Millennium Falcon: Completed

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This article documents the second half of the build of 75192 Millennium Falcon, continuing where the first part left off.

I mentioned at the end of it that by that stage of the build the model had become so heavy and fragile that I decided not to cart it up and down the stairs to photograph it after every bag. of parts was added.

So, what follows are pictures of subassemblies and, where appropriate, photos showing where they fit on the model, taken once it had been completed.

If nothing else, it illustrates just how modular the build is.


Bags #10

The underside of the craft was almost completed in part one, except for the bottoms of the side corridors and the central gun turret.

The one fitted to the left of the craft, at the front of the picture, has a Technic mechanism to raise and lower the entry/exit ramp.

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The turret is a complex build with studs in virtually every direction form the circular shape and circular portal for the window. The gun can be moved in a number of directions but not a whole 360 degrees.

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Studless Technic beams at the back provide a means to pin it to the main chassis.

Build time: 60 minutes.


Bags #11

Now we turn our attention to the top of the craft again, first with the tops of the side corridors. As I mentioned in the first part of the review, left- and right- hand sections can superficially look the same but as you can see here the colours and greebling are quite different which removes the potential for tedium during assembly.

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Build time: 45 minutes.


Bags #12

The next couple of bags build the rear top of the ship's fuselage, in five parts.

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The right-hand one is in two parts, loosely connected by pins to allow the smaller part to be removed easily to access the interior underneath.

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Bags #13

Two more parts for the rear of the fuselage. Again, the right-hand one has a removeable section.

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This photo of the completed model shows the sub-assembles just built in place.

The thin central section is connected using Technic pins and is not (easily) removable. The outer ones closest to the corridors built in bags 12 are not secured on at all. Instead, the yellow Technic axles on the underside simply slot into a corresponding hole on the chassis.

Finally, the larger sections are connected by hinges or ball joints to the central section.

Once they are all in place they don't move about.

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Build time: 35 minutes


Bags #14

This part fits at the front of the craft.

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It's not attached to the rest of the model, it simply sits in place allowing easy removal

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Build time: 35 minutes.


Bags #15

Two end caps for the side corridors, port docking rings, I think they are, and a section of bodywork for the front right-hand:

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Build time 45 minutes.


Bags #16

The cockpit and corridor were probably one of the most complicated parts of the model to design, given it's round and set at an angle to the rest of the bodywork. It's certainly one of the more complicated parts to build.

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We'll take a closer look inside the cockpit when looking at the completed model.

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The corridor makes use of 1x3 and 2x3 curved slopes mounted at strange angles with the help of Technic pins to form the circular shape.

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The cockpit is fixed to the frame with Technic pins but the corridor simply rests on the angled arm topped with white plates shown in the picture above.

The corner isn't great but obviously the best that could be done with available parts.

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Build time:45 minutes


Bags #17

Finally, after nearly 14 hours, we reach the final bag! But, there's still complex building to be done in the form of another gun turret which is similar, but not identical, to the one at the bottom.

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Two rectenna dishes are provided: a circular one as seen in the original trilogy, and a rectangular one should you with to represent the craft's appearance in The Force Awakens. The two parts in front of it clipped onto the top of the mandibles and are also to be fitted should you wish to model its TFA appearance.

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These two slithers of bodywork are fitted either side of the corridor and you can see them in the picture above.

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The upper gun turret looks similar to the one at the bottom. It's not attached to the frame so can be removed easily to access the gunner's seat.

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At the very end you come to the most difficult and challenging part of the whole build: putting the sticker on the tile straight and without any air bubbles or fluff under it! Surprisingly, I think I did a pretty good job.

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Build time 45 minutes.


Verdict on the build

So, after a little under 15 hours, spread out over the course of a week, the model is complete!

Overall it's been very enjoyable. Apart from when building the landing gear, it was never boring or repetitive, or particularly taxing. This is mainly because you're never building a huge model. You're assembling many subassemblies that clip together to make a huge model, and that's a very different experience.

The variety of building techniques employed from one bag to the next also helps to keep it interesting: One minute you're building Technic frames, the next you're placing 1x1 greebly bits on plates.

I would say that I built it quickly, mainly so I could finish this review, so it's likely that you'll take longer than 15 hours, and indeed you may want to, just to savour every minute. It's certainly not a model you'll want to finish in one sitting!


