“Star Wars” fans are well known for amassing massive collections of junk to celebrate their love for the films (or at least “Episodes 4-6”).
They will buy, display and store just about anything that has the “Star Wars” logo stamped on it: T-shirts, models, toys, games, replica props, autographs from people who worked as the assistant to the assistant to the assistant of the guy who played Wedge Antilles. Hell, there’s even a line of “Star Wars” condoms. It’s a good thing that movie memorabilia is worth a lot more if you don’t take it out of the packaging.
Hopefully, one massive project can finally end this culture collection war once and for all. Chris Lee of Nashville, Tennessee bought 88 acres of land upon which he plans to build the ultimate “Star Wars” collectible: a full-scale, 1-to-1 replica of Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon, according to the BBC.
Lee’s “The Full Scale Millennium Falcon Project” (learn all about it at www.fullscalefalcon.com) aims to recreate the entire ship from its 20 meter wide strobe/C-beam lamps to its modified C.E.C. subspace-hyperdrive booster down to the smallest detail. This massive undertaking is using the work of fans and builders from all across the world to put parts of the ship together piece by piece in their homes so they can be shipped and added to the final product. So far, some of the volunteers like Greg Dietrich of Alabama have already built pieces such as two of the ship’s “quad lasers” and an accurate replica of the ship’s main cockpit. All of these pieces will have to be taken apart so they can make the trip to Tennessee where they will be reassembled and put in the final product.
Of course, this won’t be a working model unless Lee or a member of his fleet has some secret skill up their sleeve that the government doesn’t want us to know about yet. It’s meant to be more of a monument to the spirit of the movies and a way to educate local students about building and help schools with their shop classes. Say what you will about the nerdiness of such an undertaking, but this kicks the crap out of any hummingbird feeder I’ve ever made in my high school shop class.