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Old 20-12-2005, 04:23 AM   #1
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Default Scratchbuild an Eagle Transporter Command Module

Has anyone here ever tried scratchbuilding a command module???

I have been over to Tobor's, Barry's, David S's, Ketzer's etc.

found ideas on to build most of the Eagle parts. I have even tried

sculpting with clay, came close, but , just did not look

right. What dimension's does one use??????.


I found tips or links to purchase one, but some of us here can't

fork out $$$$$$$$, thus putting everything on hold. I would like

to see just about every member here showing off his 44" built

Eagle.


Any suggestions would be very much appreciated
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Old 20-12-2005, 09:44 AM   #2
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I can tell you how I built my master pattern. The first thing I did was make up the recessed window areas in styrene and added them to the top and side profile that I also cut from plastic sheet. It's then just a question of blocking the thing out in filler and sanding. Once the shape was arrived at, I took moulds of different parts of the CM so I could vacform the panels that needed cutting out and sticking on. When the completed master pattern was done, I made a master mould from which the fibreglass shells were made. One of the problems with trying to get the shape right is the fact that there aren't any reference points to take measurements from other than the corners of the recessed windows. I was constantly tweaking the shape. Cutting out and adding a plastic sheet profile where the front and rear halves separate helped a great deal and also pencilling in where the panels were going to go made visualising the finished thing easier.
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Old 20-12-2005, 03:43 PM   #3
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, Thank you, Chris. I had similiar idea
going off measurements of a smaller scale AMT/ Airfix/Fundimension
kits recessed area, but those kits CM are inaccurate. I wonder if the
PE kit is more accurate, judging from pics it looks like it is ( not
received mine yet ).

Thanks again for your insight
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Old 20-12-2005, 05:14 PM   #4
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The CM on the PE 12" is very good. The areas between the windows around the "equator" are flattened off a little to much but it's still not bad.

Unfortunately, the 23" CM is not as good. In fact that applies to the whole thing from an accuracy point of view.
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Old 20-12-2005, 10:11 PM   #5
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Cool, now I've got something to look forward to besides just
admiring my PE eagle.


Thanks for the insight


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