My verdict on the completed model

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When Ralph McQuarrie designed the craft in 1976-ish he certainly did not do so with building it with LEGO in mind. But despite its circular, angular and everything-but square appearance, designer Hans has used every technique available to him using today's LEGO parts palette to replicate it admirably.

The only part that doesn't look quite right, in my view, is the corner of the corridor. But I accept there is no better solution.

I don't have 10179 Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon to compare the two side-by-side but it's clear to see that this one has taken the best of that model and improved on it in every way.

I think it's fair to say that this is probably as good a LEGO Millennium Falcon as it's possible to make at this scale. I don't think we'll see a bigger one, unless a bottle of Kragle is provided with it...

We'll post more photos of the completed model, along with our resident Star Wars expert CapnRex101's view of it in the next couple of days. Tomorrow we'll turn our attention to the minifigs.

Now to find somewhere to put it...


Thanks to LEGO for providing the set to review. The review is an expression of my own opinions.

 

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50 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Thanks for sharing your build process in detail. It's been highly entertaining to read.

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By in Finland,

I was just looking at the last picture and saying in my mind: "Watch carefully - you're looking at the biggest Lego set of all time".

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By in United States,

Wow! Over 15 hours in a week span!
Wonderful job and the completed model looks marvelous!

Try to hang it on the ceiling!!! ;)

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm considering emptying all of my bags and sorting all 7500 pieces before I start. I'm kind of torn about whether or not I like numbered bags. On the one hand, I like knowing at the end of each stage if I've missed a piece or used a wrong colour. However, I really want to relish thus build and experience this as a 7500 piece set and not a dozen 500 piece sets. Is anyone else having the same dilemma?

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By in United States,

I second what Copterman said!

Is it just me or are there a lot of techniques here TLG doesn't usually use? Mainly the "floating" sections not attached to anything.

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By in United States,

I was perfectly comfortable not buying this. I told myself, "You don't need this. You don't even have a place to put it. Where would you get the money?" Oh well, I just HAD to go and read the last three reviews of this model. Great, where am I going to find $800? Oh and a question: how long is this going to be available, exactly?

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By in Canada,

Did Ralph McQuarrie design the Falcon? I remember watching an interview with Dennis Muren where he talked about hot the original design for it was what we now know as the Tantive IV. It was too similar to a space ship in another popular movie so they redesigned it to be as different from the Tantive IV as possible.

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By in Philippines,

Hi, Huw! I was wondering if the build looks sturdy enough to last a long time, say, enclosed in it's own display table as others have done with the older version?

I'm a bit apprehensive about spending so much on something that might fall apart as time goes by even if it's not swooshed around. Some of the newer bricks don't have the same clutch power of older, similar pieces, as I have often noticed.

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By in Canada,

I am quite surprised that on the corridor corner that they didn't figure a way to reverse the curved sloped on one end so that they meshed together to minimize the gaps. However, not having the set yet and only referring to photo to do this they would also have to be angled somewhat (Turnplate??).

@Brainslugged; nice to know I'm not the only one who when I get a set like this I enjoy emptying all the bags and sorting all the pieces before building (for complete inventory purposes). However in this case that alone looks like its going to a days work to do.

@Teriyaqi this is built in the similar manner as 101179 where sections just rest in place an aren't really attached to the model. In 10179 case axles found in each section slotted into technic beams that form the frame.

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By in United States,

Are those "unattached" sections literally unattached or do they have some kind of lock reminiscent of the Malevolence?

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By in United Kingdom,

I don't think anything's going to droop or fall off over time. It's all very sturdy and secure even if half the subsections are not attached to anything much.

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By in United States,

@Brainslugged That sounds like a fairly good idea. However, as a good compromise, I would suggest sorting out a collection of the same number of bags separate from the rest. Basically, sort everything as you said, but sort each number of bag separately, so at the end of each number of bag, you move onto the next selection of sorted parts from the next bag.

I didn't do an admirable job explaining my idea; does that make sense?

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By in Norway,

ok. I'm going to buy this when it becomes available again!

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By in United States,

WOW.

That's all I have to say.

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By in United Kingdom,

It's amazing

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By in Belgium,

@huw: pls send your free review copy to me and after i have built it I will send it to a next brickset user and so on...
Think a lot of people are willing to pay shipping costs for the building experience..
Thx in advance!

