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Star Wars - Complete Vehicles

When it comes to a Science Fiction book, that guides you through the Battleships and Starships, of the Star Wars Universe - then there really is no better source of reference, than Star Wars - Complete Vehicles:


Star Wars - Complete Vehicles - Starship drawings and cutaways.


I like the fact that this book, includes large cross-section drawings and cutaways, of the Capital Ships - that make up both the Imperial Navy, and the Rebel Alliance. The artwork is outstanding! In both terms of it's quality, and in terms of it's details - such as showing the inner workings of Capital Ships, Cruisers, Fighters and Assault Craft (including weapon systems, sensor arrays and command/control positions). Each drawing is also accompanied, by a wealth of textural information, that helps you understand just how, these Interstellar Capital Ships - actually function :) I particularly enjoyed, the section on Republic Technology, which explains the combat and manoeuvring systems, of both large Starships, and small Starfighters - including: shields (which deflect incoming laser beams and ballistics), armament (an entire range of futuristic laser cannons and gun turrets, together with conventional missiles and shells), power systems (such as nuclear fission and fusion reactors, which both supply power for weapon systems, shields and life support) and engine systems (such as sub-light Ion Engines, and greater than light-speed Hyperdrives). I also enjoyed the sections, that describe both the Republic's Firepower, and the Imperial Navy's Firepower ... As there's heavy-duty turbo-laser gun turrets, that can punch through both the shields and armour, of enemy Battleships, Starships and Cruisers! And it is these laser gun turrets, that are fitted to the Capital Ships, that are found within this book :) When it comes to the Capital Ships, do I find that they draw my eyes the most (as they are highly detailed behemoths) - and I have three favourite Battleships/Starships ... First: is the Venator Class Star Destroyer. With it's red hull markings, contrasted against it's grey/beige metal hull form, and it's high dorsal ridge (aka conning tower), does this Starship look extremely domineering :) At over eleven hundred meters long, does this Starship also function as an Aircraft Carrier - as it can deploy an entire Fleet of Starfighters and Assault Vessels! Of it's on-board weapon systems, do I especially like the inclusion of it's eight heavy turbo-laser gun turrets - which are used primarily, for broadsides against enemy Starships (in traditional Navy style Fleet Encounters). Second: is the Republic's Home One (Fleet Flagship). Being of an elongated cylindrical shape, do I especially like the concept of size, that's found within this Starship's midship section :) As it's outer decks (of accommodation and personnel), are wrapped around it's internal vitals (of power and atmospheric processing plants) - together with a unique twist, of an internal Paradise Lagoon (recreational area)! Added to this, is the concept of two smaller Spaceships (one large, one small), that can detach from the larger Mothership - and Home One takes on a class, all of her own :) Third: is the Starship Invisible Hand, which having it's cutaway drawing, spread out over four pages (when folded out) - is truly impressive :) Being a long Starship, can you see exactly where her hull form, suffers tremendous breakup stresses - when she ends up passing through, a planetary atmosphere! You can also see, the arrangement of internal bulkheads and frameworks, that support her thickened hull form - together with the large internal hangers, that house the various assault ships/vessels (of the Droids and their Army). A further twist (for me), is the inclusion of emergency air brake panels - which protrude from the sides of her hull form (in a bid to slow her down!). Her hull form also features a conning tower (which I feel is overly tall), together with external communication sensors and masts (which I again feel, are somewhat protruding). What of the smaller Starships and Starfighters? Well ... There's again three, that stand out for me :) First: is the Millennium Falcon, which although I knew she was fast, I didn't know that the reason (that she is fast), is because of her upgraded Ion and Hyperdrive engines! I also didn't know, that she carried military grade, quad laser gun turrets - that are insanely powerful, for a Spaceship of her size :) Even so, I was pleased to see, that I could relate to the logic, of locating her vitals (such as her power core and engineering station), towards the centre of her hull form - where it affords the most protection! I even found myself amused, by the idea of added armour plates (that thicken her hull form), as it seemed to me, that they were added in a somewhat - haphazard fashion :) Second: is the T-65 X-Wing Starfighter (as used by the Rebels). This entry made me laugh, when I read that the X-Wings (quad) laser cannons, operate at the limits of safety - in order to maximise firepower! I was also surprised to learn, that the X-Wing is capable of undertaking Deeper Space Missions by itself - as it incorporates life support systems (for it's pilot), that can last for several days. I also liked the complexity of the X-Wing (upon it's schematic) - which I feel, comes from it's high levels of manoeuvrability (such as it's various thrusters), and the fact that this small Starfighter, also packs a Hyperdrive! Third: The Imperial Tie Bomber. Which I found provided an interesting twist, as it's really a Starbomber (as opposed to a Starfighter) - which is able to precision bomb, both planetary targets (such as military installations), and Starship hull forms. Thus, did I like the fact that the Tie Bomber, augments the already fearsome bombardment capabilities, of the behemoth Capital Ships - such as Star Destroyers :) Overall: this is an amazing Science Fiction book, that contains a wealth of information, on both the Capital Ships (such as Battleships and Starships), and the smaller Spaceships and Starfighters - that are found within, the Star Wars Universe. Added to this, is the books coverage of land based assault vehicles, both the smaller (such as the AT-RT one man walker), and the larger (such as the AT-AT assault force walker) - and you start to gain some idea, of the amount of quality information, that's contained within this book :) I also liked the fact, that this book can be read, in two specific ways ... Either - 1) pick-up and read a random page (as there's so much detail on it, it's just as distracting!). Or - 2) read from cover-to-cover (as this examines the various Starships, in a chronological order, that reflects the sequence - of the Star Wars films). In either case, do I feel that you shall loose many an hour (just like me), pawing over specific Starship drawings and cutaways :)

27/10/2016 | Nebula Hawk

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Battleship Artwork - HMS Hood 1937