Mike Walston, Bradenton, Florida
Mike modified AMT/Ertl’s “Space: 1999” Eagle by cutting open the framework, adding stamped-metal steering rockets to the command module, and making additional engine piping from heavy-gauge wire. The landing gear undercarriage was made from plastic struts and cocktail straws. Mike says, “After doing some research (watching DVDs) on how to display my Eagle in a more dynamic setting, I found a couple of shots showing the ships being moved around the Moonbase Alpha hangar with overhead cranes.” Mike scratchbuilt the crane from 1/16" plastic stock, heavy-gauge wire, and parts from his spares box; the assembly is supported by a 1/8"-thick aluminum bar and fitted in an 8" x 12" base. The red-striped Rescue Module, plain, white Passenger Module, and an extra Command Module round out the scene.
Mike, that's an outstanding job you did with diorama!
Excellent work!! Few people know how much work it takes to get this kit from "fair" to "great" but you've done so admirably!
What a great model! You've captured all the right stuff in a compact setting. Reminds me of the eighteen months I spent at Moon Base Alpha back in 2437, cleaning out zero-gravity toilets.