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Old 27-10-2016, 12:48 PM   #1
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Default Round 2 22" Eagle #2

I enjoyed building my first one earlier this year so much that I bought another!
You can see my earlier attempt from the start of the year here: http://www.eagletransporter.com/foru...d.php?t=161242

For this build I want to ty to do something a bit more special, so there will be lighting, fixes to the overlong springs, enhanced paintjob and decals and a Emergency/Rescue pod paintjob. This build was inspired by my visit to the Smallspace show back in July where I got the designer of the Eagle, Brian Johnson to autograph the box I carry the first Eagle model to shows in:





So as for this build, I'll not be following the constructin sequence of the instructions very closely this time around as I have specific things that need to be done to support my other plans. So to start with, I began with one of the leg pods. My plan is to mount white LEDs in the front two legs pods to act as landing lights...





As you can see, this time I'm using some serious battery power which will be mounted in the passenger pod. This will feed power to the LEDs in the leg pods and in the cockpit. So once again I've put power socket into the joint to support the cockpit





and the cockpit internal bulkhead has been painted



This time I've used Tamiya BUff and Deck tan colours instead of Desert yellow and white as I did in the previous build. It still needs some touch ups and of course washes to bring out the detail. Now the power supply this time will be a block of AA batteries. These need to be mounted in the passenger pod is a manner that they can be accessible to change without having to disassemble the model. There should also be an on/off switch...



On/off switch working... how about accessibility of the batteries?



Panel cut out of the base with magnets holding it in place. Up the other way we see the mounting for the batteries



So back to the leg pods, I've had to chop some plastic out of the support brackets inside the walkway modules so that the wires can come out of the pods



This still leaves plenty of support for the leg pods. The connection between the pod and the leg is via plugs that allow the legs to be attached later for ease of painting, as is shown here:



The internals of the walkway module start getting quite busy once all the wires are added



but testing showed everything is working...





Moving onto other part sof the build, the original springs that come with the kit are a bit to long.strong to the effect that the completed model sits about 1cm higher than it should. In my earlier build I left them as they are but I promised myself on this build I'd fix that problem. Bakc in February when I built the first I attempted to cut the spring but even with tin snips, I couldn't cut the wire. I didn't waste too much time on it back then, but since then I'd been advised to use a file to cut away part of the wire to make it easier, so this i did using one of my needle files with a sharp edge to cut a V-shaped slot in the spring wire and lo and behold it became trivial to snap a piece of the spring off, so now I have springs shortened by two loops of the wire



Sadly I forgot to take a "before" shot, but here is a photo from my earlier build that shows the full spring



In addtition, the spine has been assembled and the upper panels of the passenger pod with windows in have been added to the PP. I then decided to add some extra details to the front and rear walkways



This is the rear one, fully assembled and wired up ready for the lights.





You can see the additions I've made. The rear engine assembly as gone together without too much trouble - this is probably the single most complex part of the assembly.



Finally, the four shelves that fit on the walkways.



Lots more to come...
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Old 27-10-2016, 01:20 PM   #2
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Looks fantastic so far!
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Old 27-10-2016, 02:39 PM   #3
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I am looking forward to seeing your progress on this it's going to be great! Only issue I would have is your method makes the pod non removable I guess? It would be cool if you could hold the pod in place with magnetic contacts that would also transmit the voltage so you could remove it if needed, but a lot of messing about I suppose. Do the batteries sit at the rear of the pod then? Does the additional weight not mean the back of the Eagle will sit slightly lower than the front ?
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Old 27-10-2016, 02:47 PM   #4
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The weight is insignificant versus the strength of the springs. With my first build, where I used the full size springs which hold the Eagle about 1cm higher than it should be, I experimented with weights to compress the springs by the required 1cm and found that it required about 2kg in mass to have any appreciable effect. 4 AA batteries weight considerably less than that!

I've no plans to remove the pod on this model - my first build does have a removable pod so if I wanted to scratch build a freight pallet or Nuclear winch, that would be my target platform
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Old 27-10-2016, 05:56 PM   #5
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Doh wrong thread, wrong forum even!

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Old 28-10-2016, 01:12 AM   #6
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Very nice, very nice!
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Old 28-10-2016, 02:17 PM   #7
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Returning to the progress report, the various components have had a coat of Halfords Ford Diamond White, some straight from the aerosol can and some having been decanted from the can and put through my airbrush.

I've also been collecting extra decals from various sources including the Space:1999 Ships and Props FB page, some generic stripe decals and Starship Modeller - I found this lovely decal sheet with some great thing son it that I want to use



In fact you can see I've already started using them - lots of really useful bits on here! So where were they used? Well how about here:



They've had some red and blue stripes added and the greenish decal on the larger sphere was taken from the set. These now need a dark wash to bring out the detail and they'll be ready.

