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Project Overview

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 those close Star Wars fan friends, who say “cool, can I help?”.

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The Build Team

Chris Lee – Founder and Project Leader
Leah D’Andrea – Public Relations, Set Detailing, Upholstery
Stinson Lenz – 3D Modeling, Interior/Exterior Set Consolidation
Greg Dietrich – Cockpit Console, Interior, and Quad Gun Construction
Daniel Valdez – Audio/Visual, Cockpit Electronics
Jake Polatty – Audio/Visual, Cockpit Electronics
Brian Thompson – Main Hold Nav Computer Construction
Roger Lee – General Contracting
Glenn Baumann – Volvo Panels
Gordon Tarpley – C-3PO Pistons

If you wish to contribute and join the team, contact us to start a conversation.

Have a question? We may have the answer.

 

Final Outer Dimensions

Using the DK Ultimate Collection blueprints as our guide, we have calculated the final outer dimensions of the structure. The DK blueprints use the same overall length as the Robert Brown estimate. From there, we arrive at:

  • Length: 114 feet
  • Beam (docking ring to docking ring): 81.5 feet
  • Height to top of body (not counting quad-laser turret): 24.9 feet
  • Height to top of dish: 30.9 feet
  • Clearance: ground to landing gear bay level: 7.8 feet
  • Clearance: ground to outside bottom of cockpit tube: 13 feet

Time Frame

The project will likely take many years, but after all, isn’t the journey the real reward? Work is already underway on the workshop/storage facility which is expected to be useable by mid-2013. Shortly after that, work will begin on the concrete foundation footers and piers for the Falcon.

Scaling

We’ve done quite a bit of research on the full-size sets, both interior and exterior, and there is little coordination between the two. For instance, the interior set of the cockpit is way larger than the dimensions of the separate exterior set part of the cockpit. For those interested, I was able to resurrect Robert Brown’s “Ship of Riddles” site using the web archive wayback machine. That’s where I first encountered the problem that existed between interior and exterior scales. This has been an tremendously helpful source of information for full-scale building endeavours.

Here is an example of the disparities between the interior sets, exterior sets, and some kits as calculated by Robert Brown:

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Data:           Saucer-Diam:    Length:         Height:     +%:
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Elstree Set     19m/62'         24.3m/80'       4.9m/16'    datum
WEG Source      20.5m/67'       26.7m/87.6'     5.2m/17'    + 7  %
LASE            24m/78.8'       30m/102'        6.27m/20.4' +27.5%
My 1st Calc     24.5m/80'       32m/104'        6.3m/20.6'  +29  %
1982 Plans      26.2m/87.4'     36.9m/122.9'    8.85m/29.5' +52  %
XWvsTIE                         37m/120.25'                 +53 %
1:100 Model-Kit 35m/116'        46.5m/152'      8.97m/29.4' +84  %
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Final Calc      27m/89'         34.8m/114'      6.9m/22.4'  +40  %
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Our numbers have also been adjusted based on measurements taken in August 2008 from the Master Replicas Falcon.
Our thanks go out to Chris Trevas and Chris Reiff for all of their hard work in getting the DK blueprints compiled and published. We hope they will come and visit the Full Scale Falcon some day.

Site selection

I own a secluded 88 acre tract of wooded land where we’ll be building. We have selected a site on the property that is low enough so that the top of the Falcon can be seen easily from several vantage points. A flat area roughly 400′ x 400′ is being cleared. And yes, I am aware that it will eventually show up on Google Earth and Google Maps. I’m counting on that.

Site preparation

There is an existing logging road to the site which has been graded and needs to be graveled and compacted. I’ll be bringing power and water to the site as well. The workshop building will also need power and water and septic. Land clearing is underway.

Workshop

The first phase of this project includes a nearby, on-site workshop/storage facility. We also have two 40′ ocean-going shipping containers for on-site storage.