VICtory Viper . Well, there wasn't much Novvember left, but I made it. . The Vic Viper. This is a ship that found its fame in the 80’s with the Gradius series of Konami video games. I discovered it in ’88 when I first brought home a Nintendo game I had only seen, (but never played), in the arcade version. A game called Lifeforce. I can’t tell you how many hours I burned repeatedly beating that game. In fact, I even downloaded an emulator this year and have since burned yet even more hours playing that same game on my computer. Part of the reason that I enjoyed playing this game so much was the ship, which was, unbeknownst to me, my first introduction to the Vic Viper. (As well as up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right…well, you know the rest).
The Vic Viper fizzled from the world with the introduction of other kinds of video games and is kept alive now thanks to a man named Nate Nielson, (AKA nnenn), whose works, I regret to admit, I was not able to experience while he lived. I discovered his works after I discovered Mark Kelso’s Dragon Fang, a truly amazing build in its own right, which was a tribute to nnenn. Since then, to say I have been a fan of nnenn’s work would be the same as saying a crack addict is a fan of crack. I can’t get enough of looking at his works, no matter how many times I’ve already seen them, and has certainly been an inspiration to me.
There were only two objectives to this build. First, to build a Vic Viper that looks as though it could have been in those great Konami video games. The other, to build something that nnenn may have approved of. I am confident of the first, and can only hope for the second.
May I present, VICtory Viper.
Here is a shot of the VICtory Viper in a screenshot of Lifeforce. Just to see if it would fit. I think it does alright. Hey AFOLS! Do you remember this game, or ones like it? Back in the day when scrolling games were cutting edge? When a halo was just the glowing circle around an angel's head? Those were the days.
The next shots are a few angles of the details of this MOC. I normally add a lot of embellishments to my MOCs, but I figured I'd let the ship's original design do the talking on this one. How can you improve on perfection?
A few shots of the cockpit.
I'm particularly proud of the underside of this ship. The idea was to make it look good from all angles.
A pun just for you, Mastermind. The stand alone.
Thanks for checking out my first ever Vic Viper. Let me know what you think.