Viper MK II cockpit reference pictures.

(This page under continual review to improve references.)

Instruments, controls and furniture

This page identifies instruments from the 2003 reimagined MK II Colonial Viper cockpit. I’ve been collecting reference all over the web and found  much information gathered by others. However, scattered photos and fan-found information is not comprehensive enough in any one source to faithfully re-create an entire cockpit. I have shamelessly cut and pasted from these sites as they often go down or offline for good, so hopefully I can save all this for posterity.

I learned a great deal from a site called Galactiguise. It gave me a good start point to go and find out more. Steve there has done some great work and has emailed me with some good starting information.

Also, I have contacted aircraft museums, aviation enthusiasts, some of my army friends who are pilots and various fan groups and pages to gather as much information as I can to ID all the parts. I have written to the owner of the original prop sold at auction, but he is a very busy business man and indicated that it is in storage and he is not in a position to be of assistance. I totally understand that, so it’s a case of persistence and determination. I have tweeted some of the cast and written to sci-fi museums. Time will tell if any of them lead to some detailed information on the cockpit specifications, dimensions etc.

If you were ever lucky enough to see the real thing in person and were able to get any good photos of the inside of the cockpit, PLEASE SHARE THEM!!! I am quite sure many fans would, “Squee!!” at the prospect of previously unpublished photos.

Caution!: I was reminded by a friend about the radiation that can be emitted by some avionics instruments. Please be aware there can be invisible radiation hazards. Here’s a great article to explain.

 

Below are the instruments identified. I have now acquired all I need for the build.

Special thanks to those generous hearts who have donated broken/unserviceable instruments, and helped me with the displays in the cockpit. It’s heartening in a challenging project to see such kindness.

Matt Coggs, Don Gorrie, Wayne Bridge, Hawker Pacific Australian Avionics, Andrew Wall and Rob Simpson of Simpson Aeroelectrics.

Thanks also to the countless many who offered advice and ID on the instruments via aviation forums and social media groups.

 

King KR80 ADF and Turn coordinator kindly donated by Don G. (Acquired)

Wulfsberg C-962A Control Unit w/ 8130 – 400-0073-010 (Acquired)

NAT AMS42; Only 10 units were ever built between 1983 and 1985.
My friend Andrew W has built me a facade, complete with LED indicator and all the knobs and switches.

Airbus AS365 Dauphin Helicopter Volt Meter Indicator – Brion Leroux 2579-116-1

(For all of these 50mm instruments above I used other gauges donated by Rob Simpson of Simpson Aeroelectrics with a printed false face to match, thanks to artwork from Andrew Wall). See the cockpit fitout page.

 

Weapon systems panel is from a 1980’s “C” Format AMPEX VPR-80 video tape editor.

 

Narco Nav 11 – Donated by Wayne Bridge. (Acquired)
Air speed indicator – Donated by Hawker Pacific Australian Avionics. The Viper version has KPH removed and only goes to 180, but this is close enough. (Acquired)

 

 

Artificial Horizon – Donated by Hawker Pacific Australian Avionics. (Acquired)

The seat itself is known as a model 70200 Pro High Back Race Seat. It’s the cover that is the Poly Baja High Back, model number RCI8000S. (Seat and cover now acquired) I still don’t know how the seat is actually mounted. Hopefully time will tell.

The pilot restraint harness is a [9210D] RCI (Racer’s Choice Inc) 3″ 5-Point Seat Belt (Black). Outlaw speed shop in Australia sells them, or you can find them on Ebay.

Systems Display. My friend Andrew Wall has recreated this in detail for me to display on a screen.

The smaller, lower screen is from Marshall Electronics and is a V-R70P, seven inch widescreen LCD monitor with S-video and composite inputs.

Main Dradis screen and view of front panel instruments. My friend Andrew Wall has recreated the Dradis for me to display on a flat screen. The display monitor itself has been kindly donated by David Marriott.
Top panel forward in the cockpit. Older version had a HUD.
Dimensions of top panel display.
Cockpit layout and dimensions. (Used as a guide, but the real thing differs.)
Thruster control stick (Acquired)

Reaction Control System. (RCS) Port side stick. (Acquired)
The red lever is a Piper (aircraft) fuel mixture lever and knob. It has been bent and bolted to an unidentified housing. (Acquired, see below)

As I could not readily source nor afford one, I made one out of wood and steel. The same goes for the unidentified housing. I just had to make one based on screenshots.

