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07-17-2002, 10:51 AM
Hi all,
a friend of mine is going to Canada on vacation and I would like to ask him if he can buy some SW book for me.

I already have the Essential Guide to Vehicles and the Essential Guide to Characters and I am very happy with them. What would you suggest to buy? I am more interested to technical details about vehicles and ships, but every aspect of the SW universe is OK. I heard about Incredible Cross-Sections, is it good? or is it too "juniorized"? Should I buy the rest of the Essential Guides? or are there other books which are a must?

I am really grateful for any suggestion, thank you! :)


07-17-2002, 11:04 AM
Hey Jedi Goofy,

The ATOC cross section book is one best published,I highly recommend it DAWG!;)

07-17-2002, 12:17 PM
I have some lists and scans of many SW books at these links, perhaps they can help you with your choices...

07-17-2002, 03:00 PM
Hey JG

But ALL three of the cross sections books - they are FANTASTIC.

If you're into SW vehicles, they're indispensible.



07-17-2002, 03:47 PM
JG, I scanned a couple pages from the SW incredible cross-sections book for you to check out the content. Here are links to the scans. The image files are about 130KB each, and I'll leave them on my website for a week or two, then remove them to save file quota space.

AT-ST cross-section (http://home.adelphia.net/~jr44772/AT-STcrossxion.jpg)

Y-Wing cross-section (http://home.adelphia.net/~jr44772/YWingcrossxion.jpg)

The book is larger than the glass of scanner, so I could't fit the whole page on the scans.

One thing to consider: the book is short - only 32 pages - 14 ships and a page about the engines for all the ships. But it is a very nice book.


BTW, I added another page (http://home.adelphia.net/~jr44772/collection_pictures.htm) to my website showing pictures of my collection. I don't have a digicam, and my 35mm camera is absolute crap. The pictures on the page are scans of 35mm prints, and are pretty awful. I'll upload better pics when/if I ever get a good digicam.

07-17-2002, 10:41 PM
Another way to view the details of the DK books is to go DIRECTLY (http://uk.dk.com/Search/QuickSearchFrame?11CS^General_star%20wars) to their site and choose the book you're interested in checking out, then choose the "look inside" feature and you can see some more GREAT detailed pics like SWAFFY's!

07-18-2002, 06:36 AM
Thank you! :)
As usual you are very very helpful (thank you swafman for the time you spent scanning those pages :happy: )

You have persuaded me the 3 Incredible Cross-Sections books are a good choice. :D If they are still available at bookstores. :confused:

There is also the Star Wars Encyclopedia, by Sansweet, which may be interesting. I will try to get that one too.

Thank you again for your help, you are the best! :crazed:


good shot jansen
07-18-2002, 07:04 AM
the sansweet encylopedia is awright, nothin to get very excited about though.

the other books in the sw line which dk publishes, "the visual dictionary's" (there's one for the original trilogies (http://uk.dk.com/Book/BookFrame/0,1007,,00.html?11CS^0751370819), the phantom menace (http://uk.dk.com/Book/BookFrame/0,1007,,00.html?11CS^0751370576), and attack of the clones (http://uk.dk.com/Book/BookFrame/0,1007,,00.html?11CS^0751337455), three books in all), are far more entertaining, and contain a wealth of information on all characters vehicles, weapons, accessories, doo dads, whatever, pertaining solely to the motion pictures. a lot of the information contained within these books can be found no where else.

another fabulous book in the dk series is inside the world of star wars, episode I (http://uk.dk.com/Book/BookFrame/0,1007,,00.html?11CS^0751362220)

the sansweet encyclopedia deals waaaaaay too much with the expanded universe for my tastes.

07-18-2002, 12:22 PM
cuz as recently as this spring i saw ep1 crosssection books on sale at kbs around here for $5 (reg price $20) :)

07-18-2002, 01:59 PM
Hey JG

I bagged an Ep1 Cross Section at my local PC World about 2 months ago for 3 - do you want me to see if they still have some?



07-18-2002, 10:16 PM
I have CT and EP 1 Incredible Cross Sections and they're some of my favorite SW ref books of late. Another would be the "Illustrated Star Wars Universe" (now in paperback), here's its Amazon.com listing for more info: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0553374842/qid=1027048333/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_1/002-4765700-0320860

It's basically taking McQuarrie's art and Kevin J. Anderson writing different guides on each planet, each with a different take. Bespin is told through a Cloud City tourism guide pamphlet, Endor is told from the journal of a stranded AT-ST pilot, Tatooine is shown from the writings of an anthropologist... it's not a techy book like the Cross Sections or the Visual Dictionaries, but it's one of my absolute favorites.

07-19-2002, 07:28 AM
Hi bc3,
thank you very much for your offer :), but I would like to wait and see what my friend is able to find for me (just to try to save on shipping costs :greedy: ).

Anyway, if he does not succeed I will for sure ask for the help of someone of you :D, because after your suggestions, and the page scans, I can not wait to get those Incredible Cross-Sections books. :eek:

That "Illustrated SW Universe" is also original. There was also an attempt to do something like that in the SW Technical Journals, with fake ads of Tatooine. Very funny. :) I will try to get that too.

Thank you again for your help, very appreciated! :happy: