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My Dinky Toys' Space 1999 Eagle restoration project

Episode I

Scritto da Silicon_Simon.
Giovedì 24 Marzo 2016, 10:06 pm. Tag usati: , , ,


Space 1999 Eagle by Dinky Toys

Last months were particularly demanding, with a lot of work to be done, my academic research to be developed and a lot of BIM vocational training courses in which I taught. So I decided to take a little rest for my mind during the Easter break, in order to relax with some handcrafted diversions.

A couple of days ago I won, during an eBay auction, this amazing Space 1999's Eagle made in the early 70's by Dinky Toys / Meccano, in the United Kingdom. This toy was fabricated in plenty of different flavours over the years, using various colors and materials: there are five original existing versions of the Dinky's Eagles, in different packages.

This is the chronicle of my restoration...

My Eagle, a transporter one, seems to be the second release of the model no. 359, equipped with red exhausts and red side nozzles in very poor conditions.

Some details... Some details of the broken frame... Some details... Some details... Some detail of the damaged pod...
Since I am not interested in a "philological restoration", following the Boito's meaning of the term where elements can be easily recognized as addictions in time, I planned to restore the paintjob of this model as much similar to the TV series as possible.
Toy Polloi made a great job, restoring a similiar model with this attitude: you can find three inspiring video tutorials herehere and here. I decided to follow a similar workflow, even though I preferred not to use caustic soda, since it seems to me too dangerous and aggressive for such an old model.
So, I started with a careful dissassembling of the model...

Jump to the Episode II!


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