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Old 19-03-2011, 06:41 PM   #1
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Default Cheap & Cheerful Eagle Dioramas

I just restatrted building models after an extended, serious illness. What better way than to gently accurize a couple of unbuilt Airfix Eagles I had lying about and then construct some diorama settings for them? In the past I've built some ambitious Space: 1999 projects (a 44" Eagle, a 48" x 48" Moonbase Alpha), but these are a few notches below that in scope. First off: a hangar bay made from card stock and gatorboard (it's a bit like foamcore board but stronger). Here's a few shots of the basic diorama (I plan on adding service platforms and industrial ephemera later from my scrap parts bin, as well as digging out my box of HO scale figures and finding some suitable personnel to populate it with). I will post all the elements I created to put together the finished model. I didn't extend the walls beyond the geodesic pattern units ('cause I'm planning to fit this into a display area that's not tall enough to allow for more than I've done here).
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Old 19-03-2011, 06:45 PM   #2
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What a cool idea: cheap but very effective, and a nice way to display your collection!
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Old 19-03-2011, 07:14 PM   #3
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where'd you get the geodesic tiles?
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Old 19-03-2011, 07:59 PM   #4
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where'd you get the geodesic tiles?
That's what i was wondering also,
i'll would love to built a 1/48 and 1/24 hangar bay.

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Old 19-03-2011, 08:07 PM   #5
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where'd you get the geodesic tiles?
They were for sale last year through the 'Emporium'. Nice work BTW. I have had a similar idea myself.
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Old 19-03-2011, 08:25 PM   #6
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Here's the templates for the geodesic units as well as a grid to attach them to... The nice thing about these is you can scale them up. If anyone is interested I will post vector versions, which will make the process easier. I merely printed everything out on card stock and glued it all together with white glue.

Thanks for the comments.
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Old 19-03-2011, 08:33 PM   #7
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Default Deck Tiles

Here are the deck tiles I created. Once printed out they can be cut into squares that can be fit together in random modular fashion.

If someone is interested in a larger scale, let me know and I'll post larger resolution versions. All these components are in scale with PE and Airfix Eagles.
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Old 19-03-2011, 08:52 PM   #8
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Default Landing Pad

After I finish the hangar bay I will tackle this: a landing pad scaled to my PE & Airfix Eagles. I actually built one of these back when the Airfix kit first came out in the 70s... a basically crude affair that nonetheless featured a moving gantryway. It was all built of cardboard and featured Christmas lights I found on sale at Woolworths. Fast forward a few decades and I built a landing pad in scale with the little Konami Eagle. Oddly, that came from finding a set of tiny Christmas lights on sale. This will feature LEDs (my son promised to get that sorted).

Again, I will post the components here.
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Old 19-03-2011, 09:10 PM   #9
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Thank you, Modernfred...These are wonderful.

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Old 19-03-2011, 09:19 PM   #10
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My pleasure... if anyone needs higher quality images they can contact me via e-mail (modern_fred@yahoo.com).
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Old 19-03-2011, 09:28 PM   #11
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Default Landing Pad Components

Here are the components for the landing pad. I haven't started the project beyond the top surface (have printed out the art and glued it down on the board and cut it out and drilled all the holes for the lights). I shall probably start the buildings and support later this week.

I plan on using plastic card for everything. The main support structure (the circular structure the landing pad descends into) will be 12 units I will probably construct from a balsa support structure that I will cover with a plastic skin.

There will certainly be more to this as I proceed... I need to create artwork to adhere to the inner walls of the main structure (the centre pit). As soon as I have these I will post them.

Again, if anyone is interested in higher resolution files (or vector files, which I don't think I can post here), just e-mail me (modern_fred@yahoo.com).
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Old 19-03-2011, 10:13 PM   #12
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Wow. A free and fantastic resource, thank you so much ModernFred
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Old 19-03-2011, 10:15 PM   #13
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You're quite welcome. If anyone finds these useful I'll be quite gratified.
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Old 19-03-2011, 10:15 PM   #14
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ModernFred, thank you so much for sharing these,
i don't know how they managed to build those hangar walls
in the 70's but your idea is great and far above anything
i was planning to do to re-create them

And thanks a lot for sharing your launch pad 'reception building' dimensions.

I'm about to start the same building soon to fit with my 1/48
launch pad

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Old 19-03-2011, 10:31 PM   #15
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You're welcome! I wouldn't have been able to sort out the building before getting HD copies of the first season... the episode Another Time, Another Place yielded a great view of the "reception building"

That's stupendous! When I found this forum again your landing pad caught my eye. Quite ambitious to build one that scale!! The only reason I believe I can get away with the landing pad I'm attempting is I reckon I can mount a short shelf and store it against the wall on its end... above the Moonbase Alpha I built a while a back and mounted to a 48" x 48" board (the landing pad will be the same size). You must have much more room to display things. I keep all my models and SF material within my home office so that no one visiting knows a lunatic resides in our house.

