The Millennium Falcon was a Corellian YT-1300 light freighter used by the smugglers Han Solo and Chewbacca during the Galactic Civil War.
Its aged appearance belied numerous advanced modifications to boost the ship's speed, weapons and shield, including a hyperdrive engine among the fastest in the entire galaxy, enabling it to outrun Imperial Star Destroyers. After Han was captured on Bespin, Lando took command of the Falcon once more to search for him, and later flew the ship at the Battle of Endor, where it entered the Death Star II and destroyed it from within. In addition to its renowned hyperdrive, which supposedly made the Falcon the "fastest ship in the galaxy," the ship was equipped with a backup hyperdrive. The Millennium Falcon's destiny as a tool for a small-time smuggling operation was changed when it was chartered by Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker in the Mos Eisley Cantina for passage to Alderaan. In a matter of hours, the Millennium Falcon had once again escaped the Imperial Navy, this time with the rescued Princess Leia Organa onboard. Three years after the Battle of Yavin, the Falcon was undergoing repairs in the main hangar of the Rebel installation Echo Base as the Empire began its assault on Hoth.
Forced to take drastic measures to avoid capture, Solo made the decision to pilot the Falcon into a nearby asteroid field in an attempt to lose the Imperial pursuers. After its close encounter with the Empire, the Falcon journeyed to Bespin's Cloud City, where Han's old acquaintance, Lando Calrissian, held the position of Baron Administrator. During the following months, the Falcon served as home base to Leia, Luke, and Lando as they tracked Fett in an attempt to save Solo.
During the Battle of Endor, Lando and Sullustan copilot Nien Nunb flew the Falcon as Gold Leader. More than two decades later, the Falcon was stolen from Han following his separation from Leia after their son fell to the dark side. While in space flight, the Falcon was picked up by Han Solo and Chewbacca's sensors, and they promptly locked down the Falcon's systems so they could recapture it using a freighter they were then using for their smuggling operations.
Following the attack on Maz Kanata's castle, Starkiller Base prepared to fire on D'Qar, and the Resistance devised a plan to sneak onto the surface and lower the planetary shields so the fighters could attack the superweapon's weak spot. After the confrontation with Kylo Ren following the death of Han Solo, Chewbacca rescued Finn and Rey aboard the Falcon, managing to escape the planet as it exploded.
It was speculated that the Falcon would make an appearance in Revenge of the Sith to further tie the prequel trilogy to the original trilogy, and the ship did indeed make a cameo in the movie. Possibly the most famous wooden boat worldwide, the Aquarama was an intricate design with a ground breaking approach to both comfort and quality. She was designed with a bizarre frame set up ranging from 6 inches and up, most likely to accommodate the running gear of the time. This version has all frames spaced at 18″ and the double stringers for twin V8 installation! Builders may also scale down the plans to create a proportionally smaller craft, even down to model size, say 1:10. Floors and cockpits are full defined as is the anchor well, rear sun lounge, transom and rear deck skid. It’s a very seaworthy and proven hull for those looking to build a large offshore boat for friends and family. This iconic racing boat was originally designed by George Crouch in 1924 and went on to win the 1924 and 1925 APBA Gold Cup. It has been said that the 16 foot Gar Wood speedster is, pound for pound, the most valuable classic production speed boat in the world. There are some 15 frames, 2 keels, twin hatch assembly, vertical cleats, gas tank fixing, drivers bench seat, breast hook, front and rear stems with knees etc.
In the future, a desktop fabricator may be as common as a desktop computer today, 3D-printers might complement inkjet printers. French blog Agence Eureka has several pages of downloadable cut-outs from far gone times - buildings, soldiers, classic cars, theatre scenes, farms, a circus, a camping site, and much more. Also to be found are two model cameras, a Nikon Coolpix and a very nice Pentax MX, as well as a paper camera that actually works (more pinhole cameras).
The Paper Bus Connection is a catalogue of paper buses from the US, Canada, China and Hong Kong. We love paper cars: they don't pollute, they are silent and they don't drive over children and pets. They don't float for long, but they sure look nice: paper ships are among the most detailed cut-outs around - though most of them are not for free. There are several websites that collect all kinds of paper models, some of them are updated frequently.


