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The Galactica Project. by dragonpyper The Galactica Project. by dragonpyper
About 2 years ago I was asked by my friend to help him build three studio scale battlestars, Galactica, Atlantia, and Pegasus.

Here is the Galactica under construction.
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andreferdinandartist Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  New Deviant Student
that's was amazing!!! are you make this???La la la la 
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dragonpyper Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015
It was never finished. We were making a replica, which means LOTS of Research to find the right detail parts. The Crew that built the original didn't keep any records of what went where. The guy that had hired us to build the three replicas got very impatient and pulled the project. My friend got paid, I got stiffed about $1600.00 and the client got three 'generic' battlestars not the exact replicas he's ordered...
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andreferdinandartist Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  New Deviant Student
it's so big!!! what material do you use???
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dragonpyper Featured By Owner Edited Jun 28, 2015
The armature was steel pipe, overlaid by frames and a skin of plexiglass. On top of that came the various kit parts for surface detail.
Scale wise it was identical to the original filming miniature. One big difference was that the framing was done in wood on the original. The plan was to use modern electronics for the lighting and engine effects.
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SciFiFan2013 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Wow, just WOW
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dantrekfan48 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh...:wow:
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dragonpyper Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
That one never got finished... :(
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dantrekfan48 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That sucks.
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dragonpyper Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
Yep, and I got stiffed for about $1,600 that I was going to be paid.
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Warflight Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Professional Photographer
HOLY CRAP FOR CRAP!!!

I remember years ago when I was doing some shows at Universal, and seeing the original model in props there (they used the same model for Galactica, and Pegasus in the 70s show) and that looks spot on size wise!

Are you aware that back in the '70s, it cost over $2 million (according to properties at least) to build that model? As it was, even though it sat most of it's life at Universal, they were still only renting it (for a while they were using it for one of their tours, from what I'm told... back in the late 70s, early 80s)

Damn... this really does bring back some fond memories... what I'd give to see that beauty in person, eh?

Tell you what... if ever you need some professional shots done of it, I do have macro lenses, and do know a thing or two about forced perspective photography... and I'm only in San Diego...
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dragonpyper Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
Appreciate the offer, but I'm sad to say it never got finished.
Jim Key of Custom Replicas, who contracted the project to my friend, Mark and I, took it away from us. He Said that we were taking too long to get it done. The client wanted as close to an exact reproduction of the original as possible. We were working off of some very good photos of the G, but we were still trying to ID kit parts for the detailing and finding some of the kits. Some have been out of production for years and fetch premium prices on e-bay.

Mark got paid in advance, but I got stiffed for about $1600.00.
However, karma can be a good thing. Jim couldn't start to figure out the detailing. He even found some of the Apogee guys that worked on it and tried to get the info from them. They told him, "Dude, it was a job we did 20 years ago, we were told to make it look good. No one kept notes!".
To tell the truth, I think many of them were too drunk or stoned. some of the photos of the G under construction show empty beer bottles, cans, and packs of 'Zig Zag' wrapping papers laying around the workshop. Some bottle caps ended up as detailing on the Colonial Movers Miniature.
As far as I know, the Custom Replicas Galactica is still an unfinished WIP.

Glad you liked the pics.
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Warflight Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Professional Photographer
Well, that sucks... and yeah... it was the 70s... we thought we were being cool, man... we thought we were being cool...
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archangel72367 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Student Digital Artist
If i remember the Dykstra studio pics this looks to be about 75% scale of the 12' studio model. However that was more years ago than I like to remember! lol
Still several million coolness points!
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dragonpyper Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
The studio miniature is about 74 inches long. The studio said 6ft, but kit parts don't lie. Most of the kits used were armor kits by Tamiya Model Co. Japan. Some Airfix and Heller kits were used too.
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