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Old 21-05-2006, 06:43 PM   #1
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I'm finishing up an older AMT/ERTL Eagle that I first started in 1999 (how fitting). I really wanted to build it up as best as I could. The only aftermarket parts are the decals that I'd accumulated over the years (sorry Jim, never got around to ordering engine bells. . .)

Here's a shot of the nosecone:


But what's really been fun is the base. I wanted to do something special, instead of just having a static display. . .





The moon surface was then built up with AVES. . .


And the rest of the background base will support the Eagle over Alpha. . .




I have a bunch of pictures, and more text, posted here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/blackbi...7594141138948/
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Old 21-05-2006, 07:18 PM   #2
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I'm finishing up an older AMT/ERTL Eagle that I first started in 1999 (how fitting). I really wanted to build it up as best as I could.
Looks great. Was it costly to have the Moonbase laser-cut? Any more pics of the Eagle?
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Old 21-05-2006, 08:03 PM   #3
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Awesome looking diorama there...
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Old 21-05-2006, 08:22 PM   #4
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I know someone who has access to a laser cutter, who kindly provided me with the parts. I'll be likely repaying him in some fashion or another, but I don't know how much it would cost a service bureau to do the same.

Pics of the Eagle will be up later. I'm scrambling to get decals on it.
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Old 21-05-2006, 08:23 PM   #5
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Awesome looking diorama there...
Thank you! I'm starting to get pressure to turn it into a kit
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Old 21-05-2006, 08:27 PM   #6
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That is a nice job Blackbird Really looking forward to more pics
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Old 21-05-2006, 08:54 PM   #7
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Old 22-05-2006, 01:53 AM   #8
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I can think of all kinds of really cool things to do with that laser cut clear acrylic Alpha base!







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Old 22-05-2006, 02:23 AM   #9
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I can think of all kinds of really cool things to do with that laser cut clear acrylic Alpha base!







I was soooo tempted at the last minute to light it from underneath. . .in fact, the bottom of the base is removeable for just that reason! Just not enough time before Wonderfest to do it well.

Drop me a line if you have any specific ideas
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Old 22-05-2006, 06:13 AM   #10
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Got the Eagle decaled and assembled. Still needs a dullcoat, but I couldn't resist putting it all together for a quick shot. . .







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Old 22-05-2006, 06:27 AM   #11
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Wow! That's looking great! Love the work on the Eagle!
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Old 22-05-2006, 02:07 PM   #12
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Good luck at Wonderfest! I was hoping to go this year, but couldn't. (I say that every year, it seems! ) Wish I could have gone, to see this thing in person, but at least we have your pics. Nice work, and a great idea for a display.
Have fun!
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Old 22-05-2006, 03:55 PM   #13
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I'll say this much about that AMT/ERTL (formerly MPC/Airfix) Eagle. . . no matter how much work you put into it, it STILL looks like that kit!

I started that model back in 1999 when they re-issued it. Every piece, except except the engine bells, has been modified or rebuilt in some fashion.

1.) Nosecone removed from backing, and sealed
2.) Cages rebuilt from scratch
3.) Detail built and added behind the cages
4.) Spine rebuilt to correct the angle
5.) Feet rebuilt with brass rod and styrene - to form oleo struts and other details
6.) Engine assembly totally rebuilt
7.) Supplied fuel tanks replaced with small spheres
8.) Passenger pod roof lowered (stand peg added on the inside)

And after all that, I look at it and think - "dang, it's the MPC kit"

I'll take better pictures of it tonight.
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Old 22-05-2006, 03:56 PM   #14
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Good luck at Wonderfest! I was hoping to go this year, but couldn't. (I say that every year, it seems! ) Wish I could have gone, to see this thing in person, but at least we have your pics. Nice work, and a great idea for a display.
Have fun!
Never say never, keep trying to go. Wonderfest is a fantastic model show, and well worth the visit. I know this is tricky for people outside of the US, but I haven't yet gone to an SF-themed model show with as much talent in one room as Wonderfest. Easily half of it is devoted to figure modelling, and is equally astounding.
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Old 22-05-2006, 04:55 PM   #15
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I'll say this much about that AMT/ERTL (formerly MPC/Airfix) Eagle. . . no matter how much work you put into it, it STILL looks like that kit!
I think it's the particular shape of the nosecone that makes it recognizable as that kit.
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Old 22-05-2006, 05:33 PM   #16
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Yeah, that and the too-wide spine, the incorrectly shaped cages, the wrong sized engines, the passenger pod proportion and shape, the shoulder pod detailing, the shape and detailing on the feet, the ...

Did I miss anything?

Point is, on that kit there is literally nothiong that is correct on it. Absolutely nothing.
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Yeah, that and the too-wide spine, the incorrectly shaped cages, the wrong sized engines, the passenger pod proportion and shape, the shoulder pod detailing, the shape and detailing on the feet, the ...

Did I miss anything?

Point is, on that kit there is literally nothiong that is correct on it. Absolutely nothing.
Well, there's lots correct on the BlackBirdCD version, now -- but the beak shape is still a strong identifier, I think.
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Old 22-05-2006, 05:50 PM   #18
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Got the Eagle decaled and assembled. Still needs a dullcoat, but I couldn't resist putting it all together for a quick shot. . .
BlackBirdCD, I just noticed -- no attitude thrusters!
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Old 22-05-2006, 06:09 PM   #19
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Unfortunately the spine still looks wrong and the feet need to be thrown away and replaced to help get rid of the 'kit look'.
Every time I see one of these I remember how disappointed I was when it first came out and I gave up trying to accurise it about 27 years ago!
Still nice work on it - better than I ever managed - should make a nice display piece.
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Old 22-05-2006, 07:53 PM   #20
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Unfortunately the spine still looks wrong and the feet need to be thrown away and replaced to help get rid of the 'kit look'.
Every time I see one of these I remember how disappointed I was when it first came out and I gave up trying to accurise it about 27 years ago!
Still nice work on it - better than I ever managed - should make a nice display piece.
The spine was one of the points where I looked at fixing it further - but then it would've required a complete rebuild of the cages and passenger pod. By then it would've simply been a new scratchbuild, something I wouldn't mind doing another time, but for now this would have to do. Same for the feet, I gave up the notion of perfect in favor of getting the kit done as well as I can.

And yes, the attitude thrusters are sitting on pegs, waiting to be put on. Wanted to give the final clearcoat a night to dry before I futzed with the black decals.
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