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Awesome dad builds an intricate spaceship simulator for his son

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Add Daniel Sherrouse to the short list for geeky father of the year.

While most dads would probably be happy to help their kids build a spaceship out of a cardboard box and some aluminum foil, he took things a bit further, building a much, MUCH more detailed simulator.

How detailed? Imagined a 5x8 trailer filled with dashboards, controls, and other equipment. And to top it all off, the simulator lets anyone sitting in the captain's seat play the huge, open-ended Pioneer Space Simulator game.

Piloting the craft will be Sherrouse's son Noah, who's still just a toddler. But Daniel has been working on the craft since before Noah was born.

"When my wife told me she was pregnant, I slammed my fist down on the table and said 'Gosh darn it, my kid is going to have a better life than me!'" he says.

It's not just the knobs and switches that make the simulator so incredible. Sherrouse has carefully crafted the trailer with details like a radar screensaver and a paintjob that rivals the look of Hollywood spaceship sets. All totaled, he spent 10 months putting the whole thing together.

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He's not done, either. As Noah gets older, Sherrouse plans to add more features to keep him interested.

"I have always been interested in space, and I believe our survival as a species requires us to one day reach the stars," Sherrouse told CNET Australia. "We must inspire the next generation to reach for the things we have not had the courage to invest in."

Sherrouse is part of a growing trend of superdads. Earlier this year, Mike Mika, creative director at Other Ocean Interactive (maker of South Park: Tenorman's Revenge and the XBLA title The War of the Worlds), hacked a version of Donkey Kong for his daughter, letting Pauline rescue Mario for a change.

And last November, Mike Hoye reworked The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker to change Link from a "He" to a "She" to make the game more accessible to his daughter, who played the game with him as he read the text aloud to her.

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For more pics of Sherrouse's amazing work, check out his online album.

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