There are a lot of things we’re jealous of in the Star Wars universe, and we don’t know where to begin. From wielding lightsabers, using the force, and piloting an X-Wing, these are just some of the things we want to do in the future. Unfortunately, most of these are grounded in our imaginations and the big screen.
However, one engineer has decided to take matters into his own hands and bring something from the Star Wars universe into ours. Best of all, he’s documented the whole build on Youtube.
Colin Furze is the man behind the Star Wars Landspeeder you see here. For those that aren’t too familiar with the vehicle, it was used by Luke and Obi-Wan together with R2D2 and C3PO in the original Star Wars movie (aka. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope). Specifically, the group used it to go to Mos Eisley, where the lines “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for” became immortalized.
Back to the Landspeeder in real life, it was built to life-size scale using only a miniature model as a reference and for proportions. Furze and his team then hand-built the vehicle over five weeks using a golf cart as a base. The entire vehicle is made from metal that was all shaped by hand. No means an easy task. He then finished it in the same faded red with some patina.
Unfortunately, high-speed hovering tech isn’t here yet. Because of that, Furze’s Landspeeder still uses wheels to get around – four of them to be exact. Power comes 13kW electric motor to get around. Furze did add jet engines at the back to remain faithful to the one in the Star Wars universe. The jet engines work, but whether or not they make the Landspeeder go faster, well, we leave that to you. But to give it the levitating effect, he used the same technique as the movie that involved fitting a mirror at the bottom.
What do you think of Furze’s Landspeeder build, and what should he build next? We suggest the pod-racer used by Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace.