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Feb062012

Star Trek fan spends a decade turning apartment into a starship only to lose it in divorce

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British Star Trek fan Tony Alleyne spent 12 years converting his apartment into a room from a Star Trek Voyager era starship. Unfortunately for him, the property, in Hinckley, Leicestershire is owned by his ex-wife and she wants to sell, reports UK newspaper The Sun.

Alleyne separated from his wife Georgina in 1994, but for some reason he is only now proceeding with a divorce. He began work on the project in 1999 as a way of taking his mind off the separation, spending approximately £5000 and undertaking all the work himself. It’s estimated that to reproduce the achievement now would cost close to £100,000 (approximately $150,000).

“Building this has been like a dream,” he said in 2009 interview posted on Digital Journal. “I had a vision and I am really amazed at what I have managed to achieve with just hard work. It all started as therapy after I split with my wife—building every bit from scratch really helped me to deal with the stress of it all. My whole life over the last few years has gone into this, I have given up absolutely everything. Some people might think I’m a bit of a sad individual but I’m not. I’m just really into Star Trek—it’s really my only vice in life.” 

It hasn’t quite been his only vice, since his wife Georgina has being stuck paying the mortgage on the one bedroom apartment since the split. After almost two decades, she’s decided that she wants to sell it as a conventional property, which means tearing everything out.

“To say I’m gutted is an understatement, it’s my life’s work and it looks like its going into a skip,” he said in response to the news.

Things aren’t looking good for the Trekker. Unless he sets his phaser to “negotiate,” it looks as if he’ll have to beam into another property.

Pictures of the apartment

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