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Colonial Viper 1
Battlestar Galactica's Colonial Viper 1 - minifigure scale.
About this creation
Well here's my first shot at a MOC since I was thirteen

I've learned a great deal about new pieces, colors, and approaches in the first few days since this creation, and now see some flaws. However, I'm still fairly pleased with the general proportions and detail.

It's also my first ever attempt at a "no studs" approach, and though it was more difficult the end result was much more satisfying.

I actually started this around 9:00pm one night. At 4:00am the next morning I had finished - couldn't believe I worked through the night on it. But apparently that was the beginning of a madness that many Lego fans seem to share, and now many sleepless nights later I'm on to bigger and better things (look for a far more advanced MOC of an old school Cylon Raider in the next few weeks). Soooo...though it's nothing extraordinary, here's the first of hopefully many new creations to come...




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   Side view - One thing I wanted to tackle was the elimination of studs often seen on the wings of other models. On the down side, proportions taken from blueprints would have the engine cylinders just a bit larger.



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   From above - I also made it a point to measure out various lengths. I was fairly pleased how the model compared to the blueprints regarding wing to fin proportions, as well as nose to body lengths.



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   Three quarters view - I made a few changes suited to my own tastes in the way of details. You'll see a some additional lights, some color variation in the wing paneling, and red caution strips around the cockpit.



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   Cockpit - The joystick is the unique item here. It's a standard Lego joystick with black tubing slid over it to thicken up the handle. At some point I'm thinking about reworking the minifig to see how close I can come to the old school uniforms the pilots wore (one person suggested a pharoah's headdress to simulate the helmet - my thanks, I might see what that can do).



