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Postby knapplc » Thu Feb 16, 2006 4:01 pm

This Guy is insane. I've heard of geeks before, but for goodness' sake, going BANKRUPT to turn - not a house - but an APARTMENT into a set from Star Trek? That's just flat crazy.

Man Goes Bankrupt Building Starship Voyager Home

Tony Alleyne, the man who turned his apartment into the Star Trek Starship Voyager has gone bankrupt. He started transforming his apartment after his wife left him when he replaced the refrigerator with a 'warp coil'. The apartment is located in Hinckley, Leics, has moulded walls, touch-panel blue lighting, and a command console. He even built a life-size model of the show's transporter room with reshaped windows to look like portholes and set up vertical lights to give the illusion of being beamed up. Tony at one time had the apartment for auction on eBay for $2 million but had no luck in selling. Tony maxed out 14 credit cards accumulating £100,000 in debt. His goal was to lure other Trekkies to pay him to convert their humble abodes.

Here's what Tony has to say on his grand plan:

But I was wrong and just overstretched. Building it in my apartment was the enjoyable and easy bit. But then I got hooked up with marketing and merchandise people here and in America and it all got out of hand.

I'm still proud of what I created but it's been a financial disaster.


At least with all that credit card use, he probably earned a trip to space with all the accumulated airmiles.


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Postby Redskins Win » Thu Feb 16, 2006 4:10 pm

I think you could only look cool if you had the star trek uni. If you were just lounging around in your johnny street clothes, you'd be somewhat out of your element. Also I think I'd feel like I was living in a huge tanning bed with all those whacky lights.
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Postby no1cowboysfan » Thu Feb 16, 2006 4:17 pm

Pssshhh... that's nothin'. My college apartment is modeled after the Mos Eisley cantina.

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Postby knapplc » Thu Feb 16, 2006 4:22 pm

no1cowboysfan wrote:Pssshhh... that's nothin'. My college apartment is modeled after the Mos Eisley cantina.


:-b

Yeah, but Star Wars is COOL. There's a HUGE difference there. ;-D
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Postby dream_017 » Thu Feb 16, 2006 4:26 pm

NEEEEERRRRRRRDDDDDDDDS

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Postby onnestabe » Thu Feb 16, 2006 4:30 pm

The dumbest thing IMO is that he did it in an apartment...now he is going to have to move out because he can't pay rent, and he's going to lose his deposit because the landlord has to clean up all this Star Trek crap.

Either that or the landlord will sell it for $1 million on Ebay ;-)
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Postby Dr. Duran Duran » Thu Feb 16, 2006 4:33 pm

Wow. I've heard of obsessions, but that's outrageous. Maxing out 14 credit cards to build that piece of crap? If you're gonna max out 14 credit card bills, couldn't you at least have hired some hot women dressed like aliens to hang out in your "humble abode"?
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Postby no1cowboysfan » Thu Feb 16, 2006 4:33 pm

knapplc wrote:
no1cowboysfan wrote:Pssshhh... that's nothin'. My college apartment is modeled after the Mos Eisley cantina.


:-b

Yeah, but Star Wars is COOL. There's a HUGE difference there. ;-D


agreed many times over.

Star Trek suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucks... ;-D
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Postby Roseman » Thu Feb 16, 2006 4:44 pm

A fool and his money are quickly parted!!!
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Postby josebach » Thu Feb 16, 2006 5:05 pm

I heard about this guy on the radio. Apparently, he was trying to start a business where he could sell his "conversions" to people. What he failed to consider is that anybody that could afford to make their house look like that was too smart to actually do it.
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