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Star Wars Fans Plan Full-Size Millennium Falcon Replica

Soulskill posted about a year ago | from the she's-got-it-where-it-counts,-kid dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "The BBC reports on a fan-run project to build a full-scale replica of Han Solo's Millennium Falcon. The ship, 31 feet tall, 114 feet long, and 81.5 feet wide at its widest point, will be built on a plot of land in Tennessee. Since this project is obviously too big for any one fan, or even a small group, they're going to crowdsource some of the construction. Their website has continual updates about various parts of the build, with many, many pictures. For example, here are a couple shots of the Quad guns and cockpit console. Project leader Chris Lee says he bought the land in Tennessee, 88 acres, for this purpose. He says he'd like to 'develop it into more of a creative retreat, like a Maker camp ... where a school could send kids.' The Force is strong with this one!"

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Not sure but... (3, Funny)

Press2ToContinue (2424598) | about a year ago | (#42186043)

don't remember seeing PVC pipe on the millenium falcon

Re:Not sure but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42186137)

don't remember seeing PVC pipe on the millenium falcon

I have altered the bargain. Pray that I alter it no further.

Re:Not sure but... (5, Interesting)

Lynchenstein (559620) | about a year ago | (#42186141)

You'd be surprised to learn what actual Hollywood props are made of. Also, "What a piece of junk!"

Re:Not sure but... (4, Interesting)

peragrin (659227) | about a year ago | (#42186235)

even better it can't be to scale as the one used in the movies couldn't fit human's inside from the exterior shots, So straight up they will have to alter plans somewhere.

Re:Not sure but... (1)

ildon (413912) | about a year ago | (#42189355)

Seems likely they'd be working from some kind of technical manual/specs (either fan made or licensed extended universe stuff) rather than just going by visible movie props.

Re:Not sure but... (2)

Nostromo21 (1947840) | about a year ago | (#42186343)

LOL - this topic should see some interesting commentary. :)

Wasn't there are full-sized prop used in making any of the SW movies? I thought the one in Empire was fairly complete, as they did a couple walk arounds it. No doubt it was mostly just a styrofoam shell, but that's to be expected.

Now, a full-sized replica of the Death Star - now THAT would be slightly more interesting & impressive news! >8^D

Re:Not sure but... (2)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year ago | (#42186463)

Now, a full-sized replica of the Death Star - now THAT would be slightly more interesting & impressive news!

Darth Vader: That's no Death Star! It's a...

An Imperial General: It's only a model.

Looks like fun, but... (0, Troll)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about a year ago | (#42186047)

Project leader Chris Lee says he bought the land in Tennessee, 88 acres, for this purpose. He says he'd like to 'develop it into more of a creative retreat, like a Maker camp ... where a school could send kids.' The Force is strong with this one!"

Yes, well, schools are about learning. What does a full scale toy from a motion picture franchise bring to the table? I mean, I can see maybe a bed and breakfast situation, but come on â" a âoemaker campâ for making full scale nerd toys is educational how? Perhaps if the children want to go into the business of building Hollywood props or aspire to work for the Mythbuster guys. But reallyâ¦

By the way, Iâ(TM)m dying to know if this guy is marriedâ¦

Re:Looks like fun, but... (5, Insightful)

irving47 (73147) | about a year ago | (#42186091)

Right. The kids playing pokemon and Angry Birds are much better off than those doing a hands on project, likely learning about electronics and construction in the process.
(My fully functional R2-D2 is sitting right behind me as I type this. I learned a lot about wiring things properly, painting, and a little about wheels and mechanics in the process. But hey, I guess I'm biased.)

Re:Looks like fun, but... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42186181)

Fully functional? It can actually stop an imperial garbage compactor and fly your x-wing? Impressive...

Re:Looks like fun, but... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42186333)

Absolutely! Just provide a working Death Star and X-wing and he'll demonstrate that his device is fully compatible with both.

Re:Looks like fun, but... (2)

Nostromo21 (1947840) | about a year ago | (#42186387)

No, but you can get a slim 5'1" or smaller stripper to pop out of it at parties!

