Man Goes Bankrupt Building Starship Voyager Home.



Tony Alleyne, the man who turned his apartment into the Star Trek Starship Voyager has gone bankrupt. He started transforming his apartment after his wife left him when he replaced the refrigerator with a ‘warp coil’. The apartment is located in Hinckley, Leics, has moulded walls, touch-panel blue lighting, and a command console. He even built a life-size model of the show’s transporter room with reshaped windows to look like portholes and set up vertical lights to give the illusion of being beamed up. Tony at one time had the apartment for auction on eBay for $2 million but had no luck in selling. Tony maxed out 14 credit cards accumulating £100,000 in debt. His goal was to lure other Trekkies to pay him to convert their humble abodes.

Here’s what Tony has to say on his grand plan:

But I was wrong and just overstretched. Building it in my apartment was the enjoyable and easy bit. But then I got hooked up with marketing and merchandise people here and in America and it all got out of hand.

I’m still proud of what I created but it’s been a financial disaster.


At least with all that credit card use, he probably earned a trip to space with all the accumulated airmiles.

UPDATE: Here is Tony’s Official Website: 24th Century Interior Design

Update #2:Here is a video of the place

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15416602 Kiltak

    Oh man, I just wish I had the time and budget to do this, but fortunatly for me, I’m sane and poor :) You do have to be sick in the head to think of doing this with your appartment. :)

    It does look insanely cool though.

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  • Anonymous

    I remember this guy, he was in Trekkies 2.

  • Anonymous

    He goes by ChrisB on the internet…

  • Anonymous

    COMPLETE LOSER.

    /hi farkers :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11316161 Jason The Terrible

    I say this guy rocks the house, he threw himself into something creative and visually impressive and never looked back, now they’re saying that he’s a failuire because he ran out of money. Typical capitalistic values at work right there.

    Personally I don’t see what the problem is, he should tour the place and rented out for trek cons or whatever, make advd, market that shit like there’s no tomorow.

    power to him for believeing in his project, I say…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/7913469 Erik Tinberg

    As much as I have to give the man credit for doing such an amazing job…

    …his plan was destined for disaster. Most people would pay him -not- to convert their homes into sex-less virgin pads with blinky lights.

  • Anonymous

    Nothing creative about this, time and money would be better spent on a billion other things…

  • Graham Browne

    You gotta hand it to this guy for loyalty and for sticking with what he believes in. I say ‘hats-off!’ to him for chasing his dream, however outrageous it may seem to some people. There’s a distinct humbling message here to them if they care to open up their closed minds.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, my hat is off to him, but he should have done his place in the style of Deep Space 9. He could then have a bar and other cool stuff.

  • http://autoblography.co.uk Stuart

    For a hundred thou, you’d think he would have blended the microwave in a little better.

  • Anonymous

    Jason the Terrible writes:
    now they’re saying that he’s a failuire because he ran out of money. Typical capitalistic values at work right there.

    Jason: You’ve really missed the boat. There’s nothing about evil capitalism here to blame – actually, some of the respect I have for this guy’s plan was the desire to make it enjoyable for others rather than keep it to his self. That’s the mark of a true capitalist – making something that others value.

    The problem is that in any system – statistical, scientific, academic, athletic, financial – we have to have a way to convert qualitative, fuzzy feelings into measurable quantitative data. A basic economics course would explain one of the motivations for this is pursuing efficiency in what we do, as well as allocating scare resources. For instance, why can’t we all have a $100 million Voyager replica in our own 100,000 sq. feet warehouses?

    Something’s got to decide, and it’ll either be the economic rules of a relatively free market, or an authoritarian leader. There are no other viable alternatives.

    So think it over. If you like this guy’s work, let him know. If enough people were active in supporting it with their own money, his dream would get somewhere. Otherwise you’re helping him fail.

  • Anonymous

    ahahahahah pwned.

  • http://none.com Sith Lord Jesus

    I think it looks great! But he should have made it into an attraction and charged admission to pay off his bills. That’s how a Ferengi would have handled it.

  • Anonymous

    Data said: “I am incapable of emotion”

  • Anonymous

    What’s a “wrap coil”? Is that a typo for “warp coil”?