Comments

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  March 10, 2014
Great work of Lego creationism!
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  July 24, 2013
Looking back through my favorite builders and realized I didn't leave a comment. Thank you for building this. It gave me insight on how to build mine. Very Impressive!
  September 9, 2012
Great job, it looks like a scene from the film of my teenage time. Very good
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  August 29, 2012
Really well done, man! It's a spitting image of the real deal.
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  April 13, 2012
Really superb work, along with all your other creations. I know I'm probably going to get some flak for this and really it is just me nit picking, but I feel the angle of the wings is off. It seems a little shallow to me. That's the only thing I can see which I feel needs improving though. Top notch job and can't wait to see what else you come up with. As you seem to like making rather big ships, can I recommend doing the original Battlestar Galactica and/or Basestar?
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  September 14, 2011
I like it I was bored and nervous about the Moc Olympics so i decided to watch a few episodes of the original Battlestar Galactica and this is amazingly detailed and amazing.
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  April 24, 2011
impressive, I was looking for your first moc but appearently you skipped a phase :P
  November 10, 2010
i like battle star galactica it is awsome i have the whole seris at my house my favorite character is star buck and the lego creations are so cool the sylons are the cool to but again the lego creations are awsome who is your favorite character?:)
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  October 21, 2010
What an amazing build! I was big fan of the original BSG as a kid, and this brings back a lot of fond memories.
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  September 4, 2010
Wow! One of the best Vipers I've seen!
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  September 3, 2010
Wow :)
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  August 28, 2010
Your Viper is simply amazing! You should check out my Viper. It's sort of mid scale. Please rate and comment. Thanks :)
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  May 6, 2010
I love this recreation. Looks like it could be used to film new footage for lost episodes. See now, if I had just taken a look at your MOC, instead of making the gross error of watching some episodes on netflix, I could have preserved my fond childhood memories of the show.
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  March 20, 2010
WONDERFUL.
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  December 20, 2009
Very nice. Looks exactly like the real deal!
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  November 19, 2009
Smooth. Looks very aerodynamic.
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  November 3, 2009
Fantastic. Really great work. Just started to watch the series and this one looks just like it should, You nailed it!
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  October 30, 2009
Wow, that is really good. Looks just like the Viper's from the old TV show. Brings back memories it does.
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  October 27, 2009
Really great work. Haven't seen the series yet, but it looks appealing. Anyway, I left a comment on your MOC: "Waiting for MOCpages..." can you please check it out?! I left a message there but haven't gotten any answer.
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  October 23, 2009
Always loved this show... Great work one of your best in my opinion.
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  September 3, 2009
I could have sworn I had already commented on this one, but just scanning through it seems I have not. In anycase, better late than never I reckon. This is simply perfect, the best Viper around...
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  August 28, 2009
As i was young Battlestar Galactica was one of my favorite movies.I´ve seen lots of bad attemps to build a starship from it.Your Viper is so.... i don´t know what to say...awesome,great,fantastic,perfect???? Let me say in german---- Einzigartig-----
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  August 1, 2009
The only thing better than making a spot-on design of a ship this beautiful is making a spot-on design of a ship this beautiful AND in mini-fig scale! That just adds a whole new level to it! Good job on such an absolutely perfect build!
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  July 30, 2009
Mark Kelso, You are the bestest ever, in the history of being the best... You always amaze me! I sit in front of the PC, just drooling (not literally!) while looking at the amount of details in every single one of your MOCs... Keep creating these epic mocs man! Thiago Soares
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  June 24, 2009
I like this creation a lot! It's cool even though I am a girl i like it! I also enjoyed meeting you at Brick world! I don't know if you remember me but I am Dylan B.'s little sister! I know I did not talk so you probably don't remember me but just wanted to say i really liked your creations and maybe you could look at my stuff sometime. . . even though i don't have to many things. -Kaylee
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  June 3, 2009
Hey, thanks for letting me in ;) This is a pretty good fighter, I especially like the engines, I tried to make those tires look like engines for several times, but failed so far...you should probably build more of these small builds in between ;)
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  April 24, 2009
Heh, it seems I was already familiar with all of your MOCs, except this one. Glorious ship.
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  April 13, 2009
Mark, How much are you selling the instructions for? I would buy a pdf version if you put it up on ebay. Turn that sleepless night into $$$. Really nice job.
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  April 11, 2009
Amazing design! Good use of well, everything! Just one suggestion that you get closer pictures of it. We cannot see all the details.
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  April 9, 2009
Wow!!! Great design, colors, and details! good job!!
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  April 2, 2009
Thanks so much for all of the nice comments. Too bad I was out of town and didn't get to see this one on the home page...ah, but such is life. And on April 1st. Yeah, THAT's appropriate!
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  April 1, 2009
great work, congrats on MOTD!
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  April 1, 2009
Great job there! You're a Lego Genius. This moc reminds me of sitting in front of our first colour tv, and saying .. by you're command' at home all the time when my father talked :-)
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  April 1, 2009
Nice work man! Congrats on MOTD!
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  April 1, 2009
Really nice viper you got.
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  April 1, 2009
Congrats on MotD, and nice work!
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  April 1, 2009
Great design!
  April 1, 2009
Your very first MOC on the homepage, it's April fools day to be sure! Nice work though, nothing like getting those old bricks out of closet the first time in what, 10-20 years? -Dylan
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  April 1, 2009
One of Marks mocs on the homepage, very apropriate for Aprill fools day.
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  April 1, 2009
I like the design. Good work. :D
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  April 1, 2009
Like the one below said, a really well deserved moc. great job.
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  April 1, 2009
Finally, a REAL MOCtd !
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  April 1, 2009
One amazing job! Great detail! I can sure relate to having to learn all the new lego's. My dark ages was about 23 years and I am rusty, but catching on...Great job again!
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  April 1, 2009
Happy April Fool's... I mean, Happy MOTD! Vipers rock!
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  April 1, 2009
totally realistic. Looks totally great! Nice to see that someone likes these old Galactica series!
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  April 1, 2009
Hey Will, saying this looks like a lego set is like saying the rusty ferret is as good as the LEGO(R) bionicle figures! in other words LAIM! and to you Mark, happy moc of the day!
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  April 1, 2009
Happy MOTD! Love this build!
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  February 21, 2009
WOW ... that's EXCELLECT ... i've always been a fan of the *original* Battlestar Galactica !
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  January 18, 2009
Yeah, it's always cool to see someone's first MOC after a dark age and getting into the hobby.
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  January 14, 2009
again, if you keep posting images from the tv series and trying to pass them off as your own Lego creations, you need to have formal charges filed against you. Where are the MOC police when we need them... SWEET!
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  November 8, 2008
The Bast Vipr I Have Ever See
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  November 3, 2008
Frakkin nice viper!
Mark Kelso
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Dave Shaddix
  August 13, 2008
I never commented on this. It's one frakking nice plane! I have built a few of these, but in grey. Never got one posted before disassembly. I am thinking we are going to see a Shaddix viper on MOCpages soon. ...maybe even 'Laura'
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  August 7, 2008
I'm not sure to understand... Was it your first MOC here ??? What a glorious start !!! - BTW A great thanks for your comment, I've read carefully your advices, and I'll keep them in mind for my next MOCs :)
Mark Kelso
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Dave Sterling
  July 2, 2008
Nice detail on this one Mark. I love the color scheme! Anything built using white and orange just seems to "pop". I know nothing about Battlestar Gallactica (sp?), but this MOC get's a 5. :-)
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  April 7, 2008
amazing,do you sell any of your plans.
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  January 22, 2008
everytime I saw a ship like that, I wanted to built one myself but I don't seem to do well in spaceshipbuilding, nice work
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  December 25, 2007
I demand an immediate invitation to your house so I can personally swoosh this thing around for at least an hour, or else I may just lose my mind. I find it hard to believe that this is your first moc. At this level of building...hmmm, I say....HMMMMMM!
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  June 1, 2007
GASP! Blows away all the competition. Great job. looks just like the real one. I have to say though, don't believe that guy who says this is good enough to be an official set, in my opinion, saying it's as good as LEGO's is an insult, not a compliment! Great job, LEGO should hire you.;-) -- -- Michael
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  March 26, 2007
*sigh* I have so much to learn... This is a beautiful design - makes me wish I could add another genre to my collection. The studless design is bang on and I am going to attempt it on some S.W. ships we are working on - thanks for sharing. Lee
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  March 12, 2007
This is equally as wonderfully done as your Cylon Raider!
Mark Kelso
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Nunoyo Bizznizz
  March 4, 2007
I love the original version of Battlestar Galactica and I used to make LegoŽ Vipers when I was a youngster. This is far and away the best Viper design I've seen. Superior work.
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  January 15, 2007
Nice Viper! Faaawwwoooosh! Good execution of the design, excellent well presented photos. Thanks for sharing! Cheers! ~ Paul.
Mark Kelso
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dyami isely-parvanta
  January 13, 2007
gahhh. sooooooooooooooo goooooood!
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  January 13, 2007
This is an awesome Colonial Viper! It looks just like it could be a LEGOŽ set! I like its overall look.
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  January 8, 2007
Wow, your Viper really rocks. It is the best looking Viper I´ve ever seen!
 
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