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.