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Dr.Zsasz
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I am a convert on this ship. I didn’t like it the first time I saw if in video games from a while back. Then Disney buys Star Wars, discards the expanded universe, re-establishes Thrawn and the Tie Defenders become his project. It was fun watching it in Rebels. It was a lot of fun to “watch” Vader pilot one in the newest Timothy Zahn book Thrawn: Alliance. It would be great to see one on the big screen but live action rather than animated.

Winter eclipse
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Winter eclipse

Some say this tie variant looks ugly but personally I find it beatiful, my favourite Tie design

KAI
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KAI

Metoo, maybe because its not classical, but really beautiful

Anonymous
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Fun fact there was a TIE Defender prototype called the TIE Advanced X7.
more info here: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/TIE/Ad_x7

Steve Bannon
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Steve Bannon

I’m not denying that the Falcon is both larger and better protected than any fighter, but in both the TFA and ANH cross sections, the powerplant and shield generator on the falcon are smaller than European cars and might just fit in the vast (for fighter standards) fuselage under the ARC’s crew cabin. This being said, the powerplant and shields of the Falcon also have to move and protect a far larger and heavier vessel and have access to much less wing area for heat dissipation. That, and surely the Incom fighter development team can reach higher volume efficiencies for… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I just notice something on the TIE Defender’s three wings in the middle between the cannons are they sensors or something?

gorkmalork
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gorkmalork

Yep, according to now-Legends technical sources those vaguely blaster muzzle-shaped widgets are targeting sensors. Interceptors & Avengers seem to have those too, though the Striker’s seem to be…somewhere on the fuselage.

Anonymous
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Lol. Screw canon. They’re targeting sensors.

Anonymous
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You know Fractal with these fighters going around do you think you might finished this TIE variant you were working on?
:http://fractalsponge.net/?p=2043

Steve Bannon
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Steve Bannon

Gork, did you forget about the most famous astromech repair of them all? R2 put Red 5 back in fighting trim at Yavin, which might have made all the difference for Luke. Also, at Yavin and Endor, almost every TIE destroyed took either a frontal or rear hit, making frontal cross section probably more important, but given heavy reliance on targeting computers by basically everyone, that shouldn’t matter too much. Regarding the Firespray, Saxton’s ICS pegs the hull lasers as 2 kiloton per shot guns “typical of heavy fighters and gunboats” although the barrels don’t look much larger than a… Read more »

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gorkmalork

I actually mentioned R2 near the end of that little screed-and still have my doubts about fighter-based astromechs being all that useful vis-a-vis laser grazes that aren’t fortuitously a meter away from their sockets (in an active firefight, anyway). Again, act(s) of Force. Emergency repair on disabled/ignored snubs…more plausible, but how much kit can you cram into that small a droid? Point about targeting computers, though I imagine the EW race might be a factor. Considering Fett Senior was trying not to splatter himself & son across a half-dozen asteroids & fragments thereof whilst running down a Jedi, he just… Read more »

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Steve Bannon

You’re probably right on this one. I’m not Saxton and haven’t had time to do an asteroid vaporization estimate, but from the hits Slave I was landing on those asteroids, it looked more like he was firing 40mm autocannon rounds than appreciable fractions of fission bombs. Interestingly, after breaking through and landing a couple of hits, he then stops entirely to lob a missile and doesn’t resume firing after it is launched. Perhaps the missile is SACLOS or Slave 1’s capacitors had ran dry.

Valoren
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Sorry if I sound sarcastic, but I doubt a 40mm auto-cannon would be able to shred a 10/15m wide, 4000 ton solid asteroid like tissue paper, even with the entire US ammunition supplies. And for the missile, no idea, but seeing its particularly sharp A.I. (that thing sticked to the aethersprite tails all the way, despite the density of the asteroid field), I just think Jango trusted it to destroy a small, already damage fighter. Hell, maybe he did it precisely as a test for his recently acquired death-bringing arsenal. He seems happy, as if he was at a shooting… Read more »

Valoren
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Also, there’s something who bother me about rogue one’s climactic hammerhead trick. seeing it like this, the shockwaves created by Slave I’s seismic charges were significantly more powerful than the colliding ISD, being able to instantly cut km-wide asteroids 10 times denser than a starship in half, without slowing…. and the Slave I had twelve of those. Does that mean Jango had the capacity to destroy half of an Imperial sector group four years before the first Imperator came out of Kuat’s assembly line ?

Steve Bannon
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Steve Bannon

The Rogue One thing can be explained by shield and tensor field interactions between the destroyers, which are presumably far stronger than some crook’s seismic charges. Besides, star destroyer hull armor is presumably a composite far tougher than any asteroid, with a couple sources citing it as neutronium.

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Does that mean that the colliding ISD would shred the geonosian asteroid the same way the charges did ? It must be able to, if it is more powerful. A nickel iron, km-wide asteroid is a solid block with an average density of 7000kg/m2 and a weight in the multi-billion ton range. The energy necessary to cut that clean in two would be well over what a SD could provide at a couple 100m/s at best. Note that the shockwave didn’t stop after that. it continued with no noticeable change in velocity, so this represent only a fraction of a… Read more »

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Steve Bannon

I agree with you on the doctrine point, but we never really get to see what the V-Wing was actually capable of in regards to firepower. It’s a pity the Clone Wars show never highlighted the V-Wing, so any speculation on the comparative laser yield and shielding is just conjecture, although I’m inclined to believe that OT fighter guns did focus more on single bolt output rather than rate of fire. You’ve said before that you don’t believe that there are major jumps in technology between the cinematic eras, so I don’t really think that the TIE chassis has some… Read more »

Steve Bannon
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Steve Bannon

Whoops, that was meant as a reply to Fractal’s rebuttal of Chris’ V-Wing hype post.

RedBird
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RedBird

My favorite fighter… all dressed up with glowy bits.

Taghmata Omnissiah
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Taghmata Omnissiah

That’s almost a porn!

Xeno
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Xeno

wow

gorkmalork
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gorkmalork

Sometimes I squint at the FFG miniature & marvel that anyone can find some dynamic angles for this thing, but hot damn did you manage. Again, lovely cockpit lighting & maneuvering jet/radiator glow.