Battlestar Galactica - "Apollo" Viper Jacket
Faithful replica of the bomber jacket worn by Lee "Apollo" Adama in the flashback sequence for the series finale, "Daybreak." Designed using original jacket base used on the show, the jacket features full lining and is fully functional, with four large front pockets, hidden pocket inside of jacket, and full length front zipper. Jacket features set of screen-accurate patches and in-universe (a.k.a. "Galactiguised") patches in lieu of real-world military patches that were added to the original costume piece.
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|Arm Length (inches)||32"-33"||33"-34"||34"-35"||35"-36"||37"-38"|
|Body Length (inches)||21"-22"||22"-23"||24"-25"||26"-27"||27"-28"|
- Designed using original jacket base as seen on show.
- Olive drab matched to original jacket seen on screen.
- Patches manufactured using original artwork from the show (Vigilantes, Viper).
- Galactiguised military patches similar in style, yet using production-created artwork pieces for "Galactiguisation" process. (See "Galactiguising the Patches" section for in-depth details.)
- Charcoal gray/black "ring and Colonial Phoenix" logo silkscreened on right chest pocket for better durability, as opposed to the simple iron-on transfer that was used on the original jacket.
- Constructed from 100% cotton with polyester inside liner.
- Fully lined and designed to be a completely functional jacket.
- Lining features extra insulation with accurate cross hatching pattern.
- Four large front pockets to accommodate wallets, phones, aviator sunglasses, and more!
- Hidden pocket inside of jacket (on the left hand side) for smaller items with black zipper.
- Zipper that completely closes to the top and elastic waist and wrist banding for maximal warmth containment.
Galactiguising the Patches
Three of the patches used on the jacket were either impossible to find, or re-uses of US Military patches. Below is an explanation from Steve Fronczek of why the aforementioned patches were Galactiguised instead of merely copied.
In my research on US military patches I discovered a little known US code concerning military insignia.
Under the United States Code (USC) 18 USC § 701 — "Official badges, identification cards, other insignia it states "Whoever manufactures, sells, or possesses any badge, identification card, or other insignia, of the design prescribed by the head of any department or agency of the United States for use by any officer or employee thereof, or any colorable imitation thereof, or photographs, prints, or in any other manner makes or executes any engraving, photograph, print, or impression in the likeness of any such badge, identification card, or other insignia, or any colorable imitation thereof, except as authorized under regulations made pursuant to law, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both."
Furthermore, civilian use of "earned" military insignia is highly frowned upon by enlisted personnel and veterans of the armed forces and is punishable by law under certain circumstances.
In an effort to not offend any military personnel past or present we opted to "Galactiguise" the three US military patches. Galactiguise is a word made up by the BATTLESTAR GALACTICA™ production department to describe anything that needed to look like it came from the BSG universe. They took the words "Galactica" and "disguise" and mashed then together into Galactiguise. The art department opted to use obscure US patches on this jacket as they were on a tight production schedule and figured that the few seconds the jacket is shown no one would actually recognize any of the "real" military patches. This ended up evoking a massive licensing headache when we decided to reproduce the jacket.
Luckily, I was doing an article about the illustrator (Peter Hickey) who designed the original Squadron Insignia for the MiniSeries and he pointed in me in the right direction to all of the clipart he used for the show. Knowing the design aesthetic for BSG was extremely helpful in transforming the three patches into a design worthy of the BSG universe. When I started the process of hunting for the 12 star patch I did find a few that were very close. The 40th infantry division was the closest patch I could find. This patch was actually quite easy to Galactiguise as the 12 star was already being used on the Lieutenant Colonel, Warrent Officer, and Master Chief Petty Officer rank pins. The ring with ears was lifted from the BSG 75 patch and helped bring this patch into the BSG universe.
The large US Army Drill Instructor patch on the left sleeve was a bit harder to Galactiguise. Knowing that Lee Adama was a graduate from the "Caprican Flight Training Academy" I decided to use that logo as the centerpiece of the patch and build around it. The Serpent motif was replaced with a wreath and "This We'll Defend" was replaced with "Flight Training Academy".
The final patch being the "Air Force Communications Command" was the hardest to Galactiguise as it had the most elements. The shield and banner shape used on all Airforce command patches is copyrighted. The First Primus Insignia created by Peter Hickey has the logical shield and banner design to use as it was already used in the Prowlers and Aces n' Eight's patches. All of the graphical elements were carefully culled from the stock clipart used to create the original BSG insignia. I decided to not deviate very much on the basic thematic elements of the AirForce Cap-Com patch. Some of the notable BSG elements are replacing the five-point stars with Cylon Base Stars and the globe lines on the planet with a pentagon symbol -- reminiscent of TOS BSG (and reused throughout the series, including the Temple of the Five on the Algae planet).
Over all it was a fun project and I hope the fans realize that these three patches although not used in the show were made with the same clipart files and guidance from the original creator of the BSG squadron insignia.
Author and Executive Editor of Galactiguise.com
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