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Moebius Mk-II Viper with Display Case Raffle
In Support of “Team Zoë”
For those of you that haven't meet Zoe "Blossom" James she is a happy four year old whom was diagnosed with ALL. ALL is just one type of Leukemia that targets children as they begin their early childhood. No one regardless of age should have to suffer with any type of disease. Sadly, the world we live in doesn't promise anyone a long, happy, healthy life. Tomorrow isn't promised to any of us. We all must live each day to it's fullest experiencing everything around us.
Every penny collected it the raffle of this Mk-II Viper model will be given in support of Zoe Blossom James so she can have the best childhood while she battles Leukemia. No amount of money can give us our health back, but it can continue to put a smile on a child's face to help her forget she has a sickness that could possibly claim her life.
In support and in honor of Zoe, I raffle my first Moebius Mk-II Viper.
I am donating my first Moebius Mk-II Viper to be raffled in support of Zoë “Blossom” James Airlock Leukemia fund raiser. First of all, the kit was built with extra detail in mind to make the model come to life by incorporating an aftermarket PE kit and LED lighting in the cockpit and engines.
The PE (Photo Etched) kit made by ParaGrafix was used to add extra detail to the cockpit to fully take advantage of the LED’s to light up the instrument panel and gauges. ParaGrafix PE set also comes with a translucent sheet that simulates a working Dradis screen and also adds detail to the various gages. The PE set has two different types of grates so the LED’s brightly shine through the engines as if the Viper were ready to launch to protect the fleet.
Here's a few images of the pilot and a close up of what I use as my avatar here at the BFC.
The last two photos show the Mk-II at the Pawtucket Aero Space Shipyard along with the next two Mk-II's on the assembly line soon to become the 2nd and 3rd Flying Tiger's Vipers (FTV) built to date. The first FTV was built by Lt Jg Bunny a flight leader with our squadron.
For those of you with a good eye, you can see one of the early cannons that was fitted to the first Raven an old three master sailing frigate that protected the seas of Caprica many Yarns ago!!!!LOL (not really, but an interesting story don't you think?)
This Viper is the first to be lit up without using a switch to turn the lights on and off. I had plans to build a hanger deck diorama. All the Viper hanger deck dioramas I looked at had some type of wires externally attached to the Viper to power its lighting kit. I envisioned a cleaner less cluttered look without wires or switches to distract the viewer.
The under side view of my Mk-II reveals two contacts (+ and -) attached to the rear skids. The positive and negative wires are soldered to the contacts. The wires run through the skids inside the Viper and attach to the cockpit and engine lighting. The deck will have two contacts that will be connected to a battery. Placing the viper on top of the deck contacts will turn the lights on. Moving the Viper ½ inch in any direction will turn off the lights. Very simple don’t you think? Best of all, no unsightly wires so the ground crew will not get tangled in while preparing the Viper for launch.
Raffle ticket will be offered online in increments of $5 to $10 dollars using PayPal and any amount in person at Conventions the Battlestar Raven has a fan table set up. For $5.95 online you’ll receive 6 tickets or $11.09 you’ll get 13 tickets. These prices include Postage and PayPal fee to send money to a friend. If the tickets are purchased with your PayPal balance the price is $5.49 for 6 tickets and $10.49 for 13 tickets. Outside the United States E-mail your address and I will quote you the exact shipping price.
I am in the process of designing a display case that will protect the model for years to come. I will post photos as soon as it's finished.
The only thing I need is the raffle tickets and the raffle will get under way. I will post another comment when the ticket window opens.
Go Team Zoë, SO SAY WE ALL! ! ! ! !
Display Case Update:
I looked everywhere for a suitable pre-made display case to use for this raffle. I was at the point of building the case myself then I found this one. As you will see, it has a mirror in the back of the cover so it's easy to view both sides of whatever is placed inside. In our case, a 1/32 scale Moebius Mk-II Viper. After I make a few modifications to the base (battery for lights, paint the base to look like a Battlestar hanger deck) the raffle will begin.
Please take a look at the display case and let me know what you think about it.
Go Team Zoe!!!
SO SAY WE ALL! ! ! ! !
