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Captain Finn

Redditor (and father of the year) JeremiahGorman posted these photos of a simulated spaceship he built for his son Finn’s fifth birthday. Assembled with surplus electronic components including a master control board from a television station dumpster, the spaceship’s control panel is mounted below Finn’s newly-lofted bed. Check out the gallery below for photos of the build process and Captain Finn operating his brand new spacecraft.

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a Brooklyn-based creative technologist, Contributing Editor at MAKE, and Resident Research Fellow at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.


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  1. Mike says:

    This is a grass valley 300 controller. The same type as used in the death star’s firing sequence. (although yes, the death star’s one has an extra row of buttons here and there, for keying & delegation….)

    …The link is my username link.

    Source : I am a broadcast Engineer.

    1. chmodlabs says:

      I saw a troll GIF of the death star destroying the mayans and recognized those large throttle-like controls. Nice to know that those controls were indeed from the same deck.

    2. markm says:

      The switcher control panel used in Star Wars was as GVG 1600-7K
      ( See it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_Wag38elbo )

      Probably the only place in the world where the audience cheered when Alderaan was destroyed was Grass Valley’s Del Oro Theatre.

      1. Mike says:

        Well spotted, Indeed it is. You’d be correct in GVG’s eyes too : http://www.grassvalley.com/interactive/takefive/links/GV-3084M-1.pdf , page 8.

  2. Mike says:

    Forgot to mention: If he can find the time to get inside the panel, you can make all those buttons light up and flash…

  3. [...] you’re still right. But they aren’t the coolest. That trophy’s been taken by this righteous homemade spaceship bed, complete with totally awesome control panel. That is one lucky kid. More » [...]

  4. [...] you’re still right. But they aren’t the coolest. That trophy’s been taken by this righteous homemade spaceship bed, complete with totally awesome control panel. That is one lucky kid. More » [...]

  5. Steve says:

    Looks like he is old enough to wipe and fade.

  6. flugfrei jones says:

    man, i wanted something like this when i was a kid. lol!

  7. flugfrei jones says:

    (now i’m content with wanting a bad@$$ flight simulator setup..)

  8. chuck says:

    In a dumpster?!? I’m always on the look out for broken gear to butcher. I’m so jealous of these cool buttons and switches!

  9. [...] you’re still right. But they aren’t the coolest. That trophy’s been taken by this righteous homemade spaceship bed, complete with totally awesome control panel. That is one lucky kid. [...]

  10. [...] beds were cool, well, you're still right. But they aren't the coolest. That trophy's been taken by this righteous homemade spaceship bed, complete with totally awesome control panel. That is one lucky [...]

  11. TigTogDew says:

    Oh wow, no way man how cool is that! One lucky kid!

    http://www.AnonDo.tk

  12. That GV board is the same one we had in Studio B at UVU. Learned my mixing skills doing the UVX News.

  13. [...] you’re still right. But they aren’t the coolest. That trophy’s been taken by this righteous homemade spaceship bed, complete with totally awesome control panel. That is one lucky kid. [...]

  14. lakawak says:

    It is NEVER OK to let your kid wear his hat diagonally backwards. Let alone take a picture of him like that and post it on the internet.

  15. [...] Redditor Builds Spaceship For Son From Scrap Broadcast Equipment blog.makezine.com Redditor (and father of the year) JeremiahGorman posted these photos of a simulated spaceship he built for his son Finn’s fifth birthday This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged apple, film, imege, micromax, movie, nokia, song by . Bookmark the permalink. [...]

  16. [...] electrical equipments, including a master control board from a television station dumpster, the spaceship bed is possibly the best gift that any kid would receive from their parents this Christmas or New [...]

  17. Nimbus says:

    Ha cool – I made something similar when i was a weebie.. spent a couple of years adding lights and buzzers to it. Had a photo copier as a portal window and some old audio mixing gear as buttons and levers… those T-bars are pretty cool.. wish I had found some of them!

  18. jimbotbay says:

    lol … the stories about a kid playing with the new spaceship dad built for him, and all the commenters ( adults, theoretically ) can do is try to out-geek each other by showing that they know what kind of long-outdated equipment it is.

    congratulations, losers, we’re all suitably non-impressed. now grow up and get a life.

    sheesh.

  19. Awesome Dad, I had to make do with a cardboard box with crayoned control panels. This kid is lucky to have such a great father.

  20. [...] you’re still right. But they aren’t the coolest. That trophy’s been taken by this righteous homemade spaceship bed, complete with totally awesome control panel. That is one lucky kid. [...]

  21. Andres Leon-Geyer says:

    What a lot of (good) work and imagination, thats father love. The kid looks really happy. Congrats to both of them for having each other.

  22. [...] Jeremiah Gorman built his son Finn a spaceship for the fifth birthday! Surplus electronics from a TV station became the cockpit controls, set under his bunk bed with proper lighting that looks like stars. See pictures of the build at Makezine. Link [...]

  23. Shawn L. says:

    Spaceship built for son?

    I guess he was preparing for the Mayan Apocalypse by going “Jor-El” route.

  24. [...] You can see more of this creation from the gallery on this site. [...]

  25. Andy says:

    Contact me lets open a franchise of this Promos32@gmail.com

  26. [...] トップ画像はMAKEで紹介されていた宇宙船ベッド。Redditユーザーのジェレマイア・ゴーマンさんが5歳になる息子の誕生日にDIYしたものだそうです。リアルなコントロールパネルが超クール! [...]

  27. [...] a bedroom set out of spare car parts. And of course there are the purely for-fun projects such as building a spaceship cockpit from broadcasting leftovers — ostensibly for the children, but who [...]

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