As I was designing items to complement the Battlestar Galactica ships (especially for hangar diorama creation), I stumbled across galactiguise.com. This is a great website that contains some really cool design information from the re-imagined series. To date, I have designed two items specifically from the information posted on Galactiguise: the pit box and the deck creeper – both intended to be hangar deck diorama or display accessories. These items are available in my shapeways store.
THE PIT BOX (HANGAR BOX)
Two Hangar Support Equipment Maintenance Boxes were seen in the background during Hangar Bay scenes in the Miniseries and throughout the rest of the Series. The all aluminum construction hangar box is painted in Galactica’s Dark ballgown metallic with spray on liner covering top surface. Each compartment door features decals specifying types of supplies that could be found in the cart. Door decals starting from the top left door read; Panels, Diagnostics, Cables, and Sensors. The front panel of the Hangar Box displays the equipment identification number for the Hangar Box of “RPB-3455-B1.” The rear wing panels display the Battlestar Galactica Kobol logo as well as it’s Hangar Bay location and designation. The two designations for the last remaining Hangar Boxes aboard Galactica are; 01 and 13. The Hangar Boxes are made from two custom “Pit Boxes” made by Ricky Sanders Racing, Inc. out of Stockbridge, Georgia, USA. A single 34″ medium Pit box costs around $5400.00 U.S., so it was a hefty investment for an item seen mostly in the background. (Text and following 4 images copied from: http://www.galactiguise.com/welcome/sets/galactica/hangar-box/).
My design was based on the information from both Galactiguise and Ricky Sanders Racing. The smaller scales are available in a detail plastic material that allows preservation of detail in both the wheels and handle. Larger versions are available in a strong and flexible plastic that brings the cost down but retains appropriate relief. There are no moving parts in my models. There are some injection molded pit boxes available, but mine is modeled as close as I could get to the TV shown version of the boxes (the differences I noticed being mostly on the bottom front and back). Check them out on shapeways.
THE DECK CREEPER
In the MiniSeries, Kara Thrace is in the process of making repairs on her Viper’s fuel system while laying on one of the two mechanic’s creepers remaining on the Galactica’s hangar deck. The original creeper is made from red, blow molded, polyethylene polymer with gray rubber casters and black vinyl headrest. The Prop department painted the creeper in yellow oxide and added vinyl letters to Galactiguise the creeper. The creeper used by Starbuck in the MiniSeries has the hangar Deck identification number of “SARC 2954″ as seen from this photo taken on the set at the end of Season 4. You can see the amount of abuse the creeper endured after years of filming as the red plastic is worn through all over the creeper. This creeper is currently available from either Buffalo Tools as the CREEP40 or from ATD Tools as the 81050. Please note that the ATD model has red wheels which is not correct. 6-Wheel Molded Plastic Creeper features a low profile for under Viper work and moves freely on 360-degree rotating wheels with ball bearings. It holds up to 400 lb. Features a thick padded head rest for comfort, easy access built in tool and parts tray, Oil and fuel resistant, Designed for unrestricted arm movement, Six double bolted 3″ casters, Convenient grab handle. (Text and following 4 images copied from: http://www.galactiguise.com/welcome/sets/galactica/hangar-deck-creeper/).
My design is as unique as this deck creeper is compared to most others. This deck creeper has lots of intersecting arcs rather than the standard flat board. It cradles the user with both a nice design for the back to sink into and nicely sloped areas for the user’s shoulders. The tool pockets on both sides are also a bit unique. There are no moving parts in my design, but the wheels do have distinct detail. I have not seen another scale creeper remotely similar to this unique shape. Available in several scales on shapeways.