Spaceship far from ordinary

When Warren Goodwin sits at the dinner table, he doesn’t see a coffee cup or salt and pepper shakers — he sees the components of a laser gun.

The 33-year-old has spent the past three months collecting everyday household items and fashioning them into a near life-size replica of a Colonial Viper from the cult science-fiction television series Battlestar Galactica.

He works at Cargill Enterprises, which supplied him with all the wood, screws, hinges and tools he needed to build the spaceship, which also contains old coffee cups, toilet rolls, parts from car scrap yards, packaging material such as bubble wrap and foam rubber — "even old second-hand bed sheets from the hospital".

It also has an iPad screen on the cockpit dash, with targeting and scanner graphics similar to those shown in the television series.

Mr Goodwin said he was building the ship to be displayed at public events such as the upcoming South Dunedin Street Festival, airshows and gatherings of the HQ 44 South New Zealand Military Vehicle Club.

"It’s for the kids to look at while their parents look around the other displays.

"Children will be able to sit in the cockpit and have their photos taken."

He said the ship was built using blueprints from a model, which he had enlarged to be almost life-sized.

Its most impressive feature was that it could be "collapsed down like an accordion" and stored in a relatively small space, he said.

Mr Goodwin has spent much of his life building replica props and costumes from his favourite sci-fi movies and television shows, including Rocket Raccoon and Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy, a couple of Daleks from Doctor Who, Predator from the movie Predator, and a velociraptor from Jurassic Park.

"I’ve made them for various community events and conventions like Armageddon."

Cargill Enterprises chief executive officer Geoff Kemp described Mr Goodwin as a "passionate, tenacious and incredibly creative multi-skilled artist and craftsman".

He said Mr Goodwin’s work recently captured the attention of Weta Workshops in Wellington, and he hoped to one day work for the world-leading design and effects facility which services Hollywood film sets.

"He’s reaching for the stars," Mr Kemp said.

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