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Old 24-10-2005, 03:31 AM   #1
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Old 06-11-2005, 03:44 PM   #2
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ENTRY # 001

This is my first entry into this contest.

Weapons Pod

This is a "Weapons Pod" which I think Alpha could have used a few times against some of those powerful enemy ships that pummelled the Alphans into oblivion a few times.

The pod is equipped with turret style high powered multi barrelled laser cannons with computer operated targeting systems. Four massive fixed position cannons mounted on top can defend the Eagle front and rear as well.

Four guided "smart" missiles are also attached which would be dropped away from the pod before igniting to hit their target, allowing the missile to be held in close to the body for transport.

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My model of the pod is completely scratch built and kitbashed using parts from many different kits. The pod is held to the spine using friction fit by the clamps shown on top of the roof (I always thought that the roofs of all the pods needed some similar type of detailing. I have a hard time believing that the "real" ships would just have a smooth roof except for two bolts holding it on!).

The two big guns on the side are ball-joint mounted and have full range of movement. The engine bells are of turned aluminum on the pod and the Eagle.

The pictures should appear below.

The model was more fun to build than I've had in a while, and I am therefore tempted to build another type, if I can come up with a fun idea!


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Old 07-11-2005, 12:49 PM   #3
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ENTRY # 002

Hi again.

Here is my second entry, this time a more comical one.

Commissioner Simmonds'
"Campaign Pod"

The design is inspired by the modern, highly decorated campaign busses commonly used by politicians running or re-running for elected office, complete with graphics which run right up over the windows and are semi-transparent which is why the graphics darken slightly in these areas.

The orange colour is of course inspired by the "VIP" pod seen in Breakaway.

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The pod is made primarily with sculpted MDF and covered with paper decals which I produced in Photoshop and also provide the end detailing, since I did not want to spend as much time building this one as I had the other entry. The two end VTOLs underneath operate the tabs allowing the pod to be attached to the P.E. Eagle just like the pods that come with the model.

Special thanks to my friend Grant Van Groenigen for sparking the idea!

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Old 09-11-2005, 06:36 AM   #4
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ENTRY # 003

Hi again.
Here is my third entry.

While watching Space: 1999 we may have wondered....

What happened to all the debris from those destroyed alien spaceships?

What did they do with all those Eagles that Alan Carter crashed on the moon every week?

Well, somebody had to clean up the mess, and they need a special tool to do it.

I therefore reveal....

The "Dumpster Pod"!

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The model shown in these photographs was completely scratchbuilt from sheet and strip styrene, detailed with "junk" from kit parts, painted and weathered to look like the bits and pieces from all the haphazard machinery strewn over Moonbase Alpha during their various adventures wandering through space, blowing up alien vessels and cleaning up their own messes when necessary to maintain a pristine Lunar landscape.

It's a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it!


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Old 11-11-2005, 09:35 AM   #5
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ENTRY # 004

Well here goes...

This is my first entry to the competition.

We present:

The "Tanker Pod"

This pod belongs in the pre-Breakaway timeline, where you may have wondered what they were doing with all that nuclear waste on the moon.

Well why not generate some much needed funding by recycling it in to nuclear fuels and exporting it back to Earth...in collaboration with a well-known fuel company (who having used up all of Earth's fossil fuels needed a new sideline).

Granted this is not a pod you'd like to have attached during a battle scenario...but remember that pre-breakaway they were 'officially' unaware of alien races existing, so this pod is for peacetime use shuttling fuel to Earth.

Here are the pics...sorry my photography isn't up to Jim's standards (yet) but you get the general idea from this lot...








The pod was constructed from two lengths of ABS tubing, fleshed out with plasticard and various kit parts and details (including the Airfix Saturn V, and engine bells from a Warp Eagle - sorry no aluminium ones available!)

Decals were custom made in Coreldraw using logos downloaded from the internet as appropriate. Details were from various decal sheets and rub-down sheets.

There are even some parts from a 1:43 Formula one car kit in there somewhere, as well as one from the very small Comet Miniatures white metal Eagle.

The pod attaches to the Eagle by way of the four 'maglock' clamps you'll see at either end of the pod, which attach to the lower corridor frames of the Eagle.

(Pod and pictures copyright Chris Potter 2005)

Hope you like it...

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Old 20-11-2005, 11:09 AM   #6
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ENTRY # 005

My First Entry:

The Long Range Pod

Designed to increase the range of the Eagle, used for long distance recon. and scouting for Operation Exodus, should it ever happen...




