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A shot of the Milky Way over the Trona Pinnacles in California with the city lights of LA lighting the horizon

My interpretation of the Battlestar Galactica Viper MK II model.

Ok, next installment of a set of photos from recent visit to Hawaii. As I mentioned in the first photo, I took a day trip to the big island of Hawaii to do a helicopter tour over the lava flows at Kilauea with Kevin Benedict. We were expertly piloted in a dawn "doors off" flight by Paradise Helicopters, and accompanied by expert lava photographer Bruce Omori of Extreme Exposure.

 

It was one of the best things I've ever experienced, and having a set of interesting photos as a takeaway is just a bonus. As I said with my first photo, I kept seeing faces and "creatures" in the closeups of the lava. This was one of the first I spotted and I actually saw this face from the air (vs. recognizing it in the photo after the fact), so I was very excited to see the photo after I got back on the ground. Fortunately it did not disappoint and what I see here is like some unholy merger of an elephant and a robotic Cylon from the original Battlestar Galatica series (for those of an age to remember that!).

 

Shot with Pentax K-3ii and Pentax 150-450mm lens at 800 ISO/F4.5/150mm. Now for the final piece of the story that I made reference to in my last post: this was not the camera I wanted to shoot with in Hawaii. Pentax announced a new full frame camera in February, and I immediately placed a pre-order for that and it was expected to be delivered in mid-April. It was finally released just at the end of April and took a few days to make its way to US stores. My pre-order was finally fulfilled on the 4th, overnight shipped on the 5th and arrived on 6th. It was delivered to my home 3 hours after our plane took off for Hawaii. I tried several ways to see if I could get it diverted to Hawaii or re-shipped but none would get it there in time for our helicopter flight. So, after waiting approximately 1800 hours, the delivery missed my trip by 3 hours. I was very bummed about this because I new that the lava shooting would require high ISO and fast focus, both of which the new Pentax K-1 is supposed to do much better than my K-3. Fortunately, the ISO did not turn out to be a huge issue as the texture of the lava seems to hide a lot of noise nicely. And the new Pentax 150-450mm lens I did get in time focused plenty fast and delivered great results. So, now I get to look forward to breaking in the new K-1 on my next photo trip to Columbia River Gorge coming up in a couple of weeks.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the original designs for these ships all came from Ralph McQuarrie.

Top left: Earth Directorate Thunder Fighter from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979).

Bottom Left: Hatchet Fighter/Draconian Marauder from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979).

Top Right: Colonial Viper from Battlestar Galactica (1978).

Bottom Right: Cylon Raider from Battlestar Galactica (1978).

It took me all month, but here she is. At 104 studs long and 23 lbs, I think this is my largest build so far.

 

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A little Hangar Bay for my Viper.

Paula Malcolmson (Amanda Graystone), Tricia Helfer (Caprica 6), Grace Park (Boomer), Eric Stolz (Daniel Graystone), Esai Morales (Joseph Adama).

One of twelve Battlestars constructed by the Twelve Colonies of Man, Galactica represents the Colonial planet Caprica.

  

CLASS: Galactica Class

LENGTH: 1,445m

MAX SPEED: 1,500km/sec sublight, FTL drive

WEAPONS: 42 heavy batteries, 514 dual point-defense batteries

12 nuclear missile tubes

CAPACITY: 5,000+ crew

AUXILIARY CRAFT: Colonial Raptors, Colonial Vipers Mk. I-III, VII

 

The Model: Approximately 29,000 LEGO pieces. Measuring 47” long by 18” wide. Took over 300 hours to complete. At 1:1210 scale.

 

Custom Printing by: citizenbrick.com/

Lighting by: www.brickstuff.com/

More LEGO art: www.brandongriffith.com/

 

Photo: Tommy Williamson www.bricknerd.com/

One of twelve Battlestars constructed by the Twelve Colonies of Man, Galactica represents the Colonial planet Caprica.

  

CLASS: Galactica Class

LENGTH: 1,445m

MAX SPEED: 1,500km/sec sublight, FTL drive

WEAPONS: 42 heavy batteries, 514 dual point-defense batteries

12 nuclear missile tubes

CAPACITY: 5,000+ crew

AUXILIARY CRAFT: Colonial Raptors, Colonial Vipers Mk. I-III, VII

 

The Model: Approximately 29,000 LEGO pieces. Measuring 47” long by 18” wide. Took over 300 hours to complete. At 1:1210 scale.

 

Custom Printing by: citizenbrick.com/

Lighting by: www.brickstuff.com/

More LEGO art: www.brandongriffith.com/

 

Photo: Tommy Williamson www.bricknerd.com/

My LEGO version of the iconic Colonial Viper MkII from the Battlestar Galactica reboot series.

"Be careful out there? Our job isn't to be careful, it's to shoot Cylons out of the frakking sky!” – Lego Kara “Starbuck” Thrace

 

Another mini ship. It would probably benefit from some sticker stripes (especially on the wings) but I like how the shapes work together in this build - plus the connections were fun. So now it's off to find earth ... or at least a spot on my shelf :) So Say we all!