  • Anonymous

    What’s a “wrap coil”? Is that a typo for “warp coil”?

    Umm…it does say warp coil in the article.

    I, personally, am impressed at what he has accomplished and find it a shame that the inflection of the article is that he is a loser.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/5829220 Uber-Review

    Yes the wrap coil was a typo and I have corrected it to warp coil. Thank you.

  • Anonymous

    Personally I pitty the guy. I’m a trek fan myself but far from being a “trekkie” and i feel sorry for people who have to use anything, whether it be star trek or anything else to seemingly escape from life so dramatically.

    That said, turning your house into a star trek paradise is one thing… turning your house into a star trek paradise and maxing out 14 credit cards in the process…. is just too much.

  • Borg

    We find this construct ineffecient.
    You require our perfection………

    …..well soon to be perfection.
    but as other have said, he shouldn’t aim to try and convince people to be redecorated by him.

    he should have tried to make it into an exhibition ground and charge people for admission

  • Anonymous

    hah, capatilsm is exploiting others for personal gain, flat out. Its morals that control it. get a dictionary. Capatialism is not about being nice and sharing stuff.

    Personaly I think this guy got too full of himself and asked way too much for the flat. Yeah make a small profit a few hundred though or so. not a 1million profit. Now he is bankrupt.

    BTW I dont think “voyager” was ever mentioned in his interviews. Just Star Trek.

  • Anonymous

    Man i wish i had the same room
    i am amased
    i am from Kosovo and i’am a big fan of star trek
    TAKE CARE
    BERAT LIPA

  • http://www.digitalsurgery.net dS

    This is probably one of the coolest things i’ve seen. The guy deserves credit for his masterpiece, but blowing 100,000 on it was just a little obsessive.

    He’s a hero in my eyes. Wish I had the capital to bail him out, because I would.

  • Anonymous

    “hah, capatilsm is exploiting others for personal gain, flat out. Its morals that control it. get a dictionary. Capatialism is not about being nice and sharing stuff.”

    And capitalsm is not about not being nice either. If a capitalist is exploiting others for personal gain than it’s the market rules that needs changing. Every company needs to maximize it’s return of investment to ensure survival of the business. And survival of the business means people still have a work to go to. In doing so the capitalist utilies the rules or laws of the market, since all forces of the market has to. This means that if the laws are flawed, we get what seems to be “evil” capitalism.

  • t3knomanser

    That’s a great apartment, and I commend his effort. Guy made a bit of a mistake financially, but- that’s what happens sometimes.

    This isn’t “typical capitalist values” keeping a guy down- the resources that went into his apartment came from somewhere. Artistic expression is all fine and good, but no matter what your values are, at some point, somebody’s gonna have to pay the piper.

    It’d probably kill him after all this, but if he started selling fixtures from the place, I’d buy some of them.

  • Anonymous

    On the upside, at least he doesn’t live in the US with the new bankruptcy laws. If he were in the states he’d be seriously screwed.

  • Anonymous

    Very good idea, very good execution of the product but bad planning on marketing it.

    If only he had a sensible businessman trekkie with him…

    I suppose just renting it out for parties could over a period of time recover the cost.

    Or perhaps remove everything, take everything to a new party place or where trekkies congregate, and advertise there.

    There is something in this, and I am talking from my experience in running my own business succesfully and also in advertising and marketing. There is definitely a way to sell this and make a nice profit too. But I am nowhere near where he is..

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/311329 Stephanie

    I saw this on Trekkies II as well. It is a shame he couldn’t have sold it.

    Totally reminds me of a person from a former relationship. He would have tried this if he could have kept up the motivation.

  • Anonymous

    where does he sleep?

  • Spock

    Everything is fine and rocking, but where are the Klingons?

  • Spock

    Everything is fine and rocking, but where are the Klingons?

  • Worf

    they are orbiting Uranus

  • Anonymous

    You gotta love all the “better things to do with your time/money” comments, since all that is a matter of preference, personally I think he did an excellent job, hell I’d bet dime to dollar he accomplished more with less money than the original set designers did. He should be getting hired to do this for hollywood!

