Having just bought a shiny new Albatross, I was looking for a suitable way to supply it with all the stuff it needs. Thinking about this, it occurred to me that I'd seen a model in the modelviewer called a Freightdrone.
I gave it some basic stats, spawned myself a test subject and was basically stunned by how obviously this model was designed exactly to do this job. Namely supply TLs and other capital ships.
Since the model is basically half a Merc on it's side, I used the most basic Merc as a guideline. The drone is classed as an M3, so it can dock internally on anyship that supports it.
It's lightly shielded and essentially unarmed, it can use Mosquito Missiles (for MDM) and fighter drones like any ship. It's main defense is speed and agility, although it can not outrun most fighters.
These drones are not cheap in a cargo-space-per-credit kind of way and they require the same rep rank to buy as a M6 and TL.
- Cargo bay: 1500-2500 XL
- Shields: 1x25MJ
- Shield Generator: 425MW
- Speed (approx): 96-194m/s
- Missiles: Mosquito
- Lasers, Turrets: None
- Reputation Required: 3333 - Argon Federation Guardian
- Price (approx): 900k-1M cr.
This is my first attempt at creating a ship from a "non-vanilla" model. This is there for very much a BETA. There is NO COCKPIT, I haven't figured out why the camera is stuck in the middle of the model yet. If anyone has a solution here, I'd be very appreciative.
So while you can fly the Freightdrone as a personal ship, you can't see anything and it might crash your game.
I have been using a few of them for a couple of days now and as long as I just use them as remote drones (eg. don't fly the drone personally) it works fine.
Download and Installation
This ship is packaged in XSP format, to be used with Cycrow's Plugin Manager. Because of server technical reasons, the XSP is packaged in a RAR archive. You can download it here.
I hope you find these Freightdrones as useful as I do. I'm open to any constructive critique, ideas on how to make this better and especially open to any golden tip on the cockpit issue.[/url]