A glimpse into my scale modeling hobby

BSG Viper Mark VII: First Impressions

I just opened my new BSG kit, which is the first kit I will be fully blogging about, and I wanted to give some of my initial impressions. First, I love the box art and design for the Moebius Models kits. The other Moebius kit I have completed, the Battlestar Galactica, had very similar box art, and the MKVII box keeps the look consistent and maintains the color and mood of the BSG universe. The picture on the front of the box is also very large, which helps with referencing more detailed paint work.

Sharp, minimal box art makes for a pleasing initial experience

I also had a chance to read through the instruction manual, and the kit looks like it will be appropriately challenging, but not overly difficult. One of the elements that contributes to the challenge level is the 1/32 scale of the kit. Compared to the 1/72 scale of my previous Jedi Starfighter kit, the 1/32 scale looks to leave room for a high level of detail without as much of the painstaking detail work of the much smaller kits.

Where the smaller kit was lacking in paint requirements, but made up for it in decals, this MKVII kit minimizes the decals in favor of a wide selection of paints. I had to go out and buy several new colors to add to my palate, including a few airbrush-only metallizers. This will be the first time I use a metallizer paint, so I am excited to see how it turns out. As I give progress updates, I will post more about paint colors and how they were used.

Finally, the last part of checking out a new kit is perusing the plastic parts that will come together to make your worthy display piece. I was impressed by the detail level on the parts, and by the generally crisp edges and clean breaks from the sprues that hold the pieces onto the frame. The one thing that impressed me the most, however, was the inclusion of either a male or female Viper pilot. In the picture you can just barely see toward the top right of the photo that you may choose between a male chest for your pilot or a female chest for your pilot. How awesome is that!

One of the little details that makes this kit look so awesome.

I am planning on going with the male pilot chest for this kit and calling it Apollo’s Viper, and then using the female chest for Starbuck on the other Viper MKII kit that I have next in line.

Everything is ready to get started, and I am looking forward to keeping up with progress updates as it comes together. So Say We All!

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