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Star Wars Millennium Falcon: Owner's Workshop Manual Hardcover – January 31, 2012
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First, is this an actual repair manual? To be straight forward, absolutely not. This is not the first time Haynes has ventured into the SciFi genre as they have also produced a book for the starship Enterprise (Star Trek: U.S.S. Enterprise Haynes Manual). And like fans who read that book, it is apparent that the producers of the book have no real intention on making a "repair" manual. There are no instructions or steps on repair procedures like those found in actual Haynes repair manuals and as a mechanic for over 15 years I am quite familiar with what is found in actual Haynes books.
So why the connection to Haynes? Well, in my opinion the connection to Haynes can be easily explained as an attempt to bring a fresh and new layout to the common Star Wars Encyclopedia books and to also add a gimmick to boost sales. Is this a bad thing? No. To me wrapping a Star Wars Encyclopedia on the Falcon in a Haynes manual format is not a bad idea. Not only does it offer something new to an old idea but it also creates a new format to what was become a copy and paste production within the Encyclopedia product line.
If you can over look the fact that this is not an actual "repair" or "workshop" manual then you are brought to the second question.Read more ›
In September of 2010 this trio brought us the Star Wars: Millennium Falcon: A 3-D Owner's Guide, which was a really fun book put together by Becker & Mayer Books. The 3-D Owner's Guide was an over-sized heavy cardboard book that featured a layered cut-away of the Millennium Falcon, each page contained a "slice" of the ship showing certain systems and surrounding the cut away was text and images associated with the systems discussed. That book was designed for ages 8 and up, so as cool as it was it was designed for a younger audience and at 22 pages there was only so much information that could be included.
Random House Publishing's Del Rey imprint has taken a similar idea and put a new spin on it that gives a book that is both visually appealing for younger audiences and is detail rich for the more discerning nerd. Partnering with renowned automotive repair manual publisher Haynes, the Haynes Star Wars: Millennium Falcon: Owner's Workshop Manual is 125 pages of geek fun.
The book is crammed full of images from the films, production photos, and illustrations. While this full color book doesn't look like most Haynes manuals I have seen on the inside, the concept itself works to make the marketing gimmick make sense. If you have used a Haynes manual in the past, this book is of a better quality. It comes with a glossy hardcover and the internal pages are printed on a nice sturdy paper stock.Read more ›
What I mean is that this was merely a description of the Falcon, including a not-short history of Correlian Engineering, some of its various small freighter designs, and especially the YT-1300.
It did not describe any of the Falcon's systems in detail, nor the steps to troubleshoot, replace, or repair a component/part (i.e. how do you troublehsoot and replace a hyperdrive, how do you replace the small, auxilliary chin laser cannon?); THIS is what I would expect from a Haynes manual, even if for a science-fiction starship.
For what the manual did do, it was pretty cool, that's why it gets three stars. But since it is nowhere as detailed (in context) as the Haynes manual I have for my 2001 Honda Accord.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's the book that should be in any Wookie's Millennium Falcon's glove compartment.Published 3 days ago by Joel Suplido
Really not a book but the usual sense it is like an owners manualPublished 7 days ago by Bill-Devine
If you have a love of sci-fi movie hardware, this is a must-have. Well illustrated, and the written history of the ships is interesting.Published 11 days ago by Daniel Peace
I was looking for detail photos to build my Falcon model. This was moderately helpful.Published 27 days ago by W Stone
Loved it, like having a owner's manual, just wish I had a Millennium Falcon to fly!Published 3 months ago by Frank
This is a good, fun book with lots of trivia and information on the Millennium Falcon. I am building the DeAgostini 1:1 Studio Scale model of the Falcon put out by ModelSpace.com. Read morePublished 3 months ago by David Larson
An enjoyable look at everyone's favorite interstellar hotrod. A fun read for fans, and it looks to be a pretty good reference for the scale model builder. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Doug Devers