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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....


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 Ens. Craig "Hellpop" Foshaug on March 17, 2017 at 9:17pm
Same boat here as well. Not enough display space. Not enough time. Keep posting the great work though Col!!!
Comment by Admiral Miguel Rivera on March 17, 2017 at 7:25pm

Hi Again,   I hear you on display space no doubt about that.  As for Military diorama my Grand Father has the largest collection of Civil War,  Vietnam War and let me not forget Battle of the Bulge diorama displays i have ever seen it takes up his entire basement.  There is only room to walk around each long table and admire the attention to detail.  My Grand Pa is the one who got me started on collecting and building models.  Well be safe i am off to cook dinner its my turn. :)

Comment by RADM Keith "Leonidas" Ranson on March 17, 2017 at 7:06pm

Sorry,Hellpop,I've had many offers to do this for profit;However,my take on that is this: If you start to do it for A living, it's no longer fun; Besides, I've got A growing 'Stash' of unbuilt kits; I may not build them all in my lifetime,but, I wouldn't buy them if I didn't have an idea for them.

Comment by RADM Keith "Leonidas" Ranson on March 17, 2017 at 7:01pm

Thank you,Sir! I had A possible idea to do the hangar concept with my Mk.VII;Unfortunately,display space is at A premium at my house,seeing I have some Military diorama projects,both finished, and in the planning stages.

Comment by Admiral Miguel Rivera on March 17, 2017 at 6:34pm

Well done!!   Looks really sharp.  As i told Kieth when we chatted last night.   I built the same Viper MKIII Resin kit and i took my time on it  did my own mods to it.  I informed Keith furing our chat that i went bonkers and created a hangar bay deck flooring as well as partial launch tube like in the show.  I have my Viper Mark III looking as it is going into the tube for launching.   Reall nice work Sir and you did smart read instruction or else you may make a mistake.  Anyone who anything about super glue pull the part quick before it gets tacky.  If not you risk material contamination especially it a part has been painted and worse it will be stuck on their good and you will have to use other means to remove the part in order to correct the mistake. 

Also take intro consideration some resin kits may not come with directions and you will have to use screen grab and other materials to build a kit.  Keith nice job on it patience does pay off.

Comment by Ens. Craig "Hellpop" Foshaug on March 17, 2017 at 1:59pm

Very nice indeed.  If you ever have time available to do many, many more...;)

Comment by Ens.Thomas "Ronin" Sigmundsson on March 17, 2017 at 11:05am

wow i love it 

Comment by RADM Keith "Leonidas" Ranson on March 17, 2017 at 7:48am

Thank you; Here's a picture of my mk.VII, In case you haven't seen it; I'm hoping to get A better camera someday

Comment by LT. Tony "Aeneas" Carvell on March 17, 2017 at 5:24am

Excellent model Colonel,  nicely done.

Comment by Major Leslie "Freya" Willis on March 16, 2017 at 10:54pm

Fantastic Sir!


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