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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!, 6 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Death Star Manual: DS-1 Orbital Battle Station (Owners' Workshop Manual) (Hardcover)
I've got a couple of the Haynes manuals and they are generally excellent and this is no exception. It's a book full of facts about the Death Star (as you may expect!) but also other areas such as trade federation ships, stormtroopers and adds an extra dimension to the book.

Each page is in full colour, with multiple photos or diagrams. My favorite was the elevation plan that show every single level on the Death Star - very detailed!

It's a great book to either sit and read or to simply dip into. It adds a lot to the Star Wars universe and is good value for what you get
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide, but the plans themselves need reviewing, 6 Nov 2013
This review is from: Death Star Manual: DS-1 Orbital Battle Station (Owners' Workshop Manual) (Hardcover)
The guide is fine and accurate, but surely someone should review the exhaust port as anyone who can bullseye womp rats in a T-16 can shoot it with a torpedo as they're not much bigger than two meters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always useful when riding around the galaxy, 4 Jan 2014
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Essential for all budding Han Solos or Princess Leias. Full of detail and illustrations. Ideal gift for any Star Wars geek. You never know when you might need to find your way around a Death Star... and sabotage it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun for the fans, 14 Nov 2013
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B. M. Clegg "Brian Clegg" (Wiltshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Death Star Manual: DS-1 Orbital Battle Station (Owners' Workshop Manual) (Hardcover)
Anyone who has gone through that 'I want to fix up my car' phase in the UK will be familiar with Haynes workshop manuals. These large format hardback books take the reader through all the basic maintenance and fiddly bits for practically every model of car you can think of. Now, they've added a fairly unique bit of maintenance work to their portfolio - fixing up the Imperial Death Star from Star Wars.

This is one of a range of entertainment-based titles added to the range. The Death Star version is closer to originals than, for instance, the UFO Investigations Manual, in the sense of being about a specific piece of technology. Like the UFO book, though, it's a bit of misnomer, in the sense that it isn't actually a workshop manual - it doesn't guide you through maintenance work on a Death Star, but rather it is a book about the Death Star, treating it as if it really existed.

It reminds me in some ways of the sort of thing you used to see in comics like the Eagle when I was young, where you might have a feature on something like the latest steam engine (ahem) or jet fighter or bomber (I remember one on the ill-fated TSR-2) which would inevitably include a cutaway drawing - and here we get several of these on the Death Star in all its glory.

One of the handy things about the whole Star Wars universe, probably only paralleled by Star Trek, is the extent to which back story details have been built up that makes it possible to provide page after page on the technological precursors of the Death Star and the different sections of the vast spaceship (120 km across, in case you wondered). There are plenty of diagrams and also plenty of stills from the Star Wars movies, illustrating different parts of the interior, exterior, and the partly completed second attempt at a Death Star.

Being old and cynical, the faux history and commentaries from the Grand Moff Tarkin amongst others come across as a little forced, but I think for a younger reader these won't prove a problem, and I think any younger fans of the original (and best) Star Wars movies, plus any older types with a sentimental fondness for these films will get a lot of enjoyment out of this. Certainly an excellent stocking filler if you have a big stocking. It is as a fun gift book I give it four stars, rather than as a great read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product, 1 Mar 2014
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This book is great! Now I can maintain my Death Star so no one will ever be able to blow it up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this you must, 13 Feb 2014
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Look, you're not going to be buying this for anyone who doesn't read the title for this review in a certain voice. Love it they will.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Manual for running your own Death Star, 18 Jan 2014
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The Rebel scum will never defeat you ever again with this book tucked away in your library. Amazing book with everything you need to know about running your own Death Star and every part illustrated in full detail. A must for any imperial officer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maintenance Made Easy, 4 April 2014
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Bought as a gift for a friend. Great book, LOADS of interesting information and a must have for anyone interested in maintaining their own Death Star because there's nothing worse than a shabby Death Star.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "You may open fire when ready", 11 Mar 2014
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Excellent book, very inventive and thought out.

Reminds me of the old Star Trek Technical manuals.

Great bedtime read (then you can dream of commanding your very own DeathStar!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars a bit of fun, 9 Mar 2014
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Strictly for star wars enthusiasts , it's good but not as good as the
Star trek manuals, (enterprise&klingon) it gives a description on all
Death stars and other other imperial.weapon platforms and . A brief
Bio of who's who
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