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October 26, 2012 12:21 PM   Subscribe

Chris Lee is building a full-sized replica of the Millennium Falcon.
posted by Chrysostom (42 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
If he can get it done in less than twelve parsecs, I'll be impressed.
posted by Apropos of Something at 12:28 PM on October 26, 2012 [10 favorites]


I want that ship...
posted by Darth George Lucas at 12:28 PM on October 26, 2012 [4 favorites]


My wife would kill me if I tried something like this.

plus I have none of the requisite skills to pull it off. And I'm lazy.
posted by mazola at 12:29 PM on October 26, 2012


I'm fine with this.
posted by Sokka shot first at 12:30 PM on October 26, 2012


Of all the TMTOTHs that I find on the internet, 70% of them seem to be about Star Wars. (And 20% are about Legos.)
posted by Melismata at 12:32 PM on October 26, 2012


The guy has rented a bulldozer. He's building a road. This is serious.

But building a 1:1 scale Millennium Falcon in the woods isn't like dusting crops, boy! Without precise calculations you could fall right through the floorboards or topple sideways into a grove of maples and that'd end your project real quick, wouldn't it?
posted by CynicalKnight at 12:33 PM on October 26, 2012 [13 favorites]


"Of all the TMTOTHs that I find on the internet"

In no way is this an example of this person having To Much Time On Their Hands, clearly they don't have enough, ITS NEITHER DONE YET NOR HAVE I ATTEMPTED TO PILOT IT.
posted by Blasdelb at 12:36 PM on October 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


I can't really tell from the photos, but is he really building one or is he just sort of collecting a few parts and putting together some PVC pipe until he gets bored? Because from what I can tell he hasn't really done too much outside of Sketchup. Or did I miss something?

Of all the TMTOTHs that I find on the internet

There is no such thing as having too much time on your hands. We should all have more time to pursue completely pointless projects such as this.
posted by bondcliff at 12:43 PM on October 26, 2012 [4 favorites]


Seems like a lot of trouble to go through when you could just cheat Lando out of his.
posted by R. Schlock at 12:45 PM on October 26, 2012 [7 favorites]


Meh. Call me when someone builds a full-sized Jawa.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 12:46 PM on October 26, 2012


I can't really tell from the photos, but is he really building one or is he just sort of collecting a few parts and putting together some PVC pipe until he gets bored? Because from what I can tell he hasn't really done too much outside of Sketchup. Or did I miss something?

So you are saying you are most displeased with his apparent lack of progress? If you let him know, I am sure he will double his efforts.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 12:51 PM on October 26, 2012 [9 favorites]


I don't want to click through, because in my mind this project is being undertaken by this Chris Lee, and anyone else would just be disappointing.
posted by Faint of Butt at 12:51 PM on October 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


It's a neat but massive goal. I'd be curious to know if he tried anything smaller first (blaster? speeder bike?) if only to get a sense whether he might finish. Either way, good for him for having fun.
posted by cribcage at 12:52 PM on October 26, 2012


God I miss the img tag.
posted by R. Schlock at 12:52 PM on October 26, 2012 [4 favorites]


So you are saying you are most displeased with his apparent lack of progress? If you let him know, I am sure he will double his efforts.

He would probably find my lack of faith disturbing.
posted by bondcliff at 12:53 PM on October 26, 2012


That doesn't even touch the full scale DeathStar that is taking shape in my backyard.

I'll post pics later.
posted by mygoditsbob at 12:55 PM on October 26, 2012 [2 favorites]


He's devoting 5-7 years of life to building that thing?

He's braver than I thought.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 12:55 PM on October 26, 2012


That doesn't even touch the full scale DeathStar that is taking shape in my backyard.

I'll post pics later.


No worries, my Bothan spies are on it.

nice thermal port, btw...
posted by R. Schlock at 12:56 PM on October 26, 2012 [5 favorites]


If more people spent time on this, they'd spend less time mucking around in the world economy/reproductive rights. I'm in favour of more of this stuff.
posted by arcticseal at 12:57 PM on October 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


All I want to do is sit in the cockpit and make pretend spaceship noises while playing with the controls, but he's using fake plastic toggle switches. I am so excited but also so sad.
posted by compartment at 1:01 PM on October 26, 2012


Lee added, "Horizontal boosters. Alluvial dampers? Ow! That's not it, bring me the Hydrospanner. I don't know how we're going to get out of this one."
posted by Cash4Lead at 1:11 PM on October 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


The guy has rented a bulldozer. He's building a road. This is serious.

