An entry in Ron L. Mitchell's MOX prize Space Superiority Fighter contest!
About this creation
This is a rather last minute entry in the contest - even more so after MOCpages went down yesterday - and smileys will be counted at midnight tonight!! You know what to do...
The SF-19 was the result of a call by the Admiralty of the Hegemony of Albion for a Space Superiority Fighter with enough maneuvrability to for dogfighting, but enough firepower to threaten larger ships such as corvettes and frigates. Of the blueprints tendered to the Admiralty, the design by SLAM co-operative got the nod because it reminded the procurement panel of their sword-and-stars emblem.
The production was commissioned to Beyond Midnight Engineering after their fine work on the F-17B. The 'Stiletto' represented a significantly greater engineering challenge, particularly because two-thirds of its length comprised a high-power positron lance and the energy convertors needed to power it.
The positron beam was so focused as to be virtually invisible, but able to punch a whole in starship armour at a range of 50 km. (There's an old fibre-optic light brick in there - it really does light up if you squeeze a hidden switch in front of the cockpit, but only just!)
A Whatt & Pritney six-fold ion engine with afterburners gave the SF-19 a very respectable top speed, while thrusters mounted on the 'cross-guard' provided additional maneuvrability.
The cross guard turrets also featured rotating laser pulse cannons for close range dog-fighting - often necessary as the positron lance, while a devastating weapon if it hit the target, could only be aimed directly forward and had a significant cool-down time between shots.
To avoid overheating, the landing jets at the back of the lance could also be exposed in flight and double as heat exchangers.
Although effective in an assault role, the 'Stiletto' proved to be somewhat unwieldy in extended dogfights, and gained a reputation as a deathtrap for inexperienced pilots. However, those who survived long enough learned tactics that made best use of the ship's unique capabilities and minimize its deficiencies. One such tactic was to rotate the turrets in contrary directions and fire the maneuvering thrusters, putting the ship into a corkscrew spin that confused enemy pilots and targeting sensors. Perhaps because of such tactics, veteran Stiletto squadrons garnered a reputation for screwing around.
Any long-lived Stiletto pilot also makes maximum use of the element of surprise, earning them the affectionate navy nickname of 'Backstabbers'. They're also widely reported as 'compensating for something', although if this reputation has any factual basis, they're keeping it tight under their belts.
I am glad I am not alone with making spaceships looking like something else. Great little sword, I think. LAnding gear included, great locating of engines to boost meneuverability, elegant colors and the best - great SNOT. Good work :D
Worth waiting for, Stuart. Worked late last night, so sorry I wasn't able to give you a smiley that counted. I love your color blocking, and some nice weaponry. I also like the extra long nose. Best of luck in the contest.
An excellent combination of shape and name: highly appropriate for an attack ship too. I like how the ship looks solidly built and that it looks to be swooshable by holding its hilt. Nice colours too! I enjoyed the pun-laden description: great fun all round :)
That's funny it doesn't look like a women's high heel to me :-) just kidding . I'm glad you made it. Awesome fighter! I like the sword shape and the rotating weapons on the cross guard. Excellent entry!