The Build

  • So how did I get into modding this Lego err Lepin set? Are you sure you really want to know? Once you know what the possibilities are, you can't unsee them. Ok, check out this thread at the Eurobricks forum.

    Stop by Eurobricks' user Lock's highly inspirational website, and ScottishDave's heavily modded build. Marshal Banana has an amazing Millennium Falcon. RichboyJhae has a full-blown interior (with instructions) in his custom Millennium Falcon. Then there's Brick-Custom's (with instructions), metal-reinforced Millennium Falcon.

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    Roadmap for Customizations

    As of March 1, 2020 I'm calling my build complete with the addition of the light and sound kit. I prefer my Millennium Falcon to be a static display and not one that I want to reveal an interior or extra features on. These are some modifications I've seen that I thought made this kit more complete. Have fun exploring these in your build!

    1. Extending the cockpit so that four minifigs can sit in seats and have the cockpit dome attached.

    2. Install a gear drive to lower the boarding ramp. Smooth the ramp with tiles to hide the studs.

    3. Install a gear drive that will open a hatch in the upper hull and have a platform that raises and lowers a minifig.

    4. Add concussion missile launcher above freight entrance.

    5. Develop interior spaces.

    6. Add hinges to removeable roof panels.

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    Lights, camera, action....

    February 22, 2020 - I wanted to add lights and sounds to the Millennium Falcon after I saw some videos on YouTube. There are a couple options. LightMyFalcon.com is very expensive and you always have to get in on a pre-order as the demand is high (I guess). The upside is you get a clean install, they illuminate more areas and details than other kits do, they provide modified Lego parts with lights attached already, and they synchronize sound effects to lighting effects for a more cohesive experience. They are also based in the U.S. which is convenient for me.

    I decided to go with LightMyBricks.com instead as they had everything in stock ready to go for a fraction of the price. The downside is they are in Australia and they only use DHL for shipping so the shipping is a fixed price whether you order 10 items or 1, some of their wiring isn't as clean looking, and I feel their kit is lacking in design and doesn't include enough components. Fortunately a seller on Amazon (Brixsmax) came to the rescue inexpensively and with free 2 day shipping.

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    The diet

    December 7, 2019 - For whatever reason there's some big gaps in the rear end of the Millennium Falcon directly above and below the hyperdrive.

    If you go to this thread at Eurobricks, check out the posts by "sed6". He did a really good job illustrating this issue and how he fixed it. My hat's off to him. My effort will not turn out as elegantly as his. If there's ever a how-to posted I'll of course attempt it. In his mod he removed the hinge pieces from the ventral crescent-shaped panel. When I did that I was unable to re-mount the panel. The hinges were needed in my case as I needed the pieces at the ends to bend up so they'd secure in place.

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    Engine exhaust vents

    December 5, 2019 - On the filming model of the Millennium Falcon the side exhaust vents (two on the left and two on the right) have the grates oriented at a diagonal, and not the angle that Lego used pictured to the left.

    If you look closely, you'll also notice that the 1 x 2 light bluish gray plates stick out at the top corners from underneath the "tile, round corner 4x4 Macaroni wide" pieces on each vent. This is a really easy fix. Note in my pictures I used different colors, and in one picture smooth-top round plates instead of ones with studs.

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    Hyperdrive engine

    December 3, 2019 - Like many I don't like how Lego designed the hyperdrive engine by using the blue ribbed straw tubes. As it was I had to trim a couple of mine as they were too long and bunched up funny leaving odd gaps. Even cut to the correct length it's still a slopply looking design. Once I put in a light kit it will look even worse as there will be gaps where the light won't have any tubing in front of it. This is probably the single best looking modification you can perform on this kit. Since the 1 x 2 plates used in this build come in more than a dozen transparent colors, you have a lot of choice in the final look for your hyperdrive.

    The Eurobricks thread will show you several different ideas for how to modify the hyperdrive. One popular style uses round transparent pieces to make up the blue color. I liked the designs that used rectangular transparent pieces instead. A user by the name of "ClassicLook" was generous enough to share detailed plans and a parts list for how to reproduce his creation. Definitely shop around for the best price as I've seen some wild swings in the range.