Re:Looks like fun, but... (1)

irving47 (73147) | about a year ago | (#42189097)

I was going to say that the thrusters/x-wing functionality were next on the list... But YOURS is next on the upgrade list!!!

Fully functional? It can Fly?! (1)

lemur3 (997863) | about a year ago | (#42186373)

So.. your fully functional R2D2 can fly, right ? Like it did in the movies ? ...that ability to fly would have come in handy in a lot of situations.. but somehow r2d2 forgot how..

R2D2 never flew (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42186619)

The little astro-droid did no such thing. He rode around in spaceships and a party barge but nothing else. I can assure you sir, for I have seen all three movies many times, that R2D2 never flew.

Re:R2D2 never flew (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42188693)

I've heard some talentless hack did a boring, nonsensical spin-off series that's very loosely based on the real ones.

Anyone want a pizza roll? [redlettermedia.com]

Re:Looks like fun, but... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42186623)

You have an R2-D2? Wow. Totally gay.

Re:Looks like fun, but... (1)

OhANameWhatName (2688401) | about a year ago | (#42187731)

My fully functional R2-D2 is sitting right behind me as I type this

How did you get the holograms to work??

Re:Looks like fun, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42187907)

Oh, didn't you know? It wasn't a hologram at all. No sir! It was a special effects trick ... pulled off by those cunning folks at Lucas Film.

Re:Looks like fun, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42186179)

Let people with a brain figure that one out for you, alright?

Re:Looks like fun, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42186189)

By the way, Iâ(TM)m dying to know if this guy is marriedâ¦

Watch the video. He says after a 30 year hiatus he found himself single again. Clearly he'd like to stay that way. Also in my experience as both a 30-something male, and a father or 2 young kids, no one is going to want to leave their kids with a bunch of strange men fascinated with kids toys. That's not fair. They're probably not perverts. But that is how the overly cautious parenting world works these days.

Re:Looks like fun, but... (2)

Nostromo21 (1947840) | about a year ago | (#42186413)

Correction: they probably are perverts, just not of the kiddie-diddling variety. Unless you're one of those that thinks watching 5 years of combined porn turns you into a paedo. Ahem.

Re:Looks like fun, but... (1)

kwerle (39371) | about a year ago | (#42186209)

...

By the way, Iâ(TM)m dying to know if this guy is marriedâ¦

It looks like it to me.

Re:Looks like fun, but... (1)

Nostromo21 (1947840) | about a year ago | (#42186371)

Perhaps there's a Tim the Toolman out there who can recreate a working pod racer, you know, the one with the electrodes Jar Jar stuck his face into, except with a couple million volts at 100+ amps this time...? <EG>

Re:Looks like fun, but... (1)

flimflammer (956759) | about a year ago | (#42186493)

You have the worst imagination of anyone I've talked to on Slashdot to date. It's not about "building nerdy toys". It's about inspiring kids to use their imagination to create and broaden their horizons on what's possible.

You're probably the same kind of guy who thinks any kind of hands on learning is pointless and we should just have our kids reading questions and answers out of a textbook 8 hours a day.

Re:Looks like fun, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42186591)

It's about inspiring kids to use their imagination to create and broaden their horizons on what's possible.

then he should create something wholly original instead of this?

Re:Looks like fun, but... (0)

Johann Lau (1040920) | about a year ago | (#42188011)

You have the worst imagination of anyone I've talked to on Slashdot to date.

You couldn't possibly know, neither from a short comment nor from a 5 page long one. But you can wish, can't you?

It's about inspiring kids to use their imagination to create and broaden their horizons on what's possible.

How does recreating something being creative and using your imagination? I guess this ties in with the above, huh. I agree that plenty of technical things can be learned here; but that also applies to stuff that is less derpy, stuff that can be learned from adults who actually have something resembling priorities, a brain or at least taste. So that's just a lame attempt at pulling a false dichotomy if anything.... it's either the Millenium Falcon or 8 hours of textbooks a day, sure... good thing you're not being a defensive or anything, haha.

