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MK-1 Caprican Viper 01 by BluePhoenix012 MK-1 Caprican Viper 01 by BluePhoenix012
Here's another screencap (im such a hack :)), but this time I'm uploading this strictly only as image stock and reference for other artists.

Anyhoo this image is of a Mark 1 Colonial (Caprican) Viper from this weeks latest episode of Caprica. Appearantly its the main air jet fighter of the Caprican Air Force and possibly later the 12 Colonies.
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coolhand77 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Oh, I also noticed, no RCS thrusters, which means, the supposition that these are atmo only craft is spot on.
coolhand77 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
Perhaps the step inbetween these "vipers" and the Mk1 is the addition of the third engine, and a more "stable" design to reduce the needed "fly by wire" avionics [forward swept designs like that are notoriously unstable, needing fly by wire to keep them from going out of control...but it also makes them VERY manuverable]? BTW, a "Viper" might be their way of saying "carrier plane". These have an obvious tail hook in the underside shot. Kindof like the comic seriers "Tigers of Terra" used the "Cat" names for carrier planes IIRC [a play on the fact they could be catapult launched?]. Vipers might be the "carrier" planes while the old "cobras" [twin engine from TOS], having two wide a wingspan for the launch tubes were "self launch only" craft.
megadolon013 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
This has to be based on the P-51 Mustang from WWII. Now I do not the series of CAPRICA, but yes to BSG. Both the one in the 70's and the remake. This could well be for atmosphere only use.
Jetfreak-7 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
Interesting, I can see parts of the F/A-18 kitbashed together.
dinobatfan Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Cool retro design. :)
ResurrectionFive Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Well what you all are forgetting is that during the First Cylon war the Colonials took a step back from their technology since the Cylons could hack it (similar to the Cylon Virus in the mini series). So this could be an advanced MKI fighter that was the standard for the Caprican Air force up until the start of the Cylon War. The Colonials could have changed the design once it is found out that the Cylons could control their tech, moving to a bare bones fighter, (the original MKI seen in Galactica's Museum)

.....or it could just be a Viper in V-world....
nuke-vizard Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I suppose that when they created the low-tech viper for the war they completely redesigned it. The thing is, these vipers from Caprica don't really look like they're usable in space (though that's probably just because they look more like our jets - give it a red and white paint job and they are good to go)
nuke-vizard Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The design of this thing is great, though I'm not sure how the next step from this is the Mark II we know from Galactica.
Snazz84 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I prefer to think that the Mark I is the fighter from the original series, which was seen in the museum in the miniseries (so it's canon! :P)

It's up to anyone if they want to call this the MkI, because there needs to be something to call it rather than "that fighter that we saw in that one episode with Zoe and the dude", but realistically, there wouldn't just be this fighter and then eventually a MkII being built around the time of the Cylon war. There'd be many fighter designs in between. In-universe this probably has some completely different designation. Cap Fighter Mk.IX or something.
nuke-vizard Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wait a minute... the vipers on Galactica's museum display WERE the Mk.IIs. And when the cylons fried all the new Mk.VIIs the pilots took the vipers from the museum. So the vipers we watched the whole show were the II and therefore they were the next step from these Caprica vipers Right?
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