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Star Trek: Klingon Bird-Of-Prey Haynes Manual [Hardcover]

Ben Robinson , Rick Sternbach


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Star Trek: Klingon Bird-Of-Prey Haynes Manual The Bird-of-Prey is the classic Klingon starship--a tough raiding and scouting vessel that has served at the heart of the Klingon Defense Force for more than a hundred years. Life on board is harsh and brutal, with any sign of weakness leading to a challenge to the death. The ship itself is stripped back and lean, with everything designed for a single purpose--war. This Haynes Manual traces the or... Full description

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must have for Ship Junkies! 20 Nov 2012
By Skuldren - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Regardless of what kind of fan you are, the iconic Klingon Bird-of-Prey is a ship that is just plain candy for the eyes. The ship looks like a hunting falcon, poised and ready to strike. Inside the Klingon Bird-of-Prey Owners' Workshop Manual, readers will find a plethora of information on the ship and its creators. This is without a doubt a must have for ship junkies.

At 128 pages, this hardcover covers a lot of ground and leaves no stone unturned. Every component of the ship is explored in detail with corresponding images and artwork. There's a deck-by-deck breakdown of the ship as well as a specific breakdown for major components like the weapons, the shields, the cloaking device, warp coils, landing struts, etc. In addition to all the nitty gritty details, there's a nice inclusion of Klingon history which helps put the ship in context with the Star Trek universe. The famous Rotarran gets a nice highlight and there are also images from the films and tv show scattered throughout. One of my favorite sections was the fleet comparison which details other Klingon ships. Each ship gets a full page with info and images. There is also a two page spread that shows a size comparison of all the vessels.

While all of the information was impressive, especially the detailed deck-by-deck breakdown, the overview of the crew was really surprising. The standard crew for a Bird-of-Prey is 36 people. The book actually details the full composition of the crew, their titles, and gives a summary of their role and duties on the ship. I was really surprised by that level of focus by the authors. Yet that attention to detail, and the willingness to include even the most minute of minutiae, was sprinkled throughout the book. Having read the Millennium Falcon Owners' Workshop Manual, I thought this was a nice departure. While both books certainly include a lot of info, the Klingon Bird-of-Prey Owners' Workshop Manual went the extra mile to dive into some heavy details. For example, there is a full page on the crew's work shifts, a full page for maintenance schedules for the various parts of the ship, information on docking procedures, and even details on what food the cooks prepare for the crew and how much they keep in storage. Literally every detail you could imagine is seemingly covered, right down to the composition of the hull plating.

As mentioned above, this book does differ from the Millennium Falcon Owners' Workshop Manual. This book is laden with a lot more details. As a consequence, it's not as easy to read the book cover-to-cover, but it does make for a superior reference book. It's a rough trade off. While the Falcon was an easier and more enjoyable read, I really appreciated all the extra information that was crammed into the Bird-of-Prey book. That said, the artwork falls short. While not bad, it's nowhere near as good as the artwork in the Millennium Falcon manual. There are a few black and white illustrations of the ships, a few actually pieces of artwork, and a lot of photos and computer models. My main gripe is the computer models which could have looked a lot better. However, the imagery doesn't hurt the book overall. The quality and level of detail of the Klingon Bird-of-Prey Owners' Workshop Manual is impressive and well worth a five out of five.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 7 Nov 2012
By Stryker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I think this is one of the best kind of books for individual ships like this. Finally. Haynes has the experience and history of getting into the nuts and bolts of things, but since adding the more Fantasy type vehicles, it has also adapted itself extremely well to story telling and giving History to otherwise rather vague sources of information. Ben Robinson is a great, imaginative writer and editor, Rick Sternbach's Trek knowledge is indisputable and Adam's CG work has always been excellent as he was a CG supervisor on the Star Trek:Voyager series. Put it all together and all I can say is :"Yes Please!" and, quoting a famous British novel and film: "Please sir, could I have some more?" This volume should do very well and then we can maybe see volumes that cover other single classes of ship from the Trek Universe that all us Science Fiction and Technical Illustrators love so much. A must for any Trek fan.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Qapla'! 21 May 2013
By C. J. Petrosky - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
So I recently acquired a used Class G12 Bird of Prey and I discovered that the warranty work was never performed on the Plasma Coils. Unfortunately the recall campaign has since expired and that would've left me with the defective coils which are susceptible to low level iconic pulses. I really didn't care to have my cloaking device activated by my enemies so I bought this Haynes manual. It's got all the info needed to replace the Plasma Coils with the latest revision and covers many other topics as well! Qapla'!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek: Klingon Bird-of-Prey Haynes Manual 12 Feb 2013
By Joe Zika - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Star Trek: Klingon Bird-of-Prey Haynes Manuel:

This is an "Owners' Workshop Manual" of the I.K.S. Rotarran (B'rel-class)type of ship. This is not one of the huge giant battle cruisers of the Vor'cha class that is capable of absorbing an attack by an entire fleet of warbirds or any known alien battle cruiser. The only warship in the Klingon fleet capable of executing the swiftness and elusiveness of ship-to-ship warfare is the B'rel-class Bird-of-Prey.

The Bird-of-Prey is the archetypal Klingon starship, a 139-meter long ship with seven decks and a crew of 36, replete with a cloaking device, high warp capability, with varied weaponry. It is a fast and deadly scouting and raiding ship that has been at the heart of the Klingon Defense Force for centuries. This design is a classic in the Star Trek movies and the first examples even pre-date Klingon spaceflight. Small fighters with the same basic layout have been in use since early planetary conflicts.

