But Nancy makes a point with her third Q, MC. what would they do for shields? did they plan to build an on-board generator? because that's the only way it would be feasible.
@Nancy: shields are usually deactivated in transit because nothing can hurt them in hyperspace
that's why the baddies rely on Gravity generators to pull a ship out of hyperspace and THEN pummel it to space dust. a thing of the Death Star's mass would require A LOT of energy invested in a gravity generator, and i don't think anyone would be willing to waste all that money on constucting one