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1/72 MPC Space: 1999 "Eagle 1" - all new tool kit


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Hello all,

One of these days you WILL see a LSP project from me!  Not today...

In the meantime, here is a project I actually got finished.

It's the new tool Eagle kit from a somewhat crappy 1970s sci fi TV show.

The plot lines in those shows were silly...but the special effects were totally cool and I loved the "Eagle".

This new kit is a far cry from the old Fundimensions/MPC kit we had.  This one is accurate in shape and has modern standards of fit.

I needed an "off white" paint to match the studio model and I found a craft paint called "bisque" that fit the bill.

I watched several youtube videos and experimented a lot in order to learn how to airbrush craft acrylics.  It was a learning curve but I enjoyed it.

The tail cones are sprayed with alclad polished aluminum.  To get a brushed metal look, I first primed them with gloss Tamiya black.

Once hardened, I chucked into a drill and spun while holding steel wool against it.  This give the gloss black a texture that yielded the brushed metal appearance I wanted once alclad was sprayed.  Plus I saved a little money by not buying the metal engine bell set!

I did employ the window frames from a Paragrafix photoetch set.  These look great and fit well.

For clear coats I did some of it with Future but I still struggle with getting a consistent airbrush coat that is not "pebbly".

So I fell back to an old reliable standard...MicroScale gloss and flat.  I had some thirty year old bottles that still worked fine.

Here's a couple iPhone photos...

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33 minutes ago, LSP_Kevin said:

Looks great! I've wanted one of those kits since they came out, but their prices just seem to keep going up and up.

 

Kev

There is a 1/48 kit that is 22”. It’s pretty expensive. This is the newer and smaller 1/72 which is 14”. It’s a little easier on the pocketbook. 

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1 hour ago, KUROK said:

There is a 1/48 kit that is 22”. It’s pretty expensive. This is the newer and smaller 1/72 which is 14”. It’s a little easier on the pocketbook. 

 

You're right! This one is quite a bit cheaper than what I remember seeing even the older 1/72 kit for, an way cheaper than the older 1/48 kit. I'm having trouble locating one in Australia at the moment, though...

 

Kev

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3 hours ago, LSP_Kevin said:

 

You're right! This one is quite a bit cheaper than what I remember seeing even the older 1/72 kit for, an way cheaper than the older 1/48 kit. I'm having trouble locating one in Australia at the moment, though...

 

Kev


It’s interesting that the current 1/72 kit is quite a bit bigger than the old “1/72” Eagle kit, which is now taken to be about 1/96 scale.  The metric for “true” scale of the Eagle seems to be based mainly on the fact that the pilot figures used in the 44” filming miniature were modified astronauts from the 1/24 Gemini kit.  That’s how the new half sized 22” kit came to known as 1/48 scale, and the new 1/72 kit was made ~14” long.  Bit, like most vehicles in TV and movie Sci-Fi, the dimensions of interior sets in relation to the actors were usually a bit larger than the exterior dimensions of the model would suggest, so it’s just a guess anyway.

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Very nice Eagle there! I built the 1/48 version and it was really nice, so I imagine that the 72nd kit is just a scaled down version of the 48th kit, therefore equally as nice  

Those engine bells are really nicely done!!!

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40 minutes ago, The Madhatter said:

Very nice Eagle there! I built the 1/48 version and it was really nice, so I imagine that the 72nd kit is just a scaled down version of the 48th kit, therefore equally as nice  

Those engine bells are really nicely done!!!

 

Having sussed out the different versions after KUROK started this thread, it appears that the original 1/72 kit and its contemporary 1/48 kit were in fact related by DNA. But this new one is actually larger than the original (14" vs 11" in length), and is apparently completely re-tooled to feature better detail. Still can't find one anywhere in Australia, though!

 

Kev

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