One of the truly awesome superpowers you gain when you start kit bashing and scratch building scale models is a limited-scope future vision that allows you to see which everyday household objects would make great spaceships. It’s like a really useless ESP or an X-Ray vision that doesn’t let you see through blouses. Seeing as I lack any decent super power, I’m not going to register my complaint with the Justice League just yet.
The key components used in the spacecraft pictured above are Hubba Bubba measuring tape gum dispensers. My son loves the stuff and probably chewed his way through a few miles of it before I started scratch building. Not long after my super power was attenuated, I saw a couple of the empty containers in the back seat of my car and visions of the Battlestar Galactica rag tag fleet danced in my head.
As a kid, I loved the original Battlestar Galactica. My favorite parts of every episode were the establishing shots of the “rag tag fleet” all floating in space together. I remember the original series with the same fondness I afford to The Dukes of Hazzard, Knight Rider, The A-Team, and Automan. Yes, they were cheesy and have not aged well. Fortunately, the reboot of Battlestar Galactica was one of the best television series produced in the past several years. I thought it was intelligent, funny, and thought-provoking. The writing and acting were both excellent. And the spaceships looked really cool. As a kid, I especially liked the tri-disc-shaped ship and my nostalgia sensors overloaded when I saw it had been reproduced for the new series.
Activate the jump drive and follow me to the next set of coordinates where instructions on how to turn discarded Hubba Bubba containers into your very own BSG-inspired ship await your discovery.