9th November 2018: Star WarsTM fans have followed the legendary Millennium Falcon since the hugely successful film franchise first wowed cinema-goers on the big screen in 1977, but what do they know of its engineering and its past? Now the YT-1300 Millennium Falcon Owners’ Workshop Manual, a new book from Haynes, describes in detail the vessel’s evolution – from common freighter to luxurious pleasure craft to the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy!
The book, which is fully authorized and approved by Lucasfilm, is the most thorough technical guide to the Millennium Falcon available. It traces the history of the Corellian Engineering Corporation’s (CEC) YT series of starships, and the development of the YT-1300 model line before focusing on the Millennium Falcon.
Written by Ryder Windham, author and co-author of more than 70 Star Wars books, YT-1300 Millennium Falcon Owners’ Workshop Manual provides the ultimate guide to the YT-1300’s history, systems and operation, with the aid of numerous photographs, plus line art, floor plans, exploded diagrams, and stunning computer-generated artwork by Falcon experts Chris Reiff and Chris Trevas.
Talking about the YT series, Ryder Windham comments: “Not many people appreciate that the YT-series revolutionized the interstellar shipping industry through its unparalleled application of modular design. Because entire sections and compartments could be mass-produced and arranged into different configurations as required without extensive retooling, CEC not only saved an enormous amount of money, but could market the YT-series at extremely competitive prices. CEC produced thousands of YT-series transports, and no two were exactly alike.
“The starship is best known for its association with the professional gambler Lando Calrissian, and later with the smugglers Han Solo and Chewbacca the Wookiee, who respectively made numerous modifications to transform their YT-1300 light freighter, the Millennium Falcon, into one of the fastest ships in the galaxy.”
YT-1300 Millennium Falcon Owners’ Workshop Manual is priced at £16.99 and available from www.haynes.com. The book number is H6222. The ISBN is 9781785212222. It is published in November 2018.
About the authors
Ryder Windham is the author and co-author of more than seventy Star Wars books. His previous collaborations with artists Chris Reiff and Chris Trevas include Millennium Falcon: A 3-D Owner’s Guide. He is a cofounder of the World Blood Drive, an annual international event that encourages Star Wars fans to give blood. He resides in Rhode Island.
Chris Reiff is an illustrator and industrial designer who has been working on Star Wars for more than 20 years. Among his recent projects are illustrations for Star Wars: The Imperial Handbook and Hasbro’s Star Wars The Black Series packaging as well as doing product development for Anovos. Chris works out of his office in Ohio and is trying hard to not be distracted by the airplane he plans to build. www.chrisreiff.com
Chris Trevas has been working professionally in the Star Wars universe for over 20 years illustrating books, games, toys, art prints, and an array of products from t-shirts to table tops. His books include Star Wars Propaganda and The Bounty Hunger Code. Chris works from his home studio in Michigan where he lives with his wife and three daughters. www.christrevas.com
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