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The DeRose family, and several other maker families, are all pitching in on another amazing project for Maker Faire Bay Area. They’ve done the potato Gatling gun 2009, the Saphira fire-breathing dragon, and Project Varia 2011. This year they’re building a scifi fighter simulator inspired by the Colonial Vipers in Battlestar Galactica.

You can find out more about their project on The Viper project site and on their Kickstarter page.

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. Pott says:

    Wow, amazing.

  2. Jason says:

    I was thinking “pretty neat, but it’s been done”, then I saw “8th grader” and immediately felt pwned. Way to go, future leaders! I’m impressed.

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  4. Piotr says:

    It looks as if those guys have put some real work into that project. Hopefully, it will be a success.

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