Death Star…no not THAT flaw…can only fire its mega weapon at approximentally 40%(?) of its viewable area at any one time. It really needs escorts. That it was unaccompanied by escorts should have been a dead giveaway that it WAS A TRAP!!
Doomsday Machine. Ok granted you can’t penetrate its neutronium hull, but that doesn’t mean you have to do strafing runs. Just sit over its axis. And btw…that thing being so ancient?? It would have its own eco-system by the time Enterprise encountered it.
Imperial walkers. Of ffs, stop flying in front of them. Ok yes theyre shielded. Still.
Tie Fighters: The “wings” are either heat sinks or solar panels depending on who you believe. Either way they’re a terrible design since they cut off a fair chunk of visibility for the pilot and don’t seem to serve any purpose as armour.
Actually, the real-life version was almost as bad.
The Davy Crockett was the smallest nuke the US ever designed and built. It had extremely poor shielding (so even hauling the thing around was dangerous) and no abort function. If it was fired, it would go off. And if it didn’t go far enough, you were screwed.
The Fat Man from Fallout is objectively a terrible idea. A man-portable (not crew-served) nuclear weapon launched via catapult on the battlefield. The only thing that makes it work is the game mechanics.
Next Gen “dustbuster” phasers. There appears to be no aiming mechanism at all, not even a rudimentary bump on top to aim by. I’m not convinced the beam even comes out in the same direction each time. It seems to be controlled more by the special effects folks than the actual internal mechanism.
While it’s true that a Grand Moff doesn’t have to be reasonable or patient, it doesn’t make the attack on Yavin IV practical until it’s actually practical. The Death Star had to get around Yavin, the gas giant primary, to get a shot at the inhabited moon.
I suppose he should have had the on-duty navigator spaced* for not bringing the Death Star out of hyperspace with a clear line of fire. Seems like orbital insertion planning is a serious training shortfall in the Imperial Fleet.
*He even could have used Darth Vader’s line: “You have failed me for the last time.”