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(io9)   Father builds son a Apollo 13 simulator with LED readouts, rumble speaker, and a robot arm deploying satellites; USS Flagg sits in large corner as recovery ship   (io9.com) divider line 100
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2014-08-01 08:14:15 PM
It's so realistic, one of the kids came down with a UTI after being in there 3 days.
 
2014-08-01 08:18:33 PM
and a robot arm deploying satellites

Just like all those satellites that Apollo 13 deployed?
 
2014-08-01 08:22:37 PM
g-ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2014-08-01 08:26:05 PM

Donnchadha: Just like all those satellites that Apollo 13 deployed?


The Apollo missions dropped a bunch of small satellites over the course of their various orbits

I'd assume 13 was gonna do the same
 
2014-08-01 08:29:08 PM
It blows up after two days?
 
2014-08-01 08:58:24 PM
img.fark.net
 
2014-08-01 09:23:26 PM
While the kids play in the Apollo 13 simulator, Dad's in the other room smoking and downing massive amounts of coffee?
 
2014-08-01 09:32:18 PM

Donnchadha: and a robot arm deploying satellites

Just like all those satellites that Apollo 13 deployed?


Do frozen balls of human waste count?
 
2014-08-01 09:56:49 PM
When I was a kid my dad built an Apollo 1 simulator. I didn't fall for it though... because fark him, that's why.

/bastard
 
2014-08-01 10:04:05 PM
Daaaad... Tom Hanks won't get out our simulator!!
 
2014-08-01 10:04:44 PM
That dad has way too much farking free time.

/I want one.
 
2014-08-01 10:06:21 PM

zamboni: When I was a kid my dad built an Apollo 1 simulator. I didn't fall for it though... because fark him, that's why.

/bastard


Actually it was a bbq smoker, he just called it an Apollo 1 simulator...
 
2014-08-01 10:08:07 PM
(Waiting for folks from North Carolina to provide the correct term for "bbq smoker)
 
2014-08-01 11:36:34 PM

Candygram4Mongo: (Waiting for folks from North Carolina to provide the correct term for "bbq smoker)


Texans are the ones who BBQ by smoking meat.
 
2014-08-01 11:37:10 PM
This father is a steely-eyed missile man.
 
2014-08-01 11:39:32 PM
is he a junker, perchance?

republibot.com
 
2014-08-01 11:39:51 PM
The USS Flagg was the best Christmas gift I ever got, subby.
 
2014-08-01 11:41:37 PM
Watching Apollo 13 on TNT now.

/getting a kick out of this...
 
2014-08-01 11:43:45 PM
Wow, the comments at the bottom.

Why is every single comment thread on every website in the history of the internet such an abysmally disappointing collection of the worst of humanity?
 
2014-08-01 11:44:18 PM

Lsherm: That dad has way too much farking free time.

/I want one.


Me too. Mine died when I was young.
 
2014-08-01 11:45:19 PM

ChadM89: Wow, the comments at the bottom.

Why is every single comment thread on every website in the history of the internet such an abysmally disappointing collection of the worst of humanity?


Well, I mean it's not to scale, so he's obviously worse than Hitler.
 
2014-08-01 11:45:54 PM

Candygram4Mongo: Daaaad... Tom Hanks won't get out our simulator!!


Don't you mean Gary Sinise?

s.mcstatic.com

"Need a break?"

"If they don't get one, I don't get one."
 
2014-08-01 11:47:12 PM
I once clamped a flashlight to a 2x4 nailed to a tree.  It fell off.
 
2014-08-01 11:48:36 PM

Donnchadha: and a robot arm deploying satellites

Just like all those satellites that Apollo 13 deployed?


Apollo 10 "deployed" its lunar module into heliocentric orbit, where it remains.

I didn't watch the whole video but I have no idea why subby mentioned Apollo 13. I see an Apollo 11 patch in the thing.
 
2014-08-01 11:49:32 PM
He just copied Ron Howard.

www.cinemablend.com
 
2014-08-01 11:50:03 PM
Nem Wan:

I didn't watch the whole video but I have no idea why subby mentioned Apollo 13. I see an Apollo 11 patch in the thing.

