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Offline blakeh1

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MPC Space 1999 Eagle (11")
« on: Mon Jul, 09, 2018, 08:22:PM »
Box says 1/72, but it seems more like a 1/100 or so model

I had always wanted one of these, but the original kits were just way to pricey as they had been out of production and were only available on sites like E-Bay.

Needless to say, I immediately picked this up when Round 2 repopped it a few years ago. Although if I had known the 22" was on the way I would have waited  ;D

At any rate, out of the box, the kit needs a ton of work to get the open cage look, but I think it will be worth it.

I am not driving myself crazy trying to get a perfect replica since I figured the 22" one can fill that need, but I did want to at least get it in the ball park

So, first chore was cutting out the cage openings and rebuild the spine to a better angle as well as adding the missing bars on the bottom.

Cutting out the openings was extremely tedious. I used a jewelers saw to cut out the openings, then a new xacto blade to shave it down and round out the edges of the bars







I cut the cross pieces from the spine, and shortened the ones on top, then glued it back together. I used the sprue rods from a Bandai 2199 Garmillas warship set for the bottom cross pieces sine it was nearly identical in size to the existing ones

This is the new angle




I also cut out the landing pad supports


« Last Edit: Mon Jul, 09, 2018, 08:35:PM by blakeh1 »

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Re: MPC Space 1999 Eagle (11")
« Reply #1 on: Mon Jul, 09, 2018, 08:33:PM »
Next up was scratch building the machinery stuff inside the support cages

I know the original used the same Panther tank deck that was one the Millennium Falcon and many other ILM models but the one on the 1/144 Falcon was too small, and the one on the 1/72 Falcon too large.

So I molded the exhaust vents from an N Scale diesel engine and used that instead. I tried too add other "greeblie" details that emulated the look of a transformer/engine box. Again, not accurate, but at least looks the part

I used Insta Mold (Oyumaru) and greenstuff to make the half round parts as well as the copies of the exhaust vent parts

I also used some Bandai sprue parts from the Cosmo Zero as well as some of the landing gear parts and some sheet stryene and brass rod/piping











« Last Edit: Mon Jul, 09, 2018, 08:36:PM by blakeh1 »

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Re: MPC Space 1999 Eagle (11")
« Reply #2 on: Tue Jul, 10, 2018, 12:40:AM »
Off to an excellent start there.
Making me want to pull out my 22" version and work it
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Re: MPC Space 1999 Eagle (11")
« Reply #3 on: Tue Jul, 10, 2018, 03:04:AM »
Nice work on opening up those cages.

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Re: MPC Space 1999 Eagle (11")
« Reply #4 on: Tue Jul, 10, 2018, 11:38:AM »
Off to an excellent start there.
Making me want to pull out my 22" version and work it

Do it

It is such an excellent model. I had fun building it. It is sitting in primer right now since I want to test out colors and paneling and weathering on this one first

I figure if I mess it up trying out some techniques it is no big deal

I want to try to get my 22" one perfect

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Re: MPC Space 1999 Eagle (11")
« Reply #5 on: Tue Jul, 10, 2018, 07:26:PM »
I like the greeblie work Blake,
now what kind of saw is this...? it looks like a thread,,.!
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Re: MPC Space 1999 Eagle (11")
« Reply #6 on: Wed Jul, 11, 2018, 04:23:PM »
I like the greeblie work Blake,
now what kind of saw is this...? it looks like a thread,,.!

I know it as a jewelers saw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjq-oLz1ANQ

I used it when I was fabricating jewelry from sheets of silver and other metals, but found it extremely useful for model work

You can find different depths for them as well as different size blades, but here is an example

https://www.amazon.com/JSP-GERMAN-JEWELERS-ASSORTED-BLADES/dp/B06X9QT787/ref=asc_df_B06X9QT787/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=216548929909&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=14716042427750549129&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9007217&hvtargid=pla-351053644463&psc=1
« Last Edit: Wed Jul, 11, 2018, 04:25:PM by blakeh1 »