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Old 01-10-2005, 03:04 AM   #1
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Well, nothing of interest on eBay at the moment so I've decided to embark on one of my 'let's see what happens' projects. Inspired by the mighty Eagle-1 display at Fanderson 2005, I've set about recreating the Grab Arm and Capsule, as seen in 'The Exiles' - for the 12" PE Eagle!.

I figured that the capsule would be the most difficult part to scratch build so I've started this first. Progress below.

The capsule was shaped from two resin 11/12" scale 'radiation cannisters' from Small Art Works left over from an earlier project. Glued together then sanded down (yes, my hand's are killing me - no access to a lathe here I'm afraid!) Size is just a smidge over 1 inches - I'm not going to get anal about exact dimensions here - it 'looks about right' against the PE12 in comparison with the 44" Arm/Capsule seen the other day (and from screen grabs).

Fins cut from a plastic floppy disc case then glued/shaped. Will add 'fluting' tomorrow and will probably just use thin strips of electrical tape. Nose cone shape to be added too - hence why it looks (slightly) stubby at the moment. Don't you just love scratch-building? Wish I had more time for this kinda thing...

Then on to the Grab Arm itself... gonna be a real fiddly bugger me thinks.


Screen capture courtesy of Carlton / http://www.space1999.net/users/catac...ide/t26te.html


The real McCoy...
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Old 01-10-2005, 06:41 AM   #2
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Nice little piece - you do work fast

I'm doing one of those too...hence the multitude of pictures of the thing.

However rather than the Exiles capsule, I was thinking of a refuelling Eagle which used the same arm.

I've taken lots of screen captures of the sequence (with all of it's changes of model and swaps of pods between models etc) and hope to replicate this reasonably accurately...

I think I shall have to do a set of drawings first though, as the arm will have to be fabricated from brass rod in the main for strength.

I'll be getting on to this once I have the spine booster and Ultra Probe nose completed.
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Old 01-10-2005, 06:25 PM   #3
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Grab arm taking shape and yup, it's very fiddly...

(Remember, no machinery here 'cept a Dremel! )



More later tonight no doubt.
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Bits, bobs and thingummy-jigs...

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Very nice. Sometimes, it's these nice little projects that are the most fun.
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Blimey...where did you find all this at such short notice ? Don't know how you can work so fast !

Great fun though...I might just have to knock one together tomorrow now just to keep up...

What are you using for the 'padding' on the 'fingers' - (the blue bits) ?
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Blimey...where did you find all this at such short notice?...
Just stuff lying around the house.

The grips had me in a quandry all day though. I tried to find a small fan belt or something similar (which is what I suspect was on the original). In the end, I just cut off the edge of a serrated readymix polyfilla cap, reversed the curve, cut to shape and whacked it on a pre-shaped bit of styrene!

I prove to myself time and time again that I can scratch-build, but it frustrates the hell out of me that I don't have regular time for the hobby... hence my usual 'deep pocket' syndrome...
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Old 02-10-2005, 02:54 AM   #8
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Hmmm. I think I'll stick to buying stuff...

Not bad overall, although it's oversize in places. Can't expect perfection though, given that it was all done by eye and no measurements available.

Couldn't be arsed with the fluting on the pod in the end. Way too fiddly at this scale.

Still...enjoyable nonetheless.



Would love to see this officially from Small Art Works.
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Old 02-10-2005, 09:29 AM   #9
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Looks good mate, great little job, even more so considering the time scale involved, so don't put yourself down. If scratchbuilidng was so easy everbody would be doing it and there would be nothing unique or different in the modeling world.

It looks like you can be a pretty fast worker when you want to be eh. My order of motivation is on the way and will hopefully be here shortly.
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Old 02-10-2005, 11:22 AM   #10
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Thanks, Tony!

Just waiting for the arrival of the spine booster and the glider and I'm done!
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What about the side pod boosters like Jim used to offer ?

And then the Hangar Crane...

The grapple which suspended below the eagle framework (or pod) to deploy mines...

The refuelling arm...

Hangar furniture as already mentioned...

Etc etc...

Chris

PS still don't know how you knocked that little gem together so quickly
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PS still don't know how you knocked that little gem together so quickly
An ever expanding inbox full of client work!

I have my work cut out for me this week.
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Another one who can crank them out in a few days. I'm beginning to forget what it's like to build something in a weekend.
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What about the side pod boosters like Jim used to offer ?
I'd kill for a set o' those right now...

Or 'dig deep'. One of the two.
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WOW!!!

I just noticed this thread.. don't know why I didn't see it before...

WOW! Great job Mark!

I want one!

Actually I'd love to do a kit of it but I don't have enough info to make it acccurate. Obviously you do.

Whoever provides me with the photos and dims necessary to do it accurately gets at LEAST a free kit if I get to do it. I have photos and dims of the one made for the 22" Eagle but it's quite a bit more crudely made than the one for the 44" version. I need loads of pix and a few key dimensions.

However I need to talk to my buddy Steve to see if it can indeed be cast in resin at that scale.

He insists that anything can be done but I'm a bit worried about that softish resin being used to hold up all that relative weight over time... We may have to cheat a little. I'm thinking at least we might be able to put wire reinforcements at critical points.

I'll try to think this through.

Meanwhile I have to keep working on those re-enrtry gliders. At this moment I'm plotting the patterns for the decals that will simulate the paint job...

EjIMBo.
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Jim - tons of photos in extreme detail are included on the DVD I sent to you a few days ago from the Fanderson con...

Don't have dims, but I'm sure that Mark42 could oblige or you could extrapolate from the photos of the arm mounted on Eagle 1 (also on the DVD)

Regards

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Jim - tons of photos in extreme detail are included on the DVD I sent to you a few days ago from the Fanderson con...
Git!



Nah, I'd be happy paying for it if you produce one Jim. (btw, my rendition isn't accurate... I did it for the kicks, tbh. ) Looks fine in the fleet though...
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Sorry mate - just letting Jim know what was already on the way to him...by pure coincidence of course

By the way - did you ask for one of the picture DVDs - don't remember...
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I didn't but PM me your PayPal address and I'll make it so...
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Old 02-10-2005, 10:14 PM   #20
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Fantastic Job Mark!

Very creative and well engineered on a complex subject matter!

A great addition to your growing Eagle Hangar.
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