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Haynes "Millennium Falcon"

Haynes "Millennium Falcon"ISBN 978 0 85733 096 3. Haynes "Millenium Falcon - Modified YT-1300 Corellian Freighter - Owner's Workshop Manual" by Ryder Windham, Chris Reiff and Chris Trevas was published in 2011 by Haynes Publishing (although this is an officially licensed Star Wars Product). Anyone who was anyone who owned an old car is familiar with the Haynes Workshop Manuals. They fill entire bookshelves with their detailed instructions on how to take your car apart, fix common problems and then put it all back together again. It was stuff for real men. So a few years ago somebody came up with the cunning weez of writing Haynes Workshop Manuals for something other than cars. Want your real man to learn how to change baby's nappies? Then write a Haynes Manual for babycare and give it to your loved one for Christmas. "I just thought it would be funny darling."

 

However, with the Millenium Falcon Haynes have kinda come full circle. Yes, it doesn't exist (well not as a spaceship). It is the result of the imagination of model makers back in 1976 when Star Wars was in production. However anyone with enough time to browse through Star Wars folklore may well learn that the original design for the Millennium Falcon looked a lot like the Eagle Transporter from the British Television series "Space 1999". It hadn't arrived in the US at that time hence the model makers were unfamiliar with it. It was George Lucas who asked them to create a new model for the Falcon which he told them should look like a burger between two buns. Thus, the shape of the Millenium Falcon, we know and love today, was born. It retained the original cockpit from the first model (no doubt this was already under construction, full-size, on a sound-stage somewhere in Hollywood?) but now it was offset to the right of a saucer shape with forward "mandibles".

 

Haynes "Millennium Falcon"We purchased this in 2012 after we purchased the Fine Molds Millennium Falcon kit. The Falcon's iconic status seems to grow and grow. Recall that it doesn't really appear in any of the last three Star Wars movies - its last appearence was in "Return of the Jedi" back in the mid 1980's. Thirty years laters this one spaceship seems more popular than ever. Maybe there are one-too-many thirty somethings who saw the movie as kids before buying there first car and having to dismantle it using a Haynes manual! This book ticks all the boxes. Sentimentaility to one side for a moment - we will use this book as a resource for making a model. Does it come up to scratch? In some respects yes, there are a lot of pictures of the Falcon including some of the original sound-stage versions. However much of the text and illustrations are pure science fiction. Some of it doesn't always match what you see on the big screen either so be careful and do your research. The Falcon was intended to be a dirty and beat-up freighter so you can go to town on the weathering of your model kit. This book will help with that and provides enough internal details for anyone crazy enough to do a "cut-a-way" version.

 

Of course, this is all science fiction hence you can do what you like. However the Falcon is one of the last truly iconic sci fi ships from an era in Hollywood movie-making that has long gone. How many studios would seriously make a full scale version on a sound stage? It is all CGI these days. At least with this bird you know that, in many respects, it REALLY existed.

 

 

"Millennium Falcon" 3D Owner's Guide

 

3D Millennium FalconISBN 978-0-545-21038-6. "Millennium Falcon YT-1300 - A 3D Owner's Guide" by Ryder Windham (illustrated by Chris Trevas and Chris Reiff) was published by Scholastic in 2010. This is the same three-man team who produced the later Haynes manual. So the content is largely the same. Of the two books you are best off with the just the Haynes manual. That is not to say that this "3-D" owner's guide is not a waste of time. It has its' plusses.

 

3D Millennium FalconFirstly it is a lot larger physically so the artwork is larger. The pages are cardboard like a child's book. The reason is that each page peels away a layer of the Falcon. Clear acetate sheet holds everything together. There is text but it is all bite-sized factoids imagineered-together covering operational aspects of the imaginary Falcon. As such it doesn't add much for the model-maker. You are buying this for the artwork that acts as a painting guide for a kit of the Falcon.

 

 

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