MPC’s Space: 1999 “Eagle Transporter” Model Kit Re-Released
Good news, everyone! MPC has re-released their model kit of the Eagle Transporter from Space: 1999! While I realize (now) that the show is 100% cheese, I’ve always loved the Eagle and Hawk ships. As a kid, I’m sure I probably built, and subsequently destroyed, 10 of these kits… you know the story.
The kit is very easy, with only a few parts. The center module is an annoying 3-piece puzzle that does not go together that well. And, with my kit, it is too long to fit with the rest of the model – I had to shave it to get it to fit at all. The included bracket, that is supposed to make the center module detach, was worthless – either too tight or too loose. I ended up simply gluing the center module to the top frame. Otherwise, it is molded quite well, with little natural seeming. I didn’t have to shave the any part of the command module to get the “Moonbase Alpha” decal to sit.
Overall, I really like this kit, and the level of detail is much better than I remember as a kid. It is simple, clean, and the finished model has a good heft and quality feel to it. It is molded well, has very few parts, and – outside of painting – can be completed in a day. MPC has these kits available for a limited time only, I believe that last run was about 10 years ago. If you are a fan of Space: 1999, or the Eagle, grab one before they are gone!
- Simple and quick kit to build.
- Good level of detail throughout, and generally good quality molding.
- Lots of little set-in areas makes painting and setting decals frustrating.
- Bracket holding center module to the frame is worthless.
Verdict = Recommended.
UPDATE – 05/07/15 – I’ve done a second build of this Eagle kit, aiming for much more realism this time, and I am very happy with the results.
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