1:72 Battlestar Galactica Viper MkII Twin Pack
More room to display! 1/72 MKII Viper is just a resized version of our original 912 MKII Viper. 2 per pack, complete with stands.
In the original run of Battlestar Galactica, the Colonial Viper is the only known fighter flown by Colonial Pilots, referred to as “Colonial Warriors”. There is only one known model of Viper seen in the series. Some materials list the Viper as a “Starhound Viper” or “Starhound Class” fighter, based on information in the novelization of “Saga of a Star World”.
The Vipers are launched from a long tube in one of a Battlestar’s landing bays, assisted by a powered catapult mechanism. It appears that a Battlestar can launch at least three Vipers from each bay at once. Vipers are loaded into the launch tubes atop rails which engage recesses in the bottom of the fuselage between the lower wings. The rail system ensures that the Viper remains on the centerline of the launch tube.
Vipers typically use all three of their engines for powered flight, and can use a “Turbo” boost for greater speed, analogous to a modern fighter plane’s afterburner. A pilot can turn on or off each engine by a push button, as seen in the startup sequence anytime a Viper is preparing to take off. Vipers can also reverse thrust for rapid deceleration, a useful tactic when being pursued by enemy ships that would then tend to overshoot the Viper, placing them in a vulnerable position. Vipers are capable of atmospheric as well as space flight, and can land and take off from a planetary surface. Viper engines are designed to collect commonly occurring gases in planetary atmospheres and in space to power the ship’s fusion reactor. Vipers are also capable of supporting the pilot for up to two weeks in a form of “suspended animation” for extremely long missions.