MPC’s Space: 1999 “Eagle 1 Transporter” Model Kit Redux
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’m very happy I came back to this kit for a mulligan, and am really pleased with how it came out.
- 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 challenging.
- It is still difficult to get the henge on the Passenger Pod to attach to the Eagle.
Verdict = Recommended.
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