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Eagle (142k)

The first 44 inch Eagle ("Eagle 1") as it appeared in the initial episodes of Space 1999, with Moonbase Alpha beyond. The pods and nose cone have less panel shading. Also note the "Moonbase Alpha" decal, which has orbits around the Earth and Moon (apparently drawn by hand). Later in Year One the orbits do not appear.

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Publicity pictures from mid-year 1. Note the "Moonbase Alpha" decals are a darker blue than the Year 2 decals seen on the Eagles in the following pictures.

The Eagle as it is now, restored by David Sisson. See David Sisson's article on restoring the original miniature ( (also printed in & Fantasy Modeller presents Modelling the Eagle, 2016). See more photos: 2005, 2014 with Eagle 2, 2015

The command module is a perspex mould. The original master pattern did not have the "eye" windows, sensor dishes or panelling, so they were cut out manually. At first, both the top and bottom windows were clear perspex; after a few episodes, the lower windows were painted black.

Notice the round Apollo Saturn V kit piece on the side of the leg pods. The red rectangles are vinyl Sasco Year Planner stickers (they were painted orange later in Year 1).

There are two 1:24 scale Revell Gemini astronauts inside.

Replica steps and moonbuggy. The 1:24 scale doesn't fit more careful examination, and a better scale may be 1:28. The black panels on the passenger module were also originally transparent. After a few episodes, they were painted black (on the inside); later passenger modules didn't have perspex windows at all, just black panels.

Details of the rear engines. Note the mounting pipe in the back, between the four rockets. The ring of tubing around the rear engines was added for The Metamorph (supplying freon gas for the rocket exhaust seen in the episode).


The main body is painted with a car paint, a light white-grey primer from Trimite (very similar to Ford Diamond White). Very light grey and light blue panels were painted (with Humbrol enamel paints), and over-sprayed with the base primer.


The feet in Year One were the same white as the rest, although darker due to being "dirtied down". In Year Two the feet were replaced with thicker pads painted in grey, seen here. Another difference in the feet is the number of rectangles on top of each lobe. Actually these are 3/4 inch long Sasco year planner vinyl labels (intended for office walls)- the same labels are the red markers on the side pods and engines. There were five on each side in Year One; there are six in Year Two.


Front view showing the command module. Notice the screw holding the passenger module in place.


The model was repaired and repainted after filming finished. When Phil Rae got the model in 1990, it was painted plain white with no detailing and no Alpha markings. Based on limited reference, he restored the model, but certain details were inaccurate. The black cockpit windows were painted to the edge, but there should be a white edge around them. The correct decoration was restored when David Sisson acquired the model.


The main body and passenger pod of the Eagle. The "windows" on the upper sides are simply black (the frames dividing them into 3 panes are actually just painted on).

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Rear views.

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