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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon August 15, 2005
Even after all three prequels have had their cross section books the original is still the best. You get more details, more vehicles, more explanations of technology than in any other book. I suppose that's the way it should be considering this is the first in the series. If you are a fan of Star Wars and have any interest in knowing how the vehicles work or what's in them this is the book for you.

While this book isn't 100% comprehensive (not all the Star Wars trilogy vehicles are covered) it covers all the important ones like the X-Wing, TIE Fighter (three versions), the Millenium Falcon and much more. You not only get cut away views of these vehicles, but also some interesting information on the history of the ship as well as how they work. The detail that goes into these ships is amazing. And it's not just an artist putting "busy stuff" in the hulls to look technical. A lot of care was put into this one. I would even say this book gives you better information on the ships covered than the very comprehensive Star Wars Guide to Essential Vehicles.

Only about a dozen ships are featured in this book. While that might sound small the details you get make it definitely worth it. So don't fret over the lack of quantity because it makes up for it in quality.

The book itself is definitely a coffee table type book. These Incredible Cross Sections books are the largest in my collection. It's a huge hardbound book with a dust jacket. The dust jacket and cover look identical so you don't lose too much taking out the jacket. While the book is large the number of pages is small so the book ends up really thin, but with only a small amount of vehicles covered I can understand the small number of pages.

The only drawback on this book is the lack of other ships in the trilogy that could really use some exposure like the A-Wing and B-Wing fighters, the Mon Calimari ships and many others. Here's hoping they make a follow up to do just that. I'm guessing if you're interested in this book you either have one or more of the others or are looking to get them. I consider this one a required asset to that collection. Sure the other cross section books are pretty good, but this one is the top dog.
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on December 6, 2014
Nice artwork, but the book is only 32 pages. Since it's hardcover the pages make up less than a third of the book's thickness. Really nice drawings with attention to detail, but I wouldn't have spent that much money if I'd actually held a copy. Just feels cheap when you hold it in your hands.
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Man, I absolutely love this book. I started with this one, and it quickly led me to buy all the "Cross-Sections" books. As just a simple Star Wars fan, I've found all these books to be a blast to read through. The graphics are incredible and the info provided is also a lot of fun - especially if you are a Star Wars RPG'er, or even if you just enjoy the films.
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on August 28, 1998
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.
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on September 3, 2012
This includes most of the main vehicles from the original Star Wars movies. At 32 pages long it is short but the overall size of the book is quite impressive (10 1/2 X 14 inches). The details are also impressive but not totally overdone. This is like a cross-section book for younger people. I still found it interesting enough to buy the cross-section books of episodes I, II, and III. I find these books to be quite cool. They have added the appropriate people to populate the ships, such as Han at the controls of the Millennium Falcon. It's a nice touch. The art style is impressive.

Vehicles included.

The blockade runner Tantive IV.
The Victory-class Star Destroyer.
The Tie fighter.
The Death Star (displayed on the fold out pages).
The sand peoples Sandcrawler.
The Millennium Falcon.
The T-65 X-Wing fighter.
The BLT-A4 Y-Wing fighter.
The Tie Advanced X1 fighter (Darth Vaders ship).
The AT-AT.
The Snowspeeder.
The AT-ST.
The Slave I (Boba Fett's ship).
Jabba the Hutt's Sail Barge.

I recommend it.
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on October 26, 1998
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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on September 23, 2003
Unless You are really, really obsessed with the star wars ships and other vehicles you are probably better off to purchase the Visual Dictionary by the same author. The Visual Dictionary has more pages and is more interesting as it looks at all the characters, creatures, weapons and everything else as well as the ships although the ships and vehicles are not in as much detail as the ones in this book.

The detail in this book is very extensive, so if you are fascinated by Star Wars vehicles then this is definitely the book for you. If you wanted a broader picture of the whole Star Wars world then get the dictionary instead. If your a huge Star Wars fan then you'll probably want both.
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on March 9, 2015
Fantastic pictures, with great detail and accompanying little blurbs going more in depth on the vehicles. I just wish there were more drawings done, as I thought this book would be a lot thicker. Granted, it's from 1998, I think it could have used some more material inside, considering the price.
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on March 16, 2011
This is the first of the DK's Incredible Cross Sections that attempts to extrapolate what is "under the hood" so to speak for the vehicles and starships of the Star Wars universe. Of all the books, even the Phantom Menace ICS, this book is at least honest in it's look, and unlike the horrid AOTC and ROTS books authored by Curtis Saxton, David West Reynolds does not have an ulterior motive in writing the speculative information contained in the text.

Some elements of this book are already rendered out of date by the newer Star Wars material.

A simple example of this is the Y-wing starfighter entry. The Y-wing's original outer cladding is far different from what the Clone Wars television series has portrayed. The ICS shows a conformal cladding, while the TV series shows us that Y-wings had coverings that made them look more like giant A-wing fighters, and the small aft mounted gun was actually supposed to be a pressurized WW-II bomber style bubble canopy for a gunner to fire it from.

As always, the illustrations by Hans Jenssen and Richard Chasemore
are magnificent, even if they are dated by more recent movie and TV depictions of the hardware.

So I highly recommend his book, it is a fun, if dated look at how things might work for Star Wars tech, the artwork is breathtaking and that alone is enough to make it a worthwhile buy.
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on January 12, 2015
My boys' school had an older copy that was well used and the foldouts constantly had to be taped back together. My son loved the book so we bought a new one for the school and his own copy for Christmas. He loves it!!
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