Next was to revisit the engines



This is a mix of decals from the kit, from the scifi set and from a pdf uploaded to the Space:1999 Ships FB group. next I moved onto the command module and gave it a good going over with some masked coloured panels, decals and dark wash weathering





I painted the black areas rather than use the decals provided in the kit. The sensor disks have been painted with Alclad and are plastic not metal. I've tested the LED in the cockpit and its a bit dim. Turns out, having taken the rear bulkhead off and testing the resistor it was 1k ohm instead of 220 ohms, so no wonder it was dim! Got some new resitors on order so when they arrive I'll do the replacement.

Next the walkways have been finally assembled with the detailed shelves from before, decals from several sources added and weathering using a dilute MiG dark wash:





Next the engine block has had more decals applied. This still needs a weathering wash and a matt coat.







The passenger pod has had panels added and now needs to be weathered



Finally for now, the spine has had lots of stripy decals added to give it some more interest



I've spent the last two evenings masking up the leg pods for the coloured panels, so they'll get the grey panel sprayed tonight and then masking changed to do the blueish panel...
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Old 28-10-2016, 07:37 PM   #8
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Great progress so far. Thanks for the photos
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Old 31-10-2016, 07:05 AM   #9
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Looking good!
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Old 31-10-2016, 08:10 AM   #10
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I've had a couple of days off work and been able to get quite a lot done in that time. First thing was the leg pods. There are 4 of these and each needed masking for the grey panels and then remasking for the bluish panels. Once that was done some panel lines were drawn on with H pencil and then it was decaling. There are LOTS of decals on each pod. I reckon overall each leg pod takes about a day's worth of work, but the results are quite impressive. Most of the decals come with the kit, I only added a couple of extra ones per leg.






Next, the passenger module has been comprehensively weathered with washes and weathering powder. It has also been attached to the front and rear walkways and the spine. The electrical connections between the battery pack and the walkaways means this is now permanently fixed - I won't be able to take the module out like I can with the first build.





You can see the wires ready to connect to the leg pods!*The problem with the command module lighting was eventually solved by putting two Surface Mount LEDs inside, both further in the nose pointing backward to the pilots. In this pic,*



In this pic, the cockpit beak is just a push fit onto the front walkway. Its a firm fit so won't need to be glued and means it can be detached for ease of transportation.



The spine has also had a dark wash applied to dirty it down a bit. The engine bells have been attached to the engines and the engines themselves give a mild dark wash and some weathering





Remember, these are Alclad painted engine bells, not the ridiculously priced aluminium ones!
The leg pods have had a spray of matt varnish and when that is dry, the feet will be added and the pods given a dark wash before fitting to the main body... almost complete!
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Old 01-11-2016, 04:27 PM   #11
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Default You can't mask top-quality work for long.....

....and this is one example. For those of us onlookers, yet to clutch our own box containing the 300-odd parts of what is possibly the greatest plastic kit in known space, this is a thrilling thread. Your photographs are first class, as is the paintwork and the attention to detail - your Eagle looks utterly gorgeous.

I would love to achieve something half as grand as your masterpiece but, if and when the happy day arrives when I can gasp in awe as I lift the box lid, I shall most definitely return time and again to these pages. Congratulations on everything you've achieved to date.

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Old 01-11-2016, 06:14 PM   #12
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Thanks for that Patrick

I can now say that the build is complete - the leg pods had their matt varnish and were then weathered with washes and powders and then installed into the main body. The front pod electrical connections were with 2 pin plugs and sockets which were trivial, but the rear two had to be soldered. They all went together with a bit of coaxing and then came the moment of truth captured in this short video...

https://youtu.be/kcQIvS66uOQ

and here is is with its older sibling with some Thunderbirds and Stingray trying to photobomb in the background...



I'll take better "Ready for Inspection" photos when I can get out into the conservatory in daylight later this week.
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Very nicely done and detailed!
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Old 05-11-2016, 01:04 AM   #14
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So as promised here is a more detailed Ready for Inspection set of photos and a better version of the video































...and finally a better attempt at the video showing the flashing lights...

https://youtu.be/Peme8mxaBuw
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Awesome pics, well done!
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Old 06-11-2016, 05:53 PM   #16
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I'm not in the least surprised that this forum is so quite when people make an effort to post something totally on topic of the forum and get virtually no response in return!
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Great work, I am loving the thread. I love the look of the medical pod, no bleed through on the red which is rare.
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Old 06-11-2016, 08:46 PM   #18
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Yes masking the red stripes to avoid paint creep takes a LOT Of care, especially in the ridged indents! There were some touch ups required, but I had decanted some Ford Diamond White to allow me to touch up any mistakes with a brush. Then the matt varnish and weathering blends the touch up into the original paint so they aren't noticable.
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Default Always loved the White Stripes....

....and those red ones too. Model making of the highest calibre, plus all that lighting to install as well. Projects like this one set the bar for the rest of us. Thanks once more for all those glorious pictures, Boldman.

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Default That Moment Of "Whoa..."

...when words fail, and the eyes pop...!

A beautiful bird!
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