Maybe you should have watched the whole video.
 
2014-08-01 11:51:57 PM
Damn
 
2014-08-01 11:53:06 PM

Nem Wan: I didn't watch the whole video but I have no idea why subby mentioned Apollo 13.


If you follow the links back to the Make article, dad put in some bits to simulate the kaboom when the oxygen tanks are stirred.
 
2014-08-01 11:57:34 PM

ChadM89: Wow, the comments at the bottom.

Why is every single comment thread on every website in the history of the internet such an abysmally disappointing collection of the worst of humanity?


Not all of them are bad people, it seems to me that an awful lot of them are just projecting their own shiatty childhood onto the dad in question.  I personally think this guy made a cool toy and even if his kids think it`s stupid now(which they probably don`t) when they are adults they will remember the hours dad spent building them something unique.

/My father gave me a set of used Wilson golf clubs once.
//I appreciated it
///I still use them
 
2014-08-01 11:57:54 PM

rhiannon: Lsherm: That dad has way too much farking free time.

/I want one.

Me too. Mine died when I was young.


That's sad.
 
2014-08-01 11:59:39 PM
and yet these kids will have no idea how to deal with Romulans. Pitty.
 
2014-08-02 12:00:49 AM

Fano: The USS Flagg was the best Christmas gift I ever got, subby.


THIS.

Hauled that big box home in a hatchback Dodge Omni, couldn't even close the liftgate, I sat crunched up on one side of the back seat while my step-dad had to put the driver seat all the way to the front.  It was a cold winter that day too, so much awesome was had, I didn't care.
 
2014-08-02 12:03:19 AM

ChadM89: Wow, the comments at the bottom.

Why is every single comment thread on every website in the history of the internet such an abysmally disappointing collection of the worst of humanity?


We're glad you could make it.
 
2014-08-02 12:05:44 AM
You people don't really believe he built that thing in his kid's room do you?

FAKE.  WAKE UP SHEEPLE.
 
2014-08-02 12:14:09 AM
Poor kid. Just think how great it would have been if the father had expended as much effort bringing Jesus Christ into the child's life rather than all this junk science crap.
 
2014-08-02 12:14:31 AM

Egoy3k: I personally think this guy made a cool toy and even if his kids think it`s stupid now(which they probably don`t) when they are adults they will remember the hours dad spent building them something unique.


I'm 46 years old and I think it's farking cool as hell.  When I was a kid my dad made me a working traffic light using indicator lamps from the radar consoles he worked on in the Air Force.  I still have it, it was cool then, and it's still cool to me now.

/thanks Dad!
 
2014-08-02 12:17:29 AM
How many times has that dad killed his kid by throwing problems at them that they couldn't deal with.  Also without the Aquarius expansion, he is just setting up his kid for failure.
 
2014-08-02 12:19:05 AM

jake_lex: While the kids play in the Apollo 13 simulator, Dad's in the other room smoking and downing massive amounts of coffee?


That movie makes me smoke so damn much...
 
2014-08-02 12:23:42 AM
I helped my son build a pinewood derby car.

/That's all I got.
 
2014-08-02 12:30:56 AM

Kibbler: You people don't really believe he built that thing in his kid's room do you?

FAKE.  WAKE UP SHEEPLE.


Are you saying this was a false flag operation?
 
2014-08-02 12:31:32 AM

Egoy3k: ChadM89: Wow, the comments at the bottom.

Why is every single comment thread on every website in the history of the internet such an abysmally disappointing collection of the worst of humanity?

Not all of them are bad people, it seems to me that an awful lot of them are just projecting their own shiatty childhood onto the dad in question.  I personally think this guy made a cool toy and even if his kids think it`s stupid now(which they probably don`t) when they are adults they will remember the hours dad spent building them something unique.

/My father gave me a set of used Wilson golf clubs once.
//I appreciated it
///I still use them


Yeah... there was a lot of that. Mostly I was talking about the guy who started going off about nanny-states and LBGT stuff. It was psychotic.
 
