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Why didn't the Rebel Alliance (or the Empire) build YT-1300 light freighters with the same specs as the Millennium Falcon for space combat?

There are numerous examples of this very thing happening in real life. For example: modified cars. There is a guy in UK who has modified his Vauxhall Victor into a 3000HP beast that does 1-100km/h ...
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Why didn't the Rebel Alliance (or the Empire) build YT-1300 light freighters with the same specs as the Millennium Falcon for space combat?

The comments note the the effect of plot armor for heroes. Star Wars is many things, not least a fairy tale. Damsel in distress, young hero becomes a knight, and so on. Let's ignore this aspect ...
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Why didn't the Rebel Alliance (or the Empire) build YT-1300 light freighters with the same specs as the Millennium Falcon for space combat?

The Falcon is powerful because it is unique. A real world example is in World War 2 the British Royal Navy still flew obsolete swordfish bombers. These were very slow and still had fabric wings. They ...
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Old story about an officer put in command of a museum ship to fight in an important space battle against an enemy with a surprising new weapon

Possibly The Ghost Fleet by Christopher Anvil. The protagonist is forced to use a museum ship in battle; it has a weapon called the "disrupter" mounted in it that was used in the past. ...
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Why didn't the Rebel Alliance (or the Empire) build YT-1300 light freighters with the same specs as the Millennium Falcon for space combat?

Besides the plot armor and the things o.m. has mentioned I see a problem with the ship's crew. The Rebel Alliance is a small group of people. You will need at least a crew of four to use the Falcon's ...
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Why didn't the Rebel Alliance (or the Empire) build YT-1300 light freighters with the same specs as the Millennium Falcon for space combat?

I would call into question the wisdom of using the Falcon as a combat ship at all. As a light freighter modified by a smuggler, its primary purpose is to transport illegal goods past security - ...
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Spaceships have Smart Metal armor on their hulls

I think that this is probably one of the installments of the Kris Longknife series by Mike Shepherd. The series starts with Mutineer (published 2004), and is up to number 19, Installment, by now, ...
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What was the maneuver used by the Rocinante in Season 6 Episode 3?

Can the PDCs reach that far? PDCs fire solid physical projectiles (40mm rounds in this case) in a microgravity vacuum. Once fired, they continue on the same trajectory and at the same velocity until ...
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In The Force Awakens, why were X-Wings so much more accurate than TIE fighters?

Poe Dameron does possess exceptional skill above and beyond most pilots, veteran or otherwise, who aren't Force sensitive: "Captain Kun is an exceptional pilot, without question, as is Captain ...
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Is there any evidence that the Enterprise-E from the Star Trek:TNG films is a descendant of the Vengeance featured in Star Trek Into Darkness?

When the newer Star Trek movies were produced, the creatives behind the production decided that they would create a new universe/timeline. This was so that they could create a new origin and ongoing ...
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What was the maneuver used by the Rocinante in Season 6 Episode 3?

PDCs fire kinetic slugs in vacuum. The slugs will keep moving until they hit something. See Newton's 1st law. The PDCs were not all out of order. Rocinante has at least six PDC mounts, each capable ...
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Why didn't the Rebel Alliance (or the Empire) build YT-1300 light freighters with the same specs as the Millennium Falcon for space combat?

The Rebels had very few credits and many (but untrained or barely-trained) members. In a traditional military, when a general is given those pros/cons, she spends the asset she has: lives. The Falcon ...
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What is "Shield Modulation"?

Why have a specific frequency or whatever that allows people to shoot through your shields? Because that's how shields work. It's an inherent flaw in the technology. Ideally you would want to rotate ...
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Is there an "incapacitate" setting for ships weapon?

I'm not sure about phasers, but in several episodes, EM pulses have been used to disable systems: From Memory Alpha: An electromagnetic pulse (often referred to as an EM pulse or EMP) was a short-...
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FTL combat in Newton's Wake

To actually get causality violations in which an event is influenced by its own future, you need multiple FTL signals going in different directions, as in the tachyonic antitelephone; a single ...
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Why didn't the Rebel Alliance (or the Empire) build YT-1300 light freighters with the same specs as the Millennium Falcon for space combat?

There are several issues that surround the army use of the YT-1300(p) Corellian Freighter like the Millennium Falcon (MF), many of which have already been mentioned, but I'd like to examplify a few ...
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Why didn't the Rebel Alliance (or the Empire) build YT-1300 light freighters with the same specs as the Millennium Falcon for space combat?

Economics, but not just due to cost. Think about it: it's been established that a tricked Falcon would cost much more than a tie fighter. Due to the economics of scaling, if the Empire (lets, be ...
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Is there an "incapacitate" setting for ships weapon?

Check the answers to https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/246571/what-was-the-minimum-power-setting-of-the-enterprise-ds-phasers/246597#246597[1] In the TOS episode "A Piece of the Action&...
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How many X-Wings were sent out and lost in the final battle in “The Force Awakens?”

So I've seen many people saying that black squadron was at the battle... Black squadron was A squadron of handpicked pilots that was mostly destroyed... And all the pilots in black squadron were in ...
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How many X-Wings were sent out and lost in the final battle in “The Force Awakens?”

I counted 11 x-wings when they showed Poe's Black Squadron when they first inter the atmosphere. So with 3 squads that would be about 33-35 total. I doubt they would be under strength squads because ...
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