"There are those who believe that life here began out there, far across the universe, with tribes of humans who may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians, or the Toltecs, or the Mayans. Some believe that there may yet be brothers of man who even now fight to survive, somewhere beyond the heavens."

When I got out of the academy on picon, they assigned me to the battlestar themistocles;I found myself the driver of A gently used Viper Mk.III with thor squadron;I had qualified in the Mk.II,but, I found this quite an upgrade! Even as A nugget,this was just too good! Thor squadron raised A lot of hell with the cylons;This is where I bagged my first 17 confirmed kills.

When I moved on to the Battlestar Raven(where I transitioned to the Mk. VII),the chief of the themistocles promised to take good care of her;Unfortunately,about A year later,I found out some nugget cracked her up bad on landing,and she was only good for spare parts;Oh well....

THE KIT: BAD-AZZ 1/32 VIPER MK.III

This is what I got for christmas recently;This, to date, is the only kit of of the Mk.III available; It is very nicely molded in resin,and worth the $250 price tag;It comes from JT graphics,which is right now doing some re-organizing;Jeff Walclawski,the owner, mostly specializes in decals;however, he does have some resin kits in his catalog,including BSG subjects;Among those,he has A 1/2500 galactica(RDM),which he says is humongus!

This particular subject was easier than I thought it would be;And quite enjoyable; Not A lot of cleaning up of the parts;Not too many parts to begin with;Again credit to the one who molded the parts; The instructions are quite easy;However, make sure you are paying attention to the direction of each part as you are installing it; For instance,make sure you don't install the high engine backwards,like I almost did.

Not A lot of filling and sanding required;But, as you will need super glue for this hog, adequate ventilation is A must! The only thing I did different was replace the kit seat with A quickboost F-14 seat,as it looks much better; My only complaint about the construction was the canopy: You get A resin frame,and A clear vacuform mold; You have to cut the excess clear to fit the frame and trim it to fit,A very dodgy operation;And to make sure the canopy will fit afterwords; The Decals are nice,but on the very thin side,easily torn; Patience is definitely required here.

The colors I used were model master dark sea blue,for pre shading, then, hitting the individual panels with medium grey.

Overall, A good addition to my collection;Now, i'm going to have to get A basketball case for this hog!

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Comment by Col. Keith "Leonidas" Ranson on March 16, 2017 at 7:17pm

Yes it is;These pictures were taken at A local model club meeting last friday night;the guy who took the pictures has A better camera.

Comment by Ens Natalie " NAT" Hallam on March 16, 2017 at 5:36pm

Is that you in the pics Col?

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