If you are a STAR WARS gear head you may recall that last fall Insight Editions and Lucasfilm gave us the YT-1300 Millennium Falcon Owners’ Workshop Manual. Well if working on the Falcon wasn’t enough, you can now start taking on projects from the Imperial Fleet as well. The TIE Fighter is the next ship to get the Haynes Manual treatment. So, get your tools ready as I take you on a review of the STAR WARS: TIE FIGHTER Owners’ Workshop Manual.

TIE Fighter Manual
Image: Lucasfilm Ltd./Insight Editions

The Tie Fighter

Have you ever wondered what was the fastest TIE in the TIE Starfighter series? Or are you trying to learn more about the TIE’s targeting system. Well now you can get all your technical information from the STAR WARS: TIE FIGHTER Owner’s Workshop Manual. This manual gives you everything you need to know about the TIE Fighter from ship specs to production. You will also learn about all the different TIE series from the beginning to the First Order. It even gives us a look into the pilots, their flight suits, and even their training. You even get the thought process from the Imperial Leaders on how we got to the TIE Fighters we see in action today.

TIE Fighter Manual
Image: Lucasfilm Ltd./Insight Editions

Grand Moff Tarkin’s thoughts on designing the TIE Fighter

So, when reading about the TIE Fighters you learn why the Empire was able to have so many and were pretty much disposable.

Tarkin believed the best way to prevent pilots from deserting was to limit the pilots’ range and ability to travel unassisted. Because of this plan it negated any need to equip the starfighter with a hyperdrive or landing gear. To further reduce expenses and restrict the pilots’ independence, Tarkin also advocated that the starfighter should be without energy-shield systems. Tarkin believed by doing this it would make the pilots much more committed in completing their missions.

Image: Lucasfilm Ltd./Insight Editions

The TIE FIGHTER Manual team

The writer Ryder Windham who also wrote STAR WARS: YT-1300 Millennium Falcon Manual is no stranger to the STAR WARS universe. He has written over 60 STAR WARS books and comics including STAR WARS Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor. Windham, does a great job diving into the History and design of the TIE Starfighter series ships. The book is easy to follow and with the amazing and detailed art from Chris Reiff and Chris Trevas you felt like you were going over the plans for the TIE Fighter with Tarkin in his office. Reiff and Trevas also work on the art in the Falcon Manual as well.

My final thoughts

First, I would like to thank Insight Editions publishing for giving me the opportunity to review this book. Once I started to read it, I could not put it down. From the history of TIE Fighter line to its detailed specs it felt like I was a TIE Fighter expert when I was done reading this book. The STAR WARS: Tie Fighter Owners’ Workshop Manual is a must have and read for any STAR WARS fan and is available now from Insight Editions publishing. I cannot wait to see what the next ship in this series will be.  You can order now by clicking here.

We want to hear from you

Have you read the TIE Fighter Owners’ Manual yet? What are your thoughts on this book and what other ships would you like to see in this series? Well, we want to hear from you. You can do that by hitting us up on Twitter @thathashtagshow and myself @starwarsnerd574. Also make sure to stay up to date on all the Star Wars news by following us at ThatHashtagShow.com. I can’t wait to see you all next year at STAR WARS Celebration.