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SFMA Big Spring Build Contest => SFMA Big Spring Build Contest 2014 => Topic started by: Cook1965 on February 28, 2014, 05:11:32 pm

Title: Eagle Transport from Space:1999 (Modified)
Post by: Cook1965 on February 28, 2014, 05:11:32 pm
(http://i745.photobucket.com/albums/xx99/jamescook382/th_20140228_053007_zpsrxjslluu.jpg) (http://s745.photobucket.com/user/jamescook382/media/20140228_053007_zpsrxjslluu.jpg.html)


(http://i745.photobucket.com/albums/xx99/jamescook382/th_20140228_053201_zpsqhywrrpo.jpg) (http://s745.photobucket.com/user/jamescook382/media/20140228_053201_zpsqhywrrpo.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Eagle Transport from Space:1999
Post by: The Model Dude on February 28, 2014, 05:47:03 pm
The Eagle has landed... on your bench!   ;D  I look forward to seeing you get it up and running, this is one of those models I would love to own and build one day myself.  I wish you fun and success, on the build and the contest!   8)
Title: Re: Eagle Transport from Space:1999
Post by: dlots1701a on February 28, 2014, 06:01:08 pm
good to go cook1965 good luck
Title: Re: Eagle Transport from Space:1999
Post by: fumblethumbs on February 28, 2014, 06:04:10 pm
Nice one James!  Another kit I dearly want to see get built!
Good luck and enjoy yourself with it!
 :)
Title: Re: Eagle Transport from Space:1999
Post by: Cook1965 on February 28, 2014, 07:16:55 pm
Thanks, guys! Can't wait to start on it.
Title: Re: Eagle Transport from Space:1999
Post by: Tankton on February 28, 2014, 09:02:17 pm
I almost picked this one myself. Looking forward to your build.
Title: Re: Eagle Transport from Space:1999
Post by: Cook1965 on March 01, 2014, 01:25:03 pm
Day One. Started the process. And boy, there is some work to be done. Anyone who has ever owned this kit knows that it is not as accurate as it could be. So, I will attempt to make it so. This will call for a lot of cutting, filing, sanding and fabrication.

(http://i745.photobucket.com/albums/xx99/jamescook382/th_20140301_125338_zpsrsblwrbk.jpg) (http://s745.photobucket.com/user/jamescook382/media/20140301_125338_zpsrsblwrbk.jpg.html)

I started by removing the material between the frame members on the service module.(http://i745.photobucket.com/albums/xx99/jamescook382/th_20140301_132714_zpswwormimc.jpg) (http://s745.photobucket.com/user/jamescook382/media/20140301_132714_zpswwormimc.jpg.html)(http://i745.photobucket.com/albums/xx99/jamescook382/th_20140301_135641_zpsi6s12bo6.jpg) (http://s745.photobucket.com/user/jamescook382/media/20140301_135641_zpsi6s12bo6.jpg.html)

Tricky work. Already lost two drill bits ::)



Title: Re: Eagle Transport from Space:1999
Post by: Randal Scott on March 01, 2014, 01:44:00 pm
You have your work, er cut out for you with this one! I built a couple of these way back when they were first issued and thought they were the coolest, and still think they are cool. Looking forward to your build. :)
Title: Re: Eagle Transport from Space:1999
Post by: billski on March 01, 2014, 02:51:07 pm
looks like you have a lot of work to do, but I am sure it will be worth it
Title: Re: Eagle Transport from Space:1999
Post by: fumblethumbs on March 01, 2014, 03:15:02 pm
Whoa...You're a bear for punishment James  ;D

Seriously, the carving you are doing is pretty well a "must do" in order to get
a nice result I would think eh?  I mean, the way they molded that bit solid just
isn't going to (hmm hmm) fly.  Looking good James!  :)
Title: Re: Eagle Transport from Space:1999
Post by: 3rdplacetrekkie on March 04, 2014, 12:45:20 am
looking forward to seeing the final product! good luck!
Title: Re: Eagle Transport from Space:1999
Post by: The Model Dude on March 04, 2014, 10:37:40 am
Day One. Started the process. And boy, there is some work to be done. Anyone who has ever owned this kit knows that it is not as accurate as it could be. So, I will attempt to make it so. This will call for a lot of cutting, filing, sanding and fabrication.

Tricky work. Already lost two drill bits ::)

Looking good!  That is a small area to work in.   :)
Title: Re: Eagle Transport from Space:1999
Post by: Cook1965 on March 04, 2014, 12:02:27 pm
So, it is Day Three for me, and I have to say, I am not happy with the way this kit was molded and designed. Even after drilling and cutting out the excess material, I am left with a mess. So, scratch building the structural 'cages' looks like the way to go.(http://i745.photobucket.com/albums/xx99/jamescook382/th_20140304_120819_zpsh9aftpj6.jpg) (http://s745.photobucket.com/user/jamescook382/media/20140304_120819_zpsh9aftpj6.jpg.html)

And here are my first scratch built components.....

