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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ECHO STATION Grade: A
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...
Published on 28 Aug 1998

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3.0 out of 5 stars Too expensive!
I have a number of "technical" starwars books and this is possibly the most detailed in terms of the physical structures of the craft. However, the book is very thin and the price tag is over inflated. A better book is the Technical Manual.
Published on 5 Sep 1999


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5.0 out of 5 stars ECHO STATION Grade: A, 28 Aug 1998
By A Customer
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. You'll also discover an exquisite gatefold unlocking the interior mysteries of the first Death Star - including hanger bays and tractor beam stations.
From the systems of Boba Fett's Slave I to the workings and troop/storage capacity of the Imperial's All Terrain Transports, this book gives the Star Wars fan a true visual feel of how these machines would be put together.
It's almost a shame that so many of the other books I mentioned previously have already been released - many fans may feel put off buying a book of a topic that seems more than adequately covered previously. But if they don't, they'll be missing a real treat.
ECHO STATION Grade: A
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultiamate craft in the Orgianal Star Wars (Episode IV-VI), 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Dream for Technophiles!, 26 Oct 1998
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 1 July 1999
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Seriously cool volume of Star Wars ships and vehicles, 25 Sep 1998
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The beautifully illustrated DK duo cover characters, costumes, and weaponry in the Visual Dictionary, while the Cross Sections book dissects vehicles and spacecraft. Want to know how a light saber really works or what the interior of an Imperial Stormtrooper's helmet looks like? It's all in here. The most remarkable thing about the books is the amount of thought that's been expelled on the workings of things that don't even exist. The DK books are seriously cool and exceedingly browsable. Though aimed at kids, don't be surprised to see plenty of adults flipping through them also.-Michael Rogers, "Library Journal"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference for SW space crafts!, 16 Feb 1999
By A Customer
All I gotta say is "WOW!" the details in this book are amazing. The drawings are very detailed and excellent. I never knew where the hyperdrive was on the Falcon until now. Inside each ship is also a few characters, which is a cute add-on. You see Chewie and R2 playing holo-chess on the Falcon, you learn all about the TIE fighters, and the coolest space craft of all time, the Death Star in a 2-pg pull out! If you're gonna buy this, buy the other book of characters as well. Definatly for every SW freak, like me :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars So Much for So Little, 13 Nov 1998
By A Customer
What can I say, I wish there was more. Star Wars fans everywhere will delve into this book with the same zeal as Goldie Locks into a bowl of warm porage. Problem is, when they get to the end, they'll split the back cover as I did looking for more pages. This is a very well handled book, it's not plastic or condescending. It doesn't coddle the reader. It forces you to look hard at the picture, and I applaud the artists involved. But there could always be more, so I look forward to a second edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful drawings but incomplete in a couple of parts., 16 Feb 1999
By A Customer
The blockade Runner on pages 4-5 is fabulous, BUT, we're are its sub-light engines fuel tanks?
In the Star Wars Technical manual there shown but in this wonderful drawing there not there, plus a bit more information on its sublight engines would have been nice. Apart from that glitch and a misplaced hatch in the Millenium Falcon drawing its one of the best Star Wars books Ive ever bought.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very well received, 1 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Star Wars : Incredible Cross-Sections : The Ultimate Guide to Star Wars Vehicles and Spacecraft (Hardcover)
My nephew, Joey Bird, tells me :
"Thank-you very very much for my lovely Star Wars Incredible Cross Sections book - its great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
I hope to be invited on the maiden voyage of the first space ship he builds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a feast for the eyes!, 9 Dec 1998
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Long have I wondered what the layout of the DEATH STAR looked like, or how the Tantive IV was laid out inside. Now I know.
While just 32 pages, this book will trap you with its details and fascinate you with its prose. A must for any serious Star Wars fan. Don't pass it up!
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