The Catacombs The Merchandise Guide
Eagle Models: Imai
Compiled by Martin Willey

EAGLE TRANSPORTER (Academy, Imai, Imex)

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Plastic model kit 1:110.

Japan 1976 onwards in various forms:

"Eagle 1" (1976) B-364-500 Powered by clockwork motor
"UFO Eagle Transporter Eagle 1" (1980) B-750-300 Company: Academy (Korea)
"Eagle Transporter Eagle 1" (1981-83) B-750-400 Without clockwork motor
"Eagle Transporter Eagle One" (1990) B-750-400 "Space Science Series"
"Eagle Transporter" (2001) B-750-400 "Space Science Series"
"Eagle Transporter" (April 2004) AOS03367 Reissue by Aoshima

Length 21.5 cm; 33 parts, with transfer decals for nose cone insets and side jets, plus red stripes for rescue pod (to be applied to top of pod, under framework, not sides). Original versions had 4 rubber wheels; from 2001 these were replaced by long legs. Polystyrene cement included. Some fine detailing, but crude in appearance, especially with ungainly pod wheels (until the 2001 edition). Instruction sheet 15 x 21 cm, four pages. An English instruction sheet, with no illustrations, was also distributed.

The kit can be assembled without painting, as the plastic is generally grey (main body) and white (pod and command module). All grey is also common. Variations include bright red, yellow and blue plastic.

UFO Eagle

1980 Box featured art of rescue Eagle over the Moonbase from "UFO". "Space 1999" logo was small and hidden bottom right.

Academy

The Academy version released in Korea.

Imai 1990

1990 Box 24.5 x 18 x 5 cm. Art/photo of launching rescue Eagle. Japanese text ("Eagle 1") or English title ("Eagle Transporter")

Imai 1990 Japan

1990 Box, Japanese version.

Imai 2001

2001 Box featured photo of Rescue Eagle on pad with series logo and credit to Carlton. This version is molded in white plastic, has legs (instead of wheels), and is mounted on a moon hemisphere.

Aoshima 2004 reissue

2004 Box featured another photo of Rescue Eagle launching from pad with series logo and credit to Carlton. Same as 2001 version, but issued by model company Aoshima.

Below: the model, constructed but unpainted, in various configurations. This is a 1980s non-motorised version with wheels (thanks to David Penn)

Kits as they appeared in box (thanks to Gordon Moriguchi).

Blue plastic variation

Below: Instructions for the 1980 version.

Below: Instructions for 2001 version (thanks to Stefano Guizzardi)

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