Fan creates $30,000 replica Starship Enterprise suite in basement

Fan creates $30,000 replica Starship Enterprise suite in basement

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Trekkie: Line Rainville has been a Star Trek fan since she was nine years old

Canadian Line Rainville had $30,000 to spend on renovations to her Notre-Dame-des-Prairies, Quebec home and decided to recreate parts of the Star Trek Enterprise in her basement.

The 51-year-old social worker decided she wanted to create a home theater, but also to remind herself of her childhood.

The answer? A suite of rooms in her basement including the Enterprise’s bridge, transporter room, recreation room, observation deck and Spock’s quarters.

Rainville told CNET that she was nine years old when she began watching Star Trek in French with her father every week.

‘I became addicted to this show and during the week, and I looked forward to each Tuesday at seven for another episode.

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That’s entertainment: The TV room has red handrails, faux skylight, widescreen TV filling in for the bridge viewscreen and a cutout of Mr Spock

‘I enjoyed Star Trek because it was about space, unknown worlds, and aliens who often ended up being more friendly than expected. I enjoyed learning about Vulcans and seeing the interactions between the characters,’ she said.

Rainville spent more than a year perfecting her Star Trek suite, ensuring that her rooms came as close to the original as possible.

She scoured the internet of pieces such as the tricorder and 3D chess set and made others, such as food replicators for the rec room and a set of Vulcan bells.

‘I had put in so much energy seeking what I wanted that to accept failure is difficult, even to this day. Although people say they are impressed with the decor, I know well each inaccuracy, the exact places that I could improve,’ she told CNET.

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Enterprising: Rainville created the instrument panel and displays from Star Trek in the living area of her basement

She searched for dozens of fabric shops looking for a fabric that looked like that used to cover Spock’s bed and ultimately decided to sew her own bedspread.

‘Standing there, being 51 years old, I was kind of beamed back into that nine-year-old girl’s mind who so often wished her beloved Captain Kirk could bring her aboard his vessel,’ she told CNET.

‘All at once, I was aboard the Enterprise. The illusion had became my reward. I told my mother and my sister that it was so strange. I’m not sure they have fully understood how I was feeling. But they were there, supportive and sharing this unique moment.’

Despite her obsession with recreating the Star Trek Enterprise, Rainville still wanted her basement to be a home theater, and worked her widescreen TV into the decor.

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Childhood dream: The incredibly detailed instrument panel even has Spock’s scanner display (left)

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Spock’s quarters: Rainville made the bedspread on the bed and the blue throw blanket to recreate the character’s bedroom

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Happy snaps: The pictures on the wall of Spock’s shipmates and the tricorder, 3D chess set, and set of Vulcan bells complete the bedroom

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Colorful food: In Star Trek, a ‘replicator’ would produce highly colored food items – none of which ever seemed to be eaten

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Theme: The counter in the kitchen is inlaid with a giant Starfleet insignia

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Clean dream: The bathroom also has a Starfleet insignia on the wall, as well as all the necessary facilities

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Dream home: The corridor has an Enterprise-like red door, utility panel, intercom, and replicator

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Authentic: This small room is just like a Starship Enterprise transporter room and has motion sensors that trigger the lights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, she’s planning a housewarming party for her new Star Trek basement.

Simon Foster

Author: Simon Foster

I am one of the news editors for trekmate. I have been a trekkie since BBC2 first showed TNG in the UK. More recently I have been trying to convert my wife into a trekkie with mixed success.

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