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Cylon A/B Raider (Galactica: 1980)

Post by 137th Gebirg » Sat Jun 20, 2015 8:08 pm

This is an illustration I made in 2010 of the Galactica: 1980 "A/B Raider" that made several appearances during that show's short run. It is probably one of the coolest things that came out of the show (aside from the 2-seater Viper and flying bikes). It was piloted by 3 centurions and 2 humanoid-looking Cylons (long before Ron Moore's show would approach the same subject) and it was scaled to be positively massive compared to its earlier Raider counterparts and Colonial Vipers. It's one of my favorites...
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Re: Cylon A/B Raider (Galactica: 1980)

Post by Proteus » Mon Aug 10, 2015 2:58 am

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If this is indeed the AB Cylon, then I am...intrigued, to say the least.
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Re: Cylon A/B Raider (Galactica: 1980)

Post by 137th Gebirg » Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:21 am

It is, indeed, the AB Raider from Galactica: 1980. The schematic is based off of master model builder Jon Billings' detailed replica of the original, using the same materials and building principals that were used to create the original.
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Re: Cylon A/B Raider (Galactica: 1980)

Post by Thunderstruck » Sun Dec 06, 2015 9:48 am

I vaguely remember this ship...I do recall when the show aired,,that the raider was different.

I have not come across a model (Mesh) or actually think I have seen one of these outside the the series.

Would like to have one to look over...will keep my "eye" out if I see one.
--but a lot of the Model Dwnload sites I have used have shrunk their offerings or do not offer them anymore (SciFi Meshes)
--many I wanted to get ..and did not,,,are no longer available...:( Example: Scorpia Shipyards cant find it anywhere,,and I know someone shared a model of it.

Note: Colonial Fleets seems to be out of commission and all the BSG models they had too!

Booked the Schematics site-though..I am not a modeler yet..I still like animating first.

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Re: Cylon A/B Raider (Galactica: 1980)

Post by 137th Gebirg » Mon Dec 07, 2015 2:53 pm

I suppose that, if you had access to a 3D scanner, you might be able to contact Jon Billings and ask him permission to scan it in after making road-trip. You can likely get his contact info from Kurt Kuhn on that site I posted above. IIRC, he based the hull off of original castings, possibly vacuform. Since nobody out there to my recollection knows where the original miniature is, that's likely to be your best source at getting the most accurate mesh.

Not a cheap option, though, by any stretch, but it's all I got...
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Re: Cylon A/B Raider (Galactica: 1980)

Post by GoldCylon » Tue Dec 08, 2015 12:58 pm

I seriously doubt connecting Jon would help at all once finding out the reason it would be used. If I recall a limited release was made of this model in kit form. I think tracking down someone that owns one of those models be the best road to take. Mike Salza, or Charles Adams might be a source also.

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Re: Cylon A/B Raider (Galactica: 1980)

Post by 137th Gebirg » Wed Dec 09, 2015 9:07 am

Oh, cool! Wasn't aware that kits were cast off the master. Yep, that could certainly work too.

I'm sure that, since (I'm assuming) that it was a limited run, generational degradation would be minimal enough to still make an accurate scan. :)
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Re: Cylon A/B Raider (Galactica: 1980)

Post by GoldCylon » Wed Dec 09, 2015 9:30 am

Sorry I didn't mean to imply kits were cast off the original, but a few one to one replicas were made using the same method to make the original.

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