    I hope i win the lottery soon, I would love to have a bombshelter/office/bunker voyager style built under my home!

    My other question I would have for him, he should’ve considered renting it out, I know more than a few people who would pay for the privelidge, hell look at the las vegas hilton and the way they have star trek themed in their casino, there is definately money to be made off of trekkies

    As for those who say he was ridiculous for maxing out his credit cards, is it any less or more ridiculous than say a restaranteur who mortgages his home and maxes out a dozen credit cards trying to open and maintain his restaurant? From the article it sounds like this is basically a failed business venture, not sure how taxes work in his country, but in the u.s. he could probably ride off alot of that debt as a loss.

  • Ne-licks

    Oh man, imagine the trek-pr0n he could film on a set like that. Make his money back in a few short months renting it out at $1000 a day to the production crew of “Seven does nine” parts I – VI

  • Anonymous

    Adding insult to his injury, the credit card companies will revoke frequent miles or “rewards points” if he’s late on just one payment or slides into default.

    The puzzling part, if I understand correctly, is he renovated an APARTMENT not an owned CONDO (or he could have bought a house). At least he could have put it on the market and bailed out. Why would anyone “buy” an apartment on EBAY if the landlord can evict the tenant? Did I misunderstand his ownership position in the apartment?

    Finally the sad part is that he didn’t buy a house and load it with high-end collectibles that he could have sold years from now. (The house would have been a good long-term investment in case his Star Trek memorabilia didn’t produce the desired return on investment.)

    I say this man needs to take courses in basic finance 101.

  • Anonymous

    Most people live in apartments in other countries. Homes are too costly. 2 or 3 people working full time could afford a 2-bedroom home mortgage.

    Guess what in the end its only money. Can”t take the shit with ya when you die. Only 1 in a million people have the nerve to take a money risk.(Not an actual statistic.) The rest of us just go to work and spend money on everyday crap. So congratulations. You took a chance with your money.
    The rest of us will be drones.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/128110 Kai

    I think there is a lot behind his brief reference to marketing people. If you look at his website, it’s fairly polished — at least, not amateurish.

    I think the biggest mistake this guy made was taking advice from people who probably just wanted to milk as much cash from them as they could.

    It’s a shame he did not find someone who could give him some solid business advice. For instance, what if he had launched a range of low-end products. Star Trek style iPod or computer case-mods.

    There’s a tonne of things he could have done to capitalise on his design skill — unfortunately he set his target audience at millionnaire trekkies — which i’d imagine is a fairly small market.

  • http://www.techmount.com TechMount

    That might be the perfect solution to a windowless home AKA prison.

  • Anonymous

    Open it up to tourists at a bob a nob. It’s a slow, but steady income. Photo ops, refreshements in the lobby.

    There’s some pub on Baker Street with a 221B recreaction, go for it, dude.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous said…

    On the upside, at least he doesn’t live in the US with the new bankruptcy laws. If he were in the states he’d be seriously screwed.

    Under the new US bankruptcy laws, all he would be required to do is take a means test which would determine how much of that debt he would have to repay over a period of 5 years. For example, if his annual income is 30k, he would probably have to repay somewhere between 10-15,000 of what he owes. That is reasonable based on what he can actually repay. The only negative impact would be that his credit is tarnished for the next 7-10 years and he has to take two 2-hour credit counseling courses before and after the bankruptcy hearing. So the guy could keep his Trek flat and continue to live in his established nirvanna. It’s not like he needs to spend anymore after building his dream house anyway. He just has to live in it and watch his Star Trek DVDs for the next 10 years so he’s set.

  • Eric Schwenke

    What’s evil, or at least un-ethical is not the so-called “evil capitalist mentality” but the fact that he went into debt and bankruptcy to create his dream apartment without any realistic means of paying for it. It’s insane to think he could get back the investment put into this, and now other people have lost money that they most likely won’t get back. There’s nothing cool about unpaid debts.

