Dinky Space 1999 Eagle
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Here then is my
suggested list of instructions and suggestions (in approximate order) for
restoring a 1970's Dinky Eagle to 'better than before' condition, ideally
getting closer to the look of the Eagle transporters in the TV show.
dismantle the Eagle. The pod comes apart by drilling out
the two bottom rivets - don't worry about reassembling as a small
screw or glue will suffice. The leg sections unscrew with a cross-head
driver, and the main superstructure unscrews in similar fashion. The
engines also have a central rivet that needs drilling out - or leave
all this if the engine red paint is in good enough condition?
the original paint from the core metal parts using caustic soda - this
is messy and dangerous, so do follow
the example of this YouTube video by toy-polloi! In particular,
do it outside and use gloves!!
the metal parts in white - satin spray paint is best, glossy would be
too shiny and need 'weathering' to look right (though decals help
either way, by breaking up the areas of white).
the plastic pod doors and feet - if you like. I didn't do this but if
I had done then I'd have gone for white again, to match the rest of
the pod and the TV series.
any yellowed plastic. The original 'girder-work' on the Dinky Eagle
was pure white, but it did tend to discolour with age and
dirt/play-time. Your options are to restore this to white with
hydrogen peroxide (again, a toy-polloi
video helps!) or, as a last resort or if the plastic was
physically broken, to replace it by salvaging a better example from
another otherwise battered toy with better plastic frame!
the leg springs. One of the facets of the original toy was that the
weight of the toy (plus play time!) gradually bows/bends the internal
springs slightly, meaning that the Eagle sits closer to the ground
than it could. By reversing the springs, the slight bow is now to the
advantage of increased ground clearance, making the Eagle look more
realistic and closer to the TV show look. By 0.5cm for each leg, but
it all helps.
in the side booster surrounds
(black, from the TV series), and nose cone windows/splines. Ideally
with a small brush or sharpie, it's probably best to mask the
surrounds in case your brush or pen slip!
decals as needed, these can be found easily online or even
made/printed yourself. If true decals, moisten and apply with tweezers
in the usual way. I used the self-adhesive kind, which is cheating a
little and doesn't look quite as good, but hey... they're what I had
to hand. The use/placement of decals are up to you, but this original
studio photo (and similar on Pinterest) should be a good source
of ideas. The only bits you probably have to get right are the
'Moonbase Alpha' patches on the nose cone sides.
the pod support hook for a tighter fit to the main superstructure.
(This item under construction! - watch this space. I'm working on it!
Even though I'm kind of at the point of diminishing returns in terms
- Add a little padding
to the back of the nose cone, to allow a believable door for the
astronauts - the Dinky die-cast sections were too narrow, vertically.
I experimented here with a tiny amount of white-tac, though any white
(or painted white) putty or similar would work. If you care! Below,
this is the amount I started with, and then I pressed and moulded in
place with a plastic spudger, to better fill the gap...
See also my photo
gallery of the final, restored toy, with filler,
decals, and paint/ink all in place.
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PS. See also my LEGO
Space 1999 Eagle construction page