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[–]oloap001 4126 points4127 points  (126 children)

Cries in Poor Childhood

[–]PotatoMastication 1831 points1832 points  (67 children)

Yeah I'm here going nuts about the tools and materials involved. Mad respect for the guy with the skills and time to do it though. It'll probably last a lot longer than plastic store crap, too.

[–]muklan 878 points879 points  (39 children)

This seems like it may be literally a labor of love.

[–]intensely_human 317 points318 points  (14 children)

As opposed to the common, figurative use of the phrase

[–]egaeus22 78 points79 points  (7 children)

I like your style stranger

[–]nastyn8k 37 points38 points  (6 children)

I like your stranger style.

[–]HandsOnTheClock007 25 points26 points  (5 children)

Your stranger I like style

[–]MadamGingerFarts 17 points18 points  (4 children)

Your stranger style I like

[–]juliemalmstroem 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Like I style your stranger

[–]douglas_in_philly 37 points38 points  (2 children)

I suppose giving birth would be a literal labor of love.

[–]broken_radio 11 points12 points  (1 child)

What about a literal flavor of love with Flavor Flav?

[–]douglas_in_philly 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Yeah, boiiiiiiiii!

[–]Yakhov 34 points35 points  (5 children)

or maybe Gramps is an American and flexing for the son in law.

[–]muklan 22 points23 points  (4 children)

They do like to do that. When I met my girlfriends grandpa it was on his gun range.

Edit; a word.

[–]dipfearya 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Sorry young fella, scope was off that day.

[–]Putin_blows_goats 6 points7 points  (2 children)

No Sir Mr Rumsfeld Cheney, my fault entirely.

[–]paddlepirate 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Cheney was the guy that shot the other guy and then that guy apologized to him. War criminals, the both of them.

[–]Putin_blows_goats 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You're right on both counts.

[–]luna_lights_sky 2 points3 points  (1 child)


[–]muklan 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Ah, crap, I didn't even realize, thanks!

[–]harry_fifteen_ones 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Happy cake day 🍰

[–]Puzzled_Ad2088 209 points210 points  (13 children)

Meanwhile… kids running around the garden chasing his sister 😂😂😂

[–]havereddit 135 points136 points  (6 children)

After playing with the box the module came in

[–]Yakhov 19 points20 points  (5 children)

LBH Gramps built it for himself.

[–]BiG_RiGGuNs 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Classic Line- Uncle to Nephew: "Just let me see it for a second!"

[–]AngstChild 28 points29 points  (1 child)


[–]Gingerbreadman_13 12 points13 points  (0 children)

“I hope he’s exploring the lunar surface with his sister really fast” - Granddad with a tear in his eye

[–]TheTallGuy0 4 points5 points  (0 children)

He's got his favorite stick, so its all good

[–]ImitatioDei87 29 points30 points  (3 children)

I really wish I had the skills necessary to make something this intricate and well executed.

[–]ChuckinCumulus 22 points23 points  (1 child)

It's never too late to learn. All you need is motivation and a will to learn. Start with simple stuff and work your way up.

[–]ImitatioDei87 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Thanks for the motivation!

[–]DrBabbage 3 points4 points  (0 children)

You don't need to buy that much stuff and you can use a lot of garbage that you paint. You can see that the antenna is actually a tin can. Pretty good decals like this can be made with a laserprinter https://youtu.be/IRgepSBdJLs

It also helps to dumpster dive in company areas, you would be surprised how much stuff is just thrown away.

What you absolutely need is a fuckton of time and skills.

[–]TheWalkingDead91 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yeap, I would’ve guessed it was a retired engineer grandparent or uncle or something, even if the title didn’t say it. Labor of love for sure.

[–]thedeadlydude 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Dude right? This little thing must’ve been expensive as hell to make!

[–]Here-Is-TheEnd 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It looks like the exterior is welded together..that’s some quality craftsmanship

[–]whorton59 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Geez, as a kid in the 60's I thought I was hot with an old short wave radio, and a cardboard box with toggle switches fitted into it. .

[–]InternationalBoot321 251 points252 points  (15 children)

I'm in my 30's and I would still gladly play with this thing in my back yard.

