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raul suarez fernandez
raul suarez fernandez
2 years ago

man…your space ships are out this world. Just been in another galaxy looking at your work, so inspiring.

wusolja
wusolja
3 years ago

such small engines and still can push so much weight when compared to other fighters

J T
J T
3 years ago

Cool design, only concern I have is that the blasters might be too spaced out. Aside from that it looks great!

Shaun
Shaun
3 years ago

Love how rakish and jaunty she is. And much better proportions and styling than the Scimitar. No more gooseneck!

gorkmalork
gorkmalork
3 years ago
Reply to  Shaun

I always found the Scimitar nicely streamlined for a Sienar bomber, but that really ain’t saying much.

rodtod
rodtod
3 years ago

Would love to see an interior of this thing 🙂

Alex
Alex
3 years ago

is it only I, who prefer old TIE Bomber style launcher “pod” to this Scimitars minitubes 🙁 They are so ugly

gorkmalork
gorkmalork
3 years ago
Reply to  Fractalsponge

External missile tubes do seem much more ergonomic-dunno how much non-capital-scale SW ordnance demands anything bigger. Funny how standardized fighter/bomber projectiles seem to be in that regard.

Alex
Alex
3 years ago
Reply to  Fractalsponge

Those looks strange for me because the launcher tubes are directed to the bottom-rear and if you shoot with proton torpedoes or something that is have even less maneuverability it maybe a large time and radius to change direction to the something before you.

Chris Bradshaw
Chris Bradshaw
3 years ago
Reply to  Alex

Have you seen the rate of turn exhibited by Luke’s torps in ANH? Star Wars missiles seem to have absurd rates of turn, but you need to get really damn close to guide them in against heavy jamming.

Mr. Mills
Mr. Mills
3 years ago
Reply to  Chris Bradshaw

I think he was using the Force to guide them.

countvertex
3 years ago
Reply to  Fractalsponge

The two frontmost launchers in the middle row seem to be stuck in hull geometry, but since this is a WIP I’m confident it will get fixed on the way.

gorkmalork
gorkmalork
3 years ago

Nice sense of streamlined bulk WRT this thing’s fuselage & wing panels.

Rep
Rep
3 years ago

Is a ship like this intended to have landing gear or does it launch/land from racks like a more conventional TIE?

gorkmalork
gorkmalork
3 years ago
Reply to  Rep

Probably rack-mounted; the wings aren’t really shaped for floor parking, and there’s not a lot of ventral fuselage space for retractable skids.

rodtod
rodtod
3 years ago
Reply to  gorkmalork

What about the old Vulture Droid (Clone Wars)? They hoisted their pylons into walker configuration while entering or moving around in docking bays.

gorkmalork
gorkmalork
3 years ago
Reply to  rodtod

Repulsorlift hovering seems handier for most manned fighters, though now I’m pondering whether vulture droids doubled as hangar/external security or were expected to deal with repulsor-jamming-heavy theaters.

Chris Bradshaw
Chris Bradshaw
3 years ago
Reply to  gorkmalork

They seem to have been designed to have secondary functionality for police actions. Being able to walk around gives more flexibility in law enforcement than a pure aircraft.

JamesMCGR
JamesMCGR
3 years ago

So are bombs from a craft like this gravity bombs or do they have a little pusher drive to make them fall? This looks like it would rain an unholy fall of explosives.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Holy crap this look like a Scimitar Assault Bomber on steroids!

Daib
Daib
3 years ago

I wonder if a dorsal turret might make some sense on a heavy bomber like this, à la Y-Wing, IL-2, or ARC-170. Can the wing guns pivot, or are they fixed?

Beskad
Beskad
3 years ago
Reply to  Daib

The radiator panels would limit a turret on the main body of the craft to a very narrow firing arc either to the front or to the rear. A ventral turret might fare a little better than a dorsal one but all in all it seems impractical.

gorkmalork
gorkmalork
3 years ago
Reply to  Beskad

A Y-wing-scale light dorsal turret might have a decent arc WRT threats from above & behind, though SW fighters’ best defense is basically evasion. Those wing guns look fixed to me, though I see no reason a few of those ventral/aft missile tubes couldn’t be loaded for tail coverage. Come to think of it, fire-and-forget projectiles might be handier for SW light strike birds-less need to level out so your gunner gets a shot.

cScott
cScott
3 years ago

Really like the TIE Mangler look here as a bomber! Wonder if this would be consider a predecessor (as a research project but was deemed to expensive for production) or the successor to the Scimitar.

gorkmalork
gorkmalork
3 years ago
Reply to  cScott

That Scimitar/Mangler-style cockpit is a very reuse-worthy component. Speaking of which, those guns look familiar-I get the impression this one might be a heavier antiship/antiarmor platform, whereas Scimitar was intended to keep up with Interceptor-ballpark escorts.

Chris Bradshaw
Chris Bradshaw
3 years ago
Reply to  gorkmalork

Both seem to have 4 engine nozzles, and the Scimitar only seems a bit lighter. This baby has far more launch tubes though, and more radiator area to work with. Perhaps it’s just a more expensive, higher end version, like a Defender compared to an Avenger. TIE Leveler perhaps?

Chris Bradshaw
Chris Bradshaw
3 years ago
Reply to  Fractalsponge

So somewhat like an SU-34 compared to the previous generation SU-25? Complete with low procurement numbers from the extreme expense it takes to procure them.

gorkmalork
gorkmalork
3 years ago
Reply to  Fractalsponge

One of the Hull 721 duology’s neater bits involved the nigh-byzantine intricacy of its small-craft clashes, so color me very much on board with this high(tonnage+space)/low mix policy…though I can’t help noticing some overlap between Sienar bombers & Lambda-cousin gunboats. Perhaps the latter are better suited for detached patrol duties and/or fast corvette hunting?

Chris Bradshaw
Chris Bradshaw
3 years ago
Reply to  gorkmalork

This brings back memories of absurdly diverse hundred-plane Vietnam era naval strike packages complete with Wild Weasel shenanigans. What is somewhat interesting about Star Wars is how viable massively different platforms, with spaceframes as slow as Y-Wings being able to get behind TIE/In onscreen, but perhaps some of that can be attributed to (spatial?) jamming fields from nearby capital ships.

I’ve always agreed with the idea that Palpatinist/Tarkinist New Order Thought influenced the procurement of relatively vulnerable small craft without hyperdrives in a deliberate effort to suppress individualism, prevent defection, and make capital ships the true arbiters of force. The Old Republic starfighter lobby within the Navy might even have been purged entirely for political unreliability due to being too closely associated with the bourgeoisie.. I mean Jedi. Before Endor, there doesn’t seem to be enough combat attrition to demand evolution towards more efficient designs, and we probably only get cutting edge designs like the Mangler or this bomber in bulk during the true Imperial Civil War. What a pity that the Disneyboot Strike Package seems to be Kylo and his drinking buddies.