Commercial designer and Star Wars super-fan Chris Lee and some of his friends in and around Nashville, Tennessee have a wonderful, crazy idea. They’re going to build a full scale replica of the Millennium Falcon, completely accurate inside and out. It’s an ambitious project, but project founder Chris Lee thinks it’s totally worth it.
Lee owns 88 acres of land so he has plenty of room for it. His team of builders and designers have been working with him on the project since February of 2007. They’ve already made some substantial progress building pieces, like the cockpit interior and other familiar interior settings, but it’s going to need a hull, and some substantial infrastructure if it’s going to stand up to the weather. Lee is no stranger to technology, either – he has a couple of businesses in Nashville, one that provides dynamic digital signage for public areas and shopping malls, and a design agency as well.
Here’s how project founder Lee described the project:
“This is a quest to build the ultimate Star Wars prop: a 1:1 scale ESB/ANH hybrid Millennium Falcon with complete, correctly scaled interior. Yes, I have completely lost my mind, just like most of my friends and family say. Except for my close Star Wars fan friends, who say ‘cool, can I help?’.”
Instead of just banging rocks together, Lee and his team have a plan for success. They’ve already started grading the land the ship will sit on, and they’re very aware that the ship will be spotted and eventually mapped by Google Earth. We can’t imagine they’d build all this and not want to show it off when it’s done.
Head over to their official website at FullScaleFalcon.com to follow the process and check out some pics of the project. So far there are a lot of pieces of the interior in their gallery, but no pics of the hull or framework itself. According to some of the more recent progress postings, they’ve built a workshop from old metal shipping containers near the site, and they’re getting ready to pour the concrete support blocks for the foundations. The location is really way out in the boonies, too – the only access to the construction site is via an old logging road which has now been graded, but needs gravel and compacting before it can be used for very much.
We wish Mr. Lee and his friends luck. But we think the Force may indeed be with them.
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- Blueprints from Studioscale.com
- Chris Lee’s site
- Chris Reiff
- Chris Trevas Illustrations
- Docking Bay 94
- Mffanrodder’s Blog
- Millennium Falcon Builders Club (Yahoo Group)
- R2-G4 (Chris Lee’s droid)
- SARLACC – Star Wars Fans vs. Cancer
- Ship of Riddles web archive site
- Star Wars Databank entry for Millennium Falcon
- Star Wars: The Blueprints
- Wookieepedia entry for Millennium Falcon