Made from a cannibalised PE Eagle (Iseem to have a few of them lieing around for some reson !), and some EMA ABS tube; it was going to be a tanker, but I was beaten to it!

(This is actually my SECOND custom pod, but this was a whole lot less complicated than the first one I started!)

Mark, thanks for letting me know it was lost!

hope you like it!

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Old 02-01-2006, 02:46 PM   #7
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Entry # 006

First of all I would like to point I have no skills in model building and that my last attempt was an Airfix car about 25 years ago.

I notice in the rules that CG generated entries are not eligable and so my ideas for Pod-U-Like's in the Discussion thread are no more than fun items.

However it's not the winning but the taking part's that's the fun so I thought I would try and recreate one of my digital entries in the flesh. I know it's a bit (very) rubbish but hopefully it will encourage one or two more of you to have a go and maybe match the mighty entries already posted above this one. Remember when you used to watch the Gallery on Take Hart (cue music) and thought I could do better than that...well compared to mine you certainly can!

Without any kits, glue, paints or the forementioned skill my only option was produce a colour scheme for my PE pod. This had to be done with paper and I need a design that wouldn't just wrap the pod or bill-board the sides. The Graffiti idea seemed best suited as it could still show some of the underlying detail. Using Corel Draw I reproduced some typical graffiti styles and combined this will photos of more complex designs to try and give a layered effect. This was then resized and printed on an ink jet printer to the correct dimension to fit. I had to use thin paper to disguise the stuck on nature of the design and show the image isn't as sharp or colourful as if I had used photo paper.

A few minutes fiddling with a pair of scissors and I had a decent enough cut out shape which I just stuck on the side of the pod with Blue-Tak while I took some snaps.

The photos where taken on a highly reflective wooden desk so I have manipulated the images slightly to desaturate the colour from the base and blackened the background.






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Old 04-01-2006, 02:37 PM   #8
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Entry # 007

Mobile pod.

Originally designed for work on the lunar surface this vehicle is just at home exploring alien planets.
When attached to the eagle, it gives access to the rear engine compartment and can dock with other eagles using the side doors, which are in the standard pod position.
The VTOL engines are to assist the eagle on take off and landing, but in an emergency the pod can be dropped from a low altitude, were the engines can be used to give it a soft landing. This has only been tested on the lunar surface and is NOT recommended on planets with a higher gravity.








I used the centre part of a PE pod, as well as the side doors and two VTOL engines. The rest was made from acrylic sheet and tube, and styrene sheet. The wheels and treads were from a 1:72 scale Warrior MCV.
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Old 06-02-2006, 01:42 PM   #9
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Entry # 008

Bomb pod

Designed for a definitive solution for any troublesome alien mothership or alien base, the bomb pod was cobbled together from parts readily available on Alpha.
The simple chassis carries two large, nuclear missiles which are dropped away from the Eagle before ignition. Relying mainly on inertia, these missiles are fired from a safe distance to soften up the target and hopefully scramble their electronic defences before the Eagle swoops in to delploy the traditional ordnance carried below the cradle.






The bomb cradle is from a spare PE Eagle, the main missiles are modified from a 1/72 Pave Low Stallion, the smaller bombs are from a 1/72 Harrier. A modified 1/72 Scammel Tank Transporter axle is used for the friction clamps that hold it to the spine.
I imagine three of these puppies, escorted by Eagles carrying Jim's excellent weapon pod, bearing down on some unlucky alien mothership that is threatening Alpha - BOOM!
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Old 06-03-2006, 07:29 PM   #10
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This is the Alpha Moonbase Eagle MPU Pod. Initially designed for the quarantine, collection and transport of botanical materials back to Moonbase Alpha. The pod was further developed to be used as a stand-alone observation/laboratory base.

The pod is transported to a suitable planet within Eagle range. A number of Alpha Moonbase Scientific staff is then left on the planet in the pod. Their duties were then to collect and classify materials that may be deemed suitable for food production back on Alpha. The Eagle could then continue on its mission of planetary surveying.

As a security and quarantine measure there is only the one access way into the pod, the front door. This is intended to help in preventing hostiles from entering the pod while on a planetary surface. When the pod was collected from the planet surface no one could enter the command module of the Eagle via the pod should something have come back with the scientists.

The pod is fitted with a small nuclear power supply and a short-range radio transmitter. When fully fitted out there is available to the Alpha staff a small kitchen, sleeping space as well as a fully functional laboratory. There is also space for the storage and isolation of collected biological materials.

