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(The New Yorker)   The fate of Star Trek's Galileo shuttle   (newyorker.com ) divider line
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2013-03-01 11:06:59 AM  
Any Phase II fan will tell you that it's hidden in William Windom's garage
 
2013-03-01 11:14:11 AM  
A rotted $70k plywood prop that has to be completely restored with new plywood and some paint.  Sounds like a great investment.
 
2013-03-01 11:16:15 AM  

theurge14: A rotted $70k plywood prop that has to be completely restored with new plywood and some paint.  Sounds like a great investment.


That's what I was thinking. What's the use? Especially at that price.
 
2013-03-01 11:17:56 AM  

swahnhennessy: What's the use? Especially at that price.


Street Geek cred.
 
2013-03-01 11:36:45 AM  

theurge14: A rotted $70k plywood prop that has to be completely restored with new plywood and some paint.  Sounds like a great investment.


And this is the second time, because it wasn't stored properly after a first mostly-complete restoration.
 
2013-03-01 11:42:14 AM  
How about you pay me $50,000 to make one for you, and I won't even upcharge you for the marine grade plywood.
 
2013-03-01 12:27:36 PM  
Beelzebub has a devil set aside for itttttttttttt,

for itttttt,

for itttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt

na, nan, naaa, na naaa, na naaaaaaaa
 
2013-03-01 12:36:39 PM  
I saw it once, years and years ago. I think it was 1976?

calyxa.com
 
2013-03-01 12:47:44 PM  
So, it's gonna be a George Washington's Ax thing?
 
2013-03-01 12:55:19 PM  
Thank you, New Yorker, for the utter lack of photos.  I'm sure no one was interested in seeing the restoration.
 
2013-03-01 01:01:29 PM  

swahnhennessy: theurge14: A rotted $70k plywood prop that has to be completely restored with new plywood and some paint.  Sounds like a great investment.

That's what I was thinking. What's the use? Especially at that price.


IT BELONGS IN A MUSEUM!

No, seriously, that's his rationale.  He's fixing it up and is planning to donate it to a museum.
 
2013-03-01 01:06:39 PM  

HeartBurnKid: swahnhennessy: theurge14: A rotted $70k plywood prop that has to be completely restored with new plywood and some paint.  Sounds like a great investment.

That's what I was thinking. What's the use? Especially at that price.

IT BELONGS IN A MUSEUM!

No, seriously, that's his rationale.  He's fixing it up and is planning to donate it to a museum.


I fail to see the problem with this. People donate shiat to museums all of the time, and quite often they come with restoration needs.
 
2013-03-01 01:08:03 PM  

kernunrex: Thank you, New Yorker, for the utter lack of photos.  I'm sure no one was interested in seeing the restoration.


Yeah, photos would have been nice. I was far more interested in the story than I thought I would be. Would have been nice to see some 'before' and 'during' photos.
 
2013-03-01 01:15:48 PM  
Galileo Figaro!
 
2013-03-01 01:19:15 PM  

Mikey1969: HeartBurnKid: swahnhennessy: theurge14: A rotted $70k plywood prop that has to be completely restored with new plywood and some paint.  Sounds like a great investment.

That's what I was thinking. What's the use? Especially at that price.

IT BELONGS IN A MUSEUM!

No, seriously, that's his rationale.  He's fixing it up and is planning to donate it to a museum.

I fail to see the problem with this. People donate shiat to museums all of the time, and quite often they come with restoration needs.


I don't have a problem with it either.  I just couldn't resist the opportunity for the Indiana Jones quote.
 
2013-03-01 01:23:06 PM  

King Something: Galileo Figaro!


upload.wikimedia.org
"Largo al factotum della città."
 
2013-03-01 01:25:43 PM  

HeartBurnKid: I don't have a problem with it either.  I just couldn't resist the opportunity for the Indiana Jones quote.


Oh. OK, I didn't get that. Carry on...
 
2013-03-01 01:40:24 PM  
"The shuttle was built in 1966, by a twelve-member team working for two months around the clock supervised by its main designer"

I find it hard to believe it took so many man-hours to make it.
 
2013-03-01 01:45:28 PM  
Wouldn't they need to change its name to the Theseus?
 
