28-09-2006, 03:36 PM   #8
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What is an AB 44" Eagle and where can i get one?
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