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A dilapidated shuttlecraft prop used in the original Star Trek series has sold at auction for $70,000 (£45,000). Some Trekkies have far too much cash in their hands. As you can see from the image below, the 24ft long shuttle, which had been acquired by a collector years ago, has clearly seen better days. This didn't stop a last- …

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Anonymous Coward

Would be cheaper to make a replica from new. Not much of the original will be "original" by the time it is restored.

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This is my Grandfather's Axe...

"This, milord, is my family's axe. We have owned it for almost nine hundred years, see. Of course, sometimes it needed a new blade. And sometimes it has required a new handle, new designs on the metalwork, a little refreshing of the ornamentation... but is this not the ninehundred-year-old axe of my family?"

That's not to say I see the logic in paying so much for it, but just saying...

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$70000 is a lot today but think what it will be worth in 200 years time when we're landing on foreign planets in something that looks very similar and it's stuck in a museum back on Earth as being the original protoype...

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All he needed to do was buy two old caravans, rivet them together and remodel it with a mallet. It would have cost less than a pint of beer.

The man is a fool.

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Re: This is my Grandfather's Axe...

To be, the long, verbatim Pratchett quote is worth of a like on it's own.

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"Would be cheaper to make a replica from new."

Hey, what a great idea! Museums don't need to display actual historical objects - they can just make fakes and display those instead, because it's so much cheaper! While they're at it, they can pull down that tatty old Sphinx and put up a new one with a nose. Provenance? Who gives a damn?

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Re: Fakes

Jedit , they already do that - the statue of David in the origibnal location - the Piazza della Signoria in Florence is a fake - the real one being moved indoors in 1873 to the Accademia Gallery

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"They already do that"

Allow me to clarify. I know that fakes are already displayed in some museums and cities, for the purpose of preserving the original. However, the museums and cities in question do have the original. What the AC is advocating is making fake exhibits *instead* of acquiring originals, because "it's cheaper and it's just the same, innit?"

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Idiots

In 100 years time when Apple try to patent the ishuttle, the sly owners relatives can point to their ancient shuttle, claim they own previous art and haggle a colossal licensing agreement.

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Re: This is my Grandfather's Axe...

Bit like Only Fools and Horses when Trigger wins an award from the council for owning the same broom for 20 years.

It'shad 17 new heads and 14 new handles, but still the same broom.

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Re: "They already do that"

"However, the museums and cities in question do have the original. "

Unless it's a Natural History Museum, where they borrow someone else's originals and make casts in resin, or even borrow someone else's resin casts.

I'm thinking why bother anyway. Why not replace museums with facebook pages and just photoshop up the exhibits? Cheap and fast and no need for all those big buildings *and* it's iPad friendly so everyone will love it.

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vinyl front tier

You owe me a screen wipe!

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Anonymous Coward

does it come with the guy in the red star trek outfit, the one who always gets killed on a surface mission?

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I know him

Crewman Soonbedead.

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Re: I know him

Welshy! NOOOOOOOO!

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Re: I know him

Actually, it was Ensign Expendible...

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Always the FNG

Always the new guy who was never mentioned in the credits. Though apparently there were a couple of actors who played the new guy who dies several times!

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Re: Always the FNG

I think you are referring to my favourite character - Lieutenant Leslie

http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Leslie - the Health and Vitality section is best

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Re: Always the FNG

Oh, forgot Assaults and Injuries

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Re: Always the FNG

Rusty Shuttle? Was that the crewman's name? Sounds more like a porn actor.

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You mean "the Malcolm"? as, for some long-forgotten reason, we refer to said character, in our gaff.

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Very good!

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Re: vinyl front tier

Please don't encourage him! PLEASE!

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Re: "Please don't encourage him! PLEASE!"

Indeed. Like the Patrician I am in favour of the Scorpion Pits for mime artists and people who make puns like that.

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Re: vinyl front tier

You should require a license for that kind of behaviour.

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this would make

a great 23 foot long caravan!

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Re: this would make

Maybe after another $70,000 but does it have the headroom? Although it always struck me to be a bit like Tardis in that regard depending on the scene but then my memory is about as old and hasn't been "partially restored", which may be a good thing considering.

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What a piece of shit

I would love to have seen his wife's face when he announced "Honey come and see what I bought, you will never believe it".

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Re: What a piece of shit

Married? You obviously know sod all about Trekkies.

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Re: What a piece of shit

No.

You know sod all about Trekkies

I married one. A couple of her friends got married around the same time and we're nearly at our Silver Wedding anniversary

Despite the rep, in the UK at least, the Star Trek events had a lot of women going to them

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You should be hung by the tribbles

for that joke!

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Big mistake

The warp nacelles are missing... You have any idea how much those are going to cost to replace?

Wait... Did the shuttlecraft in TOS have warp capability? If they didn't, then those are obviously just floats for water landings and I retract my earlier complaint.

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Re: Big mistake

Not floats, but *reaches for Star Fleet Technical Manual* 'Booster Propulsion'.

It's on Technical Order page TO:01:04:80. Just so you know.

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Re: Big mistake

Thanks Steven... I looked at my post again and decided it made me look a little 'nerdy' but in comparison to someone who has the Star Fleet Technical Manual.... !

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Happy

Re: Big mistake

".....how much those are going to cost to replace?"

Never mind the cost, it's the availibility that's the real issue. I mean, those things won't have not been made for years for years[1]......

[1] God this language is shit at time dislocated tense handling.

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Re: Big mistake

If you look at the auction, you can see that the nacelles are there, just not currently attached. According to the terms of the auction, all of that stuff was included in the price. From the photos, it looks like someone started a restoration project and gave up.

Here's hoping that they put it all back together and display it in a museum someplace, and not keep it in their garage.

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I'm not sure

that the wheels are big enough

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With Scotty Gone

No one will ever be able to make it run.

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Wow! What a wreck!

What happened to it? It looks as though it's been battered by a shower of boulders, thrown by a group of giant ape-like creatures.

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Re: Wow! What a wreck!

That episode gave me nightmares as a child, and the picture in the article reminded me of it straight away!

£45k? Pah, that's nothing for memorabilia like this!

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Re: Wow! What a wreck!

You made me laugh on a day when laughing was not an option ... I salute you!

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Re: Wow! What a wreck!

"What happened to it? It looks as though it's been battered by a shower of boulders, thrown by a group of giant ape-like creatures."

You're forgetting the episode where it was stolen by Klingon's, who pillaged it, stole the nessels and threw it through a temporal rift where it would arrive on earth in the 1960's. The internals ripped out by the USAF and the chassis left behind, sparking a TV series and the modern era human race.

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Re: Wow! What a wreck!

Looks like they bought it from Harry Mudd

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hohoho

My mate had a boat that was built as fake shuttle as well,on canal nearish london,other mate had "friend" who was spitting image for bright green alien head from very early episodes of star terk opening credits,still kick myself that i could not put boat,"friend"and camera together at same time,ever.

would have made crackingly good pics.

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A star trek shuttle boat? Was its stated mission to boldly row where no man has gone before???

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Star Dreck

What a piece o'crap!

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Oh, I'm sorry. Did I say it was only fit to tow garbage? I meant to say, it's only fit to be towed away AS garbage. Ha ha ha ha!

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Looks fake. Compare the two photos. This one bears nothing but a passing resemblance. The dimensions and construction are different.

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Can you also tell by the pixels?

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Mushroom

When you waiting for an Earth destroying meteor to arrive its just good preparedness to have an escape shuttle to hand

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