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Old 06-02-2016, 10:54 AM   #1
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Default Resurrecting an old Airfix/MPC Eagle

I built the Airfix 12" Eagle many years ago in my teens and, although I was pleased with it at the time, since the availability of much better reference material (including this remarkable forum) I became painfully aware of all its faults. I decided to take it apart and try and rebuild it more accurately.

I looked at other online articles and initially I thought I'd be satisfied to simply open out the cages and tweak a few details, but seeing some of the other major rebuilds on here made me realise that I couldn't live with the incorrect spine, or pod details, or legs... although there was no way I was going to the lengths that some have done in virtually scratchbuilding all the spine/cages out of brass - I have a busy job and a life!

I didn't take any photos during the early work as I had no idea if it would be any good or indeed if I would persevere - but I've been persuaded that it is worth sharing.

So I'll post a few pictures...

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Old 06-02-2016, 11:00 AM   #2
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Front cage laboriously cut out, replacement cross-members across the top from plastic rod, and the walkway built from plasticard and detailed with oddments from the spares box (referring to the David Sissons rebuild article hosted by Jim Small on his site - this is highly recommended)
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Old 06-02-2016, 11:25 AM   #3
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Starting to remove some of the detail on the landing pods
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Old 06-02-2016, 11:34 AM   #4
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Rear cage cut out, walkway detailed and added - and the engines. Trying to get the plumbing right was a bit of a nightmare.

The close-up shots are rather unforgiving - it's going to look ok from normal viewing distances, I think...
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Old 06-02-2016, 11:42 AM   #5
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Spine (shown to the right of one from another kit). I did think long and hard about this and originally just added cross-members to the bottom of the original, but it just looked wrong - especially when compared with my Product Enterprise Eagle. I therefore cut away all cross-members leaving just two sides, and then rebuilt it at a more correct angle using a lot of plastic tubing.

It is still not 100% accurate but it has to mate with the Airfix cages and passenger pod so is a compromise I can live with.
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Old 07-02-2016, 06:49 AM   #6
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You are doing a great job. It all looks fantastic!

Cheers

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Old 08-02-2016, 03:09 PM   #7
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That's looking quite good to me.
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Old 08-02-2016, 05:14 PM   #8
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Great job - save another eagle from the past
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Old 08-02-2016, 09:41 PM   #9
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Thanks for the encouragement guys.

Bit more work on the landing pods - you'll note I haven't tried to correct the proportions, just added the correct details for Eagle 1. I have to confess here to cheating in so far as I took mouldings of the circular shape with the 'bubbles' and cross piece from my PE Eagle and cast copies in plaster...

I've also included a view of the completed pods. Because they didn't come apart very successfully when dismantling the old model, I've had to add 'pegs' of wood strip to enable them to be fixed.

Should also point out that I've cut away the horrible box from the underside of the pods and filled the gap with plastic sheet, to enable the replacement leg assemblies to be fitted
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Old 08-02-2016, 09:46 PM   #10
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Command Module or beak - I cut this away from the frame moulding and built up the rear with plasticard and filler. I decided I could live with the incorrect depth.
Drilled out the thruster(?) dishes and inserted replacements.
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Old 08-02-2016, 10:11 PM   #11
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Passenger pod in progress. Cut out the section above the doors and recessed it. Added the 'scoop' at the top of the doors to match those at the side and bottom.
The roof will need a lot of filling and rubbing down (when I originally built it all those years ago I added a load of incorrect detailing which needed carving off).

For the ends, I found these resin mouldings on eBay - although the time saved in creating the various cutouts etc may be outweighed by the time taken to graft them into the kit parts... Not the clearest photo but I'll add another as work progresses
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Old 08-02-2016, 10:20 PM   #12
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For the legs, I scrapped most of the original, cutting away most of the detail from the centre of the pads. I know the configuration of raised rectangular shapes is wrong, but again this is something I choose to live with.

The depth seemed too thin, so I added a layer of plasticard to build them up.

First one complete - leg built up from layers of plastic tube, and details from plastic card. The thin supports are staples bent to shape.
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Old 09-02-2016, 05:48 PM   #13
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Is it wrong to say nice legs !!
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Old 09-02-2016, 10:18 PM   #14
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Nearly spat my tea out!
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Old 09-02-2016, 10:25 PM   #15
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One further update; spine now attached to front and rear cages. The original kit 'peg' had broken off each side and so this was a case of lots of butanone and then a fillet of superglue to make a really strong joint.

Added the 'scaffolding' type joints from shaped strips of plasticard and slices of plastic rod

Here's a shot of it assembled loosely on my (very untidy - how embarrassing..) workbench just to see what it is going to look like. The incorrect rectangular shape of the landing pods is more obvious from this angle... but I'm sticking with them.
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Old 10-02-2016, 05:29 AM   #16
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Nice improvements!
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Old 10-02-2016, 06:55 AM   #17
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Thank you!
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Old 10-02-2016, 02:20 PM   #18
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Now added the fixings that bolt the command module to the frame. Again, this is strips of plasticard in varying thicknesses plus plastic rod.

Also turned my mind to how the passenger pod will be fixed to the spine. The original kit fixing was ineffective (and broken anyway) so, after flirting with the idea of using a similar solution as the original filming miniature (I even got as far as drilling the holes in the top ends of the pod), I have decided to add a strip of plastic within the spine which, when fixed in place and the screw painted white, hopefully won't be too noticeable.

It may go quiet for a while as I really must spend time filling and filing the passenger pod roof and ends.

And decide what to do about the engine bells on the underside...

And I've just seen some rather nifty parts on Shapeways which may save some effort in building the legs...
http://www.shapeways.com/product/XAM...ionId=20127023
but can I justify the cost?
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Old 10-02-2016, 03:12 PM   #19
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I think that's a fair price for four...I would get the Shapeways ones, they will save you so much time and effort I would imagine.
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I suppose if you think about the amount of time it'll cost me to complete all four legs, it's not so bad...
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