MPC’s Space: 1999 “Eagle 1 Transporter” Model Kit Redux

MPC's Space: 1999 Eagle 1 Transporter model kit box.

MPC’s Space: 1999 Eagle 1 Transporter model kit box.

A while back, I worked on a model kit of the Eagle Transporter from Space: 1999. The old MPC kit was one I had made several times when I was young, and it was one of my first builds on my recent return to modeling. Since then, I’ve been stretching my skills and I wanted to return to this kit. I’ve always been a big fan of the Eagle, it has that perfect 70’s, modular-look, about it. This MPC kit is still available, having been re-released about a year ago. But I believe supplies are getting low.

The completed MPC Eagle Transporter model.

The completed MPC Eagle Transporter model.

This time around, the overall body of the Eagle was sprayed with Testor’s Gloss White. The engine nozzles, and landing pads were sprayed with Testor’s Silver. With my last Eagle kit, I stuck with the decals for the windows, figuring painting them would be far too difficult. And, of course, the little squares and triangles fore-and-aft of the Command and Engine Pods would be right-out. With a little confidence from some of my recent builds, and an absolutely killer detail brush – The Psycho1 – I decided to paint those areas this time. Oh, and that brush is insane and very small. Just perfect to draw lines to paint inside. When everything was dry, the build received a few coats of Testor’s Gloss. I’m really pretty happy with how it came out.

Front-right view of MPC's Eagle Transporter model.

Front-right view of MPC’s Eagle Transporter model.

On top of painting in those details, I decided to go all-in and try to clean up the seams with putty and sandpaper. That process took a long time, but it was fun to really get down to work on the model and it cleaned up very nicely.

Close-up of the Passenger Pod from MPC's Eagle Transporter model.

Close-up of the Passenger Pod from MPC’s Eagle Transporter model.

Bandai’s Veritech model came with so many decals, some were redundant. I repurposed a few on the Eagle, like the red “Warning” notice above, to give the build a little more realism. As you can see, MPC has done a good job and the kit comes with well detailed decals, such as the door handle, keypad, serial-numbers, etc.

The deck to the Command Pod.

The deck to the Command Pod.

The MPC Eagle Transporter kit includes nicely detailed decals.

The MPC Eagle Transporter kit includes nicely detailed decals.

"Eagle 1, ready for liftoff."

“Eagle 1, ready for liftoff.”

I’m very happy I came back to this kit for a mulligan, and am really pleased with how it came out.

MPC’s Space: 1999 Eagle 1 Transporter Model Kit2 

Pros:

  • Simple and quick kit to build.
  • Good level of detail throughout, and generally good quality molding.

Cons:

  • Lots of little set-in areas makes painting and setting decals challenging.
  • It is still difficult to get the henge on the Passenger Pod to attach to the Eagle.

Verdict = Recommended.

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Mike Knotts

Mike Knotts was born in 1968 in a small town in southern Indiana. Even when very young, Mike showed a love for all-things technical and sci-fi. Moving with his family to California in the early 80's, he eventually graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in History. Rather than put that to good use, Mike continued to pursue his passion for technology by working for early, regional ISP's in the mid 1990's. He currently resides in the Pacific Northwest, where he works as a project manager for an Internet startup. Mike is a co-founder of Geekometry.

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14 Responses

  1. Jim says:

    Hello Again,
    Just checking back to see if there were any additional Space 1999 models you might have added as they had issued a deluxe version with a lab pod and spine booster. Also, MPC is releasing a built and painted 22 inch Eagle. It is a bit high cost but may be worth purchasing for collectible purposes. Search for Space 1999 22 inch display Eagle.
    Regards
    Jim

  2. Gee Vee says:

    On the side of the of the Passenger Pod from MPC’s Eagle Transporter model, what is the writing on the red warning decal?

  3. Jim says:

    I ordered a 22 inch Eagle from Culttvman Hobbyshop. There are also add on kits coming out for the Eagle like metal engines and do on. I may eventually order one of as well. I found that a wonderful white paint to use on the Eagle was Dupli-Color brand Natural White. Super easy to work with and dries super fast. I used other Duplicate-Colors to simulate panel lines or weathering. I used Testors Metallic Silver on the engines. My favorite Silver but difficult to work with until you get used to it. Take care and I will check back from time to time. Happy modeling.

  4. Jim says:

    If you are still following this posting, I meant to ask if you plan on building the new 22 inch MPC Space 1999 Eagle which is being released shortly? I do, but since I have a collection of Eagle models and a few die cast replicas of the ship already I am going to build it in a super slow fashion to make it as flawless as possible, and possibly add lighting and figures to the command module. I was also going to see if I can work out realistic glows in the main engines and the vertical engines (under the pod and cage sections) using some LEDs. I have some microscope slides and I was going to see if they could be carefully cut down enough to be used in the upper viewports. I think real glass might look better than clear plastic.

    • Mike Knotts says:

      Hi Jim,

      Thanks for the kind words! I had no idea that MPC was going to release a 1:48 scale Eagle! $100-130 is a bit rich, but I *may* have to pick one up. Thanks for the heads-up, I’ll follow developments on this. Fingers crossed a Hawk model comes out soon!

      Cheers,

      Mike

  5. Jim says:

    Nice job. Yes, the Space 1999 MPC Eagle kit is really nice and assembles into a nice kit with a little work. I bought several and stashed them away including the deluxe Eagle version. My skills in building models are greatly improved since the original release of the kit. The enhanced decals provided by MPC add to the quality of this release. What surprises me is that a manufacturer of after market kit pieces never marketed accurate cages and, perhaps, a more accurate spine since there are some aftermarket items and details that are available. Perhaps they would cost too much for a kit of this scale. Never the less, it is great model.

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