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Nashville man leads effort to build full-scale Millennium Falcon

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Star Wars fans are known to have props and costumes and even be able to recite the movies word-for-word, but one Nashville man has many of them beat. He's jumpstarted a global effort to build a 114-foot tribute to his favorite film.

Chris Lee has launched the building of an up-to-scale replica of the Millennium Falcon, the ship piloted by Han Solo and Chewbacca in the Star Wars films.

Already, a team working out of Mindgear Labs in Madison, AL are assembling a prop cockpit, complete with navigation chairs, levers and throttles.

"I expect someday for the halls of this thing to feel like you're in an actual spaceship with that engine rumble beneath you where you can feel it, hear it, even smell it," said Daniel Valdez of the Full Scale Falcon Project.

"It hasn't been done before," added Greg Dietrich of the Full Scale Falcon Project. "No one's ever done it. We're really part of an effort I really can't even wrap my hands around. It's pretty special."

Other crews are making pieces across the country, in England and in New Zealand. The project is planned to find a home on a patch of land Lee has bought in Humphreys County.

"There's this whole subculture or community out there of like-minded dreamers that want to achieve these kinds of things," said Lee.

As huge as it all sounds, Lee said he's following the words of Han Solo, "Never tell me the odds."

"I thought for the longest time I was the only crazy Star Wars fan with this kind of drive, but over the past 15 to 20 years I've realized, I'm nowhere near the craziest," said Lee. "There are so many people in this pursuit, I just really am glad I bought that ticket and saw that film."

For more on the Full Scale Falcon Project, visit their site at http://fullscalefalcon.com/.

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