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Star Wars : Incredible Cross-Sections : The Ultimate Guide to Star Wars Vehicles and Spacecraft Hardcover – 22 Oct 1998


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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd (22 Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751370800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751370805
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 1.2 x 35.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The popularity of the Star Wars films seems only to grow with time, and the release of the new "prequel" trilogy is sure to add to that ever-burgeoning fame. Star Wars: Incredible Cross-sections is another in Dorling Kindersley's beautifully produced series of companion books providing interesting background trivia to the all-time classic trilogy. Using the full colour cross-section artwork techniques familiar from previous DK illustrated works, Reynolds, Jenssen and Chasemore collectively reveal the inner workings of 15 of the key vehicles and spacecraft from the original three films. Want to know how the ungainly AT-AT walkers (the metallic behemoths witnessed at the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back) manage to move and the ethos behind their unusual design? Or perhaps the combat advantages of a TIE fighter over a T-65 X-wing, or even the modifications made over the years to Han Solo's legendary YT-1300 stock light freighter, better known as the Millennium Falcon? This book will make all clear, illustrating it (almost literally) down to the last screw. To my mind, this is the real strength of the book--the texture and precision of Jenssen and Chasemore's illustrations bears the most minute examination, and even those with no knowledge of or interest in Star Wars would surely marvel at these wonderful examples of sci-fi art. But, of course, this is really a book aimed at the committed fan, and the information David West Reynolds has retrieved from his research into the Lucasfilm archives will leave none of them disappointed. --Alisdair Bowles

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Aug 1998
Format: Hardcover
You're going to ask yourself right up the front: Do I need to have another book like this? Star Wars Incredible Cross-Sections basically gives detailed information about vehicles and spacecraft in the galaxy far, far away. But don't The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels, A Guide to the Star Wars Universe, The Star Wars Encyclopedia, a Starlog blueprint magazine or two, and assorted editions of West End Games RPG sourcebooks all do that in one form or another?
Oh, yes. But not like this.
X-RAY VISION The review copy I received revealed truly "incredible," intricate drawings like in no other Star Wars book to date. Illustrators Jennsen and Chasemore (who do this type of work for jet aircraft, military vehicles and other real world machinary) put more detail into these drawings than a scanner can adequately show you.
What they've done is rip away parts of the exterior and interior of various vehicles and spacecraft to show you, from a 3/4 view, the hallways, hangers, machinary and other inner systems and components both familiar and newly-created. For example, you'll get to see the hallway from the Millennium Falcon cockpit lead to the interior where Chewbacca threatened arm-rippage and Ben patiently opened a new world for farmboy Luke Skywalker - and you can see those characters in position!
Author David West Reynolds (who also wrote Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary) has obviously spent long hours researching his topic. In these drawings, you'll find the hallway on the Tantive IV where Vader choked Captain Antilles, as well as the passageway where Princess Leia sent Artoo Detoo on his mission to find Obi-Wan Kenobi.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BryBo on 2 Dec 2006
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For those you of who have never seen this book, it is a classic in both information and design and was one of the first DK (Dorling Kindersley) books on the saga.

Written by David West Reynolds and Illustrated by Jenssen and Chasemore this covers the Original Star Wars Trilogy now called Episode 4 to 6 and gives great detail in the drawings. The craft are introduced in the same sequence of the film, so you get the Blockade Runner first followed by the Star Destroyer (Victory Class), Death Star, Tie Fighter and so forth. The schematics are brilliant and well worth looking at over and over again and special features include the Death Star with great information via West Reynolds. You get a glimpse of the Star Wars Universe which enhance your film viewing. This is a must buy for any Star Wars fan and anyone who play the Trivial Pursuit Star Wars board games.

The contents include:

The introduction (on engines, hyperdrives, sublight drivers etc)

The Blockade Runner (Tantive IV)

Star Destroyer

Tie Fighters (bombers, fighters etc) and Death Star (original)

Sandcrawler

Millennium Falcon

X-Wing (T-65) although this was and the Y-Wing's (BLT-A4)were not actually named in the films.

Tie Advanced X1 (Darth Vader's Tie)

All Terrain Armoured Transport (AT-AT) and Scout Walker (AT-ST)

Snowspeeder

Slave 1 and Jabba's Sail Barge

All in all a very brilliant book and well worth buying which you will want to read for years later (I have had this book since at least 2000).
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By A Customer on 26 Oct 1998
Format: Hardcover
Where do I start? This book is amazing! I am a full fledged Star Wars fan, but since I don't own Fort Knox, I can't afford to buy all of the merchandise. As a result I have to be extremely picky about which items I purchase. I had only to see the Millennium Falcon drawing on the cover, and I was hooked!
I have read The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels, but I found the information contradictory to previously published material, and a bit amateurish. Incredible Cross Sections does such a well-thought-out job, and is worded so well, that you almost forget these things don't exist! The gate-fold spread of the Death Star is absolutely incredible! The detail is also carefully executed, right down to the gold-foil insulation on the air ducts in the Millennium Falcon. Everything a Star Wars Technophile could want is in this book. I highly recommend buying the companion book as well: The Star Wars Visual Dictionary.
All I can say is, More! I would love to see another edition of this book containing some of the other vehicles.
Highly Recommended!
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By A Customer on 1 July 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book has some awesome pictures and some unique ideas. I was especially interested in the notion of landing barge supports on the AT-AT, an explanation I have not yet heard of and think is rather neat. The Milennium Falcon plan was a pretty good one, too. The only problems I could find was the writing on the fuel cell in the TIE that said the artist's name and 'wiborg', the latter of which I don't understand and the former of which I was disappointed by. The other problem was the labeling of the TIE fighter's laser cannon as a refueling port. Overall it was an excellent book and I hope he does a sequel with more vehicles and vessels.
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