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36" Millennium Falcon Wall Art

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Project by LiveEdge posted 07-09-2018 10:34 PM 2436 views 9 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project has been over a year in the doing. Ever since building my AT-AT model (see projects) I had the dream of doing a large Millennium Falcon. While inspiration came from Martin Creaney’s enormous model, I used nothing but pictures from the internet to put together my own version. It measures 36” by 24” which is really quite large for a model, but it needed to be that big if I was going to be able to do any of the detail work (the smaller the model, the smaller the greeblies). I wasn’t even sure where I was going to display it but figured the enjoyment was in the journey rather than the end result.

The materials are mainly figured maple, aspen, bloodwood, and wenge overlaid on top of a carcass of 3mm plywood. Each piece is hand cut using table saw, miter saw, and scroll saw. I lost count of the pieces but the estimate is about 750. The bottom is actually done in armor plating as well, but I didn’t finish with details once I realized it was going to be mounted. The greeblies (the movie biz term for the little details that make a ship look “real”) are copper wire and pieces I could work with from Hobby Lobby or make my own. I don’t own a lathe, so the round parts (ie. The dish and cockpit and exhaust ports) were done with a poor man’s lathe (blocks mounted with screw on a power drill).

I deliberated over which version I would do. I ultimately went with A New Hope and the old school radar dish. At first I obsessed about getting details exactly right (the armor plating is as close to the original version as possible), but eventually I started to make it my own in selection of where to put wiring.

In the end this probably represents about 150 hours of labor. I finished it with linseed oil and then a few coats of polyurethane. The back section is removable in case one day I want to install LED lights for the engine. I don’t like the idea of a cord so right now I don’t see that happening.

The idea for mounting it as wall art came from a friend who has his own lego version mounted on his wall. I figured it an excellent idea and so used three eye bolts on the bottom to mount to hooks on the wall in my office. The total weight is about 10-12 pounds.

Thanks for looking!





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pintodeluxe

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#1 posted 07-09-2018 10:36 PM

Incredible detail.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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htl

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#2 posted 07-09-2018 11:52 PM

WOW Super nice project.
Got to love all the details!!! 😲

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Joe

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#3 posted 07-10-2018 12:39 AM

What a beautiful job, not a model, a real work of art, fantastic. The attention to detail is superb. I hope George Lucus gets to see the wonderful job you did recreating the Millennium Falcon in wood. A wonderful project to share, you should be very proud. Such creative and talented people we have in our Lumberjocks forum. Thanks for inspiring

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#4 posted 07-10-2018 01:37 AM

WOW, awesome work. Too a long time but well worth it.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 07-10-2018 09:16 AM

So, so impressive. What a fantastic achievement. Well done.

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#6 posted 07-10-2018 10:42 AM

Amazing work of art!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#7 posted 07-10-2018 10:50 AM

Absolutely outstanding!! Clearly the Force was with you.

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#8 posted 07-10-2018 12:18 PM

Pure awesomeness!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#9 posted 07-10-2018 12:22 PM

The force is strong with this one. My soon to be 6 year old would absolutely lose his mind over this. Unbelievable job!

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#10 posted 07-10-2018 01:11 PM

Astonishing.
Very well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#11 posted 07-10-2018 01:26 PM

This is a very nice piece. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#12 posted 07-10-2018 01:51 PM

That’s…insane…150 hours? I would have guessed double that. Incredible.

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#13 posted 07-10-2018 07:21 PM

You must be a very patient man to build something like this. It is simply amazing.

If you wanted lights, you could always go with LED’s with a battery or two.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#14 posted 07-11-2018 06:03 AM

WOW! That’s realy impressive!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 07-11-2018 12:01 PM

VERY NICE!!! keep up the great work.

-- frankie v

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