New “Star Wars” Book Looks Beneath the Hood of Classic Ships

On November 12th Rebel Starfighters Owners’ Workshop Manual  will be released by Haynes Publishing and Insight Editions. These are the same people behind the highly entertaining Millennium Falcon Owners’ Workshop Manual and TIE Fighter Owners’ Workshop Manual. This time around, the creative team behind the book is taking a deep-dive into what makes the star-fighters of the Rebellion and Resistance eras of Star Wars.

New "Star Wars" Book Looks Beneath the Hood of Classic Ships
Image Courtesy Disney/Lucasflim, Haynes Publishing and Insight Editions

There is also a pretty clear look at the new Y-Wing bomber from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Check it out:

New "Star Wars" Book Looks Beneath the Hood of Classic Ships
Image Courtesy Disney/Lucasflim, Haynes Publishing and Insight Editions

It will be interesting to see if all the outraged fanboys that hated on the bombers from Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be pacified by the return of a classic looking Y-Wing, or if they will continue to gnash their big, frightening teeth and roll their bulging, spooky eyes.

The classic X-Wing is featured as well, with special attention paid to how those S-foils actually worked:

New "Star Wars" Book Looks Beneath the Hood of Classic Ships
Image Courtesy Disney/Lucasflim, Haynes Publishing and Insight Editions

To illustrate how an X-wing’s Strike foils, or S-foils, unfold, I selected two sequential still frames from the original theatrical version of Star Wars [from 1977]. At George Lucas’s instruction, Industrial Light & Magic revised the special effects for this scene in [1997’s] Star Wars: Special Edition, and made the X-wings break out of formation while their wings unfolded. Because Lucasfilm considers the revised version “canon,” I didn’t know whether they’d allow Haynes to use the earlier still frames, but I’m glad that they did, simply because the original version more clearly illustrates the X-wing’s S-foils in operation.- Ryder Windham, Rebel Starfighters Owners’ Workshop Manual co-author

The new Resistance era A-Wing gets some love, too:

New "Star Wars" Book Looks Beneath the Hood of Classic Ships
Image Courtesy Disney/Lucasflim, Haynes Publishing and Insight Editions

There are a bunch of other Star Wars starfighters detailed in the Rebel Starfighters Owners’ Workshop Manual, which carries a suggested retail price of $24.99. You can pick your copy up just about anywhere that sells books on November 12th.

And if you need an instruction manual for most makes and models of cars, Haynes Publishing has you pretty much covered there as well!

 

About Leigh Kade

Leigh George Kade is a writer, illustrator, and sculptor who lives in Salt Lake City with his wife and two small Skrulls. Leigh has also been a panelist on the wildly popular Geek Show Podcast since 2008. He has been an Entertainment Writer for Bleeding Cool since 2018.