Building a full-scale Millennium Falcon

Nashville's Chris Lee wants to build a full-scale replica of the Millennium Falcon. He's rallied a group of Internet Star Wars megafan makers to help with the project; a college student has supplied a detailed 3D digital file; another contributor's building the laser-cannons, and still another's making the consoles. The whole thing is destined for Lee's 88-acre site, where he hopes to host school groups in a maker-camp that just happens to have a nearby spaceship where they can practice their welding.

How large is the Full Scale Falcon?

It will be somewhat larger than any of the movie sets:

* Length: 114 feet

* Beam (docking ring to docking ring): 81.485 feet

* Height to top of body (not counting quad-laser turret): 24.878 feet

* Height to top of dish: 30.889 feet

* Clearance: ground to landing gear bay level: 7.779 feet

* Clearance: ground to outside bottom of cockpit tube: 13.081 feet

The Full Scale Millennium Falcon Project

Star Wars fans build full-size Millennium Falcon

(Thanks, Richard!)

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  1. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

      2. 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.

    2. 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.

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

  2. 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

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

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

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

          2. 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…

      2. 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.

  3. 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.

    1. 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.

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