The AXF-4 Spearhead is the final result of the experimental anti-captial ship program. It is quickly becoming a deciding factor in large fleet battles for the Red Faction.
About this creation
Capital Ship Strike Fighter
Advanced Experimental Fighters (AXF)
Capital Ship Assault
15 December 2205
The Spearhead program was started in 2198 to explore ways to effectively neutralize enemey capital ships with a small fighter craft. The AXF-1 through 3 focused on fitting a single capital scale weapon on a small craft, which led to a variety of problems. The AXF-4 was a new approach focusing on using smaller more accurate weapons to target and damage strategic systems. The result has proven to be quite effective.
The AXF-4 is designed to approach capital ships at high speed, then cruise along the surface of the vessel making strikes against specific systems. Two key features of the Spearhead facilitate this: the gravemetric close flight system (GCFS) and a pair of industrial grade fusion cutters. The GCFS creates an attractive field between the Spearhead and a large ship. The field both holds the ship close to it's target and prevents it from crashing into it, holding the spearhead at a distance of a few meters with no need for pilot control. This allows the Spearhead to cruise along the surface of a larger ship at highspeed while the pilot focuse on weapons.
The other key feature of the AXF-4 are the industrial grade fusion cutters mounted in the nacelles. These cutters are very effective at both destroying weapon systems and sheild generators. Additonally, a small group of AXF-4s can work together to quickly decimate the hull plating of just about any capital ship or station. While this is not enough to destroy a ship, it makes it a much softer target for more traditional anti-capital ship tactics.
The Spearhead has only been in use for a short while, but it's success in recent key battles has garnered a lot of attention. It will likely be moved from the AXF program into regular production.
Just wanted to tell you that I uploaded a construction shot of my fighter ;) Feel free to use the technique. Oh, and when looking again at that ship of yours, did you ever think of using stickers rather than decorated bricks? I just started to use them recently. Gives you much more possibilities and I think some of them might even look good at this one. Just an idea though ;)
I am not sure if anyone has said this but the vessel that you have built, Ian, almost looks kind of like a Cylon Raider (from Battlestar Galactica) or more like a Kilrathi vessel (you know, the bad guys from most of the Wing Commander series). This is not a bad design (in fact, yours is a quite good one) but it just reminds me of those things is all.
Wow, not only is the spaceship good, but 5/5 for presentation! I like lots of detail, but with the amount of info you chip'in I think I know so much about a AXF 4 Spearhead, I could have lived in one my whole life! Very nice moc, and the colour scheme is good too! And about the gears4engines - I think its great because its rather unique, its not seen around Mocpages often. Great work on the fighter!
Quoting Space Pirate
wow, now that's a nice fighter, great colour scheme, cool shape and you actually built an interior...I like it ;) oh and it's great that you didn't call it "white and red fighter" :D
Yeah, the color based naming was more a result of my lack of time than a lack of creativity. I plan to fill in details on the other MOCs as I have time.