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    Freight loading door

    November 25, 2019 - Eurobricks user "bricksmarlin" posted some pictures of his Millennium Falcon and the tweaks he's performed. Unfortunately this forum doesn't number posts so you'll just have to scroll most of the way down the page until you see the series of photos.

    I really liked the one where he added the freight loading door in the gap between the mandibles. I believe he was insipried by Marshal Banana's Millennium Falcon. There is clearly detail there in the movies. So why did the Lego designers overlook this? Instead this area is just left open exposing the innards of the kit.







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    Box 4: Bags 14-17

    November 23, 2019 - Bags 14 and 15 had just three small pieces that were a different color than they should have been, black for gray.

    Bag 16 is when you build the cockpit. In Step 1150 there are (2) 1 x 2 bricks in red that are used on the bottom. You might want to swap out the left brick for a light bluish gray to blend in with the rest of the bricks as it is visible through a gap in the slopes. In my picture you would have seen it just below the 1 x 6 dark gray tile.

    This was a very straight-forward build with no real issues. Overall I noticed some of the longer plates were slightly bowed which made the integrity of the panels covering the mandibles not as sturdy as I'd like. However if you review the construction guide the designers just don't do a great job of securing these large panels to the Technic frame.

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    Box 3 - Bags 9-13

    November 21, 2019 - Only one slight hiccup in this box otherwise a straight-forward build. Bag 10 had one or two small pieces that were a different color than they should have been, gray for dark gray for tan. Not a big deal at all. The gun housing has a lot of different colors in it anyway.

    On Step 813 I ran into a slight issue. There is a "dark bluish gray plate, modified 2 x 2 with Pin Hole - Full Cross Support Underneath" that attaches to the "light bluish gray wedge 4 x 4 triple with stud notches." What does this mean? If you try to move the cannon the whole thing will detach from the wedge piece. It's very weak as it's only held in place by 2 studs. If you wanted you could replace these parts with authentic Lego pieces but I highly doubt that would fix this issue. It's a design problem, or a just don't play with it matter. So I used rubber cement to secure the pieces.. Either that or you'll be removing the wedge everytime someone touches the lower cannon.

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    Box 2 - Bags 4-8

    November 11, 2019 - No real issues in this box either. Once again I did have a couple small pieces in different colors than they should have been (dark gray instead of light bluish gray or a black).

    Bag 4 has several parts with stickers, and some pre-printed stock pieces as well. I'm showing off some more of my Steindrucker pre-printed pieces. Know that the passageway panels are printed on the reverse side. This of course has no impact on construction. In the comparison pictures the stickered bricks are on the left.







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    Box 1 - Bags 1-3

    November 2, 2019 - So I just finished the first box of pieces. Overall everything went very well. I did have a couple small pieces in different colors than they should have been (dark gray instead of light bluish gray or a black) but no big deal. It just adds to the character of the ship which is a patchwork quilt of sheet metal anyway.

    Out of hundreds of pieces I only came across two that were a pretty loose fit: a blue Technic pin 1/2 (4274) and a small vehicle steering wheel 2 studs wide (30663). The pin is the issue as the collar the wheel snaps onto isn't very robust. The kit uses 29 of these.

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    The Efferman Vertical Stand

    October 27, 2019 - The first step in the build process began with the stand. I started out by using the pdf over on Rebrickable which I do NOT recommend you use. I don't know what's up with that pdf but it seriously lags and crashes my Mac and freezes up the Windows box too. There's just something weird with that document. The file size is massive. I printed it at work and it took thirty minutes just to flatten it.

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    Local Purchase

    October 26, 2019 - I got to skip all the hassle of buying my Millennium Falcon and Efferman stand online as I found it on OfferUp from a guy who lived just five blocks away. Awesome! And I got it at a steal of a price too.

    The first thing I did when I got it home was disassemble it in reverse order using the Lepin manual and placing all the pieces in bags as I went. The previous owner said it was complete. Yeah right. Don't they all?

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