Apollo’s Viper Saber – In Memory of Richard Hatch

Hello Everybody, I have to alter my original plans for today’s post as once again we have had sad news of the passing of a much loved actor. That actor is Richard Lawrence Hatch, known to many as Captain Apollo, son of Admiral Adama in the TV sci-fi great Battlestar Galactica. Richard Hatch originally had aspirations as an athlete and competed in the pole vault (maybe hinting towards the heights he would reach in space and acting) but after the assassination of President Kennedy, he turned to acting. His first roles were on-stage, beginning at the Los Angeles Repertory theatre and in the city of Chicago. One of his first TV spots was on the show “All of My Children”. Richard earned respect and admiration and was later cast as the replacement for Michael Douglas’ character in “The Streets of San Francisco” showing his calibre. However as mentioned Richard will be remembered by most of us Sci-Fi fans as Captain Apollo, and so I present my tribute…Apollo’s Viper…

I hope this design speaks for itself, and you can see what I attempted to do. I chose parts that mirrored as closely as possible the Viper fighter from the emitter to mimic the shark mouth style intake. The body and coupler represent the fuselage with it’s grooves and recesses. The switch stands in for the cockpit canopy and to be honest I have lost count of the times I imagined I was in a Viper flying beside Apollo and Starbuck. The pommel is another FTE pommel using an emitter part instead as the end cap. The choice of this part was obvious, it had the three claws to form the three tail plane wings and the blade socket recreates the ship’s famous “fire extinguisher” exhaust ports. The blade forms the exhaust plumes and could only be white in colour.

Richard Hatch as Captain Apollo

Richard was the only actor from the original series of Battlestar Galactica to appear in the recent reboot series, although he played a different character, Tom Zarek. During the 70’s and 80’s Richard appeared in numerous shows including, Hotel, Murder, She Wrote, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Baywatch, Dynasty, and even MacGyver. He was also a writer and penned at least seven tie-in novels about the Galactica universe.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this difficult time. I like many, have a lot of great memories to thank Richard for but most never get a chance to do so, so this is my way of paying my respects and saying thanks.

Thank you for viewing my tribute saber, till next time.

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