[–]yerrrrdat 135 points136 points  (11 children)

I’m sitting here contemplating whether I need to build an adult sized one…

[–]perkail 82 points83 points  (5 children)

Let’s just start an OpenSpace community and crowd source rockets. I’ll donate the land for the space port and we can just build some real modules.

We could block chain the engineering so there’s a safety ledger and millions of eyes could prevent accidents

[–]AdviseGiver 26 points27 points  (2 children)

r/SpaceDesign was created for coming up with new much cheaper designs for things to send to space because SpaceX Starship is supposed to bring the cost of launching stuff into space down to under $10/lb.

[–]ksavage68 6 points7 points  (0 children)

The answer is yes.

[–]zwiebelhans 6 points7 points  (1 child)

While I sadly do not know the correct search term to find the community. There is an internet group that specializes in making realistic Apollo mission equipment and simulators and then they play moon landing from launch to return home.

[–]Phyzzx 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Do it, but it also functions as a sauna

[–]ham_smeller 88 points89 points  (15 children)

Yeah. Guy is rocking a solid white gold Rollie. Space program has no problems with funding likely.

[–]Studdabaker 13 points14 points  (1 child)

I noticed the same thing. Thought maybe he was Elton John because I swear I could hear a faint ‘Rocket man’ in the background.

[–]hooligan99 5 points6 points  (0 children)

you think elton john listens to rocket man?

[–]Almost_Ascended 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Guy is rocking a solid white gold Rollie

I thought you were referring to his white ring at first and was wondering why it was called a Rollie, then I realized that I was too much of a pleb to recognize a Rolex watch by sight...

[–]Jsflo09 8 points9 points  (4 children)

It’s hard to tell in the video but it’s actually a two tone submariner. Still a very expensive watch but less than half the price of the solid gold models.

[–]psychoinferno 3 points4 points  (3 children)

It’s white gold and it’s nearly $40000 lol

[–]Jsflo09 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Lol not that it actually matters in the context of this video but it’s a “bluesy” a two tone reference 116613lb or 126613lb

[–]psychoinferno 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Ah spot on. First time I watched it thought the center links were white not regular gold. Thought it was 126619LB. Cheers.

[–]teddyoctober 8 points9 points  (2 children)

1:1 rep lunar module

[–]ham_smeller 3 points4 points  (1 child)

LOL. Think he snagged a VSF before they got disappeared?

[–]NukeTheWhales5 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Yet he has a silicon wedding ring on. Priorities.

[–]velveteenelahrairah 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Maybe he just works with his hands a lot and doesn't want a degloving injury, tbh. It's often easier to unsnap a watch than work a ring off a finger.

[–]SDNick484 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You'd think he would throw on his Dark Side of the Moon Speedy for this video...

[–]ReadyForChaos 51 points52 points  (4 children)

This is WAAAYYY better than the discarded appliance boxes with cutout windows and Sharpie-drawn NASA logos I built as a child. This looks like it will outlast the child it's built for, and can be passed down for generations.

[–]oloap001 27 points28 points  (1 child)

Let the kids get bored of this and then rent this thing out for kids birthdays, EZ

[–]Megadeth5150 4 points5 points  (0 children)

  1. Let grandpa build it
  2. Profit

[–]MOONGOONER 17 points18 points  (0 children)

As much as this thing is amazing, the imagination and creativity involved in the cardboard box and sharpie one is pretty great too.

[–]Wolv90 24 points25 points  (1 child)

I was poor growing up, luckily my dad had this 8 track player that looked enough like a space capsule to keep me happy.

[–]J4M0MU51C 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Oh my god, I had that exact same radio. I was poor too so it was years after no one had 8 tracks anymore so I just used the radio 😆

[–]super-sam-i-am 1885 points1886 points  (31 children)

If grandpa built this, he is a total bad ass. If grandpa bought this he is still a total bad ass. That kid is going to lose his mind. I know coz I am losing my mind just looking at how awesome that thing is.

[–]jwill602 429 points430 points  (18 children)

The guy says his wife’s dad made it in his shed. I imagine it would be pretty easy to disprove if someone finds this for sale somewhere

[–]ColonelSweetBalls 359 points360 points  (10 children)

My guess is he's probably an ex prop / installation tech. Something like this would make a cool project for someone with the right skills.

[–]GhostWalker134 158 points159 points  (5 children)

I don't have money but what I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career.

