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Star Wars Episode II: Incredible Cross-Sections (Golden Duck Awards. Picture Book (Awards)) [Hardcover]

Curtis J. Saxton
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May 2002 Golden Duck Awards. Picture Book (Awards)

The next chapter in the STAR WARS trilogy, Attack of the Clones will be on nationwide release in May 2002. This highly anticipated film will star Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman.

DK will publish the new Incredible Cross-Sections to tie-in with Episode II. Detailed cross-sections of all the new spaceships and vehicles including: Obi-Wan Kenobi's Starfighter, Anakin Skywalker's Hotrod Speeder, Jedi Gunship plus amazing new bounty hunter vehicles, cool speeder bikes and other spaceships from previously unseen civilisations in the STAR WARS galaxy.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789485745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789485748
  • Product Dimensions: 35.3 x 27.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,868,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Star Wars Attack Of The Clones: Incredible Cross-Sections gives would-be Jedis an insight into the inner workings of the spacecraft and vehicles featured in the latest instalment in the Star Wars saga, Attack Of the Clones. The artists involved in the production of this book based their work on original blueprints, scale drawings and computer animatics used in the film. The result is a highly detailed and authentic visual rendering of the vessels' technical secrets. The author, Dr Curtis Saxton is a theoretical astrophysicist, and has provided an accompanying commentary and notes for each illustration, including details of the background history of each craft.

The centre pages open out into a gatefold illustrating the Republican Gunship in its entirety. Other spacecraft featured include Obi-Wan Kenobi's Starfighter and Anakin Skywalker's Hotrod Speeder. It also includes smaller modes of transport such as bounty hunter vehicles and speeder bikes. This is an authoritative work and an indispensable reference for any Star Wars fanatic. Suitable for ages 10 and upwards. --Alison Drury --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great In depth view of Episode 2 Craft 2 May 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book really gets into the new craft of Attack of he Clones, from Padme's Starship Yacht to the Republic Gunship. This is the comprehensive guide to vehicles of Episode 2. If you really like detailed stuff on Star Wars craft get this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT! 11 May 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Well worth it in my view!

If your kids are interested in the prequel movies give this a gander!

It will be worth it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really great book for kids 28 Jun 2013
By NTF
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bought this to add to some of the set we already have. My boys love these and spend hours looking through the detail. WOuld definitely recommend
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3.0 out of 5 stars Impressive but difficult to relate to 3 Oct 2009
Format:Hardcover
A lot of work has gone into this, not only in doing the detailed drawings, but also in the technical information on how engine and weapons systems work. Despite this, the book feels a little too technical - one of the joys in the other similar books is following where the characters go as they move around a ship but the majority in here are one man craft or huge ones. They are interesting but difficult to relate to.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Saxton gives the harcore fans what they want 27 April 2002
By Gregory R Burnett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I think few people really "care" whether the Millenium Flacon can go zero to sixty in 3.1 seconds or 3.2 seconds but there is a distinct group of fans out there who are absolutely intriuged by the Star Wars universe in a way that makes us want to quantify it. I say "us" because I am such a fan. I've done things most people would consider quite abnormal (does anyone here know how much energy it takes to vaporize an asteroid as in Empire Strikes Back?)
Dr. Saxton has long been a highly regarded member of the Star Wars technical enthusiast community, as I call it. His site is one of the most referenced authorities on just about anything Star Wars and this book is in many ways an extension of his site (hosted on TheForce.net if you care). What Dr. Saxton has done is take all the available material that LucasFilm would give him and given us the most comprehensive review of the vehicles and vessels that liter the worlds of Attack of the Clones and give each place its own personality. He also does two small things which I am appreciative of and I hope many others are equally appreciative of.
Firstly it goes into great depth as to the "purpose" (in the SW world) of thousands of tiny bits and pieces of the starships and vehicles. It is the kind of detail that can make a world seem more real, it gives depth much as telling us the number of cylinders in an engine gives depth to a car. The little blurbs surrounding the excellent illustrations give you a feel for the nity gritty and also serve as a nice way to just skim through the book. They are each litle windows into a piece of the SW world (whether through telling us what hot-rod engines are doing on a speeder or informing us of how big troop formations are).
Secondly it gives you real world figuires for acceleration, shielding, and firepower. These are the things that some fans have been asking for a long time (not many but some). How much damage a turbolaser does might not matter to some, probably most, fans out there but again for the technical comunity I feel it is a boon that gives us one more way of connecting with the SW universe in our own wierd way.
For those who are less inclined to the "nitty gritty" then please note that this book is also an excellent coffee table piece. The illustrations are first rate and many younger kids will absolutely glory in the intricate deck levels and engine compartments because they seem so real. I give credit to the artists but in the end I give greatest praise to Dr. Saxton.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars in Detail 10 Jun 2002
By DJK ver 2.0 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
"Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones--Incrdeible Cross-Sections" is an absolute must for any Star Wars fanatic. Besides giving the specs on the most popular hardware in the movie, this book gives brief histories and explanations of how the vehicles came to be.
Not to mention some of the trivia is interesting. Wonder what type of ship Slave 1 (Jango Fett's ship) is? Why don't you see more in the universe? Who built it and how did Jango get it? What modifications did Boba make later? All these questions are answered for Slave 1 and the other prominent vehicles in the movie.
I've spent hours pouring over the details. The details present in the "schematic" of the enormous Republic Assault Ship can be mesmerizing. The cross section of the Trade Federation Core ship is simply fun. Try figuring out how Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan got around the thing in Episode One. The artists usually placed a figure in the drawing to give you some idea of the scale of the vehicle. You don't appreciate how big some of these ships are until you see a batallion of clone troopers dwarfed in comparison.
I'd recommend this for any Star Wars enthusiast, anyone that appreciates detailed Science Fiction, or fans of creative art.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dr. Is In. 27 April 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I would like to simply say that this is a great book and by far superior to any of the other tech books previous released, especially those by WiG. The decision by Lucasfilm to use the wealth of Curtis Saxton is giving the impression that they would like to correct some of the grevious and sloppy mistakes made by other authors. Dr. Saxton did an excellent job with this book, which is not suprising since he never does anything half-way. Be sure to visit his site: Star Wars Technical Commentaries.
Great job Dr. Saxton, and thank you Lucasfilm.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Good Cross Selections Book 1 July 2002
By "webby003" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book has it all and more! With over 10 ships drawn in amazing detail. Each ship (or vehicle) has cut away views that show power sources, shields, gravity technology, cargo space and more! The vehicles all have a Data File that tell you the manufactuar, the make, dimensions, speed, power, armament , crew, and all the data is thourgh and organized. This book is must have for any fan who want to know more than what is shown in the movie.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great cross section book for Star Wars 14 Sep 2005
By J. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I just recently received this book and all I can say is that it's the bomb! The pages are full of intricate details about both the vehicles and story of Episode II. The foldout of the Republic Dropship is definitely a highlight of the series. If you like Star Wars and want to know more than you can possibly imagine about Star Wars engineering, pick this book up right away.
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