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44" Eagle - Bringing it all together

moonhugger

Alphans
Well, firstly and I don't fully understand why I started some threads as I was building the different parts of the Eagle;

The passenger pod (still incomplete)
http://www.eagletransporter.com/forum/showthread.php?t=159496

The Leg Pods
http://www.eagletransporter.com/forum/showthread.php?t=159870

The Brass Work
http://www.eagletransporter.com/forum/showthread.php?t=160829

The Walk Ways
http://www.eagletransporter.com/forum/showthread.php?t=160322

The Engine Bells
http://www.eagletransporter.com/forum/showthread.php?t=161663

and now with my little bit of history out of the way I will continue to update here.....
 

moonhugger

Alphans
Someone gave me some advice; I should be pre-shading.....
I have never built a scale model before by the way! Cutting brass is much easier for me than this painting lark....
 

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moonhugger

Alphans
.....with a quick light flash of white to blend it all back together.
I struggle with light / gentle / softly etc.
Big hammer is more like my style; but I am ok with it; the grey hasn't come out so well in the photo.
It is a bit rough in places but ok.
 

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moonhugger

Alphans
It is great....
the thing that is, not my work especially but what a sense of achievement.

By the way; the pod is in white primer still.
 

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moonhugger

Alphans
I found the courage to drill the spine and currently making the fixings to join the thing together.
 

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tazman2000

Alphans
Nice to see all the thread in one spot. All of the angles are very sharp. I can' t wait to see how it looks with everything all put together.

TazMan2000
 
Never in the shade.....

What you've achieved is truly great Julian. It's that moment when all the pieces go together, and you look at it, and you just cannot believe you've actually got that far. Doesn't matter the shading doesn't quite show in the pictures, it's patently obvious you've done a fantastic job in the construction phase, and with the paint she's starting to look like the beautiful end product. Let's see more pictures as the project continues - well done indeed!!

Kindest regards

Patrick
 

moonhugger

Alphans
Happy New Year everyone

Thanks for the kind words Patrick, much appreciated (I don't mean to sound so needy; I am much happier making than finishing though).

I managed to get some time in on the model during the holiday - so much to fit in to a short space of time and back to work tomorrow! Where does the time go.

A bit of turning (not quite studio but I figured I would make the soldering easier - pretty certain it was)
A bit of cutting / filing / drilling - all by hand

And some soldering (the chuck jaws are from an old no longer used chuck - they make nice parallel spacers). The soldering was surprisingly straight forward.

Thanks for looking
Julian
 

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Slate Mcleod

Alphans
Almost at the finish line - keep it going! looking great so far! I know I could never do the brass work, that's what put's me off doing similar. Am tempted to go down the plastic route like a certain Harold Wolf Snr did though. He proved a plastic 44 eagle works.
 

moonhugger

Alphans
Thanks Slate
Yeah Harold's Eagle is great; fast, and seeing that develop has inspired me to get a bit more focused. Distracted with a piece of art - Death Star 3d Tiles for the house, she said yes and I need to move fast before her mind changes!
Patrick's wooden Eagle, also great.
I am a metal basher by craft so the brass is ok; I think brass, plastic or wood, it is a lot of work!
 

ssorguk

Alphans
This is a beautiful build, Julian!

I'm in the planning stages of a 44" build of my own and I'm finding this very inspirational. If my Eagle turns out half as good as yours, I'll be very happy.

I await further updates with interest.

Cheers,

Craig
 

moonhugger

Alphans
Thanks for the Interest Craig (and all); we will get together at some point. I have had other stuff to do - self enforced; for some reason we have decided to do a 100 mile off-road cycle ride and that is taking my time at the moment. But with fairly little effort (since the jigs were made and the fish mouthing was already done) I have made the passenger pod under floor frame; not sure why I didn't do this first as a learning experience, it is obviously easy compared to the main spine and cages. A couple of hours over two evenings and we are here; I hand cut the fish mouths for the diagonals with a file; that took some time but not a lot.
 

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moonhugger

Alphans
Some pod floor frame build stage photos - the jig set (two L's with holes in) worked great; the structure is flat and straight (within reason).
 

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moonhugger

Alphans
tryptych - hi; yes all brass tubing. This floor section I just made from K&S thin wall tube but the main sections; the spine and so on are thick wall, it has to be for strength (apparently). It is as per studio; although I believe they had one with a steel spine as well. I think as a non-filming model it would be ok in thin wall; that would be lighter (on the wallet as well).
I don't know what it weighs but the raw material came in at nearly £200 (we can't cost out the hours! Its our hobby).

Thanks for the compliment; just do the best we can; that is all we can do but I am comfortable with the metal bashing side of things.
 
Julain's Odyssey continues.....

You won't belive this J, but it's over THREE YEARS since you sent me the beautifully cut MDF and plastic components for the passenger pod for my own home-made Eagle. What a centre piece (excuse the pun) that turned out to be.

I remember vividly making the same frame to fit underneath that self-same pod - you raise a very valid question about why nobody starts out making the part which nobody ever sees!! As ever, you know there's a number of folks out there all willing you on - can't wait to see her fully finished.

22" Eagle kits are all the rage these days (and it's a great kit) but there's something really special about owning your own 44" model.

Keep the hobby alive,

Kindest regards

Patrick
 

moonhugger

Alphans
3 years.
Back in 2014 I said to someone; 5 years! I get distracted and seem to get in to some serious commitments (full time work, teach two evenings a week and didn't finish the distance learning MSc until the end of 2015); I put myself in these situations, at the moment I am cycling all the time, for some reason we said we would do a 100 mile off road ride - I don't know.
Just need to keep plugging away at it. I think I might get it finished within the 5 years but it will be close. I did get a bit demoralised by the painting; that is the hard bit for me.

It will all work out and it will get finished - I am committed to it.
 

moonhugger

Alphans
A bit of progress

CNC routed some acrylic - should have done that from the start.
Brass - looks nicer without paint; but progressed with etch prime and the acrylic roughened a little and primed.
The little upstanding peg fits into a hole at each end of the floor; I will probably just bond the things together but I could get an M5 thread on there. I don't think it needs to come apart again.
The kit parts are copies in resin.
 

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