Eagle 1 (Space:1999 TV Series)
Artist: David Pasquinelli
Model: AirFix, Eagle Transporter
I purchased this model from E-Bay in an "as-is" condition. The model had already been built, a long time ago; this model is originally from the UK and has a stamped date of 1977 so I assume it was originally built around that time.
The model was actually in pretty good shape. Most of the pieces were intact or included in the box it was shipped in.
This model was a true challenge for me, I had never had to fabricate my own parts before and I really wasn't even sure if I could. Luckily, I had a lot of reference photos to use, as a guide for creating the parts needed to restore the model to it's original form. Thank you to all of the Internet sites and all of those wonderfully detailed images of the Eagles. The most challenging part that I had to make was the rear bulkhead; this is the part that actually connects the engines to the rest of the ship. This one piece took me about 12 hours to complete, to my satisfaction. Lots of time, sanding, cutting, gluing and a lot of Q-Tip pieces went into it.
Luck was on my side when it came to the maneuvering rockets located on each of the landing gear pods. The model was missing 3 out of 4 and I thought I was going to have to make them from scratch, not something I was looking forward to doing. Thanks to a member of the Gremlins e-mail list, who had some spares from an old kit, I never had to figure out a way to re produce them. As an additional bonus, he also had the decal sheet that he sent along with them. Thanks again... The Kit came out really well and I'm happy with it. I have wanted to build one of these kits since I was a kid but it just never happened. When the re-released versions came out a few years ago I totally missed the boat. By the time I found out about them it was too late. No one had them anymore and the ones who did were just asking way too much. For the longest time, I couldn't even win on E-Bay, Just never could get that last bid in on time. I would love to find another one and use the Eagle Authentication Kit that's available from Small Art Works. Chances of that are slim to none, but who knows, maybe some day I'll get lucky again...