2014-08-02 12:32:22 AM

Bith Set Me Up: Candygram4Mongo: Daaaad... Tom Hanks won't get out our simulator!!

Don't you mean Gary Sinise?

[s.mcstatic.com image 640x360]

"Need a break?"

"If they don't get one, I don't get one."


Coincidentally enough, Gary Sinise knows a few things about Flagg, too.
 
2014-08-02 12:34:16 AM

Allen262: Watching Apollo 13 on TNT now.

/getting a kick out of this...


THIS

/seriously, I loved that damn thing!
 
2014-08-02 12:35:51 AM
There were these strange kids I used to babysit when I was a kid in PDX, Their dad mad them a spaceship in the basement. It was crude. They had vivid imaginations and at the time their favorite word was "penis".
"Captain penis!" shouted one
"Ahoy, me penis!" the other replied. These kids were serious little trolls trying to make every grownup they encountered react to their strange behavior.

Their parents were teachers in the arts. Ceramics and music if I recall.
The kids talked a lot about the stinky room. Dad's stinky room! I cracked the code and found dad's bong up on a shelf. You bet I hit the weed in the bowl. It was the worst homegrown I ever puffed. Still makes me gag
 
2014-08-02 12:37:24 AM

phrawgh: Poor kid. Just think how great it would have been if the father had expended as much effort bringing Jesus Christ into the child's life rather than all this junk science crap.


GOOD SIR I AM A CHRISTIAN

and I lawled
 
2014-08-02 12:38:40 AM

Egoy3k: ChadM89: Wow, the comments at the bottom.

Why is every single comment thread on every website in the history of the internet such an abysmally disappointing collection of the worst of humanity?

Not all of them are bad people, it seems to me that an awful lot of them are just projecting their own shiatty childhood onto the dad in question.  I personally think this guy made a cool toy and even if his kids think it`s stupid now(which they probably don`t) when they are adults they will remember the hours dad spent building them something unique.

/My father gave me a set of used Wilson golf clubs once.
//I appreciated it
///I still use them


My dad died in Vietnam, my grandad raised me. He never built me anything cool like in TFA but he taught me carving, woodworking, some basic smithing and turned me loose to build my own cool stuff. My own son has absolutely no interest in anything outside a microscope but sitting in my shop watching my journeyman teach the new guy the stuff I taught her brings back memories of grandad showing me how to work with the wood and not force it and it feels good to know that even though in a few years no one will probably remember who I am but the skills of generations will live on

/enough nostalgia, time for another drink
 
2014-08-02 12:42:07 AM
Fun Fact: A mint in sealed Box USS Flagg is worth about $5,000   or a thousand months of total fark.
 
2014-08-02 12:43:00 AM
Imagine a little kid in a silver box strung on clothesline looking out the tiny window and mimicking the bugsy malone character they had just watched earlier saying "MMMYeah... Penis! Penis!.. MMMYeah"

Portland was a weird town
 
2014-08-02 12:43:03 AM
Yeah, he can play in his simulator now, and when he grows up he can become a real astronaut. Oh wait...
 
2014-08-02 12:47:09 AM
OK, this dad is better than me.   That out of the way, I'll say that those boys are going to grow out of that sim space really fast, physically as well as in terms of play value.  I'm not saying it was a wasted exercise, not at all. And their neighbors and school kids will all get a thrill playing with them, too.

However.

 I'm probably not alone in thinking that making props and play spaces *too* detailed means not leaving enough to the kid's own imaginations, and this exercise was as much for the dad's own enjoyment as for the kids.  I recall playing spaceship and submarine role-play using nothing but the living room couch, or a cardboard appliance box, and having just as good a time as if it was fully tricked out with hundreds of dollars worth of animated, electrified hardware.  I've also made stuff for my kids like this, though nothing as grand a scale as this guy did.  So I get it, I appreciate it, I'm envious as hell.  But I also think it *is* a *little* over-the-top, and it is going to be a sad time when the dad has to dismantle the thing to accommodate the boy's growth and change of interests.  Hopefully, the parts will get recycled into somethign else equally cool... or the stuff will get donated to a kid museum or something, so it entertains even more kids.
 
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