A Star Trek fan has almost finished building a rather colorful eighteen foot long model of the USS Enterprise.
The large model, which dominates his one-bedroom apartment is made of cardboard and plastic.
Bob Elson, a retired hospital administrator, has been building USS Enterprise models since his childhood days. “When he was very young and [Star Trek] hadn’t been on for very long, we both fell in love with the Enterprise and the story,” said his mother, Margaret Elson. “He made models of the Enterprise out of thin cardboard, and people really liked them. He took them to a school fair and what have you, and people just slopped them up.”
Those models sold for a dime each back in the day, but Elson hopes to sell his latest one for much more, or else donate it to a museum.
“It’s an obsession almost,” said Elson. “I just like the design of it. It’s a milestone. I’ll be finished — and I can say I did it, and I didn’t give up.”
The model is made from cardboard tubes, planter holders, tiny Army men, plastic guns, Popsicle sticks, Ping-Pong balls and disposable razor covers. It weights one-hundred-and-twenty-five pounds.
Source: San Gabriel Valley Tribune