  • Anonymous

    The real evil is that lenders continue to offer credit to those that they know are in over their heads in credit card debt. I am amazed he could continue to make minimum payments on all of those cards while continuing to accrue that much debt. The evil is lenders who allow debtors to dig their own graves with no hope of ever digging their way out of debt. It is a downward spiral that they know will inevitably lead to bankruptcy yet they simply assist them in the process of doing so.

    This guy was just living a dream. He was living his life. You only live once unless you’re James Bond. If we all cannot afford to live our lives and enjoy it because we are all impoverished and working class drones then we all might as well lock ourselves in our homes, go to work and remain impoverished slaves to the infernal system that has been imposed upon us.

  • Anonymous

    He did a great job. More power to him.

  • Anonymous

    lol this guy is nuts, but i admire his determination

  • Anonymous

    Actually the cost of the flat conversion was £12,000.

    The £100,000 debt was from trying to start the design buisness and marketing.

  • Anonymous

    Talk about a terrible nerd.

  • Anonymous

    this guy is fuked up in the head

  • Anonymous

    my knee jerk reaction was to call him an ultra nerd, and claim that he’s feeding an obsession that was more costly than a drug habit. but reading down, and finding out he tried to sell the place at a profit, and is also attempting to start an interior design business makes him a heck of a lot more normal and a lot less ‘fuked up in the head’ than the title ‘man goes bankrupt building starship voyager home’ suggests.

  • Anonymous

    What.. a fucking.. loser! Seriously, you must have no life at all to have time to do stupid shit like that. Poor asshole. Hah. Im glad he went bankrupt.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11650639 ScottyFerguson

    oh dear god!!! And it looks like crap ta boot! Why not contact someone like Michael Okuda and get it right if your going to spend all that money? It looks like a bad Tom Baker era DR WHO set. What a goofball. Yeah chrome pipes look real good there along with that 1970′s ere smoked glass garage sale thing hes got in the center of the room. How the hell could he f something up that bad is beyond me?

  • Anonymous

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSER!

  • Anonymous

    Nerd Alert!

  • Anonymous

    One O is enough to get your point across.

  • Anonymous

    WAY TO GO!!! ALRIGHT!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    STAR WARS WINS!!!!!!!!! HAHA NOOB!!!

  • Anonymous

    Fucking damned asshole!! He does this shit and then claims BK I’m sure he didnt do a Ch 13 to pay back his debts he did a Ch 7 to wipe them all away.. Who pays for this shit!! I’ll tell you who the American taxpayers that’s who!! At least his wife had the common fucking sense to leave his pathetic ass…

  • Anonymous

    “Fucking damned asshole!! He does this shit and then claims BK I’m sure he didnt do a Ch 13 to pay back his debts he did a Ch 7 to wipe them all away.. Who pays for this shit!! I’ll tell you who the American taxpayers that’s who!! At least his wife had the common fucking sense to leave his pathetic ass…”

    lets see you take geography then re-read the article

    Anyways poor bugger, I pity the poor guy. Saw him in trekkies two and local news.

  • Anonymous

    Absolutely amazing. I wish I had that much determination to see that sort of thing through….

    …but then, perhaps my dream of a hobbit-hole house isn’t that nutty after all.

  • Mr. Tweet

    man trades all money and own wife for stupid apartment, who’s gonna pay the rent? :O not me:D

  • Anonymous

    *sniff sniff*
    Oh my god, he shits on the floor!!!
    What is that? Oh is that the replicator?
    What’s the last thing you ate out of it?
    Oh it doesn’t work… And you’re too broke to eat anything?
    Poor you, guess you kinda wasted you money and ruined your fiscal future for nothing hahaha….
    Do the doors make that swoosh sound what they open? NO? Well does the teleporter at least transport you to the Welfare office? WTF???

    Well haha That’s it for me.
    My comment means : Cool but not very practical. Nor should it be considered art, as it was poorly designed my some Gene fag. Needs Robert Picardo, Robert Duncan McNeill and Robert Beltran to make it cool.