Here's a photo of the first Raven's Canon!!!LOL Actually this is a 45 caliber black powder replica of the canon's used on Old Iron Sides the USS Constitution. I know the canon has nothing to do with the Viper Raffle; it shows how nice anything that's put inside this display case would look.
Display Case Update:
The Display Case if finally finished. The base has been painted and the battery box installed. The base was raised up 1 inch to allow the battery box to be added. Here's a few photos of the finished Display Case with the Viper lite up by the battery under the base.
The Viper will be en-route to Texas to make it's first live appearance at the Houston Comicpalooza - May 23 - 26 Memorial Weekend. If you're attending the event, stop by the Battlestar Raven table to see the Viper in person and purchase your raffle tickets in any denomination.
Go Team Zoë!!!!!
SO SAY WE ALL! ! ! ! !
Two Last Minute Touches before Shipping Out
I know you have seen so many photos of this Viper and its Display Case. These are the last photo’s I’ll be taking of it. It’s all packaged up and it shipped out to Texas the 14th of May.
Steve Tweed was so gracious to allow me to use the Team Zoë patch Design he created. I think along with the plaque I had engraved they add a special touch of class to this display. What do you think?
The Viper is resting peacefully among the pink packing peanuts as it makes its journey to Texas and ultimately to it’s new owner and future home. The shelf it once sat on has an empty spot waiting for me to finish my own Flying Tiger’s Mk-II Viper. Very soon it should be completed.
Here’s a couple links to the two Video’s I posted on the Ravens Facebook page a couple days ago:
Hopefully the next photos you see of this Viper and its Display Case will be when Tricia Helfer sings it at Comicpalooza in Houston Texas in a couple week from now.
Go Team Zoë!!!!
SO SAY WE ALL! ! ! ! !
Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding!!!!!!
The Team Zoë Fight Leukemia Moebius Viper Mk-II Raffle Ticket Window Is OPEN!!!!!!
Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, get your Tickets here!!!!
The Tickets can be purchased through PayPal: Six tickets for $5.49 and 13 tickets for $10.49. Tickets will also be on sale in person at Comicpalooza in Houston, Texas May 23-26. The Viper will be there in person so you can check it out.
The Viper and its Display will also be in person at other Comic Conventions to be announced, so stay tuned in to the Battlestar Ravens Facebook page for updates!!!!
The buyer must choose the send money to a friend option. If you have funds in your PayPal account, or your PayPal account is linked to your bank account there are no fees involved to send funds using this method.
If the buyer uses either a Credit Card or a Debit card through PayPal, there is a small fee that will be charged to the buyer (46 cents for purchasing 6 tickets and 60 cents if 13 tickets are purchased).
Make sure your correct mailing address is on your PayPal account. I also need a phone number and E-mail address that will be active on the day of the raffle (8/2/2015). The winning Ticket will be chosen the last day of Galacticon 4. The winner will be contacted before the Viper and its Display Case is shipped to the winner!!!!!
SO SAY WE ALL! ! ! ! !
I have a couple things to add to this discussion. As you know, this Viper and it's display are currently on display at the Comicpalooza in Houston, Texas. Yesterday, Tricia "Caprica 6" Helfer autographed the base of it's display case, here's a photo of how it looks now.
I know this kit is available pre-finished from Moebius for people that have never built a model kit before or people that don't think they have the proper skills to do a good job building model kits.
I'm going to share a couple photo of the pre-finished Moebius Mk-II Viper so you can compare it to the one I built and donated to this worthy cause.
Please don't get me wrong, I love this kit and I'm not bashing it in any way. I'm very happy Moebius made it available to all of us. All the Vipers were available in a larger scale made of resin, but they are priced much higher than most people can afford.
If the builders at Moebius put as much effort into the pre-finished kits they offer they would cost a lot more once again making it's price much higher than it is.
Here's a few photos so you can compare mine to theirs. Who wouldn't spend a few dollars to buy some raffle tickets for this beautiful display. One very fortunate person will we proudly displaying this in their collection sometime next August. You must buy your tickets, or you will not have a chance to be the lucky winner!!!!!
Enough talk, here's the photos!!!!!
GO TEAM ZOE, GO! ! ! ! !
