Good question. We see the mighty ship retracting her flight pods whenever her FTL engines are engaged before she can jump. But the scenes were usually very fast and with the added light effects, we couldn't really see much. Fortunately I do have some images we can use.
|Battle Damaged version|
We see the flight pods retracted for the first time in the Mini Series when the Galactica had finished re-arming herself from a hidden weapons depot and the surviving fleet successfully pleaded for Galactica to serve as their protector. The Cylons had taken position above the planet's atmosphere (its lethal to the Cylons), hence Galactica positions herself between the escaping fleet and the Cylon Marauding forces.
Cylon Basestars launches Raiders while the Galactica launches their Vipers
When the last civilian ship jumps away, Galactica recalls her fighters and begins FTL jump procedures, including retracting the flight pods.
Starbuck rams her Viper against Apollo's crippled fighter to haul him home
Another Starbuck's legendary landing
There are 6 red lights under the flight pods retract bay. Thanks to Cylon75 for providing a very clear screen cap for this.
I had earlier thought there were 5 due to the images below. My bad ..... sigh
Shouldn't be too hard emulating this on the Moebius kit but I can't say much until I have the kit in my hands. Shouldn't be too long now