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On its way, but in a crucial phase where a lot of stuff can go wrong.

As a watcher of the old 70s BSG series, I wondered where parts for
new Vipers came from. Though it was never shown in the old
series, the Galactica had its own shipyard for small craft--according
to the novels. With enemy attack so frequent, making a Viper look
show-room beautiful isn't job #1.

Tamiya Royal Light Gray over Testors Gunmetal and Tamiya Metallic
Gray. Drops of White added to the Light Gray and airbrushed in
varying densities.
 

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On its way, but in a crucial phase where a lot of stuff can go wrong.

As a watcher of the old 70s BSG series, I wondered where parts for
new Vipers came from. Though it was never shown in the old
series, the Galactica had its own shipyard for small craft--according
to the novels. With enemy attack so frequent, making a Viper look
show-room beautiful isn't job #1.

Tamiya Royal Light Gray over Testors Gunmetal and Tamiya Metallic
Gray. Drops of White added to the Light Gray and airbrushed in
varying densities.
Excellent!, this looks better than what was used on the show.
 

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Your paneling is nicely done! It makes a great deal of sense here.
 

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One thing Bec, those ridges on the back end of the forward section of the intakes should probably come off- I've done it on a near-finished one, so I know it can be done without too much of a headache.
Just an FYI from a Viper rivet-counter.:hat:
 

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Agreed with Cris- that's the one innaccuracy with all versions of this kit that bothers me the most. Yes, it can be done; its not hard, but just tedious. BUT worth the extra effort. My advice: sit down with just that kit part, an exacto, small file, fine sandpaper, and a big cup of coffee and take your time. You might need a refill on the coffee before you're done though.

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Since I bought two identical kits, I'll try that smoothing-out technique on
the one I haven't started. BTW: I have sabotaged more kits with
customizing attempts than I can keep track of.

My sorest heartache was on my Monogram Galactica kit which I had
saved since 1978. Another modeller said you could take the thruster
insert piece and ever-so-gradually sand it from the reverse (inside)
until the grid pattern was a lattice--perfect for lighting.

It didn't work. Scratch one Battlestar. It was already in bad shape and
that last bit of experimentation was the Kibosh.
 

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Agreed with Cris- that's the one innaccuracy with all versions of this kit that bothers me the most.
LOL, ALL of the innacuracies bug me... the guns' triangular projections are at the wrong angle, the panel lines are raised instead of sunken, it's missing exhaust detail, etc etc...:freak:
But overall, it has GREAT lines!!!:thumbsup:
 

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I gave that kit the heave-ho, I'm sad to report. I missed my chance to
grab the re-release as well! Some luck I've got. However...I DO have
a half-finished:eek: Base Star that's taking up space...
 
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