You can't own a real-life Viper from Battlestar Galactica — but this replica may be the next best thing. With hand-crafted details including a working DRADIS and pulsating engines. And they're endorsed (and signed) by two of the show's stars.
Check out our exclusive first look at this gorgeous bird from Quantum Mechanix, the same people who brought us the map of the 12 Colonies a while back. Including drool-worthy images and a couple of videos.
There are actually three different models of Viper going up for pre-order from QMX today. There's the Adama Edition, with William "Husker" Adama's callsign on it, signed by Edward James Olmos himself. Then there's the Starbuck Edition, which bears Starbuck's callsign and Katee Sackhoff's signature. And then there's the Fleet Edition, which can bear any callsign you want — including your own custom sign that's not from the show.
According to the QMX site:
The QMx Viper Mark II Artisan Replica boasts a cockpit chock full of hand-cut details, including gauges, data screens, throttle, ejection seat, and seat belts with fabric belts and metalized buckles. But the pièce de résistance of the QMx Viper is the active, working DRADIS – a 9/16" OLED (organic light-emitting diode) video display of the remote sensing system in action, displaying the actual DRADIS video used in Battlestar Galactica. The canopy can be opened for an optimal view of the cockpit and this first-ever digital model effect.
In addition, the ship's three rear engines feature a pulsating lighting effect that is randomized using a white-noise generator.
It takes our artisans about 50 hours to hand assemble the 140 parts that go into this spirited fighter, hand layering 18 different colors of paint, and adding special decals and hand-painted stencils.
The three different models of Viper, limited to only 500 per model, are going up for pre-order later today at Quantum Mechanix Online. (Keep an eye on the right pane that says "What's New.")