2013-03-01 01:52:10 PM  

StrikitRich: Any Phase II fan will tell you that it's hidden in William Windom's garage


eeeeeexcellent (in the grating tones of the Keeper)
or
excellent (in almost a whisper, like Kahn)
or
OHHHH   MYYYYY (like teh Takei)
 
2013-03-01 01:54:34 PM  

Mikey1969: HeartBurnKid: swahnhennessy: theurge14: A rotted $70k plywood prop that has to be completely restored with new plywood and some paint.  Sounds like a great investment.

That's what I was thinking. What's the use? Especially at that price.

IT BELONGS IN A MUSEUM!

No, seriously, that's his rationale.  He's fixing it up and is planning to donate it to a museum.

I fail to see the problem with this. People donate shiat to museums all of the time, and quite often they come with restoration needs.


And a museum would much rather receive a donation requiring no such restoration.
 
2013-03-01 02:17:03 PM  

Sarah Jessica Farker: I saw it once, years and years ago. I think it was 1976?

[calyxa.com image 800x580]


Looks like that one episode of Star Trek when the Bad News Bears are beamed aboard and hilarity ensues.
 
2013-03-01 02:22:53 PM  
I used to go to ST conventions (a LOT of conventions...) and went to one in the 90s that had this on display.  They were asking for donations to help with the restoration (I don't remember what I gave).  There was a dent on one of the engines, with a sign that said "Truck smashed it, whoops!"

Unfortunately I don't see a museum wanting something that big.  MAYBE an aeronautics museum, wiht other vintage planes, but otherwise nah...
 
2013-03-01 02:50:58 PM  
That episode ("The Galileo Seven") used to scare the crap out of me when I was a kid.
 
2013-03-01 02:55:31 PM  
Yeah, I'm about to be that guy.

The author says "seventy thousand one hundred and fifty ".  Never mind the missing hyphens, and the improper use of "and" in "one hundred and fifty".  Generally, when writing any large number is supposed to be written numerically, at least partially.  Even writing it partially as "70 thousand" would be preferred  to the way the author wrote it.
 
2013-03-01 03:16:37 PM  
FTFA:
"I think it's sharp," said the welder and grinder Ken Foster. "You could put a set of outboards on it and row it across the bay."

This guy works for a boat builder?
 
2013-03-01 03:32:26 PM  

ExpressPork: Yeah, I'm about to be that guy.

The author says "seventy thousand one hundred and fifty ".  Never mind the missing hyphens, and the improper use of "and" in "one hundred and fifty".  Generally, when writing any large number is supposed to be written numerically, at least partially.  Even writing it partially as "70 thousand" would be preferred  to the way the author wrote it.


Maybe The New Yorker has their own style guide, so that instead of using the simple numerical rules of AP style (basically spell out numbers below 10, use commas in numbers over 999), they're instructed to write out numbers in whatever way makes them hardest to read, so that your story gets derailed while the reader figures out WTF you're talking about.
 
2013-03-01 03:33:24 PM  

theurge14: Sarah Jessica Farker: I saw it once, years and years ago. I think it was 1976?

[calyxa.com image 800x580]

Looks like that one episode of Star Trek when the Bad News Bears are beamed aboard and hilarity ensues.


Kindly get out of my head, you. It's crowded enough in there.
 
2013-03-01 03:40:16 PM  
It was a shock hearing it was made out of wood. I thought it was at least a van conversion.
oldcarandtruckpictures.com

\hot
 
2013-03-01 03:45:56 PM  

devildog123: So, it's gonna be a George Washington's Ax thing?


I thought the exact same thing!
 
2013-03-01 03:46:21 PM  

JMacPA: FTFA:
"I think it's sharp," said the welder and grinder Ken Foster. "You could put a set of outboards on it and row it across the bay."

This guy works for a boat builder?


Worse than that, he welds plywood.
 
2013-03-01 04:12:15 PM  
We nicknamed our metallic grey-blue '98 Odyssey "the Shuttlecraft".

/not really a csb, butthay.
 
2013-03-01 04:25:08 PM  
I especially would have liked a picture of The Kramer looking down upon this project!  C'mon New Yorker, still pissed about the "I like the kitty" joke?
 
2013-03-01 05:56:58 PM  

ExpressPork: Yeah, I'm about to be that guy.