(http://i745.photobucket.com/albums/xx99/jamescook382/th_20140304_121540_zps1e2iyylr.jpg) (http://s745.photobucket.com/user/jamescook382/media/20140304_121540_zps1e2iyylr.jpg.html)(http://i745.photobucket.com/albums/xx99/jamescook382/th_20140304_123131_zpsyziqslre.jpg) (http://s745.photobucket.com/user/jamescook382/media/20140304_123131_zpsyziqslre.jpg.html)

Three more side panels (2nd photo), 15 top/bottom angled panels (3rd photo), and eight top/bottom pieces to go. Then I can start on the module walls and verticle ties.  ;D



Title: Re: Eagle Transport from Space:1999
Post by: wolf 359 on March 04, 2014, 12:13:14 pm
I will be watching as I have never buit this one and will be getting one soon.
Title: Re: Eagle Transport from Space:1999 (Modified)
Post by: 3rdplacetrekkie on March 05, 2014, 09:56:46 am
Yay! Scratch building!!! Looks good! Keep it up!
Title: Re: Eagle Transport from Space:1999 (Modified)
Post by: fumblethumbs on March 05, 2014, 05:43:17 pm
Yeah, you know, even if it takes longer to scratch build these bits (and it very well may be faster)
it has to be a lot easier on the nerves for sure!  Parts are looking great James!   :)
Title: Re: Eagle Transport from Space:1999 (Modified)
Post by: PiperCPO on March 05, 2014, 05:52:55 pm
I had one of these back in the day. Could never understand why they did a great job by molding the "backbone" of the Eagle and then just "blew off" doing the same for the service module. When I saw that the kit was being reissued I was hoping they would maybe redo that but guess not. I dearly love the Eagles. Considered doing what your doing when I get one, but now I am rethinking that. I think scratch building will be the way I go when I get around to it. Its a shame there is a nice bit of detail that goes in those areas. I almost wish Fine Molds would do an Eagle I will be all over it, if they do. Hmmmmm how many Eagles did Alpha have....... ;D. My wife would kill me! Good luck with it. It's looking good so far.
Title: Re: Eagle Transport from Space:1999 (Modified)
Post by: HDATX on March 06, 2014, 05:52:14 pm
Hey Cook, great subject.  I have never built this kit before nor have I seen it in person.  I knew it was very accurate, but having all that plastic in the tube cage around the core of the model really sucks.  I see why many have scratch built that now and why I have read about many a modeler cursing it to hell.  I can't wait though to see more and your scratch built cage work.  I love the show and this has always been a favorite model of mine.  Great progress!
Jerry
Title: Re: Eagle Transport from Space:1999 (Modified)
Post by: Magnus Greel on March 07, 2014, 05:42:01 pm
Hey Buddy,
I did exactly the same thing you're doing over twenty five years or so ago with this kit, all the best to you it's a hell of a job to do :-(
Title: Re: Eagle Transport from Space:1999 (Modified)
Post by: Cook1965 on March 12, 2014, 02:47:18 pm
"Build an Eagle," the voices said. "Do most of it from scratch. It'll be FUN," they said...Well, I have to say, it is driving me crazy! ;D I was going to attempt to build the service module framework with copper tubing, and after burning my fingers and having my work fall apart evry time I attached a new piece, I decided that plastic will have to be the way to go.

So this is what I have done, so far.

In the upper portion of the 1st pic, are two complete cage halves. They will be joined with cross ties tonight.


(http://i745.photobucket.com/albums/xx99/jamescook382/th_20140312_141114_zpsl8a1eypz.jpg) (http://s745.photobucket.com/user/jamescook382/media/20140312_141114_zpsl8a1eypz.jpg.html)

In the next pic,I took the kit provided 'spine' and added cross members for structural stability (as it was made on the studio model), and I really don't want to try to reinvent the wheel on this, hence the use of the kit part...

(http://i745.photobucket.com/albums/xx99/jamescook382/th_20140312_141134_zpsipubt32r.jpg) (http://s745.photobucket.com/user/jamescook382/media/20140312_141134_zpsipubt32r.jpg.html)

Here, you can see the cross members on the underside of the 'spine'.
(http://i745.photobucket.com/albums/xx99/jamescook382/th_20140312_141153_zpspj9m4zdv.jpg) (http://s745.photobucket.com/user/jamescook382/media/20140312_141153_zpspj9m4zdv.jpg.html)
And that's all for now. More to follow in the next couple of days, or so! 8)
Title: Re: Eagle Transport from Space:1999 (Modified)
Post by: r0bert on March 12, 2014, 04:21:27 pm
If you haven't seen this video of the original 44 inch studio model,
you may find it useful.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRwrmmGEcf4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRwrmmGEcf4)
Title: Re: Eagle Transport from Space:1999 (Modified)
Post by: big game nerd on March 12, 2014, 10:24:11 pm
Looking great.  All of the scratch building will pay off for you.  Hang in there
Title: Re: Eagle Transport from Space:1999 (Modified)
Post by: 3rdplacetrekkie on March 13, 2014, 10:10:16 pm
scratch building sweetness!  ;D lovin what I see thus far! keep it up!
Title: Re: Eagle Transport from Space:1999 (Modified)
Post by: Magnus Greel on March 15, 2014, 06:40:29 am
Oh my god buddy that's an insane amount of work you've given yourself, I didn't go to lengths you're going to when I built mine, and then subsequently blew the thing apart for fun, it was great fun at the time but I'd cry if I'd put all your work in to it and it then got blown to smithereens, great work it's amazing buddy :-)
Title: Re: Eagle Transport from Space:1999 (Modified)
Post by: jguard68 on March 15, 2014, 09:01:02 am
Very nice work indeed.
Title: Re: Eagle Transport from Space:1999 (Modified)
Post by: wolf 359 on March 19, 2014, 02:00:02 pm
This does look nice with the scratch building
Title: Re: Eagle Transport from Space:1999 (Modified)
Post by: TrekWorks on March 21, 2014, 07:09:25 am
Very nice. Man the extra work you've done there really helps the model to look much better.
Title: Re: Eagle Transport from Space:1999 (Modified)
Post by: Cook1965 on April 15, 2014, 09:36:01 am
Here's an update on my Eagle build.

