All of this has happened before and will happen again – While there have been many worthy builders to attempt both the classic, modern, and “inspired-by” incarnations of the famed sci-fi vessel Battlestar Galactica at a variety of scales the latest iteration is a wondrous thing of beauty. Brandon Griffith‘s labor of love is 47 inches (1.2 meters) long and took almost 300 hours to build. It debuted this past weekend at BrickCon 2018 in Seattle.
In the 2003 re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica, the Cylon Raider is the main attack fighter used by the Cylons. One of the most striking differences between the original model from the 1998 series and the newer model is the crescent shape with forward leading wings and the large eye slit with a red light going across in the cockpit position. David Duperron has built his second UCS-scale ship from Battlestar Galactica with this hugely impressive Cyclon Raider based on the newer version and captured in LEGO form. The model is made of 3253 LEGO pieces, with a total length of 66,5cm (~83 studs) and a width of 45,0cm (~56 studs).
Beauty is not necessarily complex. Simon Pickard proves simplicity goes a long way. He uses a single part to represent the Cylon Raider ships, and his Colonial Viper fighters don’t require more than 20 pieces. Minimalism may become a new trend in LEGO creations!
There were only a handful of Vipers remaining to defend humanity in the reimagined series. It was always painful to watch them go boom against the practically unlimited number of Raiders. Simon obviously isn’t as sentimental as I am – he prefers to blow one up for this creation. Shame on him!