The pod has its own short-range main engine which is designed to enable the pod to be moved to a new location within a five kilometre of its initial landing site. This enables the Alphans to remove themselves from a hostile confrontation/location, or find additional sites to investigate.


I knocked this up in one afternoon. I have no access to decent model building materials. I was put off initially in entering the competition but I had an idea I wanted to get out. As I couldn’t get styrene sheet etc, I was going to use balsa as my main construction material - a pain as it would have taken ages to hide the wood grain. The windows were my main problem – how and what to make them out of?

I have a lot of old CD cases and these were perfect for the windows. Eventually the entire body of the pod was built from the CD cases – I’d used about three in total. The framework was made from some disposed supplies from the laboratory (Stirrers) I work in, as were the pod thrusters (disposable pipette tips). My spares box provided the other bits and pieces I used to dress up the roof and base of the pod. It’s rough and rugged, if I had the right materials I’m sure it would have looked better. I just wanted to get my idea in shape and out there.




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Old 02-04-2006, 11:03 AM   #11
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My second entry and just having a bit of fun.

Just where do the Eagle Pilots and Co-Pilots eat, why Koenigs Kafe of course? Dock in space and place your order or we'll bring the Kafe to you.



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Old 09-04-2006, 10:40 AM   #12
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Fire Services Pod

The pod is designed to give Moonbase Alpha an aerial attack avenue when it comes to fighting fires on Moonbase Alpha.

The pod is fitted out with four fire fighting cannons – two smaller cannons on the base of the pod and a larger, twin nozzled cannon on the pod platform. The cannons are used to dispense chemical fire retardants, foam or CO2. Water is not used to fight fires, as it is a very scarce resource on Alpha. The smaller cannons are intended to fight smaller sized fires and the larger cannon – for larger fires. The fire fighting agents can be alternated as the pod contains all three. All four cannons can be used simultaneously.

The pod is suspended below the Eagle to help prevent damage to the Eagle while fire fighting. The distance from the Eagle can be controlled, with the pod put as close as possible to the source of the fire, or it can be drawn up into the Eagle. If required in an emergency the pod can be released. The cannons are remote controlled from the cockpit of the Eagle. If required the large cannon can be switched to manual and Alphan fire fighters can target the fires more directly.

The pod has no landing gear or its own propulsion systems. When not in use the pod is stored in its own cradle where the pod can be refilled or returned to storage in the Eagle hangers.

My third entry - I'm giving it a rest now, I think I've run out of ideas. I love the terrific pods you guys have come up with so far - I want to see some other ideas!





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Old 15-04-2006, 11:05 PM   #13
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Entry # 012

Utility pod

The Orbital Utility Vehicle (OUV), or “Utility Pod”, was originally designed as an independent LEO vehicle to assist in the construction and repair of orbital facilities and spacecraft. Several of these vehicles were later adapted so that they could be carried into position by Eagles.
The OUV is a two-man vehicle - one piloting the vehicle, the other operating the multi-function arms and claws. Although not capable of long-duration flight, the OUV was highly manoeuvrable under the control of a trained pilot.
This particular OUV was assigned to the construction of Moonbase Alpha, although it was presumed lost during Breakaway. It was later discovered, repaired, and pressed into service as part of the Alphan material-recovery team.







The lower part of the pod and the arms were taken from a Bandai RB-79K Mobile Pod Ball, the rest was scratchbuilt using parts from a Lego Jango Fett for the shape of the command module (are you in the Lego club?), styrene, and self-adhesive stickers.

Sorry about the quality of the photos - it's getting late ...
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Old 18-04-2006, 02:27 PM   #14
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Entry # 013

Easter Basket Pod (EBP)




The EBP is used only once a year to carry large sweet alien rabbit eggs to the Alphans to celebrate traditonal Easter.

The basket is made out of 100% genetically engineered weed from the Alpha Moonbase laboratories.

Inspired by the beautiful egg design, Alan Carter tried to produce a new Eagle command module but professor Bergmann felt that Carter was making fun out of him and his egg head and the original design was kept.

P.S. Very often a Medical Pod with a dentist is seen shortly afterwards flying around Alpha Moonbase...

my first entry, Ron
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ENTRY # 014

Here's my second entry to the competition.

We present:

The "Ro-Ro Pod"

So how do you transport tracked vehicles and outsize cargo around on the moon ?

