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IF IAN Rowe didn't know better he would think his life had transformed into an '80s sci fi film.
The 66-year-old stumped an Australian camera company giant and created a vast web of intrigue when he found a misguided rocket on his Boat Harbour property a couple of days ago.
And he is yet to find out just what the rocket is, whether it is legal in Australia and what the whole thing is about anyway.
Mr Rowe found the device while slashing scrub in one of his paddocks on Thursday and said the hard plastic creation had a camera attached.
The small rocket is only 30cm in length (and not quite as glamorous as a Star Wars mechanism) with a Kodak film and the word Snapshot written on the side.
"When I picked it up this little flap opened with a film in it," he said.
"There was these four fins attached - whatever it is it hit the ground and broke the camera."
Mr Rowe found a bundle of wiring within the device and said the point was quite hard, and could thus be quite dangerous.
Some initial Internet investigations revealed the Snapshot rocket camera was no longer available for purchase and could be shot 150 metres into the air in a bid to take aerial shots.
But available for purchase or not it was a device Kodak's Australian team was not aware of.
A spokesman said the only aerial camera they were aware of was attached to a hot air balloon and the rocket camera was unheard of.
Mr Rowe is not sure if he will develop the film (there are fears it's the North-West's very own Tardis) but in the meantime he is a little uneasy about aerial shots being taken of his property.
SNAPSHOT ROCKET STARTER SET - NO ENGINES Now includes Kodak 110 film. Takes one picture per launch.
The SnapShot Rocket is an actual camera rocket.
When the rocket reaches its maximum height it automatically takes a picture of the launch area.
The kit comes complete and ready-to-fly including:
* SnapShot Rocket with built in Aerial Camera
* Kodak Gold 110 Color Film
* Electron Beam Controller
* Porta Pad II Launch Pad
* Two Estes Rocket Engines
* Instructions - NAR Safety Code - Warranty
Requires 4 x AA batteries - sold separately
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