Micromodels, cut-outs that were very popular from the 40s to the 60s, are again for sale on the internet (US, UK).
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It included sensor-proof smuggling compartments, which were used during the rescue of Princess Leia Organa to evade Imperial stormtroopers. During this battle, the starship's circular sensor dish was knocked off as Calrissian piloted it through the Death Star's interior.
Compared to the primary engine, it was much slower and often took several weeks or months to reach the nearest star system. The Falcon was forced to blast its way out of Mos Eisley when a garrison of stormtroopers attacked the ship in an attempt to recover its cargo. After chasing a single TIE fighter stranded in what appeared to be empty space, the Falcon was captured by one of the first Death Star's tractor beams and secured aboard the massive space station.
After a fleeing battle with Imperial fighters and a trip through hyperspace, the ship arrived at the secret Alliance base on Yavin 4.
As the Alliance scrambled to escape the base, Solo and Chewbacca hurried to make the ship spaceworthy. After the planetary shield protecting the second Death Star was destroyed, the Falcon and several Alliance fighters entered the battle station through a conduit port and headed towards the reactor core. It was in turn stolen several other times before sitting unused for several years in Niima Outpost on the junkyard planet Jakku, under the possession of junkboss Unkar Plutt. Upon boarding their old vessel, Han and Chewie went about inspecting their ship and found Rey and Finn hiding, whom they assumed were the thieves that had stolen the Falcon. At the beginning of one shot closing in on a docking bay on Coruscant, a freighter is seen flying in to dock. I can’t see any advantage in trying to replicate the vessel historically as fittings and hardware if sourced would be overly priced and ill-fitting. Downloading, sharing and printing of appliances might become as ordinary (and controversial) as it is today with music, movies and texts. At least, if the objects are made of paper and if you are willing to spend some time cutting and pasting. Some models are very simple and childlike, others are extremely complex and are rich in detail. Collecting this set of arcade machines is quite addictive, especially in combination with the hooked Barbie dolls.
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The downloads are much cheaper than the (rare) originals, but unfortunately still quite expensive. It turns out that Creative Closeup published a similar article like this, some days earlier.
The Bryn Mawr College has an exciting collection of 19th century panorama paintings and drawings from Philadelphia. This Russian site has 387 paper models, mostly planes, ships, cars and buildings - and quite some military stuff, too.
This is especially true in the East, where it became a universal means of transportation for both passengers and goods, even over long distances. The parts of an obsolete generation of products can be used to design the next generation, or something completely different. These miniature water turbines were connected to the tap and could power any machine that is now driven by electricity. Afterwards, the Millennium Falcon saw further action when Solo chose to join the Rebels during the Battle of Yavin, where it was able to sneak up on Darth Vader's TIE Advanced.


It also narrowly avoided capture by a couple of Star Destroyers before making the jump to lightspeed. Thanks to quick thinking by those aboard the Falcon, the ship was made to appear as if the crew had escaped soon after taking off from Tatooine. During the ship's stay on the battlestation, the Empire had planted a homing device onboard the Falcon which it used to pursue the Princess to this location. Princess Leia was cut off from her transport by a tunnel cave-in and was forced to make her escape from Hoth on board the Falcon accompanied by Han, Chewbacca and C-3PO. Space was limited in the conduit tunnels leading to the core and the relatively large Falcon lost its sensor dish when the ship clipped a conduit in the tunnel. When Rey and Finn explained that they were going to take a droid named BB-8 to the Resistance as he had a map that would reveal Luke's location, Han and Chewie agreed to help them. At 27 feet a single Mercruiser coupled to a Bravo II should be ample to launch and power this proven hull. Some exceptional models are this very detailed Volkswagen bus, this vintage Citroen, some DAF trucks (go to 'DAF fun') and a collection of classic cars (click on the Japanese links below).
These were never meant as paper models, but they're great for building a wall-to-wall paper city.
Only the older (antique) models are free to download, but there are still enough of them to keep you busy for a very long time. It was searched by stormtroopers and it was reported that there were no passengers on-board. As the Rebels scrambled to organize a preemptive attack on the massive Death Star, Solo loaded his reward on board the Falcon and departed the moon.
Solo used the ship's uncanny maneuverability and his piloting skills to elude an Imperial Star Destroyer chasing them, and two more emerging from hyperspace. They attempted to jump to lightspeed but once again, the hyperdrive was not fully repaired. Lando was able to pilot the craft into the energy core housing the main reactor, fired upon the reactor, and headed for the exhaust port. On the way, when the Falcon began to malfunction, the mechanically savy Rey, who was sitting in the cockpit to the right of Han, made a modification to the ship by simply bypassing a faulty converter.
This version is from the original sheet plans and a full size building jig is also included. More geeky stuff: games characters, a vacuum tube, the Land IronClad, several spacecraft and a model of the SpaceShip One.
Their search had managed to miss the crew who were hidden in a series of secret smuggling holds who then proceeded to kill a scanning crew before they could be detected by the scanner. Han's maneuvers in the Falcon caused the two Star Destroyers approaching and the one pursuing to nearly collide with each other.
Han then used the landing claw of the Falcon to attach to a blind spot on the conning tower of the Star Destroyer. The Falcon barely succeeded in outrunning the massive explosion that destroyed the powerful battlestation. Solo and his ship returned just in time to cover Luke Skywalker in his last-ditch effort to destroy the station and secure the safety of the Rebel Alliance.
The Falcon then attempted to make the jump into lightspeed, but was stopped short by an equipment malfunction.
Adhering to standard Imperial procedure, the Star Destroyers of Death Squadron ejected all scrap and garbage before entering hyperspace.
After rescuing Luke, who was dangling from a weather vane on the underside of Cloud City, the ship left the planet and attempted to jump to lightspeed.
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Han then signaled Chewbacca to release the claw, allowing the Falcon to "float away with the rest of the garbage." Boba Fett, however, saw through this ruse, and waited behind in the Slave I, following the Falcon as it left the system.
The crew were unaware that the recently repaired hyperdrive had been disabled by Vader's men, and only a last minute patch by R2-D2 prevented the Falcon from falling into Imperial hands.




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