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Builds By Baz - MK II Colonial Viper - Life Size.

 
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Sep 03, 2017 08:00 |  #1

Another photo-documentation of an epic build. This time I'm upping the game and going for the 2003 reimagined version of the MK II Colonial Viper from Battlestar Galactica TV series.

The Viper is a magnificent single man space fighter at 8.4 metres in length. I'm making it modular so it can be quickly assembled on location, disassembled and transported.

There's lots of work to do, especially identifying and sourcing the cockpit instruments, which were sourced for the studio model from real-world avionics, computer parts and odds and sods from around the world's junk yards. I've identified a lot already, plus some aviators keen to help have sent me some real instruments that, while they failed their calibration, they are real enough. I just have to keep at it, exercise patience and resistance and gather every item I can to make it screen-accurate.

I have limited photographs from the internet, but I've been doing a lot of detective work and put together a big page and site to fill the gaps and finish what others have started.

There are two or three other life sized vipers completed or under construction in the world, but mine is the only one of the latest model.

Here's my new site, documenting the build, along with records of past projects you all know well.

www.buildsbybaz.com (external link)

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Sep 03, 2017 19:51 |  #2

Very cool - what sort of engine is planned? :-)


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Sep 03, 2017 20:07 |  #3

Oooohhhhh, this I gotta see.


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Sep 03, 2017 20:25 |  #4

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Sep 03, 2017 21:37 |  #5

joeseph wrote in post #18443875 (external link)
Very cool - what sort of engine is planned? :-)

Really big speakers.


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Sep 07, 2017 10:14 |  #6

Latest update.

Flat out today.

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Sep 08, 2017 05:02 |  #7

Finished up on the stringers on module 2 at the back. Bolted in a top reinforcing longeron on module 2, some strengthening brackets on module 1. Happy that module 1 is going to support itself on the end of module 2, so it's now onto skinning it with some foam and beginning to sculpt.

Also, the port side switch for the cockpit arrived in the mail. A rare find and thanks to another Overclockers member for helping me with that.

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Sep 08, 2017 13:14 |  #8

Amazing stuff Baz.

What is your thinking on the skin?

Clearly keeping it light weight with wood and foam, the thought occurred to me you could go right back to the Wright Brothers (and canoes long before them) and use Canvas. It would hold it all together quite well, offer some protection for the foam, and give a very smooth surface.


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Sep 08, 2017 13:18 |  #9

I would think fiberglass is more durable and easier to work.


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CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #18447450 (external link)
Amazing stuff Baz.

What is your thinking on the skin?

Clearly keeping it light weight with wood and foam, the thought occurred to me you could go right back to the Wright Brothers (and canoes long before them) and use Canvas. It would hold it all together quite well, offer some protection for the foam, and give a very smooth surface.


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I would think fiberglass is more durable and easier to work.

Yep. Fibreglass. Medium chopped strand mat and instead of fibreglass resin I will be using a product called Botecoat. (external link)

Botecoat goes on thicker, is less allergenic and has a much longer curing time, giving me more time to work it on the larger areas.


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Sep 11, 2017 05:51 |  #11

Slow September - a little update.

http://www.buildsbybaz​.com ...-the-viper-slow-progress/ (external link)

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Sep 12, 2017 08:53 |  #12

A good OCAU citizen just sent me this. Port side cockpit control. Awesome!!!

You should have seen the markings he put on the box. Pissed myself laughing when I received it! I'll get a photo of it later.

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Sep 12, 2017 08:57 |  #13

Tonight's work on the front intake.

I've used ply as a face, pine timber as a frame, plastic bread crate as filter and aluminium angle and flat bar as the grille and louvres. Still got to get a stack of flat bar to finish the louvres.

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Sep 16, 2017 15:54 |  #14

Rear louvres to go then install in the nose.

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Tonight's work.

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