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Colonial Viper (BSG)
Battlestar galactica is back baby! Was on today's most popular {12/26/09
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In the original run of Battlestar Galactica, the single-seated Colonial Viper is the only known fighter flown by Colonial Pilots, referred to as "Warriors". There is only one known model of Viper seen in the series. Some spin-off materials incorrectly list the Viper as a "Starhound Viper" or "Starhound Class" fighter, an error beginning in the novelisation of "Saga of a Star World", where the fighters carried by Galactica are referred to as "Starhounds" in the front matter, but are called "Vipers" in the novel itself. A pressure suit is worn under the pilot's uniform to protect them from gravitational forces as seen in "Lost Planet of the Gods, Part I". The flight helmet worn by the Warrior pilots resembles an ancient Egyptian headdress, but has no faceplate. Viper pilots from each Battlestar have differing forehead ornamentation on their helmets: Pegasus pilot helmets feature a flying horse, while Galactica pilot helmets have a bird design.

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.

The main flight control of a Viper is a three buttoned joystick, similar to a jet fighter. The three buttons are labeled FIRE, TURBO and IM, with the fire button being red. The IM button is the reverse thruster. Notably in "Saga of a Star World" some Vipers have STORES on the joystick instead of FIRE.

Armament consist of two directed energy weapons (referred to as "lasers" and "laser torpedoes" at separate points in the series, "The Long Patrol" and "Saga of a Star World" respectively) that are linked together to fire simultaneously. They can also be modified to carry fire suppression equipment, as shown in the "Fire In Space" episode where they are used to battle a fire on the Galactica after the Cylons crash explosives-laden fighters into the launch bays.

In the event of a crash landing, a Viper's nose section can separate from its engines, and parachute to the ground. This system does not provide a soft landing--in fact, it can knock the pilot unconscious--but it is effective.


  April 10, 2011
First of all, this is a Avery good Lego creation. But as far as being a viper goes this VERY inaccurate.You may not know this, so I will tell what is wrong so that you can fix it. 1: The bottom wings go out farther and have a red L shaped stripe on them. 2: The engines are circular. 3: The nose does not widen as it goes out, but gets thinner. 4: The back of the cokpit is up against the engines.
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  January 10, 2010
Awesome, man! I loved the original show when I was little (yeah, I'm OLD) and the new one. This is definately one of the nicest Vipers I've seen on the pages!
 Erik C.
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Sander .
  December 27, 2009
I love Battlestar Galactica ! and this is the BEST Viper i EVUR seen !! Maybe you could make a Cyclon Raider too =D Great Job ! would you mind commenting on this ?
  December 27, 2009
Very Nice!!!!
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  December 27, 2009
Awesome will probably comment on this, knowing him... Anywho! Nice job, looks exactly like it!
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  December 27, 2009
Quoting Flare . Nice! And BTW what is your buddy icon? I can't tell...
A billboard of my sig fig's face being admired by fans.:P
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  December 27, 2009
Nice! And BTW what is your buddy icon? I can't tell...
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  December 26, 2009
I don´t know anything about battlestar galactica, but this thing looks pretty cool! Great job!
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  December 26, 2009
i am not a big BSG fan, but the detail is outstanding!
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