Since I drew the Galactica, I may as well draw the accessories. Here is the Colonial Viper, the original. I like it much better than the cr...stuff they have in the new show. Fact it, I am a purist, I do not like the new Galactica, and I gave it every chance I could. It was too soap opera like. Give me the seventies version any day.

And again an update from my classic Viper frorm Battlestar Galactica. The biggest difference is that it is now no longer white. And I have make some minor changes in the inside and some optical updates. I think especially the cockpit is now better.

Colonial Viper Mk II by Cory Janssen

Babylon 5 vs Battlestar Galactica

Ok, the 3rd season from the classic Series is terrible, but the Turbocycles are really funny. :)

Like the X-Wing model uploaded earlier, this is an oldie from the bottom of a cardboard box filled with childhood scale models. I ran into this today as I cleared a couple of shelves in the basement.

 

This is a Monogram model I got with great expectations after the wonderful X-Wing. I was so disappointed when I found out that this was a very, very simple model which had no pilot nor a cockpit, just the canopy with black decals for windows. Also, the kit had no orange stripe decals for the bottom, only top. Maybe that's why I was a bit more adventurous with the matchstick weathering. I wanted this to look mean, so, pushing the envelope, the matchstick flame melted the plastic here and there during the process. The damage actually looks allright now (not really visible from this angle), this one just looks battered, as if it's seen a lot of interstellar action.

 

There's an Avanaut Facebook page for those who like liking such things.

 

(Explored!)

A little Hangar Bay for my Viper.

And again an update from my classic Viper frorm Battlestar Galactica. The biggest difference is that it is now no longer white. And I have make some minor changes in the inside and some optical updates. I think especially the cockpit is now better.

One of twelve Battlestars constructed by the Twelve Colonies of Man, Galactica represents the Colonial planet Caprica.

  

CLASS: Galactica Class

LENGTH: 1,445m

MAX SPEED: 1,500km/sec sublight, FTL drive

WEAPONS: 42 heavy batteries, 514 dual point-defense batteries

12 nuclear missile tubes

CAPACITY: 5,000+ crew

AUXILIARY CRAFT: Colonial Raptors, Colonial Vipers Mk. I-III, VII

 

The Model: Approximately 29,000 LEGO pieces. Measuring 47” long by 18” wide. Took over 300 hours to complete. At 1:1210 scale.

 

Custom Printing by: citizenbrick.com/

Lighting by: www.brickstuff.com/

More LEGO art: www.brandongriffith.com/

 

Photo: Tommy Williamson www.bricknerd.com/

I took this shot of the television screen in the Fall of 1978, when Battlestar Galactica was a new show.

 

KSF 5035 18hf

And some pics with my hangar bay. :)

Baltimore Comic-Con 2018

This is my homage to the Colonial Viper. Here we have....the Mark I, II and VII flying in tight formation!

 

And some pics with my hangar bay. :)

This is a shot of my Moebius models BS Galactica with f.optics lighting.

 

One of twelve Battlestars constructed by the Twelve Colonies of Man, Galactica represents the Colonial planet Caprica.

  

CLASS: Galactica Class

LENGTH: 1,445m

MAX SPEED: 1,500km/sec sublight, FTL drive

WEAPONS: 42 heavy batteries, 514 dual point-defense batteries

12 nuclear missile tubes

CAPACITY: 5,000+ crew

AUXILIARY CRAFT: Colonial Raptors, Colonial Vipers Mk. I-III, VII

 

The Model: Approximately 29,000 LEGO pieces. Measuring 47” long by 18” wide. Took over 300 hours to complete. At 1:1210 scale.

 

Custom Printing by: citizenbrick.com/

Lighting by: www.brickstuff.com/

More LEGO art: www.brandongriffith.com/

 

Photo: Tommy Williamson www.bricknerd.com/

My favourite Sci-fi atm..next to Babylon 5.I've just finished season 1 and will be on season 2 tonight.Does anyone else like this one? i have a theory on it.I think everyone on board is a fracking Cylon lol...And the Cylons themselves are also Cylons that are yet to evolve.I could be wrong though hahaaha..

Taken from the other side of 'the ship'

It's not like this was a planned out shot or anything...

 

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Photoshoot with cosplayers @dr.sneej (left) and @mkmartini (right).

 

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A man operating R2 by remote, makes R2 go up to Mary. She was on the phone getting ready to sign more autographs. She didn't see the machine and jumped when R2 was beeping right in front of her face.

Photoshoot with @mkmartini

 

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A little Hangar Bay for my Viper.

I found these two hiding in my old duck boots which I hadn't worn for a year... fancy that!

 

I'm not a big fan of Battlestar Galactica (old or new) but these guys are neat.

Alex was kind enough to give me a prop from Battlestar Galactica: a plastic bottle of Helicis Liquor (it's really water, he assures me).

An update from my classic Viper from Battlestar Galactica. I think now it's much better.

Finally got around to building these after many years. Both are Stefan Kasmeyer's (aka - 2x4-) designs. The Classic Viper was reverse engineered from his photos.

 

The Mk2 Viper (from reimaged BSG) is built from pictorial instructions provided by Stefan on his Flickr account:

www.flickr.com/photos/-2x4-/sets/72157634047152482/

 

More Lego BSG Photos here:

www.flickr.com/photos/legoadmiral2012/sets/72157646385089...

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