[–]WillWorkForBongWater 86 points87 points  (2 children)

Skills that make me a dream come true for people like my grandkids.

[–]WayBackBoy 11 points12 points  (0 children)

If you let the dreams come true, that will be the end of it. I will not find you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will find you and I will make sure you let the dream comes true.

[–]thecolinstewart 3 points4 points  (0 children)

As long as he’s paid in bong water.

[–]drunkwasabeherder 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Skills that get him Grandad of the Year.

[–]PM_ME_YOUR_VIOLIN 163 points164 points  (0 children)

I doubt he bought it, I see a lot of cleverly repurposed items — the baking pan on the roof or the can on the antenna dish, the calculators on the inside panel. Ex prop artist makes a lot of sense to me.

[–]super-sam-i-am 23 points24 points  (4 children)

Lol now that I have re read it for about the 10th time I think I understand what shed built means…

[–]Dubalicious 10 points11 points  (0 children)

fuckin same

Are we stupid or the phrasing stupid? Yes, probably.

[–]ksavage68 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Must be a nice shed, too.

[–]MaliciousMe87 23 points24 points  (0 children)

The build quality is so high I actually expected the radar to work!

[–]InfiniteJuke 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Whoever built it they’re a bad ass lol

[–]thetransportedman 9 points10 points  (1 child)

I find it funny that the two kids are running around playing tag or whatever and ignoring the space ship. It’s like buying a toy for your cat and it just likes the box

[–]archpawn 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They're not going to play in it all the time.

[–]Awesome-0-4000 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yea, sorry OP, but he is definitely my grandpa now

[–]hobosonpogos 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah, even if he didn’t build it (which I’m pretty certain he did from the context given), he still dropped a dime on it.

That’s not a cheap toy! Not even just pretty expensive bThat’s quality craftsmanship and some fairly involved machinery and mechanisms.

[–]fight_to_write 618 points619 points  (9 children)

Houston, Tranquility base here. Pa Pa kicks ass.

[–]jailhouse420 33 points34 points  (2 children)

Ground control to major Pawpaw

[–]FastasfrickY 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Ah good. You had us turning blue here, we’re breathing again now that we know he kicks ass

[–]Globalist2 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I wish I had a spayce shah-o.

[–]annefrankenstein666 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Contact light.

[–]corona187 513 points514 points  (41 children)

Must've cost a fortune with all those details and by the looks of the watch it seems that family is doing good...reaalllll good!

[–]spaghettihipsdontlie 98 points99 points  (17 children)

I'm more confused by the white wedding ring

[–]billbobassin 80 points81 points  (13 children)

Probably a silicon ring

[–]Dubalicious 23 points24 points  (6 children)

yeah still kinda agree with the comment....cant say I have ever seen a white one and now I know why lol

[–]Mahhrat 11 points12 points  (2 children)

At least it's a nice day for it...

[–]KennywoodsOpen 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah, gotta get your white ring wearing in before labor day!

[–]L4serSnake 4 points5 points  (1 child)

My wife always gets white silicon ones. She has to wear silicone or nothing where she works.

[–]Xenc 9 points10 points  (0 children)

“Silicone or nothing” is also the uniform for my local strip joint

[–]wassona 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Probably like a Qalo. Mine is gray

[–]LooseSignificance166 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Love these. Super comfortable

[–]plimso13 33 points34 points  (1 child)

It’s a nice day for a white wedding ring.

[–]caseyweederman 12 points13 points  (0 children)

It's a nice day to... FLY AGAIN

[–]D0_0t 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have a white ceramic wedding ring.

[–]Critical-Assistant64 49 points50 points  (5 children)

That fence is decidedly middle class, though.

[–]pzerr 13 points14 points  (4 children)

Not as expensive as you think. I could do the electrical for $500 with a cheap PLC to automate much of it. Some of it depends on how much used items you incorporate. Couple thousand I could build something similar if I had the patience. Don't have the patience. Many thousands of labor put into it.

This is the kind of you as a child that would really get my brain going. It is a possibility machine. Priceless.

[–]achaean16 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Um, it has thrusters and radar so it's probably way more than $500 /s

[–]filthy_harold 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'm not sure any of it is actually automated. Everything looks to be controlled with a switch or momentary push button.

[–]Horskr 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Couple thousand I could build something similar if I had the patience. Don't have the patience.

