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Insignia and Costume Devices of the Battlestar Galactica 1978 series
Written by Jim Stevenson   
Tuesday, 06 February 2007

Jim Stevenson has done some great research again on the insignia of the original Battlestar Galactica 1978 series. He analysed the insignia, the patches, the medals, and the diversity of pins used and traced many of them back to the original military insignia or patch.

This document is to be used as a guide for identifying and procuring military insignia for the construction of uniforms and costumes from the Battlestar Galactica 1978 Series. Many of the devices in question are from Korean and Vietnam era American military units. Others were custom-made for the show. All known devices have been identified and given links as to where one may be able to purchase them. Other devices have not been identified yet and are marked as such. Any ideas on what these items may be, please contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  so that I can update this chart.

Identified and Unidentified Patches and Pins

Identified Patches


Rank Insignia

"Battlestar Pegasus"
Korean-era SCARWAF
(Special Category Army with Air Force)
Flying Tigers Surplus
Kobol.com
Battlestar Galactica Merchandise


Rank Insignia

"Celestra"
78th Infantry Division

The Battlezone
Flying Tigers Surplus
4 Armed Forces
Saunders Insignia
Military Best
Kobol.com


Rank Insignia

"Martin"/"Battlestar Acropolis (?)"
18th Medical Command
Military Best
Kobol.com


Rank Insignia

"Prison Barge"
3rd Army Corps (Upside-down)
The Battlezone
Flying Tigers Surplus
4 Armed Forces
Saunders Insignia
Military Best


Rank Insignia   Rank Insignia

"Rising Star"
U.S. Air Force Academy (Modified)
4 Armed Forces
Saunders Insignia
Kobol.com (Already Modified)


Rank Insignia   Rank Insignia

"Battlestar Galactica"
Custom – no origin
Kobol.com (Originals?)
Battlestar Galactica Merchandise
(All Colors)


Rank Insignia

"Canaris Shuttle"
Hawaii Command

Flying Tigers Surplus
Saunders Insignia
Military Best

 


Identified "Beret Flashes" from "Gun on Ice Planet Zero"
Used on Winter Jacket Shoulders (upside down from normal use)

NOTE: Many of these flashes are modifications from known patches and may not quite match actual patch design and color. Some artistic license was required to do some of these. -JMS


Rank Insignia

"Apollo"
"Fantasy Flash"
According to ASMIC


Rank Insignia

"Starbuck"
"Fantasy Flash"
According to ASMIC


Rank Insignia

"Boomer"
20th Engineer Brigade
(1970’s era)


Rank Insignia

"Kroft"
19th Special Forces Group
(1966 – Present)


Rank Insignia

"Wolf"
1st Special Forces Group
(1961 – 1963)


Rank Insignia

"Thane"
7th Special Forces Group
(1961 – Present)


Rank Insignia

"Leda"
325th Airborne
1st Battalion (“Red Falcons”)


Rank Insignia

"Vickers"
509th Airborne


Rank Insignia

"Haals"
"Fantasy Flash"
According to ASMIC


Rank Insignia

"Voight"
508th Airborne
1st Battalion

The flashes that have been found can be obtained through these various websites:
Uniform Accessories Unlimited
Flying Tigers Surplus
The Battlezone
1st Army
Good Stuff To Go
Insignia World

Other beret flash resource pages:
Military Shoulder Patches of the U.S.
U.S. Army Special Forces Groups (Airborne)
Falcon Brigade Unit Insignia
The Institute of Heraldry
Special Forces Flashes
The American Society of Military Insignia Collectors (ASMIC)



Unidentified Patches


Rank Insignia   Rank Insignia

"Battlestar Galactica Medical"
Kobol.com (Originals?)


Rank Insignia   Rank Insignia

"Battlestar Atlantia"
Combination of BSG patch & something else
(NOTE: This is an approximation)


Rank Insignia

"Enforcer" Version 1 – Commander


Rank Insignia

"Enforcer" Version 2 – Soldier


Rank Insignia

"Lunar 7"
Possible Pan-Am Airlines or U.N. Origin?

 


Identified Pins & Badges


Rank Insignia   Rank Insignia

"Battlestar Galactica"
U.S. Army Military Intelligence Branch
(Standard and Modified – Upside-down)
Flying Tigers Surplus
The Battlezone (different colors available!)
Saunders Insignia
Kobol.com (Gold)
Kobol.com (Silver)
Battlestar Galactica Merchandise (Gold/Silver)


Rank Insignia

"Battlestar Pegasus"
U.S. Navy Command Ashore
Flying Tigers Surplus (Choose “mini” version)
Saunders Insignia
Kobol.com
Battlestar Galactica Merchandise


Rank Insignia

"Distinguished Service Medallion" (Cain & Kronus)
Combination of U.S. Air Force Combat Readiness Medal and U.S. European Command H.Q.
The Battlezone (Combat Readiness)
4 Armed Forces (Combat Readiness)
Flying Tigers Surplus (Combat Readiness)
Saunders Insignia (Combat Readiness)
Saunders Insignia (EuroCom)
Combined resin kit available from Gordon Smuder (aka Spcglider)
Final version should be all painted in gold


Rank Insignia   Rank Insignia

Cain’s Jacket Device
WWII Italian Assault-Combat Badge (Modified)
Resin kit available from Gordon Smuder (aka Spcglider)
Final version should be all painted in gold



Unidentified Pins & Badges


Rank Insignia

"Battlestar Galactica Medical"
Kobol.com (Resin Casting)


Rank Insignia

"Eastern Alliance" Cap Device


Rank Insignia

Reconnaissance Viper Helmet
Possible Upside-down Police Badge
From Laos, Cambodia or Thailand


Rank Insignia

Adama’s Neck Medallion


Rank Insignia

"Count Iblis" Medallion
Custom – no origin


Rank Insignia

"Seal of the 9th Lord of Kobol"
Modified Adama Neck Medallion


Rank Insignia

"Constable Shield"
Custom – no origin

Adama Medallion, Count Iblis Medallion, Seal of the 9th Lord of Kobol and Constable Shield
Resin kits are available from Gordon Smuder (aka Spcglider)
At Dewback Wing ASAP in BSG “Original Series Props” and “Original Series Costumes” sections


Resource Credits:

Jim “137th Gebirg” Stevenson (document author)
Gordon “Spcglider” Smuder (costume device researcher, resin caster and all-around good guy!)

Kobol.com – http://www.kobol.com/
Members of Dewback Wing ASAP – http://pub23.ezboard.com/bpropreplicas
Saunders Insignia – http://www.saundersinsignia.com/
4-Armed Forces.com – http://www.4armedforces.com/
Military Best – http://store.yahoo.com/militarybest/
BBS Costumes and Props – http://surfkid.net/battlestar/

Battlestar Galactica – The Complete Epic Series DVD Collection

Badges and Insignia of World War II, Air Force – Naval – Marine By Guido
Rosignoli, Peerage Books, 1980

Patch and Insignia Identification and Accuracy Advisement from
The American Society of Military Insignia Collectors (ASMIC) – http://www.asmic.org/

 
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