Do you have detailed information on the area on the outlying deck that's in the foreground of your photo? There's only the forward end visible in the frame grabs I've taken from my HD episodes. I'd sure like to be as accurate as possible.

Your landing pad must be the same size as the one used on film. I'm utterly impressed!

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Old 19-03-2011, 10:42 PM   #16
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Here are some HD frame grabs
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Thanks again for sharing these! I like that you included the window arrangement on the sides of the embarkation building as they appeared in "ATAP" and at least one other early ep, "Black Sun" perhaps, though the view was from above & the window arrangement less visible. (It's your HD109 you've thumbnailed in your last post.)
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Thanks for the screengrabs, very sharp and clean.

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Your landing pad must be the same size as the one used on film. I'm utterly impressed!
Thanks. Yes i hope it's the same size too I had to figure everything
from the HD screengrabs also, quite a challenge. And correct me if i'm wrong
but i think the original model no longer exists, too bad.

I'm building this pad for fun, as a challenge and for filming purposes,
i won't have enough room to display it, it will end up hanged on my
garage wall

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Do you have detailed information on the area on the outlying deck that's in the foreground of your photo? There's only the forward end visible in the frame grabs I've taken from my HD episodes. I'd sure like to be as accurate as possible.
I'm not quite sure of what you're asking for, are you asking for dimensions
of the flat building on my model or detailed info on the 'greeblies' on the
top of it ? Anyway feel free to ask and i'll do my best to help you.

Here are the dimensions, take nothing as granted please,
i did my best from the screen shots. The building is taller than the one
seen on tv, i did it this way because i don't know yet how high the
lunar surface will be 'around it'.








The greeblies on the top of the flat building came from 'at least'
4 different structures depending on which episode it was seen,
they were not fixed on the model.

2 of those structures (girders) were seen also in the eagles hangar
in Breakaway and Guardian Of Piri (second on the left).






The third one is mostly made of the Airfix saturn V domes and the last
one is here on one of your screengrabs :






I will build 2 of them, the domes coupled to one of the girders structures,
the same as seen in Wargames and The Last Enemy.
This screenshot is from Wargames, you can see an empty area on it :



The area was filled with a small bomb that didn't explode properly
in The Last Enemy :




And with the use of the screengrabs above, i'm now trying to put the panels on my model


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That was most helpful... didn't catch those shots in The Last Enemy and War Games... thanks for posting those. Yes, I was asking about the "greeblies" and so on that make up the equipment on the top of the flat part of the structure. I actually have an Airfix Saturn V and a half left over from the build of my 44" Eagle. But sadly I'll need to improvise since this is so much smaller. Spheres and hemispheres are pretty easy to come by, though.

I'm building my actual model a bit shallow and will create a base of the same shape out of foam for it to rest on...pour the plaster up against the foam base and then glue the model on and do some touch-up with spackling. Just don't want to have a plaster mishap ruin anything. That's the idea so far, anyway. Dimensions are elusive, but I think your proportions look as close as one could hope to get. The different models that portray the landing pad structure are slightly contradictory, but you are replicating the one which I believe was most often shown in total, and you seem to have captured the shape. I chose that one as well, purely because I was able to grasp what it looked like best from HD grabs. The larger version has a very different paint and detail scheme, and if I'm not mistaken the sloping walls were probably not fully built... it seems like it was used for more close-ups where one didn't see the edge. I'm assuming that's why some often seen footage shows an outside that doesn't slope. I assume it was something improvised. I wonder if the 22" Landing Pad had a working "pit"... I remember reading how they used a hydraulic lift for the 44" version of the landing pad.

I'm not surprised that you won't be displaying it (so large), but I fully understand the enjoyment of tackling something this challenging. It will make your garage wall more attractive and interesting! Thanks again for the info and photos!
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The larger version has a very different paint and detail scheme, and if I'm not mistaken the sloping walls were probably not fully built... it seems like it was used for more close-ups where one didn't see the edge. I'm assuming that's why some often seen footage shows an outside that doesn't slope. I assume it was something improvised. I wonder if the 22" Landing Pad had a working "pit"... I remember reading how they used a hydraulic lift for the 44" version of the landing pad.
The larger launch pad had many flaws IMHO,
and it was the only one with a functionnal lift.

It had some weird slopes (Wargames, Collision Course) From the Catacombs :





Or no slope at all :





No flat/utility building :





And according of the camera POV, it has sometimes a 'floating'
travel tube tunnel next to it. It's because the embarkation building
only had its upper-half made, not the lower half,
they took this part to hide the non-existent lower half.





I can't remember in which episode they forgot to put the 'floating' tunnel
next to the building, but you can see that there's nothing under the upper
half of the embarkation building.

The 22'' launch pad also had a functionnal boarding tube (the one with
the 2 black stripes). The platform lights were located in small
light sockets closer to the cross-shaped platform than the larger version.



The larger version in action :




I will post cleaner grabs from the utility building and the greeblies next monday.

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