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Old 11-01-2012, 06:00 PM   #1
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Some years back I built up the old MPC Alpha kit with a sculpted lunar surface, somewhat modified buildings, and rebuilt (and much more accurate) launch pads.

But, even though the project turned out nice, I always wondered what to do with the radically out of scale mini-Eagles that were provided in the kit. They were actually fairly nice representations for something so small.... hmmm, what to do?

Turns out that they are about 2 1/2 times larger than they should be. So, if I can't have small enough Eagles for my launch pads, what if I had larger launch pads to match the Eagles? And maybe a few other larger Alpha buildings to go with it? Awwww.... what the heck, why not the whole base?

So, here is a work in progress. First, a comparision between the MPC build up and the new buildings.



A closer look at the buildings. The smallest ones are nearly complete, the larger ones have varying amounts of detailing on them.



Finally, one of the launch pads under attack by a Fred Freiberger Monster-of-the-Week. Barely visible is an Eagle stuck on the pad desperately trying to launch.



If I actually get this monster built, it will be on a plywood base roughly 4 foot by 4 foot. That's bigger than a meter for those of you lucky enough to live in countries that have adopted the Metric system. I'm hoping it makes it as a display piece to the Alpha 2012 convention, then it will have to hang on a wall here at home because it won't fit anywhere else. And that's how they stored the original miniature when filming the series, so it sounds like a good solution.
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Old 11-01-2012, 06:06 PM   #2
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Hi John,

I think to built this will be a great job. The launch pad look allready good. The small moonbase also how do you make the ground of it? Which material do you use for the buildings?

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Old 11-01-2012, 10:12 PM   #3
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Hi.. John..


It looks great.. nice work so far.....
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:01 PM   #4
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John trek, great idea building the Alpha to the Eagles scale. I look forward to the progression of your work.
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Old 13-01-2012, 08:00 AM   #5
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A couple more buildings added to the project, plus part of Main Mission Tower upper decks.

Obviously a lot more detailing needs to be done. I'm only tackling that a few bits at a time, because I could easily get bogged down on a couple buildings and never get anything else done.

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Cool project!!!!!
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Old 27-01-2012, 06:07 PM   #7
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A bit more progress.

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Old 27-01-2012, 11:14 PM   #8
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That's a lot of work.

You're doing great!

Thanks for sharing.

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Old 30-01-2012, 04:00 AM   #9
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Awesome job! Now drop it in some rubber so we can all enjoy!

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Old 30-01-2012, 07:09 AM   #10
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Awesome job! Now drop it in some rubber so we can all enjoy!

Evan
It would require the customer to build his own 4x4 foot lunar surface to put it on. I'm wondering if anyone would really want to build something that big and difficult to display.

I'm figuring that most of the time it will have to live hanging on the wall. On the plus side, it views best with strongly angled light which brings out the surface detail, so put a couple spots on it from the ceiling and it would look really awesome.



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Old 30-01-2012, 09:07 AM   #11
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Great work!...your MPC model is awesome too! which colors you used?
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Hi.. John..


Great work...

Finishing colours and then the moon dust ...
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That's a bit lush....
Love it!
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Old 02-04-2012, 06:42 AM   #14
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I'm figuring that most of the time it will have to live hanging on the wall.
That's really a great idea! Then you could hang a couple of larger scael eagles over it to display them too!

I hope you DO make a kit now!
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:33 AM   #15
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Hi John,

This is an excellent representation of the studio scale model, just in case you didn't notice, I have added all 2100 images I took during the survey I did last year, follow the link but be warned, it is VERY image heavy.

http://www.eagletransporter.com/foru...558#post324558

This should help you along.

I would have used exactly the same approach, decide what key features were on each section and replicate them first then detail as required to capture the "look". You have made an excellent job of it.
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