The purpose of this blog is to document the design\engineering and construction of a full size (life size), 1:1 scale classic Battlestar Galactica Colonial Viper (sometimes referred to as a Mk1 Viper), from the 1978 movies and television series.

The primary difference that separates this build project from the few others that I’ve seen is that the airframe will be entirely constructed from aluminium and steel, using airframe construction techniques developed for fighter aircraft during and after WWII.

During my childhood I was initially inspired by the warbirds and fighter aircraft of WWII, followed by the post war jet fighters.  When I first saw the movie ‘The Battle of Britain’, the Spitfire was the greatest.  Then came the television show ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’ about the US Marine Corp Corsair squadron operating in the Pacific.  The F4U Corsair was my new favourite!

Then in 1977, the Star Wars phenomenon hit and the X-Wing became every boy’s dream machine.  That was until 1978 and the release of Battlestar Galactica.  For me, the Colonial Viper was and still is the ultimate star fighter.  This stunning Ralph McQuarrie design appeared on our television screens on a weekly basis and my imagination soared into deep space.

Roll forward 35 years or so, my kids are at high school and beyond, and I’m finally in a position where I can afford to act upon my childhood dreams.  As I’ve heard from other like minded people – the imagination of a child with an adult bank account.

Some would say I’m crazy and I tend to agree, but what is the point of it all if we can’t share our dreams?  My hope is that in some small way, the Viper project will help inspire the next generation to study aerospace, engineering and science.

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  1. I am very curious about your build.
    Also i am very curious about your plans. I would like to build one also, but scale 1:4.

    Could you help me with your plans/blueprint?

    Looking forward to the rest of the viper build.

    Good luck with this unique project.

    best regards,

    Peter van den Reek


    • Hi Peter, I based my dimensions off the 1/32 plastic model kits (Moebius and Revell). The only plans I’ve used so far are for the fuselage formers/bulkheads. I developed these using clay on the model fuselage at various positions. This gave me the rough profile, some of which I then transferred to graph paper at 1/10 scale. These gave me the start/finish bulkheads. Full size patterns were created and then all the ‘in-between’ bulkheads were developed, using a straight length straddled between the known bulkheads. I can provide you with the 1/10 scale bulkheads on graph paper if these will help? However, these are my interpretation of the fuselage profile and may not be 100% accurate.

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      • Dear Scott,

        The drawings off 1:10 will do. Just have to rescale them.
        Already many thanks. Do you have an update of your project?
        Did you already make something of the cockpit?

        Looking forward for your beautifull pictures of this nostalgian project.




  2. Hi Scott, I was really happy to find your build-blog. Like Peter, I’m researching a full-scale build myself. Would you mind sending your drawings please? I’ve not found blueprints out there so anything you’ve drawn up will be a great start.
    I’ll be following your site with interest.
    Thanks very much!

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    • Hi Jim, I appreciate your interest in the project and look forward to seeing another Viper build in the works.
      I have some hand drawn formers/frames and positions that I’ll post and share. But for the most part I just have sketches in a notebook that I have used as guidelines. A significant portion of the build is improvised on the fly, based on achieving the right overall shape and proportions.
      Happy to pass on whatever might be useful to you.

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  3. I’m curious on the scaling. When you scaled it up, did you take into account viscous effects and Reynolds Number differences in atmospheric operations and changes in dimensions due to temporal distortion when operating beyond light speed?

    What I’m worried about is a multi-dimensional light show when you power it up the first time. It might also set off the Yellowstone Caldera if you’re close enough. I’m not sure that’s something you’d want to do.

    Be safe!! Please, BE SAFE!!!!!



  4. Scott,
    I seen someone post this on FB and freaked out!!! I can’t wait to see the finished product. I would love to visit if you think you might open it up for tourists. Drop me an e-mail. Thank you for geeking us out! Doug

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    • Thanks for stopping by Doug, I appreciate your positive feedback! I plan on displaying it at conventions, shows, charity events, etc, but I’m certainly open to the idea of tourist visitors. I’d need to tidy up my shed/hangar first though 🙂



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