This page is an archive of a community-wide discussion. This page is no longer live. Further comments or questions on this topic should be made in a new Knowledge Bank page rather than here so that this page is preserved as a historic record. Advanced Jedi Training Droid 6(Talk to my master) 03:48, June 16, 2014 (UTC)
Ok so I know this is mostly just a vanity thing but, where the heck are the turbolasers on most of the starships? That is to say, where are they actually located, and why in the name of the Force aren't they visible in the majority of starships?
Off the top of my head, Nebulon B Frigates have 12 turbolasers and 12 laser cannons, none of which can be seen anywhere on the bleeding ship!
This definitely is NOT a lone case either. The overwhelming majority of ships just don't seem to have any weapons depicted in any of their images.
I know at least a few ships actually DO have their weapon emplacements visible, such as the Rebel Blockade Runner, but these ships seem to be the minority here...
Check the Star Wars vehicle cross-sections on the Nebulon-B frigate, its got two or three or maybe even four heavy turbolaser cannons, mounted facing forwards on top and bottom, similar to Prow heavy turbolaser cannons.--MadMarek (talk) 10:00, September 24, 2013 (UTC)
Here it gets messy. I probably can't give you an answer that will sit well with the Wookieepedians. But someone has proposed in a reference guide a smaller number of turbolasers on Star Destroyers because he can only count so many. However, I will point out that turbolasers can be illegally placed on starfighters. From that fact, there may be the sixty turbolasers on a Star Destroyer which is the common claim of most books. Look to the scene where the gunners on the Devastator say, "Look! There goes another one." A very tiny gun behind a very small window is shown. If this is a simple blast cannon...Oh well. The former argument above still works all the same. The main problem is not if you can see a turbolaser. It is if the gunner can shoot it. In the films, sixty turbolasers are not taking turns blasting the Falcon if you count how many rounds are coming out, and from where. It is possible that the sixty turbolasers are not all manned/installed. They may be backups to replace the ones that are destroyed. When a Captain brags about their number of turbolaser batteries in that case, they are talking about how long they can stand in a firefight with damages, malfunctions, etc. Or...The turbolasers may have range settings. It may be there are turbolasers for orbital bombardments, then for close quarters, for fighters, for besieging stations, and etc. At this point, though, we are speculating, and I can only answer with canon. So just know...We're working on it. Star Wars has some things to share with Earth still. Nobody block me for the theories! This is pretty back and forth, neutral even, and answers the question.126.96.36.199 20:09, August 11, 2013 (UTC)
I also believe that we need to get away from the thought process that for each turbolaser a ship has, there also has to be a gun tube protruding from the hull.--188.8.131.52 17:05, September 11, 2013 (UTC)
Good point. He's right. The turret in Episode IV is none too visible. And after watching the movies a few times, I believe it is very much more realistic now to stick with the majority of statements that there are sixty turbolasers on a Star Destroyer. There are enough turbolaser bolts from different emplacements it seems to make some more sense when analyzed properly. Also, a thought may bring us to consider the fact sixty turbolasers still have to aim, adjust aim, and fire through the flashes of each battery and blinding radiance from the rounds. Good talk guys. We are mind tricking ourselves into belief, I believe. You will hold fire on turbolasers 21 through 45 while pursuing the Falcon...
Oh...Well those are on the top, not the bow, of the Star Destroyer. But I will hold fire on turbolasers 21 through 45 while pursuing the Falcon.184.108.40.206 15:24, September 23, 2013 (UTC)
Who's to say that the visible mounted weapon was on top of the Star Destroyer, what if it was in the bow. Its clear that there was at least one small-to-medium, single barreled cannon or turbolaser mounted on the bow, this can even be seen in Episode V, when the Star Destroyer Avenger persued the Millenium Falcon through the hoth asteroid belt and in Episode IV, above Tatoonie. So there might be possibility it was mounted on the top, bow or maybe even the side.
MadMarek, that last bit was a joke about how we are becoming more convinced many turbolasers unseen on the Star Destroyers are plausible and realistic to the movies.220.127.116.11 21:01, September 24, 2013 (UTC)
Ha! Ha! I see your meaning. I was just looking at thr technical side of things (I'm like that). Anyway, thanks.--MadMarek (talk) 11:38, September 26, 2013 (UTC)