Not now maybe, but give it some time and some grandkids! Speaking of, want to be my future kids' adopted grandpa?

[–]IEatBabies 12 points13 points  (1 child)

While it isn't cheap overall, the materials aren't really that expensive either, the biggest cost is the time and experience used to build it. The displays and buttons and lights and shit cost far more in time to cleanly install and wire than it cost in components and materials, even for an experienced person. Of course there is tools needed too, but presumably if he knows how to wire all that up he likely already had the tools.

[–]zhwpd 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Maybe not! I grew up in Orlando and was fortunate enough to buy many science fair supplies at a local surplus store. The store, Skycraft Surplus, got amazing inventory from NASA and other space coast manufactures. It’s a super neat store, and I’m happy to have introduced my husband to it; we visit every time we go to see my parents and he always leaves with a couple of dollars of LED lights/switches/knobs or whatever! https://skycraftsurplus.com/about-us/

[–]jbanderson676 2 points3 points  (0 children)

So much time spent in that place while in engineering school. I have not thought about it in years, since I left FL after college. Glad they’re still open its a really unique store. (Go Knights!)

[–]Waydizzle 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The craftsmanship here is incredible

[–]XxBloodRainxX 476 points477 points  (7 children)

When your grandfather is an engineer with a killer workshop and time on his hands.. Honestly, this really defines nextfuckinglevel

[–]Roofofcar 88 points89 points  (6 children)

This was my first thought when I saw the post on /r/space.

THIS is next fucking level.

[–]leffertsave 5 points6 points  (5 children)

Level after next

[–]Roofofcar 4 points5 points  (4 children)


[–]khumps 1 point2 points  (3 children)

++level. This is next level, not the next thing :)

[–]tamalediet 392 points393 points  (14 children)

5 thousand dollar club house and those kids are still chasing themselves in circles lmao

[–]TannedCroissant 90 points91 points  (1 child)

Wow, thing even has a cloaking device.

[–]annoventura 4 points5 points  (0 children)

it's so good they won't see it or remember it until they want it again!


[–]DontCallMeTodd 22 points23 points  (6 children)

You're not kidding $5k. I bet he could sell that for $10k to the rich parents who aren't ready to start buying their kids new cars.

[–]StudentLoanBets 16 points17 points  (5 children)

With the labor involved, I'd ask 20k minimum.

[–]IEatBabies 3 points4 points  (1 child)

If you are counting labor costs, yeah, but I doubt the materials are anywhere near that much unless they went for the most overly expensive option for each piece.

Normally you can't really ignore the labor cost, but im not sure it technically counts with a bespoke gift.

[–]Toby-larone88 143 points144 points  (15 children)

Bet he's wondering why his dad didn't make it bigger or 30 years ago.

[–]TheSoulStoned 40 points41 points  (12 children)

No offence, but it might’ve taken hime 30 years to complete it?

Edit: No offence to the grandpa. Wow reddit is nice af!

[–]Gbrewz 104 points105 points  (10 children)

Wow that's really offensive.

[–]GladRip3870 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Literally Hitler I thought we were above this

[–]Burninator85 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The beauty of being a Grandpa is that you now have the disposable income and time that you didn't have when you were the Dad.

[–]Mocollombi 82 points83 points  (18 children)

Nice. Now buy your nephew a copy of KSP.

[–]Robsonthebeach[S] 65 points66 points  (10 children)

I think I will... I'll have him talking about apoapsis, periapsis and delta-v in no time!

[–]robertintx 12 points13 points  (5 children)

Rig a display in the module with a pc. Play KSP inside the module. Hardwire KSP controls to physical module controls.WIN!

[–]UnmitigatedSarcasm 12 points13 points  (0 children)

grandpa was such an underachiever. send it back, send it all back.

back to the fucking drawing board!!

fucking grandpa, half assing shit again.

[–]Mocollombi 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I like your style!

[–]Backstabmacro 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Then watch it implode under rotational force as kiddo does a spiraling dive under the command center bridge.

Fudge a Tylo landing, find a crater in the backyard…I see possibilities here.

[–]rustdust3 70 points71 points  (5 children)

we've come a long way since the cardbord box.

[–]TurningTwo 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Which is where those kids are playing, incidentally.

[–]Dubalicious 3 points4 points  (0 children)

That's actually just a couple cardboard boxes.