(http://i745.photobucket.com/albums/xx99/jamescook382/Mobile%20Uploads/2014-03/20140315_112241_zpsoxeunm9w.jpg) (http://s745.photobucket.com/user/jamescook382/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2014-03/20140315_112241_zpsoxeunm9w.jpg.html)

For the command module, I trimmed away the molded rear 'wall' on both halves. Then, I glued the halves together and sanded them flush. Then, i trimmed a piece of sheet plastic, glued it in place, and filed and sanded to make a new wall.

(http://i745.photobucket.com/albums/xx99/jamescook382/20140403_181237_zpslkied6sd.jpg) (http://s745.photobucket.com/user/jamescook382/media/20140403_181237_zpslkied6sd.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Eagle Transport from Space:1999 (Modified)
Post by: Cook1965 on April 15, 2014, 09:46:39 am
This is some of the trimming I will have to do, in order to get the landing gear pods to fit in the frames. More on these, later.



(http://i745.photobucket.com/albums/xx99/jamescook382/20140403_181329_zps1wimqyzv.jpg) (http://s745.photobucket.com/user/jamescook382/media/20140403_181329_zps1wimqyzv.jpg.html)

As I had to build the structural cages from scratch, so too, would I have to build the service and engineering modules.

(http://i745.photobucket.com/albums/xx99/jamescook382/20140403_181304_zpscend3ldw.jpg) (http://s745.photobucket.com/user/jamescook382/media/20140403_181304_zpscend3ldw.jpg.html)(http://i745.photobucket.com/albums/xx99/jamescook382/20140415_100829_zpstpbkrxca.jpg) (http://s745.photobucket.com/user/jamescook382/media/20140415_100829_zpstpbkrxca.jpg.html)

I also had to trim the photo etched parts to fit, as those were designed to work with the original kit parts.



Title: Re: Eagle Transport from Space:1999 (Modified)
Post by: Cook1965 on April 15, 2014, 09:54:38 am
(http://i745.photobucket.com/albums/xx99/jamescook382/20140415_100838_zpsrm4me8xs.jpg) (http://s745.photobucket.com/user/jamescook382/media/20140415_100838_zpsrm4me8xs.jpg.html)

Here, I have glued the photo etched parts to the transport module...

(http://i745.photobucket.com/albums/xx99/jamescook382/20140415_100951_zpscb2jmhbd.jpg) (http://s745.photobucket.com/user/jamescook382/media/20140415_100951_zpscb2jmhbd.jpg.html)

...primed the completed structural frame and cages,

(http://i745.photobucket.com/albums/xx99/jamescook382/20140415_101539_zpsgmix8uij.jpg) (http://s745.photobucket.com/user/jamescook382/media/20140415_101539_zpsgmix8uij.jpg.html)

...and gave it it"s first coat of flat white paint.

I'll be back in a couple of days with more progress. Thanks for viewing!









Title: Re: Eagle Transport from Space:1999 (Modified)
Post by: Quarky on April 16, 2014, 04:43:21 pm
Lovely! Watching with interest!
Title: Re: Eagle Transport from Space:1999 (Modified)
Post by: 3rdplacetrekkie on April 17, 2014, 02:24:29 pm
Fantastic! So intricate! I am loving the progress!
Title: Re: Eagle Transport from Space:1999 (Modified)
Post by: fumblethumbs on April 17, 2014, 09:36:20 pm
Yep, awesome work on this James!  :)
Title: Re: Eagle Transport from Space:1999 (Modified)
Post by: PiperCPO on April 17, 2014, 09:39:42 pm
That is going to look so nice when you get it all fitted! I wish they had engineered the kit originally like that. Would have been alot more pleasing to the eye! Awesome work!
Title: Re: Eagle Transport from Space:1999 (Modified)
Post by: The Model Dude on April 18, 2014, 02:12:04 pm
Looking great!  I have always loved the look of this model, and the progress you have shown so far is doing it justice.  Keep up the great work and keep having fun!   8)
Title: Re: Eagle Transport from Space:1999 (Modified)
Post by: wolf 359 on April 21, 2014, 01:34:46 pm
Looks great!