By the late 2370's, the design of the Bird-of-Prey had been settled for over a century, but ships were produced at a variety of scales from vast K'vort-class battle-cruisers to the scouting vessels. The Bird-of-Prey has variable geometry warp wings which means they can alter their angle for three distinct fight modes: landing, flight and attack.

Ok, now you know what the main thrust of this book is about. There are cutaways, an operational history, deck plans, a complete breakdown of weapons and defensive systems, propulsion and navigation, ships systems, a description of life on board from the bridge, bridge systems, crew, and shift systems. There is a fleet comparison, giving the reader a better idea of the variety of different ships in the Klingon fleet. And, of course, what book about Klingon's would not be complete without a dictionary. There are Klingon symbols through out the book giving the reader a feel of being on a Klingon ship.

The book is fast-paced and well-written, but not as well as some of the previous Star Trek ships-of-the-line. There are plenty of pictures in this book showing you what you are reading about. I find these examples to be very valuable when you are reading so you can get a handle on what is being described.

All-in-all, this is well worth the price, better when you can find it on sale, for any Star Trek reader. This book explains some of the Klingon arsenal and some of the finer points of what the Klingon are using when they go to battle against an enemy. This is a technical tour of the ship's systems, from the bridge and engineering rooms to the disruptors, torpedo launcher, and all the all-important cloaking device. Also, a history of the Rotarran's during the Dominion War.

All Klingon ships are equipped with some form of sub-light engine, and most of these ships are equipped with superluminal propulsion technology called warp drive. Klingon vessels are usually depicted as being heavily armed, equipped with particle beam weapons called disruptors and photon torpedoes, an antimatter weapon, as primary offensive weaponry. Later Klingon ships utilize cloaking devices. For The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, Klingon ships were designed by Rick Sternbach to reflect technology exchanges as a result of an alliance between the Klingons and Starfleet. In the prequel television series Enterprise, Klingon ships are designed to appear more primitive than those chronologically later in the franchise. The interior of Klingon vessels is very utilitarian in nature: this is intended to mimic an old submarine. Klingon ship names are usually preceded by the prefix "IKS", an abbreviation for "Imperial Klingon Starship."

Although several variants are seen throughout the franchise, design notes state that the Bird-of-Prey has two main classes: the B'rel-class and the K'Vort-class. Both classes used the same studio model, differing in sizes in proportion to other starships depending on variant. The B'rel-class is a scout vessel, used for espionage, skirmishes and raids, while the K'Vort-class is a light cruiser. Both classes are armed with disruptor cannons mounted on the tips of the wings and a forward torpedo launcher. Likewise, both classes are equipped with cloaking devices and are capable of impulse and warp speeds. With a crew of only 12 and a length of 160 meters, the B'rel-class is far smaller than the K'Vort-class, which measures 320 meters and possesses a crew of 300+. The interior of the Bird-of-Prey is similar to that of Douglas Trumbull's submarine-like designs for the K't'inga-class; some Birds-of-Prey are even shown with periscopes to allow the captain to personally target weapons. Despite relatively light armaments, Birds-of-Prey are shown to be effective craft; both the USS Enterprise and USS Enterprise-D are destroyed in part due to the activity of a Bird-of-Prey. Normally a Bird-of-Prey can only fire its weapons when it's not cloaked, but in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country the Klingons built a Bird-of-Prey that can fire its weapons while cloaked.

I enjoyed reading this manual as it filled in some of the holes in my understanding about what the Klingon's used and the incredible computer-generated artwork alone is worth the price. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Haynes U.S.S. Enterprise book should've been like this! 6 Jan 2013
By SomeRandomGuy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
When I found this book at my local store, I was filled with trepidation over what I might find inside, especially after having read the mess that the was the "Star Trek: U.S.S. Enterprise Haynes Manual". But to my great relief, it turned out to be completely the opposite and nearly everything I suggested needed to be done for the Enterprise manual, was implemented for the Bird of Prey one.

Authors Ben Robinson, Rick Sternbach (artist and consultant for the Next Generation and subsequent series, and author of the Next Generation Technical Manual) may very well have taken to heart some of the harsh critiques of the Enterprise book as they make several smart moves here with this book. First off, they focused solely on the B'rel-class Bird of Prey that was first introduced in the Star Trek: The Search for Spock", going into it's history, it's technology, and even give it in a fun "in universe" perspective. The text by Robinson and Sternbach is very competent and fairly well thought out, even including seemingly minor, but important "in universe" details, like maintenance schedules for hull and systems. They also do a very good job with maintaining continuity and both authors payed close attention to the canon, and keep their speculative material locked firmly within this.

One thing I suggested in my Enterprise manual review, which was implemented in this one, is that a brief description of Klingon starships, both past and present are given here, which gives a perspective on the Bird of Prey's role in the fleet, and sets up for additional future Haynes manuals.

The illustrations and photos provided are very well done, showing not only overall plan views of the ship, but individual systems and structural components of the Bird of Prey and it's variations. This serves as another wonderful means of submersing the reader into the world of Star Trek, and the Klingon Empire in particular. Only some minor issues crop up where the CGI illustrations are concerned with occasional annoying "low-res" pixelation. But this is relatively minor and more than made up for with the vast wealth of photos from the movies and TV series, and the superbly rendered traditional illustrated drawings.

So over all this is a great book, far superior in every way to the disappointing earlier U.S.S. Enterprise manual, and is easily well worth the 18 dollars you'll pay for it here on Amazon. Highly recommended for us Trek Tech Heads, or as a great book for family or friends who are into it.
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