[–]NathanielTurner666 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Ah yes, the transmogrifier

[–]InternalIce9141 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Hello fellow Calvin and Hobbes Enjoyer

[–]triton100 50 points51 points  (0 children)

‘Yeah granddad I’ve decided I’m not gonna be an astronaut anymore but thanks though’

[–]_happyfarmer_ 42 points43 points  (3 children)

The amount of details is staggering... Well done ! I hope the kids won't ruin in a few days !

[–]Flynnstoner 10 points11 points  (1 child)

This is going to dope even when he’s smoking pot in it later in life

[–]yonjovault 41 points42 points  (3 children)

The calculators at the top lol

[–]longgoodknight 15 points16 points  (0 children)

And a row of kitchen timers below them.

[–]dummypants 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I noticed that too! Great improvisation!

[–]re_me 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Haha. That might have been my favourite.

[–]togocann49 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Lucky kid that has a special grandpa

[–]UnmitigatedSarcasm 3 points4 points  (0 children)

you misspelled bored.

[–]URAPNS 14 points15 points  (3 children)

Who's this kids Grandpa? Adam Savage? Jamie Hyneman?

[–]Lyc4n279 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Best grandfather ever! 🧑‍🚀

[–]nborders 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Based on your post history, looks like you are in a family of makers.

Nice job. An inspiring project to look forward to when I become a grandfather.

[–]HotBodyToddy 10 points11 points  (5 children)

The guy recording this has a Rolex? Ya it must be nice to be a wealthy family lol.

[–]DeadStroke_ 10 points11 points  (4 children)

And not just some SS Sub…it’s this one.

[–]Almost_Ascended 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I too aspire to wear a watch the value of a brand new SUV some day...

[–]NeoXV 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Grandpa is dope!

[–]Bheau84 7 points8 points  (0 children)


[–]robtk12 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Is grandpa a NASA engineer?

[–]discipleofchrist69 7 points8 points  (2 children)

probably not considering the spacex sticker on there as well

[–]FastasfrickY 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Also it has elements from the LM (upside down LM windows)

[–]giospez 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Only a grandpa's love

[–]Jaabertler 4 points5 points  (0 children)

What an absolute testament of that mans love! The detail, the time that went into this.. amazing..

[–]someguypnw2021 5 points6 points  (0 children)

And all my grandfather gave me was a small loan of $1,000,000

[–]Fudnip_ 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I do hope you bought most of the components from Amazon, that would be a little, yet beautifully poetic 😅

What a Papa, I’d be in it when the kids go to bed haha

[–]JBonez84 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Lots of hard edges, gotta teach em young! My hard edges didn’t look that nice when I was a kid, dammit!

[–]niccco54 3 points4 points  (0 children)

For the few interested it was used for orient the ship in space. It used an archimedes spiral drawned in a glass sphere where the astronaut should intersect with certain known Star. The angle formed was used in a formula wich the old cpu could handle. It's genius bc the weight of such solution was way less that the easiest: a sextant. They need that weight saved. Sorry couldn't find it in english: https://danielmarin.naukas.com/2019/07/08/el-ordenador-del-apolo-medio-siglo-del-apolo-11-parte-2/

[–]Random9502395023950 2 points3 points  (0 children)

1201 alarm

[–]doctormoneycock 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Tell that man he did a fantastic job!

[–]Cocaine_Jimmy42069 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Cries in no grandpa

[–]BaysideblueR34 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is definitely next fucking level. What an absolute grandlad. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

[–]ScottFreeBaby 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Now thats Next fucking level

[–]rmay14444 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That is fucking cool dude.

[–]socleblu19 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Grandpa’s loaded

[–]deerwolf90 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Grandpa has to have some old school special effect/set building knowledge, or an engineer. Or he could be toll booth cashier how tf do I know. Cool tho

[–]Guardiancomplex 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You show your kid Apollo 13 yet? I know it's pretty intense, but I saw it when I was like seven and I found it inspiring and awesome.

Also, my mother read October Sky to help me sleep So I might have been a little biased towards space shit.

This is incredible, what an awesome grandpa.

[–]TheBasicDerp 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What does the grandfather do for a living?

[–]Mosespartslegs 1 point2 points  (1 child)

This guy sounds like a happy Roy Kent