Build your own flying Battlestar Galactica Viper

The days of building your own flying replica of the Battlestar Galactica Viper have just begun. Even though the Estes model rocket version of the Viper met its untimely demise a couple of decades ago, now the enterprising do-it-yourselfers at Verna Rockets show you how to bring a flying Viper back to life.

The site helps you gather the necessary parts and instructions to fly those formidable fighters once again, with plans and instructions for a respectable custom build, right down to the realistic decals of the Red Squadron. And if you don't like Battlestar Galactica, you can also build the SR-71 Blackbird.

Go ahead — construct a single-engine version, but notice there's room for four engines in there, so you might be tempted to fill every one of them with solid rocket power on the bigger Hyper Viper. That's sure to be even more exciting. For extra realism, we'd like to see these babies launching through a tube.

Verna Rockets, via Gizmodo