SO SAY WE ALL! ! ! ! !
I decided to sweeten the Viper Raffle by adding 2nd and 3rd place prizes. 2nd Place will be a Hot Wheels 35th Anniversary Mk-I Viper. 3rd Place will be a Hot Wheels 35th Anniversary Cylon Raider. The Viper and Raider are new in the box and have never been opened. I was going to hang on to them for a few years and see how much I could sell them for on E-bay. Raising funds for Zoë and her family are more important to me, so the Hot Wheels have become additional prizes.
Zoë and her two sisters along with help from their mother have made a piece of Art that will be on display with the Viper being raffled. The Art will be mounted in a custom frame so both sides are visible. Julie James, Zoë’s mother wrote a thank you note on the back to all that have purchased raffle tickets. The framed Art will be added to the First place drawing in the raffle.
The day of the drawing the first ticket wins the Viper Mk-II its display case and the framed Art by Zoë and her sisters. 2nd ticket wins Hot Wheels 35th Anniversary Mk-I Viper. 3rd ticket wins Hot Wheels 35th Anniversary Cylon Raider.
Raffle tickets can be purchased at Conventions the Mk-II Viper is on display. One ticket for $1 Dollar each, 6 tickets for $5 Dollars and 13 tickets for $10 Dollars. On-line ticket sales through PayPal are 6 tickets for $5.49 and 13 tickets for $10.49.
Go Team Zoë, GO! ! ! ! !
Very Nice Indeed, Reamer!
I'm glad you like it Leonidas. What have you been building lately?
Right Now, Nothing BSG-related yet; A German 18 Ton 'FAMO' Halftrack With It's tank transporter Trailer, And, On the trailer, A Flamethrower Version Of The Panzer III; Just Something By Itself, No Figures.
That sounds good to me!!! I've always like the look of the German half tracks. Those things were really powerful.
Very nice Reamer! We will spread this in all our media outlets!
Reamer, get together with Ogre because they are going to the Tulsa Comic Expo this coming May 9-11, 2014 and see what the two of you can set up when it comes to the raffle! And keep us in the loop with this!
Will do Actual, I'll contact Ogre today to see what we can do.
I'm glad you like it Buzzsaw. It's not made of spuds like the ones you were making a while back. Your spud Vipers and other things sure were tasty!!!!
I just wanted to take a moment and say a few words. Zoe is a lovely young girl and with faith and love she will continue to fight the good fight. As many know all over the country and world there are cases of Leukemia varying in all ages. However, this should never detract from the actual people who have this. Far to often we hear the sad stories of lives either ended to soon, or the doctors didn't try hard enough. I have two friends who still to this day are fighting it and i call them everyday see how they are doing. Zoe has a strong loving family and this is much as their fight as is hers. The tasking and trials ahead will be challenging, but faith, will and love will see you all through.
Members from the BFC and other communities extend their support any way they can. As for the donation of a Moebius Viper Model its cool idea to raffle and help as a fund raiser. I am sure many will purchase tickets not just to have a chance at winning a nicely built model, but to assist the Zoe and family with any of the financial burden which will lay ahead of them. Remember and always take consideration helping and supporting any program it takes individuals from all kinds to give and help out.
In closing to the Zoe Family always do your best and never assume anything. The research in Leukemia has advanced greatly over the years and will continue. Technology has given everyone an increase and positive direction. I support all medical research in the areas where it helps us as a whole live better and stronger. The support you give your daughter Zoe speaks volumes and echoes across all those who are also parents dealing with either same or a form of Leukemia you are not alone. May God bless Zoe and give her strength when she needs it, Give direction whenever confusion may lurk and most importantly give her the COURAGE to continue fighting and ever lasting happiness. SO SAY WE ALL!
Thanks Admiral Rivera for your words of encouragement. I know it means a lot to the James family as it does to all of us that are extending our hearts and hands to help Zoe and her family get through this together.
Lt Steve "Kreios" Tweed is in the process of creating and supplying the raffle tickets for the donation of this Viper and the tickets will soon be ready for purchase. I will let everyone know the second they are available. May God always Bless Zoe and her family.
SO SAY WE ALL! ! ! ! !