Colonial Viper from "Battlestar Galactica" (1978-1979)
About the Design
The Colonial Viper was the Battlestars' primary tactical weapon, a single-seat fighter capable of operating both in planetary atmospheres and the hard vacuum of space. Clearly inspired by "Star Wars'" X-Wing fighters, the Viper nonetheless had a crude charm all its own.
About the Kit
The Colonial Viper was one of four "Battlestar Galactica" model kits released by Monogram during the first season of that special-effects heavy ABC-TV series. The original version of the kit included a spring-loaded "missile" that could be fired from the craft's nose; this non-canon feature was dropped from the kit's 1990s re-release by Revell/Monogram. (Probably for liability reasons!)
The kit was again re-released by Revell in 2008 before the BSG license went to Moebius.
All versions of the Monogram/Revell kit featured a solid plastic cockpit with black decals to simulate glass. More daring modelers opted to carefully excise these panels and insert clear plastic. Following the popular re-release of the entire "Galactica" model series in the mid-1990s, resin cockpit kits and landing gear assemblies became available via independent "aftermarket" manufacturers.
This model is from the 1990s re-release and features a customized clear cockpit.