My love of Battlestar Galactica is well established on this blog. To do this day I think it is one of the best, if not the best, TV shows of recent memory. Sadly, the show is over but that hasn’t stopped the memorabilia to continue being released. I’d say that right now the folks over at Quantum Mechanix have what is quite possibly the coolest BSG piece of memorabilia that I have ever seen.
They have developed what is referred to as the Viper II Artisan Replica and it is a beautiful piece of artwork. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the picture below.
Is that now frakkin awesome looking or what? Just to give you an idea of detail, here’s the description of the Viper off of the Quantum Mechanix web-site.
Now you can join the fight against the Cylons with this frakkin’ awesome Viper Mark II Artisan Replica from QMx.
Our 1:18 scale filming-quality miniature is being offered in three editions: Adama Edition, Starbuck Edition and Fleet Edition. The limit has been set for 500 replicas per edition.
The QMx Viper Mark II Artisan Replica boasts a cockpit chock full of hand-cut details, including gauges, data screens, throttle, ejection seat, and seat belts with fabric belts and metalized buckles. But the pièce de résistance of the QMx Viper is the active, working DRADIS – a 9/16” OLED (organic light-emitting diode) video display of the remote sensing system in action, displaying the actual DRADIS video used in Battlestar Galactica. The canopy can be opened for an optimal view of the cockpit and this first-ever digital model effect.
In addition, the ship’s three rear engines feature a pulsating lighting effect that is randomized using a white-noise generator.
It takes our artisans about 50 hours to hand assemble the 140 parts that go into this spirited fighter, hand layering 18 different colors of paint, and adding special decals and hand-painted stencils.
Just imagine the amount of time that went into constructing this beautiful looking starfighter replica. 50 hours doesn’t seem like it would be enough for this ship. If you’re interested in getting one of these beauties for yourself check out Quantum Mechanix’s web-site. They have tons more pictures and videos of the Vipers. Keep in mind, this is a limited run and only 1500 Vipers will be produced. After that, there’s no more. If I had $1500 lying around I would shell out for one of these. If anyone does get one, let me know what you think. I’ll try to see through my insane jealousy, I promise.