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Old 27-08-2017, 05:29 PM   #1
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Default Work In Progress: Dinky Eagle Restoration and Face Lifting

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As I've commented in another thread, I'm recovering the toys I had as a kid - this has to be something related to old age

When I was fourteen I built - thanks to a friend who went to London and brought it to me - the Airfix Eagle. Forty years later, it's time to get it back. However, as I'm pseudocollecting my old toys in diecast, I wanted something more heavy. So I found on ebay a Dinky Eagle (never heard of it before) and went for it.

Judging from the pics - and for the price asked - a MIB it wasn't: missing main motor, side thrusters broken, paint chipped... Well, just another Carter landing. So the same day I ordered a engine unit and replacement side thrusters.

Here it is:



Not bad, in overall. The legs spring, there are no deep dents... this I can live with.



Moreover, the remaining pieces are OK. Lift thrusters are perfect, and the pod legs and doors are nice.



Objective: Not just to restore it to its original Dinky appearance, but to something resembling a TV Eagle, something I would had fallen for when a kid - I'd never bought a green Eagle (insert facepalm here). Oh, and do it on a budget, too.

So let's get started:

Following Toy Polloi's great tutorials, the first stage is to disassembly it:



Then, wash the 40-years-grime from the plastic parts with abundant soap, and soak the metal pieces in gel paint remover.



Now, for the spine. A bit of filing doesn't help a lot. It's ugly.

So, let's try with a bit of cable. Stripped an optical fiber cable I found in a drawer, cut it to small pieces, and glued it to the appropriate places.

Looks better, so I went on and cut some green whatstheirnames - something to keep bags closed, it seems - I found in a dollar store, dremel a hole in them, and glue them to the spine where the fore and aft modules would hang from.





Nice - the green bits don't respond to Humbrol glue - I hadn't expected them to, but Hope springs eternal - neither to cyano. So here we go back to good ol' epoxy, that is not particularly easy to handle. As you can see, there are a couple of smears that will need to be addressed later.


To be continued...
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Working on the struts:




Now I need some liquid putty to fill the gaps.
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Old 13-09-2017, 08:02 PM   #3
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For me the green Dinky was the best - I had one as a kid but was probably too young to understand the show - DOB 1971. This is a cool project; it would be easy and probably right to go white with pale grey weathering but I hope it goes back to green.
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Looking good I did try one and they are quite fun to work on
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My original green eagle was pulled out of my dads loft a couple of years ago along with my white cargo eagle (with all 4 cargo drums intact).
Both have quite a lot of play wear as they were one of my favourite toys.
That's the main reason they were stashed in the loft and not sold/given away years ago.

I was going through the dilemma of restoring both back to original or making them a little more accurate with correct colours.

Currently one is sat infront of me in grey primer, it has been for a while as time is short these days, but I have already decided I am going to paint both white with a little weathering for good measure.

I know they can only be original once but both were quite worn and chipped & either way as I have kept them for 40 years or so cant see me selling them now so I may as well paint them as I like.

I even got a spare main plastic frame from ebay with the idea of a few mods to see if the looks can be improved/made a little more correct.
I also bought a couple of sets of repro thrusters as both eagles had lost a few parts over the years.

I really must make some progress with mine, they are a nice little project.
I enjoy restoring diecast toys/models.
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Looking good I did try one and they are quite fun to work on
Colour me impressed

Now I have a goal to aim for.
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Old 17-09-2017, 09:06 PM   #7
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Well, some parts have received a first priming & sanding.

I'm spending a lot more time that I've ever thought in redoing things I didn't like the result. Gluing cable, styrene, removing it, sanding again... The metal spine at the right side is V5.2, I think :-D


Oh, and a bit of a serendipity. I milled the top (ugly) and sides (missing) steering rockets in the command module (seriously, was it so difficult to make them, Dinky? I mean, the lower is good, the top was just a punch and the ones in the side weren't), planning to insert a round-headed nail in them. However, there was no way the nail would hang in the hole, so I made a small ball of cotton, put it in, and soaked it in cyano to have a surface to hold the... wait, there's no need of a nail now, just add a bit more of cyano and I have the semi-ball I need.

Now I think I need an airbrush. OMG...

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