One of my first purchases as a Millennium Falcon collector was my scrap metal Falcon made from car parts. “It’s a piece of my world made into something of your world”, said my girlfriend, and she wasn’t wrong. Eight years later, I still rate it highly in my collection and it’s my girlfriend’s favourite piece. Jason Hurst has created this scratch build of the Millennium Falcon as she’s seen in The Empire Strikes Back and it’s made entirely from steel. At 24″ long and 18″ wide, it weighs 46lbs, so it’s quite a beast. It has a lot features built in to it, including a full paint application, a rotatable ball and socket display mechanism, landing, exhaust and engine lighting and five sound effects coming from two, 2 amp speakers built into the vents on the rear of the sculpture. Isn’t it just beautiful and inventive in it’s creation?
The build took a whopping 130 hours over five weeks. I asked Jason how much it would cost to commission one and we’re probably talking between $3, 000 to $5, 000. Then there is shipping to consider. I think you get a quite a lot for your money.
Here are the photos from his build thread over at the RPF. Here he chronicles its design and execution so you can see just how much work went into building this.
Of course, I want one, but I think I’d want something different. Perhaps keep the steel finish, or add removable landing gear or the entrance ramp so that I can display it in a landed configuration.
I’ve sent some questions asking about the build, but the RPF is down at the moment.
Check out Jason’s website, YouTube feed and Instagram. He’s is currently in the process on sculpting Boba Fett’s Slave One in studio scale, so I’m really looking forward to seeing that.