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Old 15-12-2009, 08:55 PM   #1
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Default RU 23 Engine Section Piping

Working on the engine section of a RU build. I'm attempting to duplicate the pipe/tube configuration done by Eagle on his build:

http://www.eagletransporter.com/pod11.asp

My question is how to bend the plastic tube (I assume they are just styrene tubes/rods)? Hair dryer, hot water?

Thanks for any advice.
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Old 17-12-2009, 02:30 AM   #2
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Simple answer would be to use plastic coated wire, it's designed to be bent and stays there once done. It does mean that you have to drill holes in the engine pieces to mount the wire, but it will be stronger.

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Old 17-12-2009, 07:17 AM   #3
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Thanks, haven't thought of that. Are there plastic coated wires of that diameter?
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Old 17-12-2009, 07:43 AM   #4
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Your other option is to use hobby shop brass and get a pipe bending thingy. I've used the coated wire for the PE 12s, but I doubt you'd find anything the right diameter for the 22/ 23"
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Old 23-01-2010, 06:17 AM   #5
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Finished the engine piping. Used 1/8" styrene tubing over 1/32" brass wire. Not too tough to do once I got the hang of it. Here are some pics.





I 'm trying to match the markings from the 'Space1999Eagle.com' poster from a while back but couldn't find the correct decals; so I made my own sheet.



Some on the engine section:


Some on the CM - mix of my own set with stencils from a 1/48 F-10G:
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Old 23-01-2010, 06:20 AM   #6
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Ignore the Alpha crests. The original document had the correct 'Bump' font but I forgot to install the font on the computer the printer is connected to. Reprint.
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Old 23-01-2010, 11:13 PM   #7
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Man that looks great, keep those pics coming!
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Old 06-02-2010, 06:42 AM   #8
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CM and engine cluster ready for clearcoat and slight weathering








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Old 06-02-2010, 07:38 AM   #9
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Very nice paneling there.
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Old 06-02-2010, 10:39 AM   #10
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Snag, you might want to check out this thread, particularly post 13 and 15.

http://www.eagletransporter.com/foru...ad.php?t=10126
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Old 06-02-2010, 06:33 PM   #11
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Thanks DX.

I know it'll gnaw on me now but I don't think I'll try refurb the paint
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Old 22-02-2010, 06:58 AM   #12
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Finished the front companion way, engine clusters and CM. Light weathering on all with a bit of a wash and satin overcoat. Just the right amount of dirt and grime and not too shiney.












The entire front cage section should done tomorrow.
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Old 22-02-2010, 08:10 AM   #13
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I've been studying the engine section in detail as I build my 44" Eagle, and it is pretty clear that the three 44" Eagle models varied greatly in their 'plumbing', and each model even changed between seasons and in some cases episodes.

I have come to the conclusion that there is no 'right' configuration for this plumbing, and you need to pick a model to replicate dependent on your own preferences and reference available.

In my case I am replicating Eagle 1 as she is now, as that's what I have most pictorial reference material on.

Having said that it's still not easy to get it all right, the plumbing being complicated by many small diameter pipes joined to the larger diameter ones - especially underneath. I think I've managed to do it now though and am pleased with my efforts so far. It just remains for me to do the diamond shaped pipe around the engine bell mounts and its associated plumbing - which was a season 2 addition together with a major re-plumbing job it seems.
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Old 23-02-2010, 06:11 AM   #14
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Front cage completed. Bolted it onto the pod just to get a feel.


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Old 09-09-2012, 07:56 AM   #15
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After 3+ years of on/off work I'm almost finish with this Meta Eagle. Need a few bits and pieces such as the attitude nozzles; and then weather the Spine Booster and she's done.
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:35 AM   #16
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Congratulations on a skilled and successful build, I like it..!

Would you recommend the RU kit to someone who wants to build an Eagle?
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That is a sweet looking Eagle! Love it!
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Very nice!
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Old 12-09-2012, 05:56 AM   #19
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Congratulations on a skilled and successful build, I like it..!

Would you recommend the RU kit to someone who wants to build an Eagle?
Thanks. As far as recommendation... since there are no other kits out there in this scale, its the only game in town. If I were to do it again, I would try to scratch build the spine and central corridor frames with brass tubes, and make them more to scale with the blueprints.

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That is a sweet looking Eagle! Love it!
Not quite there yet. Almost/

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Very nice!
Thanks.
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