Colonial Mineral Ship from "Battlestar Galactica" (1978-1979)
About the Design
In addition to its titular starship, ABC-TV's "Battlestar Galactica" series featured dozens of smaller ships -- mostly civilian -- that had been lucky enough to survive the Cylon sneak attack that otherwise wiped out the 12 Colonies and their inhabitants. Among the ships that composed the Galactica's "Rag-Tag Fleet" was a large industrial Mineral Ship, a craft designed to draw minerals from asteroids and other planetary bodies and then process them into useable metals. The Mineral Ship proved to be an invaluable asset to the Galactica and its RTF as it provided the surviving humans with the raw materials necessary to repair and maintain their technology as they searched for the mythical sanctuary called "Earth."
In fact, like most ships in the "Rag-Tag Fleet," the Mineral Ship was thrown together by John Dykstra's special effects crew in just a few hours using whatever materials that happened to be available. In the case of this spacecraft, its most distinctive components -- the three disc-like ore processing sections -- were just greeblie-covered 35mm film cans!
A fan favorite, this unique vessel was subsequently recreated intact via CGI for the Sci-Fi Channel's 21st Century "Battlestar Galactica" TV series.
About the Kit
This 1:2700 resin model was designed to be in scale with Monogram's original 1979 "Battlestar Galactica" kit. It was one of several 1:4457 kits Arvey Model Products produced so BSG fans could have their own in-scale "Rag-Tag Fleet."
This model was built from an original issue.