Full Scale Falcon…

Because…. Why Not?… After the Break…

Full Scale Falcon…

Everyone wants to visit the future that they will never be able to see. Let’s face it: The typical human only lives to be around 80 years old. Some live older, some don’t. Average it all out and 80 is as good a number as any. Some would say 75. Others might say 70. Still others would state 85 or even 90. Let’s just quote “80” and move onward.

Even if you do reach 80 years old, odds are, you won’t be in much shape to appreciate the future by the time that you get there. After all, no one is playing professional sports at the age of 80. No one is surf-sailing at 80 or cliff diving. At 80, odds are, you’re lucky to get out of bed and not break a hip. If you don’t have blood pressure issues, bone density issues, heart issues, sight issues, hearing difficulties… If all you are at 80 is 50 but with a lot more wrinkles and a lot less hair, consider yourself lucky because most people really are 80 at 80.

Even if you do reach 80 years old and are vital enough to fully appreciate the present… It really isn’t all that futuristic. Yes, technology advances and medical procedures advance but not as much as science-fiction can. We’ve had robot maids and flying cars since at least the 1950s if not sooner. Some stepping forward in time from the 1950s into today’s world (the 2010s) would be impressed and it would be futuristic but it would also be fairly recognizable. Our present to those traveling here from the 1950s would be the future, yes, but it wouldn’t be significantly futuristic… It wouldn’t be science fiction.

When we want to visit the future, we want to visit something to the effect of two to three hundred years into the future. We want the future. We don’t want to recognize just some of the cars on the road… We don’t to recognize any of the cars on the road. In fact, we want to visit a future where there’s the likelihood that cars don’t even exist anymore, much like horse and buggies don’t realistically exist on today’s roads.

And there in lies the problem because we never will be able to visit that future, the future that really is the future. And the only way to visit that future is to pretend… To build a pretend future and visit that future instead.

Remember the theme park “EPCOT Center”? Yes, it still exists today (as “Epcot”) but, trust me, it’s seen it’s better days as a theme park. If you didn’t get a chance to visit the place before 1989… Well, better luck next time. On the bright side, though, they have an exhibit where you can try free samples of Coca-Cola products that are sold throughout the world! So there’s that.

Before Disney went about destroying EPCOT Center because, you know… Education is so boring unless there’s a rollercoaster attached to it, EPCOT Center used to be about the future. It had an entire section of the theme park devoted to the future and it was called “Future World.” And, golly, did it deliver on that promise. Go ahead, look at the photos of it in it’s 1980s glory days and snicker to your heart’s content but, back then, that was futuristic. Those visuals and that color scheme and those buildings were as close to walking through a futuristic city as you, the average present-day person, were ever going to get. Ever. EPCOT Center had touch screens (which were a huge deal back then, bleeding-edge technology) and digital computers and blinking lights and audio-animatronics and lasers and green screens that you could use… It was the future. It was the future that you knew that you were never going to be able to visit and yet you were there. Right now.

We are so obsessed with the future that we will go to any lengths to visit it before it’s time. There have been people who have jumped off of the ride of the now-defunct “Horizons” pavilion at EPCOT Center just to walk amongst the audio-animatronic sets to get a closer look at those futuristic scenes. There have been actors who have insisted upon sleeping on the set of a futuristic house just so that they could claim that they woke up into a futuristic setting and countless actors taking home props from science-fiction movies partially so that they could have a little bit of the future never to be with them. There is an entire sub-culture out there who worships the futuristic firearm that was used in the movie “Blade Runner,” a film that was set in 2019.

And now there is another group of people who are all too eager to re-build the future here in the present because no one likes to wait.

The Full Scale Millennium Falcon Project is an amateur project set to build a full-scale (1:1) replica of the Millennium Falcon, the iconic spaceship from the “Star Wars” franchise. To be fair, sections of a full-scale ship have been made before for the movies but never the entire thing; They would build part of the exterior or they would build only the interior sets that were needed for that particular movie. It would be ridiculously expensive to build an entire ship, both the interior and exterior because it would be highly impractical. It would be difficult to move and difficult to film in. Instead, the actors just used the parts that they needed and merely pretended to walk off of the ship or walk into it. When they sat down inside of the ship, it was just another movie set like any other. Move the camera a little to the left or right or up and down and you would see the extent of the movie set.

There are many practical challenges to building a full-scale replica of the ship because the dimensions of that ship were never really finalized. Let’s face it; Is it the length as shown in Star Wars Episode IV? Is it the length of the scale model (scaled upwards, of course) in Episode V? The length of the larger model?

Obviously, this ship will not fly. It won’t make the jump to lightspeed in however many parsecs that Han Solo claimed.

It will be cool, though. Very, very cool. Completely useless on a practical scale; It won’t cure cancer or solve world hunger. But it will be very, very cool nonetheless.

We want the future. We want the future now. Sooner than when it will finally arrive to us (if we are even alive to witness it).

The only way to visit that wonderful future, though, is to buy it and live it. Visit the doctor on a regular basis and heed that doctor’s advice. Switch to renewable energy. Eat more of a plant-based diet. Eat less, exercise more. Switch to LED lighting. Buy an electric car and/or use public transportation more and/or ride your bicycle more often. Vote for people who want to spend money on modernizing infrastructure projects such as mass transportation. Make smart decisions on your use of modern technology.

Building a full scale Millennium Falcon sounds fun. There’s nothing wrong with it. EPCOT Center inspired millions to be more involved in the future. A full scale Millennium Falcon might very well do the same on an admittedly smaller scale.

Yet the only way to visit the future is to invest in it now. Otherwise, all that we’re doing are building fancy movie sets that mean nothing. We may not live to see flying cars and robot maids but we can’t merely wait for them to appear out of thin air. We have design them, build them and then buy them and use them. We may not live to see the future that we want but we do have the opportunity to build it.

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