Here's What it Would Cost to Build These 'Star Wars' Icons IRL

Wednesday, 18 December 2019 - 2:07PM
Wednesday, 18 December 2019 - 2:07PM
Here's What it Would Cost to Build These 'Star Wars' Icons IRL
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Courtesy of Burton Roofing
If you've ever really watched the Star Wars films, you've no doubt appreciated the sheer scale of things. Take an Imperial Destroyer, for example. In order to support  the 46,785 personnel and the technology and weapons systems, those things have to be about a mile long (and at 1600 meters, as noted by Fandom.com, that's about right). If that sounds small, please keep in mind that the borough of Manhattan in New York City has an average population density of 70,826 people per square mile. A mere 46,785 people on an Imperial Destroyer would be like Heaven on Earth to a New Yorker. 


Ok, so you know that if the Death Star is the size of a small moon and an Imperial Destroyer is 20 city blocks long, you gotta wonder... how much would it cost to build something like that? Well, thanks to the UK's Burton Roofing, we now have a ballpark estimate (no idea if they considered labor costs, permitting, bribing local officials etc) on just how much some of the most iconic builds in the Star Wars universe would cost based on 21st century methods and materials on Earth. 


Take a look.


Luke's Family Homestead: pretty cheap, though vulnerable to attack.


Burton Roofing


Sandcrawler


Burton Roofing


Ewok Village: I doubt the Ewoks paid anything. It was probably a communal effort.


Burton Roofing


The Millennium Falcon: far better to win it than build it.




It's an interesting exercise in rethinking scale. If you know, for example, how much steel it requires to build an Nimitz-class aircraft carrier (332 meters long, with 6000+ people aboard, in case you were wondering), you can get some idea of how much would be required to build something two or three times that size. For more details, check out Burton Roofing.
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