Viper: Finished!

Posted April 11th, 2012 by Devin and filed in Colonial Viper MKII, Modeling

I finished off the Viper build last Thursday.  She competed in MosquitoCon 21 on Saturday and took a Second Place trophy in her category.  Now I’m in the process of trying to figure out how to pack this thing up so that it’ll ship to Florida in one piece!

Glad to have this complete.  Really happy with how it turned out.  Almost sad to have to ship her off.

Photos are HERE.

9 Responses to “Viper: Finished!”

  1. Congratulations. She looks lovely.

  2. Eugene says:

    I think my favorite part is the little guy–Adama, I assume–inside the cockpit. Which I know you didn’t actually build, but I thought it was a great touch on a terrific model. Well done! Do these things usually come with figures?

    One day, when I have time (ha ha!), I’m going to try to build one of those simple Enterprise models, just to get started.

  3. Devin says:

    Yes, that’s young Adama in the cockpit. I painted him based on photos of the costume and prop helmet he wore in the webisodes. The only thing I didn’t get was the bird emblem on the helmet, as it was too tiny to paint, and I didn’t have a way to print a decal at the time.

    The pilots are usually included. With the MK VII kit that came out recently, the pilot has a choice of two chest plates, so that you can choose to do either a male or female figure.

  4. Jamal says:

    Nice work!
    Happy to help with the cuts.

    I really need to start work on that Mk I model…

    Did you use the Dremel router attachment for the detail on the base?

    As for shipping,maybe use some styrene sheets layered & glued to form sleeves around the wings and the fin, then beef it up with blocks of styrene?

  5. Devin says:


    Yes, that’s a standard square router bit for the Dremal, and I have a hand router attachment that I use when I need to do something small and simple like this.

    As far as shipping goes, I’ve got two boxes that’ll fit inside each other for double protection. I also have a lot of leftover pink sheet foam that I use for carving, and I figure I can cut some specific cradles and shapes to set the model into, and glue it all together. The biggest concern is those tiny whip antennas on the wingtips. It took me forever to figure out how to make and mount them, and they’re not the most robust portion of the model.

  6. Ray Guzman says:

    She looks sweet. I love the weather worn effects on her.
    Thanks for the break in the day!

  7. Devin says:

    And thank you for printing out the nameplate for me. I’ll get the photos of the ironclad processed and then you can see how the other nameplate and the flag turned out.

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