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Shaun
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Shaun

Just peeked in the new(?) TIE Fighter ‘Haynes’ Manual. Couldn’t help but note the similarities with this… Was this based on the scheme presented there?

Sorican
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Sorican

So… do those ladders telescope… or are their pilots having to clamber down that ladder…. all that way?

Seems kinda far to have to climb down in a scramble. on the other hand, I can’t imagine it retracts much more than that. (I also can’t help but notice how making it onto the ladder is almost suicidal. no uprights/handrails above the catwalk’s tread plate. but… this is the empire we’re talking about. Not like pilot safety is something they’re really concerned with.)

TheIcthala
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The ladders aren’t the primary method of boarding the fighters, they’re a way to get back up to the main catwalk in case of mechanical failure.
The platforms lower from the catwalk on the extending ladder sections, sliding from the top of their own ladder/rail to the bottom as it all smoothly moves. The usual method to get to a fighter is to stand on the platform, hold the rail, and push the right button.

Sorican
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Sorican

Ah. That makes sense. Thank you.

Mr.T
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Mr.T

Can’t wait to see it in sd’s.

heybuddy45
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heybuddy45

So for landing, do the fighters return to a different hanger just for ships landing then tractor beamed onto the rack? Then the rail system goes into a central storage facility? Or do they return to the same hangar? I’ve always wondered this, I feel like dedicated landing hangars with a extensive track system would allow a carrier like the Impellor or dreadnaughts to quickly release a massive amount of fighters.

Roddimus
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Roddimus

With that much seemingly redundant TIE storage per overhead launch track length, I think they don’t bother recovering most of the TIEs and just have them land underpowered at the nearest Imp base in the system guarded. One tactic of Star Destroyers is anti-capital tier force suppression; their fighters are an afterthought. Bear in mind, there is a big difference between pre-Endor fighter doctrine and post-Jakku, if we are getting that far ahead.

PhantomFury
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PhantomFury

While TIEs are certainly an afterthought under Tarkin Doctrine, an ISD is still expected to have its complement ready to deploy during engagements for some fighter screen or pursuit of smaller crafts.

CRMcNeill
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CRMcNeill

So, if I’m picturing this right, the vertical columns on the overhead gantry have to be the physical connection points to the ceiling of the hangar bay, but for the rails on the TIE racks to be capable of widening out to fit larger craft, the vertical columns would have to be mounted on an /additional/ rail system, as well. Also, how are you picturing the launch cycle? Is it conveyer belt style, with each ship moving forward to the leading edge of the grappler rail to get released, or do they simply get dropped from wherever their place is… Read more »

Delta 86
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Delta 86

Will these be retrofitted into previous designs?

Cdr. Rajh
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Cdr. Rajh

Hoh~? Its coming along beautifully! I will say, I expected a much simpler catwalk between the rails but this does not disappoint! What are you going to do with the finished product by the way? Slap it into the hangar of one of your ships? I think it would be nice to see a close-up of the Impstar with a hangar full of hanging eyeballs lol

Shaun
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Shaun

Nice. I really like that it’s in keeping with the existing visual language of Imperial hangers–really grounds the almost organic character of the rails and arms and pulls everything together.

Was there a specific intent with each rail system having its own pair of truss/columns as opposed to the inner systems each sharing a single unit? Later would save on a bit of space (important!) but the former does lend some additional margin of error should something go wrong (super important!) (but also, not in keeping with Empire doctrine to have at least one significant design flaw in everything…!?!)…

spacejam45
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spacejam45

Can a skipray blastboat fit in these racks? I’m thinking probably not but was just wondering.

Ryadra777
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It look like it is almost done, what else is there to add Fractal?

CRMcNeill
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CRMcNeill

Nice workaround on the Defender; I was picturing something that had to drop down vertically on top of the TIE. That’s a long climb down, though. LOL, maybe a fireman pole for combat launches.

simplylively
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simplylively

Would a lambda shuttle fit on one of these without the ladder? I know its not REALLY practical but just a thought.

PhantomFury
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PhantomFury

Ooh that’s a neat system, though I might have something more in line with a straight/slightly sloped ladder (how it folds out…maybe it does like how it currently does but flattens as final articulation?) down the middle, as it’d allow the pilot to freely slide down all quick and in a hurry instead of sliding a bit, adjust for new section, repeat all the while worrying about smacking their elbow on the rack’s rails on the way down. Though this layout does permit better entry into the TIE.

Road Warrior
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Road Warrior

That is quiet fantastic. Something about the grippers on the end of those arms bothers me though, do they make adequate contact?