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By in United States,

You did that way faster than brick vault, who are still building it.

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By in United States,

So, you're not bothered by the lack of interior space or dearth of minifigures? Seriously asking.

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By in United Kingdom,

Cockpit canopy looks to be the same as 75105?

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By in Sweden,

Great review, thanks for your gargatuan effort!

I have to say the corridor and cockpit looks way better on 10179. It sort of ruins it for me. The round shape and specialized canopy pieces (which I didn't like on 75105 either) says Hasbro or Playmobil to me, while 10179 gives that studded all-Lego look that goes perfectly with the rest of the ship. And that brutal corridor gap is certainly awful.

It's still a very interesting set but given the incredible hype, not to mention price level, I'm underwhelmed.

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By in United States,

@quark12000 This isn't really a set you buy to get minifigs. With most UCS sets they are really just a bonus (e.g. Boba Fett or TIE pilot with arm printing).

@mickywrx The canopy is actually two studs wider than the one found on 75105. It's the same mold that I believe debuted with the Ninjago Movie Ice Tank.

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By in United States,

I didn't have any idea about the extra bits you clip on to the front for the Episode VII Falcon, interesting... wonder what that looks like.

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By in United States,

Imagine if they had loaded this $800 set with a bunch of exclusive cool minifigures. That would piss off collectors so much. As it is I think they did a good job giving the minifigures something special but non critical to collectors.

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By in Czech Republic,

would be nice to compare this latest model to other larger or same scale MOC designs (if there is any).. something like a photo gallery :)

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By in United States,

"It's certainly not a model you'll want to finish in one sitting!" I disagree! I kinda want this set so I can build the world's largest LEGO set ever and when I'll build it I'll dump out every single brick all at once and not even sort it. I'll then start building the model in one sitting, spanning an entire week without food or sleep. Now that's what I call fun!

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By in Norway,

@grimlock_king. I did that with 10188 when I was 9! My greatest childhood memory!

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By in United States,

@Huw, what happened to your mentioned additional info regarding the cockpit?
"We'll take a closer look inside the cockpit when looking at the completed model."

Those red stickers on the upper gun turret look crappy if not aligned right next to the edge of the arch piece - superfluous and I'll be leaving them off along with most if the other stickers.

Another area that could be improved upon is additional detailing on the bottom. Looking at stills of the Tie / MF chase from The Force Awakens reveals the bottom of the ship has more structural components and details than is represented in this LEGO version. Maybe an inverted building technique could be employed to secure additional bottom panels upside-down allowing for easier attachment of greebling.

I'm also not so sure about those docking ports. I think the tapering and gap spacing between the outsides of the rings and the main infrastructure looked better on 10179.

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By in United Kingdom,

I've thoroughly enjoyed your review(s) of this set Huw. It just makes me want it even more!!! I tried my hardest to secure one at 7:30am on the 14th but wasn't successful, I came very close by reaching the final stage of the check out process but then failed.
Does anybody have any idea at all when it might be available again either online or in Lego stores? Is there likely to be any available on Oct 1st when it "officially" releases?
I have always said I'd never give in and pay over the odds on eBay but it is severely tempting especially if this is going to go the way of the Saturn V (which I luckily managed to get from John Lewis) and not be available for months on end with still no sign of it being available again.

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By in Canada,

Amazing model! That corridor corner is unsightly though. A bit disappointing. That part is actually done better on 10179. For the rest, amazing level of detail, well fitted shell, awesome greebling. Still, probably the cheapest way to pick up all the parts to build an MF my way :-)

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By in United States,

@nate-dog7

Many guys had a hand in the Millennium Falcon design. Lucas of course (initial thumb/doodles/notes), model maker Colin Cantwell (a mix of his work of the Blockade Runner/Pirate Ship), the MIGHTY McQuarrie (his final concept paintings of the Falcon), but I believe Joe Johnston is THE Millennium Falcon, we know and love, designer .
Here's a good rundown of the history of concept to final blueprint art for the Falcon...
https://kitbashed.com/blog/a-complete-history-of-the-millennium-falcon

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By in Canada,

Thanks, legoDad42. Great article. Also, I'm very happy the 'Finned Sausage' version of the Tie Fighter didn't make it into the movie!

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By in United States,

@nate-dog7

Yeah, that article is a lot of fun to read through with all those concept art sketches.
Ha, yes on the Finned Sausage! But think, the 'finned sausage' vs. the 'flying hamburger' would've made one glorious b-movie space classic! ;)

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By in United States,

myscrnnm: Well, the Death Star has 27 minifigs and it only costs 500 bucks. This one costs more and has way less.

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By in United States,

Quark, it has 3,500 more pieces than the the Death Star. However there relly should be the major players from EVERY Star Wars movie, not just episodes 4,7,8.

10179 canopy was really bad though, so I'm ok with the special new pieces. Not like LEGO has never done that in the past.

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By in Australia,

What a piece of junk.

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By in Belgium,

But but but... can you hand-hold and fly it around while making swoosh swoosh and other related sounds?

I mean, half the fun of the lego space ships is making them with my kids, the other half is flying them and "attacking" each other!

;)

(In all seriousness, I really like this model, but it's just way too expensive for me (IN MY HUMBLE OPINION)).

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By in France,

Thanks for this nice review! Mine was shipped on Friday so I should get it this week, can't wait :-)

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By in Canada,

Sweet review for an amazing ship. Still cant justify the cost. I mean i can purchase Ninjango City, Disney Castle (licensed) and Arkham Asylum (licensed) for less than this in Canadian funds and get loads more figures and not to mention 2,500 more parts...

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By in United Kingdom,

@Huw - Bags #14 I think the section is held in place (it attaches to the black technic square, at least mine is, maybe I followed the instructions wrong).

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By in United Kingdom,

@Brainslugged - Good to meet you in the queue at the Metro Centre....... As to your dilemma I didn't open all the bags and kept to the numbers. If you do open all of them do me a favour and count the 1 x 16 Technic Bricks, instructions says 80 I'd be interested if you got a few spares (as I opened the bags one at a time except for the two unnumbered ones with some 'large pieces' in and had no spares in the numbered bags but ended up with a few 1x16 Technic bricks left (was assuming it was for the stand)....

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By in United Kingdom,

^^ I think it just rests on it, doesn't it?

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By in United Kingdom,

@Huw - like the piece underneath it clipped onto the black square Technic. I clipped mine on top like I say the instructions at that point weren't clear but it looked flush t me so I pushed it 'onto' the black Technic support.

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By in United Kingdom,

Hi @Huw, there's a lot of comment about the completed model being fragile and a number of unattached panels. In your opinion could this be displayed in a upright position, I.e mandibles pointing upwards. The only way I'm going to have room to display this is going to be in a bookcase so any advice greatly received thanks! :)

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By in United Kingdom,

@quackyducks - Fully upright i do not believe so unless it's glued. I am planning on a 30 to 45 degree incline as like you say the panels on top move too much. There appears to be 4 areas underneath where the book tells you to 'pick it up by' with extended arms, I'm planning a large plinth to attach to these 4 areas with a 30-45 degree incline.

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By in Denmark,

@svendobbelaere You can, IF you can lift it.. ;-)

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By in United Kingdom,

@blitzspear you are right and I was going to comment too. Bag 14 attaches like it's counterpart on the underside. The instructions aren't clear but you can see it. It's super fiddly though. I rotated the black technic piece way out and then lowered it. The tan 1x4 block tends to get a bit stuck on a dark bley plate but you can push past it. It isn't supposed to just rest there with gravity.

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By in Australia,

It looks to me like parts 29119 and 29120 could be used to make the corner a little better. Those things really need to be available in more useful colours anyway (although I cant say any part exclusive to this set could be called particularly "available")

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By in United Kingdom,

Huw, Just a quick question - before I start the build - I have limited space available while building - and a four legged friend who sometimes likes to help! You say this is quite modular to construct - just wondering about constructing the sub-assemblies first {as I can store them away in a cupboard out of cat's way} and then once they are done do bag 1 and fix everything to it...?

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By in Australia,

I originally didn't want this set (it's $1300rrp here in Australia) but after reading these reviews, I now want it (but have nowhere to store it) so I think i'll wait until it comes out retail (at one of the chain stores) and layby it..
I love the details, and after watching Adam Savage build one (and compare to the 10179 - youtube), I really want it now.. It looks like an in-depth build with lots of varied stages and construction methods..
now, to wait for it to be released at the chain stores... next year...

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By in Sweden,

I've been looking forward to CapnRex101's review for more than a week now, hope it's coming soon! :)

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