new 1:72 diecast and plastic Space:1999 Eagle

Discussion in 'General Modeling' started by phase pistol, Feb 6, 2004.

  1. phase pistol

    phase pistol Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    This is the $70-$100 plastic and die-cast model, 1:72 scale (12" long), from Product Enterprises in England. The same Eagle is also available (in different packaging) from Aoshima of Japan.

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    The little Eagle is the Konami trading model.. not included! [​IMG]

    This is a really nice piece. Certainly the best mass-produced Eagle toy ever made... for once somebody got the tube-cages around the front and aft parts correct.

    No huge disappointments here... the passenger module is held on with releases at front and rear... the command module unfortunately is not removable.

    There are minor quibbles, such as the diamond-shaped tube that wraps around the four engine bells is missing here.

    Also I'm not sure which parts are actually diecast metal... probably just the spine. Most of the ship is plastic.

    But on the whole, this is by far the finest Eagle toy we've ever had! [​IMG]

    - K
     
  2. Spellbinder99

    Spellbinder99 Well-Known Member

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    Phase, the spine is not diecast but the upper parts of the leg pods, the main Pod and the Beak are diecast.

    I concur with what you say as I have three of the PE version that I picked up from a shop here in Adelaide for the same price as they are listed on the website and one of the Aoshima boxed version on the way from HLJ.

    The other plus is that all the aftermarket parts created for the Airfix/Ertl plastic version will fit on this one as well, so all the lab pods, boosters and metal engine bells willgo straight on.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
  3. paulmjr

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    This Eagle model looks very accurate, glad to hear this is a good piece because, I bought one on PE's website sight unseen for $100USD.

    BTW: Any idea when these will ship to the US?
     
  4. phase pistol

    phase pistol Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I'm hoping to see some pix of somebody who has refitted this eagle with some aftermarket aluminum parts! [​IMG]

    Thanks for the tip, Tony, on which parts are die cast. This Eagle has great weight and balance! [​IMG]

    And I got this one direct from "Alien Entertainment", which is the US distributor for the Product Enterprises stuff.

    I also picked up a couple of the "Clockwork Dalek" toys (windup tin Daleks), which are VERY nice as well. [​IMG]

    - Karl
     
  5. SSRN Seaview

    SSRN Seaview Well-Known Member

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    My PE Eagle is trucking too me right now. Got it from Sputnik toys for $80.00. They had 2 left as of 02/13/04.
     
  6. Spellbinder99

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    Seeing this model is the same size as the small 11 inch studio model, shouldn't this thread be in Studio Scale?[​IMG]

    Just a thought....

    Tony
     
  7. Treadwell

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    I'm gonna have to keep an eye out for this at MegaCon!

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    One table had two of them, but they wanted $120 on one day, and then when there was only one left, it jumped to $140. They let me look in the box, though, and I liked what I saw. All the online sources I checked are sold out but most promise a restock "in Spring" or "in May". According to these sites, there will also be a "rescue" version with the red stripes on the cargo module.
     
  8. Birdie

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    Just got one of these at the London Film & Comic fair. They were everywhere, at £35 (about $65)
     
  9. Treadwell

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    Lucky Brits! [​IMG]
     
  10. phase pistol

    phase pistol Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    The Rescue version was originally announced as a limited edtion with COA signed by Gerry Anderson, but they backed away on that and now it's just a "regular" edition.

    On the positive side, they lowered the price! [​IMG]

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    - Karl
     
  11. Treadwell

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    Someone posted a tip over at Hobbytalk that http://fabgearusa.com/ has them in stock. $69.95. I ordered one, and since they're in the US shipping was only around $6.
     
  12. phase pistol

    phase pistol Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Good price! [​IMG]

    BTW I hear that Jim Small, he of the Eagle metal parts, is working on some "special" turned aluminum engine bells just for the Product Enterprises Eagle. [​IMG]

    Not ready yet tho, I'm sure he'll announce when they are.

    Tho I'm told his "regular" bells for 12" scale model kits will work too.

    - Karl
     
  13. Spellbinder99

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    From breaking down one of the PE Eagles I have it is apparent that fitting a set of Jims' metal bells would be no problem. The only real difference between them and ones specially made would be the ability to change back to the plastic bells if you wanted to make the model "original" again......other than that it would be a simple fitting job.

    I have one of the Rescue versions on order from Comet, but hopefully PE will do some real pod variations like the lab or winch pods. An accesory pack with clip on spine boosters and such would be great.

    Incidentally, the Warp Lab Pod is a good fit on the model, so I may adapt the one I have to make a Lab Pod PE version....[​IMG]

    I have six so far (including an Aoshima re-boxing) so hopefully I can do a fleet....[​IMG]

    cheers

    Tony
     

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