by Gerin Choiniere
I have a bad habit of starting models and taking a really long time to finish, so I used this contest as motivation to start and also finish a project in a timely manner! The model is a 1/32 Moebius Viper Mark II built mostly out of the box, but with the addition of the photo-etch cockpit parts and engine/greeblie parts from ParaGrafix. Assembly was straight forward, except that I didn't pay attention in the instructions to that whole, "landing gear must go in before fuselage assembly" part. Some surgery was required to fit the rear landing gear in after the fact.
The red markings were painted on, the colonial roundels on the wings were cut from the red stripes on the decals because the ones for use with painted stripes disappeared into the paint on application and were invisible. Other kit decals were applied as per the instructions, except the cockpit where the ParaGrafix decals were used.
I chose to use the tail number of Lee Adama because I am making the assumption that the Galactica squadrons would have vipers that weren't assigned pilots so as to have some spares when other ships were down for maintenance or were lost. Lee flew his Mark II until the episode "Hand of God" and then after we see him the in a Mark VII, so in my mind, this is what happened to his Mark II.
I built the hangar deck section out of foam board, and sheet and strip styrene. There are three LEDs (taken from a string of Christmas lights) in the rear, one in a light fixture on the bulkhead, the other two in the recessed "fixtures" in the underside of what would be the catwalk on the full set.