Monday, February 7, 2011

Working on the Moebius 1/32 Scale Battlestar Galactica Mark II Viper

This content have been brought here from my other blog account "BruceWIP Domain" as I am streamlining my blogs (OK, I only have two). I will touch more on "Scale Modelling as a Hobby" for the other blog, touching more on skill sets and tricks (in general).

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WIP on the Moebius Battlestar Galactica Mark II Colonial Viper. 

First of all, the Moebius 1/32 scale Mark II Viper kit is the only styrene plastic kit made available in the market for this fighter vehicle. The rest are GKs (Garage Kits). Hence the first thing you will notice is that the price is now more affordable for you to own your very own Mark II Viper. It is in the same scale with Revell/Monogram's Mark I Viper from the original TV Series, so imagined if you had assembled and painted both kits and siplayed them side by side, its certainly going to attract a lot of attention.


Revell/Monogram 1/32 scale Mark I Viper

Moebius 1.32 scale Mark II Viper

Moebius is still producing the Mark IIs and in some cases, LHSs (Local Hobby Shops) worldwide have reported excellent sales with stocks running out. Better to get these online from Starship Modeller or Cultman Hobbyshop if you are adamant about owning one. Unfortunately, Revell/Monogram have discontinued the Mark I Viper. Prices for any available units anywhere no doubt will sky rocket due to the limited number of available units.

Lets take a look at the Spruce Tree for the Moebius kit.





For more of John Lester's review, click HERE

The parts are pretty straight forward while the instructions is a single sheet printed both sides with illustrations and photographs. Fitting the parts together can be a little confusing for some and a lot of test fitting is required. The decal sheet is adequate but please take note that there is a mistake on it. If you're planning to paint the red stripes over, there is an alternate decal for the emblem to be used for the wings. These decals apparently are translucent and the background paint will overshadow it. Hoping Moebius will have better decals for their next shipment. The pilot is resin, and the face shield is molded over.

There are after market parts made available for this kit. You can view them at:

Moebius Viper Mk 2 Photo-Etch and Decal Set





Moebius 1/32 Viper Mk. II Masks



   




JTGraphics Mark II Viper Markings




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