  • Anonymous

    dont knock him, i have plans of turning my house into a matrix recreation, both real and cg world versions room to room

  • Anonymous

    Man that s iz tight alll kind of booty n dat place manke 1 2

  • Anonymous

    Fucking damned asshole!! He does this shit and then claims BK I’m sure he didnt do a Ch 13 to pay back his debts he did a Ch 7 to wipe them all away.. Who pays for this shit!! I’ll tell you who the American taxpayers that’s who!! At least his wife had the common fucking sense to leave his pathetic ass… (end Quote)

    If you were paying attention, the guy is from the UK. So, if the American-f-ing-taxpayers are paying for his appartment, then it’s their own damn fault for moving to Britain, dink.
    You sound like an ANGRY person from MA.

  • Anonymous

    All I’ve got to say is …. WOW

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18630957 Souljaz

    He’s a fuckin idiot, straight up a fuckin idiot, no matter how u put it, no matter what excuses you say, someone should slapped the shit out him.

  • Anonymous

    Somebody needs to get this guy some serious help, there is a fan and then there is something much scarier. Please get Patrick Strewart to kick this guy’s ass for therapy. Maybe he could sell the video to pay off his bills.

  • Anonymous

    I bet the chicks LOVE IT

  • Anonymous

    RESISTANCE IS FUTILE.

  • Anonymous

    “He’s a fuckin idiot, straight up a fuckin idiot, no matter how u put it, no matter what excuses you say, someone should slapped the shit out him.”

    Gee. That’s a real smart comment. Did you think of that one yourself? :P

    My comment: More power to this guy. He had a dream and went for it. That’s frelling awesome, in my opinion. I say make it a “Trekkie attraction”, get some money to pay off the debt. Best of luck to ya, Tony.

  • Anonymous

    they guy is a pathetic f’in thief. he took out massive loans that he had no exact plan for ever paying back, and screwed other people out of their money.

    hmmmm, giving up a relationship and being a decent person in order to live in a star trek replica?

    i’m sorry….i like star trek, but the guy is about as high on the loser scale as you can get

  • Anonymous

    Wow! If nothing else, he has inspired a whole lot of people to think, and discuss various political topics worth knowing about.

    Perhaps the gentleman was a little short-sighted in planning to pay back the loans, but I’ve seen worse done by “regular” people. they just don’t get the coverage this guy did because they squander it all in mundane ways.

    As far as what I think he should do with it, I think it would make a wonderful bed and breakfast trekkie style. :)

  • Anonymous

    seriously what kind of chicks would really care????? i dont think he would pull the chicks by telling them his house looks like a voyager starship…

    props for the design effort, bad business decision though. especially since he doesnt even own the building.

    lol on the pr0n idea. i could see that working to his advantage.

  • Anonymous

    this guy had a dream, he went through with it, and made it real. at least he had the guts to do it, which the majority of you that are dissing him, don’t have the balls to go through your own projects. more power to him, maybe his end result wasn’t that great but he’s probably going to have a more exciting life than any of you boneheads.

  • JOHNNY

    Wow, i can’t wait to go round and join in on the Star Trek FEST!

    I hope we can watch Season reruns of episodes 2 – 47 and 49-78. Episode 49 being the favourite.

    I will pay literally $99999 to visit that house!

  • Anonymous

    he is a looser spent all that money and in my eyes has nothing to show for it except a crap apt.

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations dude … you beat the missus to the money & got rid of her without going through a massive Court case … P.S if you need some cash put your appartment on ebaY … Top Man

  • Anonymous

    I think he did a good job with his apartment but I do not think he really thought it through before hand. He made and unwise decision and will now most likely payed the price for it. (Wow! I was able to say bad things about this guy without typing the f word! You fuckers should learn from me. Wait…dammit.)

  • Anonymous

    yeah, but on the plus side of things, he can probably spell words like “loser” much less effortlessly than you ;)

  • Anonymous

    Great! I would love to visit his apartement on my next tour to his planet.

  • Anonymous

    My god this guy lives near me! I might have to go take a look!

  • Anonymous

    Jamie Young, a smart young trekkie from England, should really do this to his Richmond pad.

  • Anonymous

    This is a shame, this guy is the height of coolness. He let his wife leave to build his dream. It’s just a shame he went Bankrupt. He should try and contact Picard or Janeway, better yet he might be able to sell somethink to the farengi’s. This isn’t fair this guy is a hero, my hero! I just wish I wasn’t young and had a job with money and I’ld help him out as you all should (those of you who can afford it or have the dedication).
    Commander four to beam straight to sick-bay!

