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Anyone know where I can get a really good set of Mark II Viper blueprints? Many nice pics and drawings out there but, I need something with measurements and cross sections. Been kicking around the idea of building a Mk II Viper (yes full size) but, I need to know will it fit out my garage. Realize the wings would have to be removeable so, the big questions is how wide is the tail end at the engines. Length wise I don`t think it would be a problem, building a new garage next year anyway so I can build the garage to fit. I also have an extra long enclosed car trailer here if need to house or move the Viper. 

Thanks for all your help.  Rob

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Comment by Robert on December 23, 2013 at 6:44pm

For the price I thought what the hell and ordered a set of the plans even if just to hang on the wall. Found some plans online but, nothing major. Thinking if nothing else I may just have to cut up one of the 1/32 scale plastic kits with a razor saw and scale it up. 

Comment by Maj. Roger "Reamer" Barstow on December 21, 2013 at 8:06am

The Mk-II plans on Etsy look like the same as what I paid more for on E-bay.

Comment by Maj. Roger "Reamer" Barstow on December 21, 2013 at 8:05am

I bought a set of so called blueprints like that on E-bay. They look good, but they are nothing more than line drawings with no dimensions on any of them. I was going to give negative feedback, but first I contacted the seller and gave him a piece of my mind if you know what I mean. Well, the seller refunded my money and told me to keep the blueprints/drawings. Don't waste your money. If you keep searching, you can find lots of drawings free online.

Comment by Robert on December 21, 2013 at 6:23am

Just found this set of blueprints for a Mark II viper.

https://www.etsy.com/transaction/171790929

Comment by Robert on December 21, 2013 at 5:20am

True nothing of this size will be cheap. Guess it`s a case of either buying one of the real ones used in the show for $50K plus shipping costs (if you still can buy one) or building one yourself. At least if you build it yourself the cost can be broken down over the project. Plus you can say I did it myself. 

Comment by Maj. Roger "Reamer" Barstow on December 20, 2013 at 6:42pm

You got me there Robert, I have no idea what they used. You certainly have quite a job ahead of you. I think fiber glass can be applied over the correct type of Styrofoam. Whatever you use to fabricate your Mk-II it's not going to be cheap.

Comment by Robert on December 20, 2013 at 2:34pm

I wonder what kind of body filler and paint was used over the foam. Must be some type of water base product to give it a smooth metal like look.

Comment by Maj. Roger "Reamer" Barstow on December 20, 2013 at 2:13pm

Hey Guy,s

I don't think weight was the concern; it's more a price issue than anything else. Styrofoam can be easily cut with a hotwire and shaped very easy. I think I read someplace that most of the prop Vipers were very flimsy. I think they had only one Mk-II and Mk-VII that were made well enough for some one to stand on them. I believe the Raptor that was used for most of the scenes was made strong enough to take the weight of the actors.

Comment by Paul "Iceworm" Oakley on December 20, 2013 at 7:57am

My guess would be weight is a concern. Know some party prop makers who can build and ship anything out of giant blocks of styrofoam and similar materials, all with some glue and wire saws. Think it's easier to modify, also.

Comment by Robert on December 20, 2013 at 7:43am

I was surprised to see the Vipers were made of Foam over a steel frame. Thought maybe plywood and fiberglass would have been the way to go. Personally I was thinking of a plywood copy for myself. If for no other reason it could take more of a beating moving or lifting it by myself over time.

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