You don't need to inspire kids to use their imagination; and there is no need to rush in there with some garbage adults cooked up to make money, and the excretions of those infected with it. Let this cultural stain die already, how about that?

Re:Looks like fun, but... (1)

Smauler (915644) | about a year ago | (#42188981)

How does recreating something being creative and using your imagination?

Recreating a fake spaceship which was not all there from a movie on a lower budget is not creative? What the hell else is it?

I hope you're not implying that the only creative things that people can do are literally spontaneous, and not built upon thousands of years of culture and knowledge.

Get over your non-inspired creative ethos quickly, please - it doesn't help.

Re:Looks like fun, but... (0)

Johann Lau (1040920) | about a year ago | (#42189205)

Designing and building a spaceship model, that's creative. Copying the Millenium Falcon is more creative than just watching Star Wars, sure, but less creative than, you know, creating something.

After all, we're not talking about creative in the sense that making a bread is "creative" because something gets "created" - the word imagination was slung about, too. Tellingly, you completely omitted that word from your response. I wonder why that is :P

Do you think you're being quite the musician when you copy an mp3 file in a text editor byte by byte, too? I wonder. And even IF you settle for just cloning something, why does it have to be a turd?

Get over your non-inspired creative ethos quickly, please - it doesn't help.

Help with what, exactly? The self-esteem issues of the clowns I'm mocking? What, exactly, are you expecting my help for here? Are you seriously pretending this could achieve something great and special if it only wasn't for the naysayers?

This is a job for Extreme Makeover Home Edition (1, Interesting)

hawks5999 (588198) | about a year ago | (#42186083)

Mod parent DOWN (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42186561)

The linked article is about a show shot a YEAR ago.

Strike one. It was done before Disney bought Lucas et al.

The actual story is about a bunch of members of the 501st (a fan-run group) helping to rebuild the home of a firefighter who was a huge Star Wars fan and lost his house and his collection to the wildfires.

Strike two. It was not even endorsed or sponsored by Lucas et al.

The interview actually mentions some really heartwarming interview clips from members of the 501st that paint Star Wars and its fans in an awesome light.

Strike three. It builds brand recognition by showing extreme fandom in a positive manner.

You're out. Next batter please.

Great idea, but in Tennessee?????? (2, Funny)

Doubting Sapien (2448658) | about a year ago | (#42186099)

Those padawans better learn quick how to build their own light sabers when the hillbilly fundamentalists mass at the gates with pitchforks in hand.

Re:Great idea, but in Tennessee?????? (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year ago | (#42186231)

Since it's Star Wars we're talking about, that particular sector of the Empire has designation 10-SE.

I know stereotypes are fun and all... (1)

Chibi Merrow (226057) | about a year ago | (#42186303)

There was actually a noticeable tech industry presence in the Tennessee Valley and northern Alabama last time I was in the area. Lots of incentives being offered to start a business.
Now Millville, NJ? Those are the rednecks you are looking for.

Re:Great idea, but in Tennessee?????? (1)

roninmagus (721889) | about a year ago | (#42186451)

Those padawans better learn quick how to build their own light sabers when the hillbilly fundamentalists mass at the gates with pitchforks in hand.

Yup. Having been born and raised in Nashville, I clicked on this link and immediately started scanning for the "urhyyuck, It's in Tennessee" comment. Didn't have to look too far. I suppose you call every state in the central and mountain time zones "flyover country" too.

Re:Great idea, but in Tennessee?????? (1)

cervesaebraciator (2352888) | about a year ago | (#42187553)

There's nothing so ironic as provincialism directed toward rural areas, especially when it comes from those who regard themselves as open minded and enlightened. I prefer to assume that those who make these quick and easy jokes only think they're having a little harmless fun. To this I say very well. I've taken a few cheap shots in my time too. I hope they were harmless even if in retrospect I realized they weren't very funny.

I am convinced, however, that there are others who both have such prejudices and think them just. This is a sign of ignorance. It's a sad thing.

Re:Great idea, but in Tennessee?????? (1)

Smauler (915644) | about a year ago | (#42189057)

Quit being so defensive. That's part of the problem.

