Studio Scale Viper Photos

Discussion in 'Studio Scale Models' started by Chrima, Mar 16, 2006.

  1. Chrima

    Chrima New Member

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    Howdy,

    Been doing models for a while, been doing props for a while. So finally decided to get into the Studio Scale arena.

    I picked up several kits last year. Finally getting time to start on some of these.

    I felt the original series Viper would be a good starting point. This kit is one from Jestefarean. I left off the guns for now. A friend is going to try and machine some up for me.

    I've seen many of these done really well here. Many hard acts to follow.

    Hope you like. Comments, criticism, sarcasm, all welcome here.

    Thanks,

    Chris

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  2. ralphee

    ralphee Sr Member

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    I think its a fantastic job your doin there, weathering looks great too, im not a BSG person but i do love the old Viper, there are always many hard acts to follow lol, but i reckon youve done her justice.......lee
     
  3. Jestefarean

    Jestefarean Sr Member

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    She looks great. Man, I love to see people building this one up. Congrats...a fine job.
     
  4. Sci Fi Smoker

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    I like it. :thumbsup

    What was wrong with the cannons?
     
  5. Chrima

    Chrima New Member

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    Nothing really I suppose. They look pretty accurate to what pics I have seen of the original filming miniatures. Which are just not real sharp and not real straight.

    I tend to go for a more optimized version than the "Exact Copy" versions. Just my personal preference.

    Thanks,

    Chris
     
  6. PHArchivist

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    Very nice work. but yeah -- you're missing the guns.
     
  7. PHArchivist

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    Like here...
     
  8. tk882

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    Very very nice. Thanks for sharing your work.
     
  9. Corellianexports

    Corellianexports Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    :eek Just amazing.

    Great, great work.

    This is another model I wouldn't constructing.....one of the years. :p
     
  10. REL

    REL Sr Member

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    Looks great. :thumbsup
     
  11. DarkLordSalvo

    DarkLordSalvo Well-Known Member

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    You might want to make the pilots shoulders a darker brown than the rest of the jacket. Other than that...Awesome.
     
  12. gjustis

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    Beautiful....two thumbs up from this guy. :thumbsup
     
  13. BlueSquad2001

    BlueSquad2001 Well-Known Member

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    Great model work. I love it. Jesse's kit is bad *, and deserves to be taken seriuoly when building her up. You have done just that. B)
     
  14. Chrima

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    Hah, didn't notice those were darker than the rest.

    Oh well, he's already sealed in the cockpit for an eternity :)

    Thanks for all the great comments.

    I have the TOS Raider to start on next. Another beauty kit from Jestafarean. Hope I can do as good on this one.

    Hope I can get one of those nice looking Raptor's as well :)
     
  15. Jestefarean

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    Intersting note on the cannons. From what I have found (pictures shared/purchased as well as a first generation casting of an original) the original cannons were total crap. Seriousley. They were integral to the wings and didn't survive the casting very well. It raises the age old argument of intent vs actual. If you believe in "intent" that remaking the guns makes all the sense, as obviousley Apogee didn't intend for them to be warped or have seams. If you believe in actual, then the guns in my kit are (actually) a bit to nice. :eek
     
  16. Chrima

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    Interesting info. Thanks for sharing

    Yeah, the guns in your kit are nice. I had a different viper kit prior to getting the one from you and the guns were worse off.

    I am just having the tips of the guns machined. Just my personal preference. I like a balance between "intent" and "actual".

    I'll post pics when they are done.
     
  17. Jestefarean

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    I'd love to see them. One of my projects (for someday) is to remake the guns from scratch to match how I believe apogee intended them to look. I'd love to see how yours come out.

    Cheers

    Jesse
     
  18. Chrima

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    Here is a pic of the machined guns. I'll use the middle section from the original castings. I'll have to add the detail to the rear of the cannons.

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  19. Mycroft Holmes

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    Jesus. It looks nice but, all you needed to do was buy two F4 Phantoms by Revell for the nose gear strut and one Leopold for the back piece that has the dome and you would almost have all the parts.

