After his rousing success with the SF-97 Flamberge, Dr. Whackemoff’s second mainstream ship seems to be the exact opposite of everything he strived for in his last fighter. The P-42 is a short range pursuit craft built to defend capital ships, convoys and space stations. It doesn’t possess an FTL drive or shield generator and can’t even effectively fly in atmospheric conditions. What it can do however is deliver a lethal amount of firepower with tremendous speed and maneuverability to any space battle. In actuality the P-42 is the equivalent of an escape pod hopped up space crack! It has one other substantial advantage over most other space craft, its dirt cheap. In fact, the cost of one Flamberge is equivalent to purchasing an entire squadron of six Katar’s! With such a contrast in his designs, Dr. W. shows he can produce a fighter to fill every niche G.A.I.A. or any other potential client could request. Dr. W. decided to continue the theme of naming his fighters after medieval weapons. The P-42 became the Katar once Dr. W. compared the pod arrangement to the unique handle seen on the ancient Indian short sword. As he so eloquently put it, “There are a perfect fit to one another.”
About this creation
The frontal profile shows the business end of the P-42. With ten guns bearing down a target, even well shielded ships would be hard pressed to withstand multiple salvos for very long.
The side profile displays one of the primary weapon pods. It contains four BL-50 “Blue Lightning” pulse laser cannons. These guns get their name from semi-transparent portion of the barrel. When fired, the pulses have a bluish-white glow reminiscent of a flash of lightning.
The rear profile shows the triple thruster arrangement that gives the P-42 it superior speed needed for dog fighting in space.
The underside shot reveals the rear maneuvering thrusters as well as landing hard-points used instead of more expensive landing gear.
The controls are also simplified down to piloting handlebar shaped joystick and a manual targeting computer system. By using such a rudimentary system, pilots need less time to learn to operate the P-42 and push it to its limits.
A surprise trick the P-42 can pull is that it can jettison the pods to make a quick getaway. The pods themselves can be set to detonate on a timer or the pilot can remote detonate once enemies get within 500 meters of the pods. The Katar still has two heavy caliber laser cannons mounted to the hull giving it the ability to fight as it escapes.
This shot shows one of the pods after separation. On the inside of the pod we see there is actually a fifth BL-50 hidden for striking enemies that try to ambush the Katar.
Quoting Jason Dominguez
Very nice. Got to love a fighter that you can swarm with. The jettisoned pods are also a very nice touch.
Why thank you kindly. Every fleet should have at least one cannon fodder ship. If it can take down a bunch of enemy vessels in the process, even better! Interchangable parts is a concept that I find appealing and may pursue in future designs.