Just in time for Christmas, ‘Profiles in History’ is putting two original Battlestar Galactica models — one viper, one cylon raider — up for auction on eBay.
These are the original miniatures created by effects legend John Dykstra and Apogee Effects to film several of the visual effects sequences in the original Galactica television show. If you’re a fan of the original show or visual effects in general, it’s definitely cool stuff. (Though, with bidding expected to start at $50,000, few fans will have a chance to participate.)
Here are the full details from the auction page:
From the classic science-fiction series of the late 1970s, we are pleased to present two original screen-used filming miniatures of the main fighter ships, each representing the apex of technology as realized by the Colonials and their arch-enemies, the Cylons. Both of these filming miniatures were created by John Dykstra and the crew of Apogee Effects.
The first is a Colonial Viper, which can be screen-identified as Starbuck’s Viper in the episode ‘The Young Lords’. It is during this episode that Starbuck is fired upon by the Cylons, and his Viper struck underneath causing him to crash-land on the Cylon-controlled world of Attila. While still in flight, Boomer flies underneath to inspect the damage and discovers that Starbuck’s ‘Anti-Burn Baffles’ are gone! This filming miniature is constructed of self-skinning foam, and measures 15 1/2 in. in length with studio-weathering and burn damage on the underside, which has been impregnated with metal shavings for realism. The figure in the cockpit represents Starbuck. This is one of only six miniature Vipers ever created, and prior to the damage incurred during this episode (during its pristine state), it was filmed for stock footage used throughout the series run. Of the six original Viper miniatures, this is the only one that can be specifically identified on-screen, due to the damage.
The companion piece offered here is an original Cylon Raider filming miniature, one of only four created for the series. Like the Viper, it is made of self-skinning foam, and measures 17 in. diameter at its widest point. The miniature features airbrushed detailing, such as black/grey shading on the upper surfaces to resemble carbon or other exhaust residue from flight, and two green pentagram symbols on the outer edge of each wing. Other than a single runner missing on the outside edge of the cockpit, it remains in near-pristine condition. This miniature was used throughout the series.
This is the first time that either a Viper or Cylon Raider miniature has ever been offered at public auction, and may be the only opportunity a collector might ever have to acquire one of these rare filming miniatures. $50,000 - $60,000.
UPDATE: ‘Profiles in History’ is also selling some other cool Galactica items: an original Cylon Centurion costume, a costume made for Adama (but worn by Tigh), a matte painting of the port flight pod, and most interestingly a “Model T” viper.
eBay: Starbuck Viper and Cylon Raider filming miniatures