Red light is an Allen Bradley Bulletin 800L, 30mm Indicator light. (Acquired, scratch-built) The switch in the middle has been identified and acquired. (See below). The octagonal device has now been identified. (See below).

I think the words read, “Test”, “Auto” and “Start” but I can’t make what it says just in front of, “Start”.

Thanks to, “Rass” on the Overclockers Australia Forum, (OCAU) for positively identifying it as a  General Electric SBM Control Switch with the shaft and selector button removed. The text selections differ depending on the model, but that’s what it is.

 

IBM PC 5150 Power Switch (Acquired)
IBM PC 5150 showing Power Switch
Starboard panels
Altimeter #1 – donated by Matt Cogs. (Acquired)

Accelerometer – Beechcraft, (G-Meter) (Acquired)

Altimiter #2 – Donated by Hawker Pacific Australian Avionics. For the lack of the second HUD altimeter being a Kollsman, this is a good substitute.
ARC IN-385AC VORLocalizer Converter Indicator Acquired thanks to Rob Simpson of Simpson Aeroelectrics
Kollsman altimeter C-12 PN 671BK-010 (this is what is actually in the genuine Viper prop. I settled for a regular altimeter for the HUD.)
Radio magnetic course indicator – Donated by Hawker Pacific Australian Avionics.
B206_torque percent gauge, (Helicopter) – Donated by Hawker Pacific Australian Avionics.
Vintage Thomas Edison 204A-1A5A MS28009-1 Temperature Indicator Aircraft Gauge (I used another gauge with a printed false face to match).
Illuminated toggle switch. (Acquired)
SPDT Flattened Actuator Mini Toggle Switch. (Acquired)
12V illuminated red rocker switch. (Acquired)
Chrome Bezel with 3mm Green LED

Sign writing and markings.

Part of the job is also to try to faithfully reproduce the sign-writing inside the cockpit. There are several plates and areas of print. The website Galactiguise has the font, called, “Spaceage” which you can click on their link to download and install it. There are other fonts called spaceage, so make sure you get it from Galactiguise.

20 Dec 2017: An angel sent by God Himself just sent me so much information and amazing photos I can use but not share, except to say that a lunchtime of time spent on messenger yielded more than weeks of internet research! He wants to remain anonymous. With his permission I can share this though…. you know that starboard panel that I was looking for? The one where no-one had any more than the edge of it? Well…. I present to the world… thanks to the above mentioned angel….. TADAAAAAAA!!!!!

As I recreate the signage, I will place it below.

Forward plate inside starboard of cockpit.
Port caution plate inside cockpit.
Dashboard text surrounding instruments.
Flight Checklist plate rear starboard cockpit.
Dashboard text 2

Paint colours.

 

4 thoughts on “Viper MK II cockpit reference pictures.

  • November 19, 2017 at 11:19 am
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    Wow, I just found this and have been working on a 1:1 Simulator cockpit!

    https://www.therpf.com/showthread.php?t=275064

    It looks like you have figured out much of what I have plus some more. What is the angle on the upper control panel with the 15″ monitor? I need to redo it since mine is not angled enough. I have the radio and was impressed you got that too, Have you powered it up yet? I have the diagrams for that. Hope to hear from you soon!

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    • December 3, 2017 at 7:35 pm
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      Thanks Chris. I’m not sure of the angle as I am only working from available photographs on the internet. That, and a lot has to be made up on the fly as i fit the panels into my cockpit.

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  • November 19, 2017 at 11:45 am
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    After months of research I am pretty sure the radio is a C-722. That is the one I picked up, they can be pricey.

    Awesome find on the Nav 11 and KR-80, I wasn’t able to figure those out.

    Also the status display is a variant of MARSHALL V-R70P VIDEO MONITOR, only some have the correct number/layout of buttons. I still haven’t found a reasonably priced one.

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    • December 3, 2017 at 7:35 pm
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      Thanks Chris. I’ll go and google search the mentioned display screen model. Cheers. Baz.

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