MPC’s Space: 1999 “Eagle Transporter” Model Kit Re-Released

MPC's Space 1999 Eagle Transporter plastic model kit

MPC’s Space 1999 Eagle Transporter plastic model kit

UPDATE – 05/07/15 – I’ve done a second build of this Eagle kit, aiming for much more realism this time, and I am really happy with the results.

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.

Up-close with MPC's re-release Eagle model

Up-close with MPC’s re-release Eagle model

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.

The decals MPC includes with this kit allow for a high level of detail.

The decals MPC includes with this kit allow for a high level of detail.

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!

MPC’s Space: 1999 Eagle 1 Transporter Model Kit1

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 frustrating.
  • Bracket holding center module to the frame is worthless.

Verdict = Recommended.

"Eagle 1, ready to go!"

“Eagle 1, ready to go!”

Sadly, my kit did not include the signed copy of the Alan Carter mini-poster.

Sadly, my kit did not include the signed copy of the Alan Carter mini-poster.

Captain Alan Carter

Captain Alan Carter

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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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