The folks at Quantum Mechanix have outdone themselves: the image above is of a replica Colonial Viper, of the kind piloted by Starbuck in the BattleStar Galactica television series. There are actually three versions of the replica: one with Starbuck’s insignia on it, one with Admiral Adama’s old “Husker” placard under the cockpit, and then there’s a “fleet” edition, which can be personalized to include any callsign you prefer, including your own if you want.
The Starbuck model is autographed by Katie Sackhoff herself, and the Adama model is signed by Edward James Olmos. If that weren’t enough reason to pick one up, check this out:
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.
That’s ridiculous. If you’re still not convinced, here’s a video of the design and build process of the replicas, including some delicious shots of the finished products: