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Dismantle

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During the week I finally finished dismantling the Millenium Falcon. 

I swear it took nearly as long to dismantle it as it did to build it!

I didn't actually time it, but it took an awfully long time.  The reason being that I wanted to pull it apart in sections as per the manual, so that next time I build it I'll just have a little baggie of pieces for the section I need to work on.  This should make it a *lot* faster to build than the 18 hours it took last time.

Here's it all rebagged into baggies..

Millenium Falcon rebagged

Millenium Falcon

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I thought I'd have a bit of fun with movie maker.....



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(YouTube kinda mashed up the alignment of the photo changes to the music a little.. the original 10mb wmv file can be downloaded here)

See the website for the construction of the Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 at http://kazza.id.au/10179/
I finally blogged my Millenium Falcon photos!!

Have a look - Lego Millenium Falcon (10179)

The saga for this Lego set began in 2007 when I first saw it for sale online.  The biggest problem was that Lego Australia sell it for $979.99, yet it is only $499.99 USD.  With the American dollar being as weak as it is, that translated into about $550AUD.  So I asked my friend Dave to buy it for me and ship it out.  Even with all the extra postage, I still saved about $150AUD on doing it this way.  How stupid is that. 

It arrived in early December, but unfortunately I simply didn't have the time to start work on it until Christmas Day, after all the Christmas *stuff* was over and done with.  So as soon as we got home from lunch, I started.

The box was massive. When packaged, it all weighed 12lb, 8oz.
Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - the box

The manual was even fatter than the Star Destroyer's one.
Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - the manual

Inside, all the different sorts of pieces are bagged together - there's no division based on section, so it was a lot of work to find pieces as I went along.
Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - opened box with all the pieces

Everything is spread out over our dining table
Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - everything laid out ready to begin

Here the chassis is complete. This thing is rock solid and strong enough to bear the weight of all the lego when the ship is complete.
Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - chassis complete

By Christmas night I'd finished this much of it
Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - by Christmas night had done this much

An in-progress shot on Boxing Day
Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - in progress on Boxing Day

A shot of the seven landing struts while they were in progress. I missed the instruction at the beginning that said there were seven of them, and so had completed one when I saw x7. So I then had to make the other six.
Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - the undercarriage

Showing the landing gear attached
Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - under carriage attached

Looking up from underneath
Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - looking up from underneath

Working on the engine lights
Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - working on the engine lights

Back view of the engines attached
Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - engines attached

The outline of the ship is now defined
Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - the outline is defined

A front view
Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - front view of outline

The pieces are starting to thin out now
Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - pieces are thinning out now

Looking up from underneath at the newly attached lower skin
Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - looking up from underneath with lower skin attached

A shot of the left side
Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - the left side

And the right side - showing the way-cool lowering gangway
Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - the right side - with lowering gangway

The upper and lower gunnery covers
Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - the gunnery covers

Looking through to the lower guns
Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - looking at the lower guns

Top view when all the lower surface is finished
Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - view from the top with the lower skin finished

Stu holds it up for me to show the whole base
Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - Stu holds it up to show all of the base

One of the side attachment gizmos
Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - one of the side attachments

Cockpit base is now attached
Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - cockpit is partly completed

By Boxing Day night, this was how far I'd progressed
Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - work completed by Boxing Day night

Han stands next to his ship for scale
Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - Han stands next to his ship for scale

Work completed by the 27th - not much else has been done!
Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - work completed by the 27th - not much else!

At this point we flew away to Queensland for five days. Other than a case of strep-throat for me, we all had a great time.

Back on New Years Day - engine covers now done
Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - New Years Day progress - back engines now done

Here's everyone except Luke in the cockpit
Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - everyone in the cockpit

Finished!!
Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - finished! on January 2

Well at this point I hadn't *quite* finished. There were two 2x3 grey plates missing, and a small right-sided wing. Yet strangely enough I had a left-sided wing left over. To complete the set for photographs, I took a couple of plates from non-essential surfaces and the wing, and attached them to the places you can actually see. So it wasn't until 5 January that I could complete photographing it.

Here's some shots of the finished Lego set

Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - Finished set, January 5

Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - Finished set, January 5

Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - back view

Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - front view

Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - top view

Some detailed shots

Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - closeup of front

Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - closeup of cockpit

Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - engines

Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - Luke in the top gunnery area

These were the pieces I had leftover. Strangely enough, three other people had a *whole bunch* of wings leftover, and I ended up with one missing and one leftover of the wrong sort. I suppose I could have made a mistake somewhere, but I doubt it, as to be missing pieces would mean getting out extra for the inventory for the step, as well as finding a place for them not in the instructions. Very odd.

Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - leftover pieces

My manual also had a mistake on page 152. The image it showed for the section to be built was not what was actually built in the section - it was a repeat of the image for the previous section. tsk tsk Lego ;)

And a final shot of the finished set, including the name plate. Being a Lego purist, of course I couldn't ruin the sticker/Lego by actually *attaching* the sticker ;)

Lego Millenium Falcon 10179 - Finished set

So there we go. Eighteen hours of work. When I pull it apart I'll be pulling it apart carefully in sections as per the instructions. So the next time I build it it will be a lot quicker. It'd be very cool to get the Millenium Falcon and the Star Destroyer built together. Pity I don't have the Tantive IV.... One day... :)

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