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Old 30-08-2015, 03:47 PM   #1
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Default Mattel Eagle conversion from 1979

I originally bought this in late 1976, thinking it would be a little more accurate than it really is. After a couple of years I decided to fix what was wrong with it. I took the nose, engine section, the spine framework off and then hacked off the landing gear pods to make a more accurate Eagle. I made the fore and aft cages out of leftover kit sprue, I made corridor sections to go in the cages from some sheet plastic, I used old model car engine parts for the details in the cages. On the nose section I hacked off the box section on the rear and covered the opening with sheet plastic, I removed the opening hatch on the top and made a sheet plastic replacement, I heat formed dish shapes to go in holes I cut in the top, bottom and sides of the nose to replicate the "steering rockets". I cut apart the engine section tanks and reassembled them using sprue. I made a standard passenger pod and a lab pod using some acrylic sheet and used styrene for the raised panels. I also scratchbuilt the footpads from acrylic and styrene, the strut assemblies were made from sprue and wire that came from an old hamster cage.
Sadly, I have only three old polaroid pictures of this and they are not real good quality. Even worse, I had given this model to a friend of mine who promised that he would never let anything happen to it, within a year he had given it to his young son who promptly trashed it.





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Old 30-08-2015, 05:21 PM   #2
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Pics show the awesome results you did to improve it.

Tragedy it was trashed after all your brilliant work.
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Old 31-08-2015, 12:20 AM   #3
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Pics show the awesome results you did to improve it.

Tragedy it was trashed after all your brilliant work.
I would love to get my hands on another of these and do it up right, but these things are always far too expensive. It would be easier to do it from scratch anyway, it would be more accurate.
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