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Old 04-11-2015, 08:36 PM   #1
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Hello everyone.

Whilst waiting for the new 22" eagle to arrive I thought I'd practice on the old AMT eagle I had waiting in the wings.

Of course the detailing leaves a lot to be desired, so I thought I'd scratch as much as possible detail.

This is a work in progress. I've built 2 Warp eagles over the last few years, and the original Airfix kit at least three times..!

I also restore old Dinky eagles back to full health, however perhaps that's another thread...





Pod base - not happy with the retracted feet...



Decided to take them out -





Backed out the reverse -





Not happy with the scale compared to the Warp eagle feet, so made my own -



Assembled and reinforced the pod -





Decided to smooth out the pod ends -



Back to these later.

On to the front assembly - needs a lot of work -



Hollowed out with a sharp knife -





Front walkway and shoulders scratch built -



Look what's arrived -



A good fit -



Ready for assembly -





Detailed up -







Now on to the rear assembly...

Thanks for looking.

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Old 05-11-2015, 06:25 AM   #2
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Look great!
It's a lot of work - I did this around 16 years ago - never again!
That first shot of the completed model is superb, really capturing the essence of the Eagle.
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Old 05-11-2015, 05:01 PM   #3
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Great work on the Eagle.
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Old 05-11-2015, 11:22 PM   #4
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That's a right proper Eagle ya got there!
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Old 06-11-2015, 12:56 PM   #5
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great job sir
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Old 08-11-2015, 07:03 PM   #6
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Thanks for the comments !

Some more work done - pod photoetch end pieces on - the quality of these from America is excellent - despite the cost - to import them to the UK cost twice as much as the plastic kit off ebay...



Rear cage hollowed out and test fit -





Started to build the rear walkway and shelves - should be quicker than the front one as I learnt a lot from that in terms of its fit and finish.

I want to make the rear engines and piping etc as accurate as possible - so this may take some time !

Thanks for looking again.

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Old 14-11-2015, 07:00 PM   #7
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Not too shabby looking,she is really starting to take shape.
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Old 15-11-2015, 04:36 PM   #8
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each eagle is worth its effort
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Old 16-11-2015, 10:02 PM   #9
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Outstanding work, Steve! After this, the 22" Eagle is going to be a breeze for you. Looking forward to more amazing progress on this one.
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Old 22-11-2015, 01:18 PM   #10
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Hi all - some more updates -

Completed the rear walkways in the same way as the front, and started on the rear engine section -









Spine bracing added underneath -



Engine fuel cells and bracing added -







More minor detailing work to do on the rear, but nearly complete now.

Next step are the pods and landing gear. I'm aiming for retractable sprung landing pads, in conjunction with the photoetch detailing...

More soon !

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Old 22-11-2015, 01:31 PM   #11
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Outstanding work, Steve! After this, the 22" Eagle is going to be a breeze for you. Looking forward to more amazing progress on this one.
Hi thanks - agreed about the 22. Like many others here have said - I've been waiting the best part of 30 years for this kit to arrive and I'm really looking forward to it - the quality looks fantastic!
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looking very sharp!
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Old 31-12-2015, 03:17 AM   #13
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Thanks for posting your Eagle Transporter build... I am returning to scale modeling after a 40 year hiatus and am starting with the 12" MPC Eagle Re-Release by Round2. Thank you for the GREAT Ideas I hope to incorporate in my own build. I am looking for to your updates to this build.
Thank you again for helping make my return to scale modeling that much more pleasurable.
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Great and inspiring build - look forward to seeing it in the new year
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Old 31-12-2015, 06:51 PM   #15
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Thanks for posting your Eagle Transporter build... I am returning to scale modeling after a 40 year hiatus and am starting with the 12" MPC Eagle Re-Release by Round2. Thank you for the GREAT Ideas I hope to incorporate in my own build. I am looking for to your updates to this build.
Thank you again for helping make my return to scale modeling that much more pleasurable.
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Old 01-01-2016, 02:42 AM   #16
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Nice work!
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Shaping up nicely. Don't get distracted by the 22" one...
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Old 15-02-2016, 08:22 PM   #18
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Too late....!

I am aiming to finish painting it though this week !

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Old 15-02-2016, 08:42 PM   #19
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I know what you mean - the new kit is a thing of beauty and difficult to keep on the shelf - I've already started putting sections together. I'm hoping it'll inspire me to crack on with the 12" version...
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Old 15-02-2016, 08:43 PM   #20
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Looking forward to seeing your progress
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