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39 Responses to “Building a full-scale Millennium Falcon”

  1. Matthew Heberger says:

    Well, I’ll be really impressed if they can build it to ±0.001 feet. 

  2. Brainspore says:

    Looks like most of the structure is going to be built out of wood. It will be interesting to see how well they manage to skin it convincingly.

    • Felton / Moderator says:

      Building a spaceship ain’t like dusting crops, boy!

    • nowimnothing says:

      Yeah I think that will be the major hurdle both outside and inside. The size is not THAT daunting. Probably on par with the amount of materials in the average barn.

      • Brainspore says:

        The size is not THAT daunting. Probably on par with the amount of materials in the average barn.

        I bet you could get that sucker done in a day if you got a bunch of volunteers from the Amish Homeworld.

      • hadlockk says:

        Probably on par with the materials required to construct a 65′ wooden sailboat. Total length is closer to 114′, but it only has to support it’s own weight in one direction (down) and has no external stresses on it beyond the occasional gust of wind. Keeping the thing caulked and free of leaks would be the bigger challenge. Raising funds would be as easy as finding a small town to raise a bond to build it as a tourist attraction.

        Though my biggest problem with that ship is the lack of bunks/quarters and head (bathroom). A ship that size should sleep six to eight with at least one head (bathroom). Pretty much any sailboat over 32 ft has two queen size beds and any ship over 42 ft has two bathrooms.

    • Chris Lee says:

      Concrete foundation and piers. Steel beam superstructure. Steel stud framing. Sheet metal and marine plywood skin. Fiberglass coat on all primary exterior detail pieces. Elastomeric spray-on roof coating everywhere else.

      • Brainspore says:

        I’d suggest duralloy plating, myself. Fiberglass does OK against the elements but it sucks against Imperial Blasters.

  3. robotnik says:

    “building the laser-cannons”
    Can’t wait to see those in action.

  4. Christopher says:

    I wonder how often they’ll have to clean off mynocks. 

  5. I want to know how they will handle the 90 degree bends in the direction of artificial gravity.

  6. Matthew Urso says:

    seems like everyone wants to build the interesting bits but no one has tried to tackle the actual ship.  i have a feeling they’ll need some permits and building inspectors if this ever gets up and running

    • Chris Lee says:

      The structure itself is still being designed. The land I own where the build will take place is in an area that is remote enough not to have any local codes enforcement.

      • mccrum says:

        I’m pretty sure if it garners enough attention local code enforcement will find a way out there.  They always do.  Even in Mos Eisley.

        • Chris Lee says:

          You’re right, they probably will. That’s why we’re approaching it like a commercial building from that perspective.

          • Brainspore says:

            (Just be wary if you hear Chris announce that he’s “just made a deal that will keep the Government out of here forever.”)

          • mccrum says:

            In that case may I suggest you look into entertainment venue codes for theatres and the like?  You might be able to create a lower-level ambient light level than a standard commercial space, or be able to use non-traditional exit signage.  It’s always the exit signage that brings a themed space back to the harshness of reality…

      • Brainspore says:

        The land I own where the build will take place is in an area that is remote enough not to have any local codes enforcement.

        So basically an Outer Rim Territory.

    •  Building inspectors can’t shoot straight anyway.

  7. sinclair says:

    I find your lack of significant figures disturbing.

  8. Funk Daddy says:

    Whatever, if they build it out of wood on the ground it’s going to take a looong time to cover 12 parsecs no matter how you figure it.

  9. agonist says:

    Disney should build one and make it a walk through at Disneyland.

  10. Ramone says:

    She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts. Eh? EH?! [ELBOW NUDGE]

  11. Jim Saul says:

    Now that Disney owns the rights, you’re going to have Hutt & Hutt Associates crawling up your ass pretty fast, unfortunately.

    Otherwise I’d say build it inside a structure you can light and green screen for amateur film-making.

  12. robuluz says:

    Everyone has dreamed of making a full scale Millenium Falcon

    I think that goes without saying.

  13. Ian McMurtrie says:

    Shouldn’t the first rule of any maker be, USE METRIC!

    Such archaic units make R2D2 cry.

    • mccrum says:

      A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away?  I’m pretty sure they tried using parsecs for measuring time, which really must have flipped Artoo’s lid.

  14. If you build it, they will come.

  15. chris jimson says:

    The Millennium Falcon . . . that piece of junk?

  16. danimagoo says:

    Ok, now I want a full scale Millennium Falcon that transforms into a giant robot.

  17. Wiki-Truths says:

    I thought it was 30 thousand ft tall!! 

  18. crenquis says:

    Just wait until Disney sends a burn-down notice…