The people of Alpha soon realised that if they wanted to deploy their Laser Tanks etc to another part of their Moon, or indeed a far flung destination, they'd need some sort of facility for transporting them using the Eagle fleet.

And so was born the Ro-Ro Pod - designed to allow vehicles to load themselves and offload at the other end with little or no handling facilities - unlike the standard freighter pod which requires specialist unloading equipment.

The pod is based around a strongback member which clamps to the Eagle frame using the usual pod attachments, and end frames reminiscent of the standard freighter pod with VTOL engines mounted to the underside. Attached to the standard frame members is a platform suspended by an expanded spaceframe, so that the platform sits on its own feet very close to ground level when the Eagle has settled on its hydraulic landing gear.

At each side of the platform is a fold-down ramp designed to allow wheeled and tracked vehicles to self-load. Adjustable maglock clamps then hold the vehicle in position while in flight, though loads can also be chained to lashing points should the need arise.

A sophisticated laser monitoring system controls loading and unloading operations, and interfaces with the vehicle's computer to ensure the load is positioned correctly for C/G reasons; though markings on the platform deck also give a visual cue to drivers loading their vehicle.

As can be seen in the pictures below, the Ro-Ro Pod can also be used to transport non-wheeled outsize cargo too big to be transported on a standard freighter pod.








The loads shown are conjectural and demonstrate the versatility of the pod. The cargo originally intended to be transported via this pod was the Alpha Laser Tank, and a photo of this load mounted will be shown when available (i.e. when I've finished building my tanks )

The pod was built from ribbed and sheet plasticard, spares from a Warp freighter pod, lots of styrene rod and a few other parts from the spares box.

I hope you enjoy my new addition to the Space 1999 universe...

Best Regards
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Old 01-05-2006, 06:56 AM   #16
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I couldn’t help myself. I was down scrounging through my spares box and this blasted thing just jumped out at me. Well not the pod, but the idea. I saw all the bits and thought humm..

So here it is: The Remote Planetary Surveying Pod. AKA “The Bug”

Whats the idea for this?

Alphans got tired of loosing their valuable Eagles, if they lost any more just how were they going to be able to action Operation Exodus? To get around this issue they developed a fleet of these remote bugs. They attach to the Eagle in the pod bay and are launched using the Eagle. The Eagle can take the pod to within orbital range or to within the pods maximum return range. Once the objective has been reached the pod is released. These pods explore strange new worlds; seek out new life and to… ops sorry wrong show. It is either guided via Moonbase Alpha or it uses its own automatic systems.

The front of the pod contains a camera matrix as well as other incidental sensors. The probes on the surface of the pod perform a variety of functions from temperatures, pressure, air quality and composition, mineral analysis, bacterial analysis through to sampling water.

The base of the pod contains a large planetary surface-mapping device. All of the information gained from the survey is transmitted back to Moonbase Alpha via the largest of the probes. The advantage of using these pods is that they can explore planets still out of Eagle range and get information back to Alpha so they can do further follow ups if required. They are fitted with two Eagle Engines feed by two very large fuel tanks.

The pod has been knocked up using parts from the MPC AT-AT, Halcyon Nostromono, MPC A-Wing fighter, PE Eagle Engines and a couple of CO2 soda bulbs.

Hope you enjoy.









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Clamshell Pod (CSP)




This is my second entry to the competition.

The CSP was invented to "grab" any kind of cargo which can not be hooked directly to the main fraime. The clams can be adapted to different cargo sizes and can hold i.e. vehicles, cargo boxes, containers, etc. etc.

When no cargo is carried, the CSP can use its clams feet as landing gear by turning them outwards.

The hereby shown Eagle CSP carries an ice block which was cut out of a larger ice block by laser. The frozen alien life form was found while the Alphans crossed a Saturn like planet with a ring of ice.

The ice block was eventually melted down and the alien life form was still alive...


The model was built from scratch using different evergreen tubes, pipes and sheets and just a few parts from the spares box. I also used real springs on the underside and vinil tube for the hydraulics hoses.

The alien life form was built out of Fimo, backed in the oven and painted with acrylics. Then I built an ice block out of transparent plastic sheets, and sealed the alien life form in this kind of box. To achieve the icy effect I applied a mixture of sanding, scratching, polishing and white painting.

I hope you all like it

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Hyper Drive POD (HDP)


The HDP is an experimental POD design based upon the surviving notes of Ernst Queller. Alphan Engineers have reworked the design of the original spine boosters to create the HDP. Since breakaway researching the theoretical possibility of a hyperspace drive has been an important interest of Alphan scientists and engineers and the HDP is as close as they have come.