I live in a rural area now - the closest shop is about 10 miles away... that's not rural for the US, but it is for England. It's our prerogative to take the piss out of the box dwelling bourgeoisie talentless city drones just as much as it is theirs to take the piss out of mud trunching dimwitted uncultured dimwits.

Neither is necessarily accurate. Provincialism is natural, and fine IMO.

Re:Great idea, but in Tennessee?????? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42187119)

Stereotype much?

MPAA and/or Disney (3, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | about a year ago | (#42186111)

will probably require that they take it down.

Re:MPAA and/or Disney (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42186353)

will probably require that they take it down.

Only after they've let them expend as much effort as possible.

Re:MPAA and/or Disney (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42187857)

Lawyers at six o'clock! Watch those DMCA takedown notices. You get the lawyers, I'll watch the DMCA. Zwwwap! zwwwwwwwap. Zhhhhh. Boom!

Re:MPAA and/or Disney (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42188143)

And some total asshat will require adding in crap that has no place in this article.
 
Thanks for proving me right. Asshole.

make a stone monument! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42186117)

They should have made it out of stone so it'd be a monument like the replica of the Parthenon they have there, but then it wouldn't fly so....

Ramp inconsistency (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42186123)

Interesting how they'll resolve this one

What will they think of next? (5, Funny)

RCC42 (1457439) | about a year ago | (#42186159)

Let me know when they build a full-scale replica of the TARDIS.

Re:What will they think of next? (1)

oodaloop (1229816) | about a year ago | (#42186203)

I'd rather see a full-size replica of the Death Star, even the partially-completed but fully operational one from Episode 6.

Re:What will they think of next? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42187089)

I'd rather witness the firepower of a full-size replica of the Death Star, even the partially-completed but fully armed and operational battle station from Episode 6.

FTFY

Re:What will they think of next? (1)

bobzieruncle (812075) | about a year ago | (#42188883)

Right. And where will you put the Death Star when you're finished playing if you don't have a TARDIS? ;-)

Scale (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42186211)

"long time ago in a galaxy far away"

It's a little-known fact that Chewbacca was 8 delfloblorgs tall, which works out to around 6.283 centimeters. This model is far too large.

Waste of time and money... even for a geek... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42186331)

...especially since you could build one of these instead. [vansaircraft.com] and actually fly it for real.

If you're not yet a pilot, then build the RV-12 light sport model [vansaircraft.com] and get your light sport pilot certificate in only 25 hours of flight training.

Wanna do something to help encourage (high school age) kids in the field of aviation technology? Start an Eagles Nest Project [azurewebsites.net] where a mentor organizes an RV-12 building project with a high school, and the kids involved actually get to build the plane from a kit, and get some free flight instruction too.

Re:Waste of time and money... even for a geek... (1)

Nostromo21 (1947840) | about a year ago | (#42186931)

I think that a full sized, blow-up replica of Leia from start of ROTJ would have attracted far more attention and sales. Just sayin...

I'd rather... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42187467)

I think that a full sized, blow-up replica of Leia from start of ROTJ would have attracted far more attention and sales. Just sayin...

I'd rather have a lifesize blow-up replica of Natalie Portman... and a bowl of hot grits. Thank you.

Re:I'd rather... (1)

Nostromo21 (1947840) | about a year ago | (#42188331)

Weeeeeell, if we're gonna compare schwartz sizes by trawling the SW spank-bank universe...I'll take Femi Taylor for 100. >;-)

Actually, it's funny how in the 1st movie (ANH) there are exactly TWO female cast members with roles more than just props, while there are 50+ males who are credited & have lines in the movie. And Empire isn't much better. Hmmm...interesting - maybe Tony Abbott is our #1 SW fan, apparently being our #1 misogynist down under lol!

nobody posted this yet? (1)

slashmydots (2189826) | about a year ago | (#42186349)

Can't believe I'm the first one to take a swing at this joke...
Maybe when they're done, they can sell it to Disney for use at Disneyland.

