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Trace Coburn

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Fighter of the Week Workshop #011 - Tomahawk
« on: 08 February 2011, 22:56:14 »
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  The base THK-63 is fairly good as is, but there are still a couple of niggling things about it.  The first is the nose-mounted small laser; its only value is psychological (as cited in the fluff), and I'd be quite happy to ditch it for more armour (raising the profile to 58/44/42 and nerfing the ML threshold threat at all angles).  The other change I'd institute, which make the difference between a good but oversinked fighter and a great one, would be to upgrade the large lasers to ERLLs - you gain Long range capability and your arsenal is still heat-neutral, so you don't lose any effective firepower.
  Alternately, you could retain the standard larges and drop the SL and two DHS.  In the nose, one installs a 'psychological' weapon that's actually worthwhile, namely a medium pulse laser for added close-in bite (and a heat-neutral alpha-strike), and use the remaining half-ton for armour as above.
  Finally, one could retain all twelve DHS, trade out the nose SL for an ERLL, replace each wing laser with a pair of MLs, and use the freed weight for even more armour or fuel, resulting in an even higher-endurance alpha-baby with exceptional close-range hitting power, but we're trying to stick with the feel of a Tomahawk, not of an overweight IS2 Batu;)
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  As for the THK-53... well, if you were to replace some of those MLs with ER models - say 2 ERMLs in the nose, with an ERML and an ML in each wing? - maybe then we could talk about it....  ;)
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Re: Fighter of the Week Workshop #011 - Tomahawk
« Reply #1 on: 08 February 2011, 23:10:21 »
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  Of course, that's not to say that said boffins - or some SLDF end-user with a yen for further-reaching ordnance and possed of enough booze to bribe both a quartermaster and his crew-chief - didn't take a good, close look at those twelve DHS and realise "Hey, y'know what'd make perfect use of those?"  :D
Class/Model/Name:  Tomahawk THK-63A
Mass:              45 tons

Equipment:                                                              Mass
Power Plant:  270 Fusion                                                14.50
Thrust:  Safe Thrust: 8
      Maximum Thrust: 12
Structural Integrity: 8                                                   .00
Total Heat Sinks:    12 Double                                           2.00
Fuel:                                                                    5.00
Cockpit & Attitude Thrusters:                                            3.00
Armor Type:  Ferro-aluminum  (179 total armor pts)                      10.00
                           Standard Scale Armor Pts
   Location:                            L / R
   Nose:                                 57
   Left/Right Wings:                  42/42
   Aft:                                  38

Weapons and Equipment      Loc        SRV    MRV    LRV    ERV  Heat    Mass
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1 Small Laser              Nose         3     --     --     --    1       .50
1 ER Large Laser           RW           8      8      8     --   12      5.00
1 ER Large Laser           LW           8      8      8     --   12      5.00
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TOTALS:                                                    Heat: 25     45.00
Tons Left:                                                                .00

Calculated Factors:
Total Cost:        2,768,133 C-Bills
Battle Value:      1,150
Cost per BV:       2,407.07
Weapon Value:      1,237 (Ratio = 1.08)
Damage Factors:    SRV = 17;  MRV = 11;  LRV = 4;  ERV = 0
BattleForce2:      MP: 8,  Armor/Structure: 4 / 0
                   Damage PB/M/L: 2/2/2,  Overheat: 0
                   Class: FL;  Point Value: 12


Quote from: Trace Coburn
  And then there's my now-obligatory "Royal" conception of the Tomahawk, based around the idea of "The Great Cover-up".  (This being said and created, I can't say that I don't understand where Liam's Ghost is coming from, and in a way I might almost be happy to be wrong on the point; if nothing else, it would help keep the CBT Conspiracy Theories under slightly tighter control and prevent me from regarding every word of TRO2750 with active suspicion.  I'd prefer to think that TPTB back then were actually telling me actual truths, not 'Obi-Wan' truths.  ::))  This is now included mostly for nostalgia purposes, since (as was noted in the repost of the 'Updates') we saw the real thing in TRO3075.
Class/Model/Name:  Tomahawk THK-73 "Royal" [speculative]
Mass:              45 tons

Equipment:                                                              Mass
Power Plant:  315 XL Fusion                                             11.00
Thrust:  Safe Thrust: 9
      Maximum Thrust: 14
Structural Integrity: 9                                                   .00
Total Heat Sinks:    14 Double                                           4.00
Fuel:                                                                    5.00
Cockpit & Attitude Thrusters:                                            3.00
Armor Type:  Ferro-aluminum  (179 total armor pts)                      10.00
                           Standard Scale Armor Pts
   Location:                            L / R
   Nose:                                 57
   Left/Right Wings:                  42/42
   Aft:                                  38

Weapons and Equipment      Loc        SRV    MRV    LRV    ERV  Heat    Mass
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1 Medium Pulse Laser       Nose         6     --     --     --    4      2.00
1 ER Large Laser           RW           8      8      8     --   12      5.00
1 ER Large Laser           LW           8      8      8     --   12      5.00
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TOTALS:                                                    Heat: 28     45.00
Tons Left:                                                                .00

Calculated Factors:
Total Cost:        6,542,051 C-Bills
Battle Value:      1,357
Cost per BV:       4,820.97
Weapon Value:      1,371 (Ratio = 1.01)
Damage Factors:    SRV = 21;  MRV = 12;  LRV = 4;  ERV = 0
BattleForce2:      MP: 9,  Armor/Structure: 4 / 0
                   Damage PB/M/L: 2/2/2,  Overheat: 0
                   Class: FL;  Point Value: 14



  Having seen the 'actual' Royal Tomahawk since I initially presented my take on it, I'm tantalised by a vision of the -63b that downgrades the ERPPC to an ERLL and installs an MPL aft, which would allow the thing to dive into the middle of an enemy wing and fire all of its guns in all directions, throwing their formation into total disarray.  That said, I'm not sure it's needed - the 'stock' THK-63b is more than capable of that sort of harrassment as it stands, though it has to avoid centrelining targets too often.  ;)

 

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