Road? Where he's going he won't need a road.
posted by kirkaracha at 1:13 PM on October 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


For those of us spending all our time herding nerfs in a dark cycle of poverty and compromised personal hygiene, I applaud his efforts.
posted by jimmythefish at 1:22 PM on October 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


Akin to Kramer's "levels".
posted by davebush at 1:57 PM on October 26, 2012


But the cops will know right where his stash boxes are.
posted by Burhanistan at 2:10 PM on October 26, 2012 [2 favorites]


I hope he sets it up so that occasionally he has to punch something to make the lights come on.
posted by 4ster at 2:12 PM on October 26, 2012 [4 favorites]


Semi-related: AT-ST costume.
posted by Chrysostom at 2:16 PM on October 26, 2012 [2 favorites]


As he should.
You all are the weird ones for not doing this.
posted by Senor Cardgage at 2:39 PM on October 26, 2012


Will the county assessor treat it like a building or structure and consider the value of the ship when deciding the taxable value of the real estate? If so, what is the market value of Millennium Falcon replica?
posted by Area Man at 2:52 PM on October 26, 2012


Clear cutting a section of forest to build your 1:1 scale millennium falcon is sort of the zenith of industrial Western Culture's sordid relationship to the environment. There is no hope, and I weep.
posted by jnnla at 2:58 PM on October 26, 2012


What a piece of junk!
posted by ShutterBun at 3:26 PM on October 26, 2012


Of all the TMTOTHs that I find on the internet, 70% of them seem to be about Star Wars. (And 20% are about Legos.)

Of all the TMTOTH-ers on the Internet, I never get tired of the retort "Yeah, he should just sit in front of the TV like everyone else."
posted by Fleebnork at 4:12 PM on October 26, 2012 [2 favorites]


Meh. Call me when someone builds a full-sized Jawa.

Seeing as they're around three feet tall and mostly concealed in a robe, it shouldn't be that difficult.
posted by dubold at 4:32 PM on October 26, 2012


My wife would kill me if I tried something like this.

I came in here to write the same thing.
posted by George Lucas at 5:58 PM on October 26, 2012 [4 favorites]


He should relocate his operation to that Greek island, Ikaria, so he can live long enough to finish it.
posted by orme at 7:05 PM on October 26, 2012


If he can get it done in less than twelve parsecs, I'll be impressed.

The Kessel Run is a trip through a region of space filled with wandering black holes and other hazards. To make the run in a shorter distance is to make it in a shorter time: you took the straighter path and odds be damned.

This is just one example of how an army of hard-working nerds you will never know have gone in and turned Lucasian gibberish into respectable SciFi after the fact.

Considering the combined the velocity of the earth, solar system, and milky way, and assuming (stupidly) they're all moving in the same direction, twelve parsecs is roughly thirteen thousand years, or 1/15th the age of the human race.

So if he gets his model built in under twelve parsecs, that's a pretty low bar and no one will be impressed. But if he gets it to work in less than a single parsec it will indeed be a distinguished achievement.
posted by clarknova at 8:28 PM on October 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


Call me when someone builds a full-sized Jawa

Internet, if no one has built a drivable Sandcrawler yet to take to Burning Man, I will be disappoint.
posted by hattifattener at 9:01 PM on October 26, 2012 [2 favorites]


I thought the problem with building a mockup of the Millenium Falcon was that if one compares the dimensions of the internal sets vs. the size of the exterior, you find the interior doesn't fit in the ship. And there's only one spaceship that's allowed to be larger on the inside than the outside.
posted by happyroach at 10:56 PM on October 26, 2012


Not to be pedantic* but technically that's a timeship.

okay, yeah to be pedantic.
posted by clarknova at 11:33 PM on October 26, 2012


This is just one example of how an army of hard-working nerds you will never know have gone in and turned Lucasian gibberish into respectable SciFi after the fact.

Except for the glaring parsec mishap, I always liked how Star Wars never really cared about getting all the science-y stuff exact and realistic (and relevant). But I think it was the initial RPG books that made the attempt to turn Star Wars into Star Trek, and it kind of ruins that aspect of it, even if it can be fun in its own way. And having every single ultra-minor character have their own elaborate backstory gets kind of ridiculous. Except Porkins, he deserves it.

But, while I may not have the money to get a ticket on the first commercial space flights... I think visiting a life-size Falcon would be almost as awesome.

If his progress is as fast as he's boasting, we ought to do well.
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 1:02 AM on October 27, 2012


I'm building a full-sized replica of a orgasm-seeking spaceship.

It's not so much that I'm a fanboy, but rather that I was taught that my prince would come, and he would be a lawyer, and I would have his children, and on the weekends we would barbecue, and all the other princes and their princesses would come, and they would say "Delicious, delicious."

Oh, how boring.


Who wants to teach me? C'mon—teach me!
posted by sonascope at 5:25 AM on October 27, 2012


But I think it was the initial RPG books that made the attempt to turn Star Wars into Star Trek

Considering the state of scientific accuracy in Star Trek, this isn't really a big step.
posted by odinsdream at 9:09 AM on October 27, 2012


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