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CPM MPC MPC825 Space:1999 Eagle Transporter 22 Long Plastic Model

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The model has been revised several times; initial versions had leg pods similar to the first 44inch studio model, later ones were based on the second 44inch studio model. Accuracy varies greatly, as does the quality of the casting (resin is prone to air bubbles, which can be difficult to fix).

MPC presents a Limited Re-Issue of the 22” model kit with details gleaned from the original miniature used during the production of Space:1999. The legs won’t feature springs, but there will be two sets of legs in “landed” and “flying” positions. Garage kits are made of polyurethane resin in limited numbers by non-professionals (unlike styrene injection molded kits produced by mainstream companies like Airfix, Revell, AMT and Tamiya). Construction and painting requires significant model making experience (the instructions are generally regarded as inadequate, although these have been expanded in later editions). Sold in a bubble pack, with red and black card art (series logo and rescue Eagle over lunar surface, art by Graham Bleathman).In “Breakaway”, the Space:1999 premiere episode, it was clear to see that the iconic Eagle spacecraft was truly unique. The Ultra Probe command module has been a popular product for various garage kit manufacturers, possibly because they could recast an existing replica. Special attention has been paid to ensure it assembles as easily as Round 2’s release of the Polar Lights 1:350 scale TOS Enterprise. At 15” long, this kit is the perfect pairing to go with any of MPC’s popular 1/48 scale Eagle Transporter models.

Each kit features authentic details copied from the production props like the buttons, knobs, and switches. In this configuration, the ship was well equipped to handle heavy lifting whether transporting nuclear waste canisters on its flatbed or when it was fully rigged with a powerful winch complete with magnetic hoist.The star vehicle of the groundbreaking work was the Eagle, the venerable workhorse of Moon Base Alpha. For the Ultra Probe, the neck behind the command module is far too long, the front tank cylinders behind are far too short, and the framework spine has obvious distortion. The Hawk, however, was a sleeker design that was unencumbered by the need to serve in utilitarian roles. They replace the VTOL engines under the ship and module as well as the main propulsion units; plastic baffles detail the last. I followed the instructions and assembled the crew module followed by the fore and aft walkways, painting subassemblies as I went.

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