The Catacombs The Merchandise Guide
MPC/ Airfix Eagle Models
Compiled by Martin Willey

EAGLE 1 TRANSPORTER (MPC)

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US 1975-7

Fundimensions Plastic Construction Kit 1-901.

41 part kit, with water decals (4 Alpha insignia, plus chequer squares for nose cone and fuel pods). Completed length 30.5 cm. Side framework moulded. Pod detachable.

Box 28 x 17 x 6.5 cm. Art of rescue Eagle by Moon, head/shoulders photos of Koenig and Helena top right. . "For Ages 8 to Adult". There are small photos of the Eagle and Landau on the side of box.

There were two variations of box:

Side Version A Version B

Front cover

Text by Landau Bain reads: "From The TV Hit Space 1999 Starring Martin Landau and Barbara Bain!"

Version A cover

Text reads just: "From The TV Hit Space 1999"

Version B cover

Long side 1

Alongside small photos is a large red panel showing an Eagle plan with the pod detaching. "A full 12 inches in length"

Over the red panel, obscuring much of the Eagle plan and some text, is a large yellow circle: "Special Offer! Alpha Moonbase Shoulder Patch! Details inside"

Long side 2

A large photo of Koenig in helmet, a photo of the Eagle in space, plus smaller photos of astronauts, Bergman and launching Eagle. A red banner has text including "Easy to build!", "Great Detail!"

There is only the picture of Koenig and the Eagle in space. The smaller photos, and smaller text in the banner, are gone.

MPC also produced The Alien, Hawk and Moonbase Alpha.


EAGLE TRANSPORTER (Airfix)

Airfix art

UK, Europe £2.50 1976

Kit is MPC kit reissued. Number 06174-8 (series 8)

Instruction sheet 52 x 19 cm in English, French & German, with initial short description of series & Eagle.

Box 28 x 17 x 6.5 cm. Art of rescue Eagle leaving Moon. Later boxes included title repeated in French.
First boxes had a NEW flash

The kit was promoted in children's comics with full-page advertisements, using the box artwork and a short story: "Will the Eagle Transporter escape the green monster?". It features Koenig and Bergman landing on a planet and realising its lush underground is an illusion created by a green monster that wants to inhabit their bodies. Read the full text

Airfix also produced the Hawk. A revised version of the kit was produced by Reshape in 1992 and 1994.

Kit parts from the Airfix Eagle were used by Martin Bower on two of his models, seen in Year 2 (although not visible as such on screen). The Ellna buildings in Devil's Planet had clusters of leg pods on them, while the pilot ship from Bringers Of Wonder had the top of a leg pod on the underside.

Print adverts appeared in children's comics in the UK.

Print ad- click for large view & full text Advert from Buster comic, 1976

EAGLE TRANSPORTER (AMT/ Ertl)

AMT Eagle box

USA 1999 $16.75, although widely available for $13.75

Kit number 30066. Reissue of MPC/Fundimensions Eagle Transporter, identical but in gray plastic (the original was white). A smaller box- 9.25 by 6.5 by 4 inches- with dramatic art of an Eagle launching (by H Ed Cox). The instruction sheet includes a black and white version of the original MPC cover painting, and apart from the introductory page (English, French, Spanish and German, assembly instructions only) has notably sparse text.

Box sides:

AMT Eagle box side AMT Eagle box end

Instructions and decals:

AMT Eagle instructions AMT Eagle instructions AMT Eagle decals

BEAK MODULE (Bell Mokei)

Japan

Resin conversion intended for use with Airfix/MPC Eagle. Beak featuring better verniers and attachment points to the girder structure. See "Collecting Scale Models" May 1991.


BOOSTER SET (Bell Mokei)

Japan

Resin conversion intended for use with Airfix/MPC Eagle. See "Collecting Scale Models" May 1991.


EAGLE TRANSPORTER (Reshape)

UK 1992, reissued 1994. Sold in Comet Miniatures for £50.

30.5 cm long (1:72) modified version of Airfix kit, resin with white metal framework. The 21 x 30 cm instruction sheet is photocopied from the original Airfix instructions. The plain box features merely a photo of the completed model; there is no manufacturers name or text. Although the kit has real framework, it reproduces other inaccuracies of the Airfix kit, such as the solid legs, identical rather than symmetric pods, and engine detailing.


EAGLE 1 TRANSPORTER (Round2)

USA, December 2013, MPC791

Proposed box art

Round2 reissues AMT and MPC kits. The Eagle kit uses the original Airfix/MPC molds, but with new decals (created by model maker Jim Small). The packaging is be based on the original MPC artwork, but shows images of Nick Tate as Alan Carter (replacing Landau/Bain whose images cannot be used). Each box contains an MPC Signature Card of Alan Carter from the show. 100 of the prints are autographed by Nick Tate.

The reverse box art shows the finished model with guides for decals, the pod with rescue and VIP paint schemes, and more photos of Nick Tate. The text has the slogan "The giant leap for mankind... It's beginning to look like a stumble in the dark." (A slight misquote- it's "A giant leap", not "The giant leap").

The kit is accompanied by a reissue of The Alien design car, with prints and autographs of Catherine Schell. Proposed future releases include Moonbase Alpha.

Box art Base box art MPC Signature Card

Anderson Entertainment (gerryanderson.co.uk), a UK company run by Gerry Anderson's son Jamie, sold the kit with a bonus photo, and all Nick Tate cards signed (this was in addition to the 100 cards in the regular set).

Box art with Anderson logo Photo card Nick Tate photo card Nick Tate photo card reverse

Pictures below by Gordon Moriguchi

Round 2 Box Round 2 base box Round 2 Decals Round 2 Nick Tate card Round 2 Nick Tate card reverse

Instructions:

Instructions page 1 Instructions page 2 Instructions page 3 Round 2 Decal Instructions Round 2 Parts

Copyright Martin Willey