  • Anonymous

    $2 million…. thats cheap to live in space… im going to see if i can get a bank loan to purchase this

  • Anonymous

    i salute him for his great and yet crazy idea, life is just too short so if u wanna do something crazy Do it And ENJOY it!! i would love to visit his house!

  • Anonymous

    From above:

    “Fucking damned asshole!! He does this shit and then claims BK I’m sure he didnt do a Ch 13 to pay back his debts he did a Ch 7 to wipe them all away.. Who pays for this shit!! I’ll tell you who the American taxpayers that’s who!! At least his wife had the common fucking sense to leave his pathetic ass…”

    Why american taxpayers would pay an UNITED KINGDOM RESIDENTS debt is entirely beyond me.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17217207 Squire

    It is really cool.. although It is insane..

    Kudos to this man !!

  • the rater

    Wat a weiner

  • http://www.aol.com dustin

    ya what they said what a ding dong

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  • nerd basher

    OMFG WHAT A LOSER

  • homie g

    i like his house..and hes a cutie;0

  • homie g

    poopy

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  • Franky

    From above:

    “Fucking damned asshole!! He does this shit and then claims BK I”m sure he didnt do a Ch 13 to pay back his debts he did a Ch 7 to wipe them all away.. Who pays for this shit!! I”ll tell you who the American taxpayers that”s who!! At least his wife had the common fucking sense to leave his pathetic ass…”

    Hey, dipshit! He’s in the UK! Why the fuck would “the American taxpayers” pay for anything? Get you facts straight before you go throwing insults out about other people, huh? It’s awsome what he did with his place. And he went out and showed initiative, trying to start an innovative business rather than sitting on his ass all day online making negative comments about other people’s lives. :-)

  • Mac

    Exactly Franky, That’s why Anon users leave negative feedback because they don’t have the balls to leave their actual names. Plus the dumbass probably didn’t even read the entire article, before posting. If he did he would know what we all know. That this guy lives in the U.K. Anon user, whoever you are, I hope you look back in this thread and see what an utter idiot you are and by making fun of people and leaving negative feedback you basically have just shown what a dumbass you are. Thanks for clarifying what we all, already, know. Next time? Read the entire article…or at least act like you understand.

  • http://www.slayersdomain.proboards86.com who realy cares….

    i sooooooo wish i had the money to do that.
    not to actualy make my house that way but……just to b the only 13 yr old who considers $1000 as pocket change…..
    id have fun with 2 million dollars

  • moley

    1. about the microwave. i saw this home on HGTV and he has a cover over it…so it disappears!
    2. i Love the concept! very creative. lacking the products from the “real” voyager (if it were really out there in space), i think he used chrome piping, lighting etc, in great, innovative ways.
    3. storage is cool! some of the storage bins are already used in offices…why not in the home.
    4. lighting….a bit too “dark” for my old eyes! but still way cool!

    i’m sorry he went bankrupt…but many folk do it every day and have nothing to show for all the money they spent.
    i’d love to have part of my house done like this…specifically my bathroom.
    …and before some say i’m being an “anony” , this Is my real name…long story…not all folk have “normal” lives…why not live out the fantasy!
    moley

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  • Dynaverse

    He stood by ever so strongly for something he believed in with his whole heart.

    You have to admire this man, no matter what. Who can turn around and equally say they have the courage to do what he did? he truly made a dream come true. If i were him id be charging for admission to his house. Even if its $50 for a visit. Id pay just to walk in and marvel at the sheer beauty of the place. Maybe they should even do some movie scenes or something, get paramount to shoot a few clips in there. See how it all goes.

  • http://www.freewebs.com/bigbaddaddyvader BigBadDaddyVader

    Hmm….a wife or a starship apartment?
    Wife.End of story.

  • http://www.our-party.org.uk/Nucleus Scott

    he’s now selling it for a cool £500,000

  • Spok

    Buy this house fucking Borgs!

