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Old 16-09-2012, 06:40 PM   #21
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I'm inspired by JMChladek's work to re-build one of my own Airfix Eagles. Trouble is the decals are well over 30 years old and not likely to be removed without destroying them. Can anyone suggest a place to get replicas of them for the re-build?
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Old 21-09-2012, 12:30 AM   #22
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There are some here:

http://www.jbot.ca/space/eagle.shtml

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Old 21-09-2012, 10:26 PM   #23
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can anyone tell me if there is anywhere to get an accurate passenger pod for the old air fix kit? the one in the kit is out of scale to the rest of the model. and would need to be cut up and rebuilt with the proper slope to the top, and recess in the bottom to bring it down to where it is suppose to be. Does anyone make a replacement pod?
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Old 21-09-2012, 10:30 PM   #24
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I have taken my whole Airfix Eagle apart and have started her rebuild. I and using mini files, seam scrappers, and no:11 exacto blades to round the flat frames in the spine section. and intend to do the same to the areas around the landing pad attachment area's. the cock pit windows have been opened up, and ports made from cut old cd cases will make the windows in this area.. lot of work. but that's part of the fun of the hobby of model building.
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Old 23-09-2012, 11:51 AM   #25
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I still have the Airfix Eagle. I built it up in the late 70s, broke it down in the 90s... it now languishes in a bag, but I still have it
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Old 25-09-2012, 12:08 AM   #26
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It is a LOAD of work to modify an AMT Eagle- even if you have a Small Art Works Modification Kit, but its fun!
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Old 25-09-2012, 12:11 AM   #27
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Old 25-09-2012, 12:17 AM   #28
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Work damm it!<a href="http://s246.photobucket.com/albums/gg112/dnmspot/?action=view&amp;current=DSC00700.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg112/dnmspot/DSC00700.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
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Old 25-09-2012, 12:18 AM   #29
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Last attempt....
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Old 25-09-2012, 11:46 AM   #30
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I did the cutting out of the spaceframe on the Airfix eagle a long time ago, somewhere in the 80's. It was fairly slow and painful work, carving out the triangles with a craft knife, and trying not to carve my fingers at the same time. Unfortunately I didn't do the top and bottom areas, or detail the sides of the corridors.

It's in a box in a loft in Staffordshire, if it still exists...
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Old 25-09-2012, 11:55 AM   #31
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Even as a 70s kit it's somehow lacking in so many areas.
I think if Airfix had originated it, it would have been slightly over-engineered, had clear windows with astros in the CM, etc...
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Old 28-09-2012, 10:07 PM   #32
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Unfortunately the MPC Eagle is probably one of the worst Sci-Fi kits of that era.... I came to at least 33 flaws in the kit, at first glance, not a thorough research, while looking at the parts lately. The Warp kit is a much much better and accurate model. Well worth thetrouble of prepping and cleaning the parts. As far as I'm concerned, the value of the MPC-Airfix Eagle is as a collectible, mint in sealed box on a shelf. At least for the original issue.

Unless you are ready to invest a lot of time and energy in re-doing the kit, which is also a nice challenge....Hmmm...What to do???
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Old 29-09-2012, 01:10 AM   #33
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That may be true, but some of us can not afford to spend over 200 dollars on a 12 inch model. Not all off us make that kind of money to spend on a kit.
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Old 29-09-2012, 04:49 PM   #34
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Correct, but the Warp Eagle is not that expensive, especially not if you consider the high price the ERTL Eagle re-issue usually ends up on Ebay. And the model is much more accurate and interesting to build.
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Old 29-09-2012, 05:50 PM   #35
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the old starship modelers site prices this kit at 79.99. for a 12 inch kit that is too much! you figure for 55 dollars you can get the 3 foot TITANIC model from mini craft. but at least it's 3feet long. the 12 eagle is way too expensive at almost 80 dollars plus shipping. if I ever won the lottery I would think about it, but untill then I will stick to my old Airfix eagle. she maybe incorrect. but will cost less to upgrade. I look at it. there is NO such thing as perfection in life, as long as it's close that's all that matters.
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Old 29-09-2012, 08:44 PM   #36
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Then you have the right kit to suit your needs Eagle3.

