The New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels

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The New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels
Attribution information

W. Haden Blackman

Cover artist

Steven D. Anderson


Ian Fullwood


Allan Kausch (Lucasfilm) and Steve Saffel (Del Rey)

Publication information

Del Rey

Publication date

September 30, 2003





The ninth book in Del Rey's Essential Guide series, The New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels features an in-depth look at one hundred ships, fighters, and other flying machines from the original trilogy, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, as well as the Expanded Universe, including the The New Jedi Order series, each with its own one- to two-page spread including detailed schematics. There were, however, some glaring errors throughout the book.



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  • "Bikes" is spelled as "bites" on a page.
  • An MTT is referred to as an AAT.
  • Home One's illustration is the incorrect type of Mon Cal cruiser.
  • On the Home One schematics "Turbolaser Pod" is "2" whilst "Sensor Array" is "3", however the schematics show "Turbolaser Pod" as being "3" instead of "2".
  • The front and side views of the AT-AT have different leg positions.
  • AT-AT are listed at 15 meters tall.
  • The Executor is listed at 12km long
  • Fighter Acceleration is scaled without consideration of ROTS era fighters such as the Eta 2 Actis, V-wing or ARC-170 that they were designed to replace and have inexplicably lower performance statistics in spite of sources such as "Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader" stating that TIE Fighter was to outperform the V-wings and Eta 2s as well as Vader flying the TIE Advanced x1 in ANH rather than an Eta 2, which is due to it having been published prior to the release of Revenge of the Sith.
  • The affiliation for the A-wing is listed as Galactic Empire instead of Rebel Alliance.
  • Guri is claimed to be Xizor's cyborg aide when "she" is a human replica droid.
  • It is stated that the Battle of Endor is the "final battle" of the Galactic Civil War, however the war actually ended 15 years after Endor upon the conclusion of the Battle of Yaga Minor.
  • Captain Tarpals' "Ouch time" line is used as the quote for the AAT, despite the line actually being in response to the activation of the battle droid ranks.

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Essential Guides
First generation (19952001)
Characters · Vehicles and Vessels · Weapons and Technology · Planets and Moons
Droids · Chronology · Alien Species · Episode I (canceled)
Second generation (20022006)
New Characters · New Vehicles and Vessels · New Weapons and Technology
New Chronology · New Droids · New Alien Species
Third generation (2007—)
The Force · Atlas · Warfare · Reader's Companion · Characters (canceled)

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