Unsurprisingly its development is intended to allow faster, deeper space exploration for journeys much further away from Moonbase Alpha with the added benefit of great maneuvarability and speed.

The directional engines add massive thrust to the standard Eagle and coupled with a spine booster turn the humble Eagle into the ultimate speed machine. Useful in a multitude of situations including but not limited to space conflict, emergency search and rescue and in pulling away from various deep space phenomenon including black holes and tractor beams.

Combined with the Eagles other engines the added HDP gives almost 360 degrees of movement so the Eagle can turn on a penny and blast off and out of trouble at tremendous speed... gone are the days where you can see the eagle hovering along with the naked eye... once all engines are engaged its gone.....

A simple, I hope elegant POD design built with the aid of Jim Small's Spine Booster Kits which have been assembled, painted,
weathered and attached to the standard PE eagle POD.






HDP without spine booster:

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The Bog POD (BP)



to see a large detailed version of the above: www.eagle-istand.com/pod/big-bog.jpg

The Bog POD is an experimental POD design based upon the surviving papers of Ernst Queller. Alphan Engineers have reworked his design of the original to create the Bog POD. Since breakaway researching the theoretical possibility of unlimited toilet paper has been an important concern of Alphan scientists, engineers and just about everyone on Alpha since "used" paper can only be recycled so many times and of course there are no trees on the moon and not enough in Hydro
ponics.

Unsurprisingly its development is intended to allow deep space convenience especially useful on long journeys away from Moonbase Alpha with the added benefit of great comfort and softness.

At least 30000 sheets per roll the Bog Pod turns the humble Eagle into the ultimate deep space toilet roll dispenser. Useful in a multitude of situations including but not limited to space conflict, emergency search and rescue and in pulling away from various deep space phenomenon including black holes and tractor beams.

A simple, inelegant POD design built with the aid of bog standard toilet paper which I discovered was the perfect fit. I hope you will forgive this affectionate irreverence for one of my favorite spacecraft; ).







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The Hawk Launcher Eagle

Many years ago I drew a design for the Hawk Launcher Eagle. The idea sat for many years until Eagle kits came on the market once more. I pretty much cleaned out a local hobby shop and bought a number of the kits. At last I could build new Eagles, probe ships, laser tanks, and yes, the Hawk Launcher Eagle. When Product Enterprise Ltd. released its marvelous die cast Eagles, they were made in the same scale. When we would later film the Eagle hanger, the WMPE (for World’s Most Perfect Eagle) would join our Eagle kits to give the scene the richness it needed.
The reason for buying all those kits was a video project we called UFO:1999. A salute/parody of UFO and Space:1999, UFO:1999 was a labor of love, and we took our joke telling, effects, and model building very seriously. The HL Eagle had only one alteration from the original drawing to realization; the SHADO name was added to the vehicle as in our alternate history SHADO and Alpha would be fighting aliens as a joint operation.
I had wondered so long ago why we never got to see the Hawks again. Such beautiful spacecraft. But the lightweight fighter had no landing gear, which for Alpha would be a problem. Hence the need for a carrier craft, spun off from the standard Eagle, but with additional fuel tanks and landing gear to support the Hawk. Once in lunar orbit, the two craft would separate as one might have seen in the first Space Shuttle drop tests. After the battle, the Hawk would rejoin the mother ship.
To build one of these, two extra “cage” sections are needed, and four additional landing gear pods. In the middle a boarding tube is added (I used a plastic towel rod). On the bottom of the tube, two additional rocket motors were added, joining the eight others already on the underside of the cages. Four tanks wrapped in gold foil (Not necessarily a Space:1999 thing but real space looking) were added to sit between the landing gear pods. I would assume these would could be ejected if need be.
Up on top I fashioned a cradle for the Hawk from the smaller cage of an Iami Eagle kit. When I painted the whole thing I made a change by assuming that some additional shielding would be added below the framework, thus covering some of the framework. It didn’t hurt that this also saved a lot of work!
All in all, a very heavy kit, especially when filming lift-offs and landings; requiring heavy-duty fishing line.


Comparison shot to WMPE, aka. Product Enterprise Eagle.


Carrier three-quarter shot.


Carrier Top View


Top View with Hawk


Hanger Bay shot, editing not complete.


Hawk Launcher Eagle on pad, ready for action!
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