Saturday, October 06, 2012

Queensland man Greg Wilson auctioning homemade starship Reconnator 1 on eBay for $33,000

Greg Wilson with the trailer he has converted into a spaceship. 
Picture: Peter Wallis 
Source: The Sunday Mail (Qld)

THE truth is out there - just outside Toowoomba, in fact.

Looking like it just blasted out of a Flash Gordon comic, the Reconnator 1 is the fulfilment of a lifelong dream of Southbrook man Greg Wilson, who is auctioning the homemade starship on eBay for a cool $33,000.

"I always wanted to be an astronaut as a kid, I always wanted to go to the moon," Mr Wilson said.

"It's probably a reflection of everything I wanted in a space ship as a kid."

Trailer manufacturer, light aircraft pilot and self-confessed "space freak", Mr Wilson, 47, said he was inspired to build the 1950s-style rocket ship after a childhood agreement that he and his friends would each have a spaceship before they turned 40. 

 It may need an earthly vehicle to pull it, but the Reconnator 1 is fitted with all the retro trappings including air-powered rocket turbines, start-up gyros, thruster controls, more switches and buzzers than you can poke a stick at and a logbook claiming it's been piloted by sci-fi luminaries such as Buck Rogers and Captain Kirk. 

 Despite its galactic pedigree, the Reconnator 1 is docked in Mr Wilson's shed and used mainly for children's birthday parties.

He hopes it will be purchased by a school, an entrepreneur or a space-loving organisation to help educate the next generation of space cadets.

While the Reconnator 1 is shackled to the ground by the harsh laws of gravity, Mr Wilson said his next project is set to take to the skies.

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