Re:nobody posted this yet? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42187495)

No one really gives a fuck about your lame jokes. I think the Slashtards are starting to wake up to the fact that Star Wars is for total faggots. If you like Star Wars that makes you a faggot too. Like a smoking the bone, rump roasting, eating the shit out of other men's asses faggot.

Making it out of what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42186379)

How come they're not making it out of meat-space Minecraft blocks?

They're forgot one thing (1)

viperidaenz (2515578) | about a year ago | (#42186385)

I doubt the inside of the ship can fit inside the outside of the ship.
If you went through all the film and mapped out what the inside of the ship looks like, I doubt it will fit inside what the outside looks like.

Re:They're forgot one thing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42186855)

Of course not. It's a smuggler's ship.

Can't be a replica, only a scale model... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42186397)

as we don't have technology to make hyperdrive yet (or maybe if someone from Zone 51 can leak the needed information...)

Re:Can't be a replica, only a scale model... (2)

lister king of smeg (2481612) | about a year ago | (#42186603)

as we don't have technology to make hyperdrive yet (or maybe if someone from Zone 51 can leak the needed information...)

that would be area 51. you may turn in your tinfoil at the door.

Disney lawsuit in 3... 2... 1... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42186427)

Subject says it all.

BIG DEAL !! I PLAN TO BUILD THE DEATH STAR !! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42186433)

You MAY suffer the consequences !! You MAY find a hole !! You MAY find a leprachaun and hos pot o' gold !! Then again, may be NOT !! Why not wait until I have BUILT THE FUCKING THING !!

Is it going to be fully functional? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42186699)

Is it going to be fully functional? I would like to see if it really can make the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs

Honestly maybe it's just me. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42186763)

But between the prequels and the recent announcement of sale to Disney, all Lucasarts IP is in the process of being flushed from my brains, much like everything disney has been for the past few years.

Anybody else taking this tact, over being indentured to the Senator Palpatine of the 'intellectual property' industry.

SWTOR (1)

Nostromo21 (1947840) | about a year ago | (#42186885)

Anyone know for sure if the buyout has any bearing on the Bioware mmo that's owned by EA? I'm hoping that got sold as well, because there's a slim chance/hope in hell that Disney would fuck up the game just a little tiny bit less than EA. Just a tad.

Re:SWTOR (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42187859)

Why don't you just keep yourself occupied by watching fag pr0n? You can fantasize about Hand Solo banging you up the ass.

frost p1st! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42186957)

ops oor any of 7he

He's chosen a poor interior layout (3, Informative)

CarboRobo (1932000) | about a year ago | (#42187085)

His choice of interior layout is a massive disappointment: redundant corridors, the ring corridor not staying concentric, etc. Epic fail.

There's no-one who knows more about the Falcon than Robert Brown, the only logical layout is his: http://web.archive.org/web/20010426005359/http://www.synicon.com.au/sw/mf/mfplan.htm [archive.org]
http://deckplans.00sf.com/Old_Ships/Old_Gallery.html [00sf.com]

No! bring me the hydrospanner! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42187309)

I wanna work on this... It'll probably have a lot of "special modifications"

Wood (1)

Bensam123 (1340765) | about a year ago | (#42187435)

It's just a wood mockup. They get a A for effort, but when nothing works (some of the controls are cardboard?!?) and it just looks like it's made out of what they found in the trash it loses a lot of it's luster. I did the same thing when I was like five with leftover washing machine boxes and a sharpie. This is getting a huge amount of publicity for what it is too. Some of the models don't even look like they're the right scale either (like the back of the cockpit).

I don't even like SW (1)

ikaruga (2725453) | about a year ago | (#42188689)

but if the fans decide to build a full sized Death Star in the future count me in. I would love to get old and tell my grandchildren while looking at the sky: That is no moon. It's a space station.

Priorities? Priorities? Bueller? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42189459)

We'll say "oh, cool, crowdsource a bunch of money to do something that essentially serves no one" and not think once about crowdsourcing solutions to poverty. And then when those who need assistance ask the government for it we'll call them freeloaders and continue to send our money to build worthless shit like the Millenium Falcon. Good job, people, so proud to be a human right now.

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