I started my collecting way back in the early '60s as a child with these kits. A local hobby store carried the Pyro licensed ships and had a smaller stock of imported Eaglewals. Over a 2 year period, I bought most of his stock, at a model a week, $0,50 a ship.
The list of ships looks impressive, but as is common with the plastic model industry, many were not individual ships but repackaging of earlier models under a class member name with different box art and instruction sheets. Examples: all three of the Ajax class cruisers are the identical model, as are the 3 King George Vs, Victorious/Formidable, etc. Some were mostly the same, but with a different sprue of parts. Example: Bismarck/Tirpitz.
A note on the "numbering system: Eagles were issued in series. The first was the River Platte battle, the second The Altmark Affair, and so on. The first number simply indicates the Series each model belongs to. I don't believe that the individual models were numbered in the series.
I still have most of these, both a completed and still in box copy. They were my early wargaming models. Some, like the Exeter, I never found for sale in my store (alas, long since closed). At least, I never used these as a source for kit bashing. Fond memories.
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