  • Ledzep

    L ooooserrrr

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  • Eb

    I think you did A wonderful job. I wish I could pick A room to do something like that. More power to Ya. Eb Key West Florida.

  • mikee

    I think what he has done is commendable. Following his passion and recreating his environment to suit HIS tastes. Perhaps he could have used slightly better financial judgement (a pitfall of ANY renovation) however, I think his real mistake was not using better judgement on how to market his newfound passion. Instead of trying to charge top dollar to convert other peoples homes (a limited market) he should have tried to market a DVD “do it yourself” video at a much more accessable price point and done a volume business more affordable to any of the masses who might have been interested. He seemed to feel (and I have read his quotes elsewhere on this) that people should pay him top dollar for his expertise. This in my experience has never been a good approach to marketing a business no matter WHAT the business is, however in a market where somewhat altruistic fandom is the norm, that attitude can be perceived as more than slightly unpalatable. Given the prices he was looking to charge, I can’t see how he could have succeeded. Perhaps he can still change his marketing strategy and dig himself out of his predicament, but if I were his business/financial advisor, I would advise him to get himself a savvy business partner. Like the saying goes, “half of something is always better than all of nothing”. Good luck to you Tony Alleyne! I truly hope things work out for you.

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  • Nightstorm

    Well it’s pretty amazing, He probliy could of done it better if he had waited and did it piece by piece, he probably could have done it cheaper if he tried, He should have done it in a condo not an apartment. I really love it though, don’t make fun of him, I’m planning on make a Metroid room

  • Keith R.

    I think the idea concept and execution were great. Find a way to pay off your debts and then claim victory.

    Well done.

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  • SoCalGuy

    4 letters to describe it… WHOA

    This guy can make serious money selling plans/kits to transforming your room into Voyager, in part or whole.
    Oh wait there may be copyright violations…

    I’d like to knock down a few walls but guess my landlord won’t like a microwave stuck in the wall, plus it may violate building codes :(

  • NovaStar83

    This apartment was sold on Ebay for $800,000. For the person who said he was a loser…….BooYa, shove that up your ass clown!

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  • http://www.mightydonsofscience.co.cc Lord Precious Jonah

    as for me i dont see anything wrong with it, its a good idea to me because in the future the world should should be expecting mine. its size will be like the size of switzerland. if you like science then take the sacrifice ok.
    its all about the future, if i had all the money i would had help him with that project.

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    to see what the future holds for things like this, why dont you visit the MIGHTY DONS OF SCIENCE at http://www.mightydonsofscience.co.cc. if you really is a true science dude then you are welcome as a member

  • SerenityPhawx

    In response to: “seriously what kind of chicks would really care????? i dont think he would pull the chicks by telling them his house looks like a voyager starship…”

    That certainly depends on the chicks to whom you are speaking. As for myself, a female trekkie, I think nerds are hot. And if i found a guy at uni who decorated his room to look like a starship, I would definitely consider taking a closer look… especially since Ann Summer’s was selling that sexy little trek uniform.. the right dress for the right occasion, i say!

  • http://conchrepublic.com jeffrey d

    I think this guy “rocks” he is living the dream of alot of star trek fans. come on people if we really had the money to at least change one room in our house (ent. game room,movie theater,ect. you know we would. so he went a little overboard with he budget(far over yes) but still Id like to meet tour and skake his had.

  • http://conchrepublic.com jeffrey d

    he is living the dream.id like to shake his hand

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  • http://www.mdos.net.tf Lord Precious F. Jonah

    As for me i don’t see anything wrong with it, it’s a good idea to me because in the future the world should be expecting mine. The size i will not say but the speed of light (299 792 458 m / s) is one of our target. If you like science then takes the sacrifice ok. It’s all about the future, that what most people don’t know because the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. If i had all the money i would had help him with that project.
    To see what the future holds for things like this, why you don’t visit the MIGHTY DONS OF SCIENCE at mdos.net.tf if really you are a true science dude then you are welcome as a member.

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  • CaptainAhab

    He’s from England dumbass – read the story FFS

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  • http://lovezack.blogspot.com2012/03/men-in-black-3-is-going-where-star-trek.html Eastlove17

    That’s just redunkulous.

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