To be honest I would want the best replica kit available as you have to live with your model a long time. It would drive me a bit nuts seeing flaws but there is no reason you couldn't do what kerimis is doing and open a can of masterclass on it....

http://www.eagletransporter.com/foru...t=airfix+eagle

Read this from the start, you will be amazed....
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Old 29-09-2012, 09:15 PM   #37
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I agree with you Captain that Keremis is doing a real masterpiece of the MPC kit! His work is truly wonderful. I'm looking forward to seeing latest pictures of his work on the Eagle. From what I know he has not posted updates lately, but haven't been around much on the forums lately, so I may be wrong...
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:39 AM   #38
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I still like the old MPC Eagle kit. I wouldn't necessarily call it the worst SF kit of that era as all things considered, it puts the Imai kit (the one with the rubber tyres in the passenger pod) to shame by a mile. It is what it is, a model kit of a fictional subject made for a mass market.

In a sense, it is a lot like the AMT 18" classic Starship Enterprise kit. That old kit had plenty of flaws as well and could be a pain to build. They did a whole retool of it in the 1970s that corrected several of the build flaws, but accuracy suffered a bit. Unlike the Eagle, we now have other kits of the Enterprise in styrene with PL doing a 1/1000 kit, the 1/2500 kit in the three ship sets, a roughly 1/1300 kit and the fourthcoming 1/350 kit (plus Revell of Germany's 1/600 kit). But, even with all that, when the 18" kit got repopped a couple years back, a lot of us bought them. Why? Because even with its flaws, a lot of our modeling experience has revolved around THAT kit. We did them out of the box and slapped brush paint on them as kids, or we tried our first hands at kit conversions and corrections with them. It is down to the SKILL and desires of the builder that determines how it will look.

So, sure we have the PE pre-built Eagles. Sure we have the correction sets and the resin kit from Warp. We've also got the much larger Replicas Unlimited resin Eagles. Sure we would love it if somebody like Round 2 were to design an all new tool Space:1999 Eagle as we know we would snatch them up in droves, provided the thing doesn't cost three digits (unless it is a 44" replica perhaps). But, sometimes more or newer is not necessarily better. Taking that old Eagle kit and just doing the out of the box build and trying to improve the paint as I did, or trying to do a full up rebuild are sometimes what we prefer to do instead. If it is fun to do and satisfying, go for it. Modeling skills improve more with challenges like this as opposed to just gluing on resin bits and photoetch. Everyone gets slightly different things out of it. This is what makes a hobby like model building an enjoyable one afterall.

And you know something, while I've got other models in my current build queue (with an open schedule for when that 1/350 TOS E shows up), this thread has me starting to eyeball one of my unbuilt AMT Eagle kits as I think my skills and tool use are now to the point that I could have a go at trying to go full bore on one to see what I can do.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:45 PM   #39
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I still like the old MPC Eagle kit. I wouldn't necessarily call it the worst SF kit of that era as all things considered, it puts the Imai kit (the one with the rubber tyres in the passenger pod) to shame by a mile. It is what it is, a model kit of a fictional subject made for a mass market.

In a sense, it is a lot like the AMT 18" classic Starship Enterprise kit. That old kit had plenty of flaws as well and could be a pain to build. They did a whole retool of it in the 1970s that corrected several of the build flaws, but accuracy suffered a bit. ...
Agree, JMChladek that's exactly the way that I feel about both the Fundimensions/MPC Eagle kit and the AMT Enterprise kit from the '70s.
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Old 13-10-2012, 12:21 PM   #40
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Don't get me wrong guys, just like you the MPC Eagle is a favorite of mine, for its collectible value and having been one of the first kits that I made. It will always be my number one in importance kit, but it is still clear that this kit was very simple, very innacurate, and compared badly to the accuracy of the MPC X wing and Darth Vader TIE, for example. They look like an X wing and TIE, which is hardly the case with the Eagle. Off course it looks like an Eagle, but don't look at it too long. But again, it is a great modeling challenge for someone willing to give it a real go and re-do it to make it acccurate, just like Keremis is doing for example. It is truly a master piece. I just wish MPC had invested more time and effort in this kit, we could have ended up with another great MPC kit, which turned out awesome kits at that time.
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