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Old 25-03-2014, 11:55 PM   #1
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Default Eagle Gunship - work in progress

Having picked up the MPC Eagle re-issue to spruce up my existing MPC build, I decided to put some of the remaining parts to use. And the Eagle Gunship is the result.

This is a "what if" scenario in which Moonbase Alpha has decided to customize some existing Eagles for battle. No cargo capacity is needed, so power to weight can be maximized by eliminating everything except the nose section and engines.

This is not the complete set of parts, as I'm still scouting around for weapons, but it gives you an idea. Hope to be posting final pics later this spring.
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Old 26-03-2014, 03:43 AM   #2
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Having picked up the MPC Eagle re-issue to spruce up my existing MPC build, I decided to put some of the remaining parts to use. And the Eagle Gunship is the result.

This is a "what if" scenario in which Moonbase Alpha has decided to customize some existing Eagles for battle. No cargo capacity is needed, so power to weight can be maximized by eliminating everything except the nose section and engines.

This is not the complete set of parts, as I'm still scouting around for weapons, but it gives you an idea. Hope to be posting final pics later this spring.
Any particular range of "weapons" in mind, or is it still pretty early on in the process?
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Old 27-03-2014, 01:13 AM   #3
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I liked the use of missiles in the Star Wars prequels so I'm going to try that, plus a couple of laser cannons. Thanks for your interest!
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Old 01-04-2014, 12:16 AM   #4
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Engine sub assembly is complete.
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Old 01-04-2014, 09:01 AM   #5
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....to see how this one turns out. If "1999" had run on longer, you can rest assured there would have been more variants as the Effects Team and the writers refreshed and updated stories, situations and equipment. Very interested to see the end results - suspect more people may try their hand at adaptations with the Round 2 release. Your variant and that of Eagle 3 both show the method of thickening the CM round the waistline: another useful photograph here.

Keep up the good work,

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Old 01-04-2014, 07:51 PM   #6
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Engine sub assembly is complete.
One day... when I grow up... I would like to have skills like that!
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Old 01-04-2014, 11:04 PM   #7
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Thanks for the feedback . . . it's a tribute to the Eagle's "good DNA" that it can be adapted successfully to so many different designs. . .
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Old 02-04-2014, 12:17 AM   #8
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Thanks for the feedback . . . it's a tribute to the Eagle's "good DNA" that it can be adapted successfully to so many different designs. . .

Standing upon the shoulders of giants...

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Old 05-04-2014, 02:14 PM   #9
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I had to make the spars behind the CM wider to accommodate both the landing gear and vertical jets. This is a very compact design and there's not a lot of real estate to work with.
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:04 AM   #10
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Default Nice work indeed....

This is going to be a really interesting project to follow. Please keep us posted - Alpha needs that extra protection and firepower......

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Old 12-04-2014, 08:16 PM   #11
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Nice work and I really like what you are doing with the engines!

Just adding some styrene in the middle of the 2 CM halves really makes a difference. Nicely done.

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Old 14-04-2014, 12:56 AM   #12
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Thanks guys . . . I just wrapped everything up and will have pictures posted shortly.
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Old 15-04-2014, 11:59 PM   #13
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Time to share some pictures of the finished model!

In the spirit of the original Eagle design, Iíve tried to keep the Eagle Gunship as realistic as possible. There are vertical jets for liftoff, unobstructed access to the CM door, and landing gear set wide apart for stability.

I had to make some changes to the original design during construction. In addition to beefing up the spars behind the CM, I had to find a way to balance the model after finding that it leaned forward on the landing gear. I did this by adding the two auxiliary engines at the back of the ship, which are made of lead. Now the model balances nicely.
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Time to share some pictures of the finished model!

In the spirit of the original Eagle design, Iíve tried to keep the Eagle Gunship as realistic as possible. There are vertical jets for liftoff, unobstructed access to the CM door, and landing gear set wide apart for stability.

I had to make some changes to the original design during construction. In addition to beefing up the spars behind the CM, I had to find a way to balance the model after finding that it leaned forward on the landing gear. I did this by adding the two auxiliary engines at the back of the ship, which are made of lead. Now the model balances nicely.

She looks sharp! Very nice work...

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How do the pilots (assume this is a two-seater) access that CM door?

Also, is there any emergency-escape provision for the crew?
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Default Foot to the floor.....

Wait till Alan gets his mitts on one of these. Nice work and a refreshing new take on a much-loved favourite. All that's missing is the skulls painted on the side of the CM with red crosses through them....

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Old 17-04-2014, 10:58 PM   #16
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Thanks Patrick, yes I hope Alan Carter would like it.

And to address the questions:

How do the pilots (assume this is a two-seater) access that CM door? They would board the ship in the underground hangar.

Also, is there any emergency-escape provision for the crew? Only whatever the original CM had (I think there was one episode where you could exit through the floor of the CM).
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Old 03-09-2016, 01:03 PM   #17
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For everyone who was following this thread, just an fyi that I've posted an article about this project on my website here: http://creativedioramas.com/2016/09/...eagle-gunship/.

The post gives a bit more context as to how the project started and how the Gunship became part of my Eagle Crash diorama.

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Your Eagle variant is cool.

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Thanks TazMan.

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Old 07-09-2016, 10:52 AM   #20
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This is Super Cool & Superb! Have You got Any other Eagle variants Planned? Keep up the superb Work! Dan
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