The author says "seventy thousand one hundred and fifty ".  Never mind the missing hyphens, and the improper use of "and" in "one hundred and fifty".  Generally, when writing any large number is supposed to be written numerically, at least partially.  Even writing it partially as "70 thousand" would be preferred  to the way the author wrote it.


I'm English and we always say 'one thousand and fifty' for the last bit, it's one of the things that still really sounds "wrong" when I hear Americans miss out the 'and'.  It makes sense that it would sound wrong to you to hear it with the word.
 
2013-03-01 08:10:20 PM  

Flint Ironstag: ExpressPork: Yeah, I'm about to be that guy.

The author says "seventy thousand one hundred and fifty ".  Never mind the missing hyphens, and the improper use of "and" in "one hundred and fifty".  Generally, when writing any large number is supposed to be written numerically, at least partially.  Even writing it partially as "70 thousand" would be preferred  to the way the author wrote it.

I'm English and we always say 'one thousand and fifty' for the last bit, it's one of the things that still really sounds "wrong" when I hear Americans miss out the 'and'.  It makes sense that it would sound wrong to you to hear it with the word.


Separated by a common language.

People have spent a lot more than 70k on a lot stupider stuff, do put me in the 'no big deal' pile
 
2013-03-01 09:13:50 PM  
Trivia Notes: AMT (the model kit company who had the model kit license for the TOS ships) offered to build the Galileo shuttle prop at their own cost in return for a more sizable slice of the profits from the model kit royalties they would sell.

2.bp.blogspot.com

And these are a few concept designs of what Galileo was ORIGINALLY supposed to look like:

1.bp.blogspot.com 4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-03-01 09:28:40 PM  
 
2013-03-02 03:34:00 AM  

kernunrex: Thank you, New Yorker, for the utter lack of photos.  I'm sure no one was interested in seeing the restoration.


Now you get to feel all smug about reading an article in the New Yorker.
 
2013-03-02 08:26:19 AM  

LavenderWolf: Mikey1969: HeartBurnKid: swahnhennessy: theurge14: A rotted $70k plywood prop that has to be completely restored with new plywood and some paint.  Sounds like a great investment.

That's what I was thinking. What's the use? Especially at that price.

IT BELONGS IN A MUSEUM!

No, seriously, that's his rationale.  He's fixing it up and is planning to donate it to a museum.

I fail to see the problem with this. People donate shiat to museums all of the time, and quite often they come with restoration needs.

And a museum would much rather receive a donation requiring no such restoration.


Which is why he's having it restored before he donates it.

Seriously, this guy obviously has some cash, and is choosing to spend it to preserve a cool cultural artifact. Sounds good to me.
 
2013-03-02 04:48:47 PM  

Don Piano: We nicknamed our metallic grey-blue '98 Odyssey "the Shuttlecraft".

/not really a csb, butthay.


I was going to secretly install a Ice cream truck music thing in my brothers van. one that he cannot turn off, nor locate...

But, maybe Ill just sneak out one night, and paint it up to look like the Galileo shuttle-craft.

/its okay, the van was left over from when the brewery sold off it's distribution wing, I picked up cheap, less than $500 cheap and gave it to him on the condition he pay me back...

//he hasn't paid me back...
 
2013-03-02 09:56:48 PM  
theurge14:

Looks like that one episode of Star Trek when the Bad News Bears are beamed aboard and hilarity ensues.


images2.wikia.nocookie.net

Terrible episode.  As in, Spock's Brain terrible
 
2013-03-03 08:57:56 AM  

Sarah Jessica Farker: I saw it once, years and years ago. I think it was 1976?

[calyxa.com image 800x580]


Definitely a Kodak Moment.
 
2013-03-04 06:32:24 AM  
We need universal or disney to buy the theme park rights to have a place for stuff like this.  Experience was good but there needs to be someone that has experience with theme parks to keep it running.  The random sets and props that are out there can be placed into something and not look haphazard.
 
2013-03-05 01:26:41 AM  
Wow, why can't a fool part with his money for me?
70k and then how much to restore it... maybe another 30k? For 100 grand I'll build you a freakin metal shuttle.
You have money to burn, make it 200k and I'll make it from Aluminum.

I'll tell you what, make it a cool 500 million and I'll throw in a set of anti-gravity thrusters to get you into orbiatcheh, heh, heh.)

/The guy couldn't have been smart enough to earn the money, he must have inherited it or stole it legally.
 
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