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  1. gorkmalork

    Say, one more random query: who do we figure manufactures these little brutes? The port/starboard airlocks seem rather CEC-evocative, and Rebels’ VCX-100 introduced a bit of diamond-planform design precedent there.

  2. Soren

    Do the engine exhausts rotate? Looks like the thrusters have some sort of movement available to them.

  3. gorkmalork

    Between this sawed-off gunboat & the Kontos frigate, you demonstrate a snazzy knack for diamond planforms-and as ever I dig your penchant for small craft with enough thrust to pick most of their battles. Out of gnawing curiosity, are those dual ‘heavies’ fixed forward or capable of TIE fuselage laser-style limited traverse?

      • gorkmalork

        Ah, so decent ability to strafe targets in the ‘vette’s lower-frontal arc. Now I get to visualize six of these things mobbing a Nebulon or Star Galleon.

        • Fractalsponge

          Nebulon would probably get one-shotted by a linked MTL volley from the dorsal turret. I have a hard time believing that a Neb-B has very high energy density – it is at best light corvette level, and that sort of ship is very vulnerable to MTL fire. For that matter, this ship is not likely to take sustained MTL fire, but it will take a few hits and be functional. I can see a Nebulon get cut in half by shield bleed through from a boom hit by an MTL.

          • Anonymous

            So that must be one of the reason why the empire stop using them because they are too frail right? And if so then the nebulon frigate might be completely outclassed by the kontos frigate, the velox frigate and possibly even the vigil corvette!

          • gorkmalork

            Curses, misjudged this design’s scale a skosh. I was figuring on ~100 meters’ length, but it’s closer to 200-something, right? A corvette-focused comparison chart might be worth considering.

            And agreed that sundry pieces of past & recent fluff text keep overhyping the Neb despite that nasty spinal issue; I just hadn’t seriously considered how little reactor space that bow beard offers. Perhaps besides the Alliance’s hospital-craft conversion(s), they’re better-employed as tugboats…or proton charge-loaded, remote-helmed ramships.

          • Fractalsponge

            The way they seem to be used is fine – escort, low intensity warfare combatant, and starfighter carrier. The problem is when people try to make it into a fleet combatant. It just isn’t, and can’t really contribute much apart from launching fighters and maybe screening. The reactor space isn’t there, and if the reactor space isn’t there, it just can’t do a lot of things.

          • gorkmalork

            Fair ’nuff; we see ’em at Scarif & Endor ’cause the Alliance can’t be too choosy, and they usually don’t merit destroyers’ full (or even partial) attention. Plus, suppose those antennae might hint at some EW/comm capacity. I’ll admit to having zero idea where a Neb keeps any small craft; A-wings or average-scale TIEs might squeeze in somewhere, but anything larger seems stuck with exterior connections like the Falcon.

          • Fractalsponge

            Neb is fairly large, and TIEs are fairly small. The top part of the paddle I think can actually pack a decent number of small fighters. X-W, maybe a squadron.

          • gorkmalork

            Supposed that fits the ‘light escort with just enough guns & small craft to run off pirates’ slot, then. Mechanics must be crawling all over each other, but such is life. I suppose this design is another pure gun/tractor platform?

  4. Anonymous

    Neat although it does like a bit wider than I though but meh is alright.
    By away about the ion cannons why do they have a long turret? Is it for longer range or something?

    • gorkmalork

      Apparently those are heavier ions than a ship this size usually mounts, and as such take up more space & have a limited range of motion compared to the smaller turrets.

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