    Looks nice.


    Mark
     
  20. Chrima

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    Well sheesh. where were you a couple weeks ago when I posted this? :lol

    Didn't think about tracking down the original parts. I traded some stuff to get these made, so they didn't really cost me anything.
     
  21. Jestefarean

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    The last chunk of cannon is not cannon...but sprue. If you look at the pics on the CD youll see the original gun flares at the end of the barrell. The extension past that on my gun is simply resin sprue you need to saw. Sorry, I guess I need to update the instructions. I would grind off the end of your gun...otherwise it looks very nice. Can't wait to see it done.
     
  22. Chrima

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    Oh, I am doing the version that had the flash hiders mounted to the end of their cannons. This was a rarely seen version. Um.. yes, only the elite ships had these. If you look carefully in the episode titled "ehehgremble" you can see them in the background. :confused

    Yes, a very rare version. Only true highly knowledgeable modelers like myself are aware of these versions.
     
  23. Mycroft Holmes

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    Sorry for not posting sooner. I've had some pressing issues at home and abroad and I haven't been home much. I have a back log of calls that will take a couple days to get done. PM me. I may still have the mold of the nose gear strut to send you a couple castings :)

    I'm the guy who patterend the Cylon Raider for Jim Key who sold it to Jesse. I was going to re create the Viper as well but......................... too many irons in this boys fire for now.



    Mark
     
  24. Jestefarean

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    LOL

    Mycroft...I feel your pain on that front. Got a whole load of projects lined up for the Raider and Viper that i just need to find time to do. I think I need to schedule a time to stop casting to get to some other projects. :(
     
  25. Less than Super Ostrich

    Less than Super Ostrich Well-Known Member

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    Chrima... made me laugh. I definitely know that version. Very top secret. Was one of the prototype Viper cannons that put an extra little "somethin' somethin'" on the round before it left the cannon.
     
  26. GoldCylon1

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    I just posted some Apogee photo's, the makers of the models, and some of the props for Galactica. Maybe you can find some detailed photo's in there if you are still looking to detail out the cannon.
    Dale
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  27. Duck9000

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    Nice model Chrima. As a new member, I hope you excuse me if this question is..., well, stupid :confused : Where did you find this particular ship?. I really like it
     
  28. Master Propmaker

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    Chris, is that Viper kit from Monsters in Motion? It looks a little cleaner than theirs, so I am just curious. Also, if not, where did you get it, and at what cost, if you don't mind my asking.
     
  29. Jestefarean

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    I think (and I may be wrong) that this is one of my kits. I currently own the masters that Icons used for their Viper. A casting from these patterns is most likely what Monsters in Motion copied for their Viper. Since Icons owned the patterns four seperate artisans have done work cleaning them up, fixing flaws, and replacing soft details to match the original show. It's not perfect (yet) but in my opinion (and I'm biased) it's as close as you can get without spending a lot of money. :)
     
  30. Chrima

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    Yep, this is Jesse's (Jestefarean) kit. I had one other viper kit prior to gettting this one. Jesse's was much better. Best available in my opinion.

    I also purchased the Cylon Raider kit from him as well. Another fine piece. Not sure if he still has any of those available.

    Still havn't gotten around to putting the cannons on. My wife decided it was time for me to re-model the kitchen. Finally finishing up that job. Alot of work, but worth it in the end.

    Thanks for the comments everyone.
     
  31. temponaut

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    <div class='quotetop'>(Chrima @ Jul 1 2006, 01:37 PM) [snapback]1271943[/snapback]</div>
    Somehow that's kind of funny. Your wife asked you to stop modeling... and start remodeling. :lol
     
  32. Jestefarean

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    <div class='quotetop'>(temponaut @ Jul 1 2006, 04:14 AM) [snapback]1271990[/snapback]</div>
    Somehow that's kind of funny. Your wife asked you to stop modeling... and start remodeling. :lol
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    nyuck nyuck nyuck.

    (thanks for the kind words Chrima. )
     

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