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Star Wars Fans Plan Full-Size Millennium Falcon Replica 129

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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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Star Wars Fans Plan Full-Size Millennium Falcon Replica

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  • by Press2ToContinue (2424598) * on Tuesday December 04, 2012 @07:16PM (#42186043)

    don't remember seeing PVC pipe on the millenium falcon

  • 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¦

    • by irving47 (73147) on Tuesday December 04, 2012 @07:21PM (#42186091) Homepage

      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.)

      • by aepurniet (995777)
        fully functional? have you built a C3PO to translate those beeps?
      • 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..

        • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 04, 2012 @08:23PM (#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.

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

        How did you get the holograms to work??

    • by kwerle (39371)

      ...

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

      It looks like it to me.

    • 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>

    • 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.

      • 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 l

        • by Smauler (915644)

          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.

          • 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

            • I actually would have preferred detailed answers instead of butthurt moderation which confirms my point - but oh well ^^

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

          I'm pretty confident in my original assessment.

    • Look guys, I found another one [io9.com]. I'm pretty sure the 501st aren't even connected to Disney.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      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 i

  • Those padawans better learn quick how to build their own light sabers when the hillbilly fundamentalists mass at the gates with pitchforks in hand.
    • Since it's Star Wars we're talking about, that particular sector of the Empire has designation 10-SE.
    • 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.

    • 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.

      • 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 t

        • by Smauler (915644)

          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.

          • by tehcyder (746570)

            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.

            For England that is like being in the middle of nowhere. I've lived in various rural areas and never been more than a ten or fifteen minute walk from some sort of shop.

          • Quit being so defensive.

            N.b.: I was responding to someone who was irritated, agreeing with him that his irritation was directed at a real phenomenon, and at one point expressing the likelihood that it was a cheap joke. Indeed, I would only have replied to someone about something like this. Perhaps that's a little defensive, but I hope not too much.

            That's part of the problem.

            You might be right, but I do not think it the better part. I'd suggest that the better part of the problem is that those in a position

        • by tloh (451585)

          I don't think any offence toward rural folks are intended. I, myself, have great love for the hobbits of middle earth. But seriously, how *would* fanatics of mesopotamian bronze age fairytales regard a bunch of space age idolaters? I mean, this is not about prejudice towards one's perceived inferiors, this is about a clash of cultural beliefs and lifestyles.

          • Since we're being serious, I must ask: How do you reconcile the notion that prejudice toward one's perceived inferiors is not at work with dismissing an entire group of people as "fanatics of mesopotamian bronze age fairytales"?
            • by tloh (451585)

              You have to read between the lines a little. It is no more dismissive than calling the other group "a bunch of space age idolaters". Incidentally, I happen to identify with that later group a whole lot as we share the stigma of being dismissively labeled by mainstream society as a "geek" or "nerd". But both groups have in common that outsiders often feels they are out of touch with reality. Where as one looks to the past, though, the other tends to look toward the future. I feel *that* to be central to

              • Despite my cheeky comment which set off this little flame war, I happen to identify more with rural folks myself. Before my family came to the US, my father was a vet serving a multitude of local farms. I grew up surrounded by Holstein dairy cows, pig pens, and rice patties. I'm sorry such a throwaway comment was perceived as a slight against people of rural extraction. I have read the other comments of GP and mostly sympathize with his views. I, myself, have nothing against accents as all other member
                • Despite my cheeky comment which set off this little flame war [...] I'm sorry such a throwaway comment was perceived as a slight against people of rural extraction.

                  It is good that you weren't trying to start a flamewar, since it would have been a poor one. Most of the commenters have been civil. You'll notice above, when I'd initially responded to roninmagus, I recognized the possibility that it was intended as a harmless joke. Even so, I thought I would sympathize with roninmagus' complaint, since genuine

    • by rsagris (831741)
      Yeah, what were those idiots from the Manhattan Project thinking? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oak_Ridge,_Tennessee [wikipedia.org]
  • by ackthpt (218170) on Tuesday December 04, 2012 @07:22PM (#42186111) Homepage Journal

    will probably require that they take it down.

  • by RCC42 (1457439) on Tuesday December 04, 2012 @07:27PM (#42186159)

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

    • by oodaloop (1229816)
      I'd rather see a full-size replica of the Death Star, even the partially-completed but fully operational one from Episode 6.
      • Not full size, but you can make a replica yourself out of a magnetic globe. [instructables.com]
      • by Anonymous Coward

        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

      • Right. And where will you put the Death Star when you're finished playing if you don't have a TARDIS? ;-)
    • Let me know when they build a full-scale replica of the TARDIS.

      Which side?

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

        Which side?

        The inside, obviously.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Making those lasers work is probably a project for a high school physics class at this point.
  • 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.

  • by CarboRobo (1932000) on Tuesday December 04, 2012 @09:17PM (#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]

  • 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).
  • That guy even has his own Carrie Fisher. Nice. (the young carrie fisher, not the modern one)
  • ... they can take their dates on board. hahahahahaha!

  • The virginity in this one is strong.
  • 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.
  • How will he make gravity rotate 90 degrees when going from the access tube to the gunner pods?

  • From TFS: "The ship, 31 feet tall, 114 feet long, and 81.5 feet wide at its widest point"

    114 * 81.5 = 9291 square feet, or 1032 square yards. An acre is 4900 square yards. This will be less than a quarter of an acre in area. What are the other 87 3/4 acres for? All the shops selling models of the Millenium Falcon?

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