I suspose my worst Fighter is the Rapier, a close second would be the Hornet
Yes, the Thud carries much heavier guns plus a torpedo, which is probably why it was used to replace the Raptor instead of the Raptor getting upgraded like the Rapier was. Too bad the Thud doesn't have a little more shields/armor though--having 25% more shields and 50% more armor than the Arrow just doesn't feel that heavy . . .Viper61 said:It may be armored like a tank, but its limited offensive strike capability (and maybe its speed thanks to what maybe a heavier armor) make it inferior to the Thunderbolt.
Just some thoughts.
It's all a tradeoff, go back to the powerplant/weapons/speed issue brought up about the Raptor being upgraded. This could have been the major tradeoff with the Thud. Having that much offensive energy weapon power would severely tax the powerplant. Now you've got to add an engine and shielding that can effectively use the remaining power. Now you try to armor this thing like a tank, but with each cm of Isometal you put on, its just that much more taxing to the engine. Therefore your speed keeps falling the thicker the armor gets. Tradeoffs.Ijuin said:Too bad the Thud doesn't have a little more shields/armor though--having 25% more shields and 50% more armor than the Arrow just doesn't feel that heavy . . .
That argument confuses me a bit. Aren't the Thud and the Raptors masses the same 20 tons? Or are you refeering to the different armors? Or am I missing the point entirely?Psych said:Mass is going to be a factor as well. For example, take a Hummer and then a mini-cooper. Assume there's no armor, and then crash them head on each other. Which one is going to take more damage? the mini-cooper.
And this, ladies and gentlemen, is an example of 'foot in mouth' syndrome, often seen when someone's doing BS.MetalSiren said:If you want to know if you have real skills at flying.Pick up Falcon 4.0 and fight 7 other players online.On my best night i bag 4 players at the same time using Pheonix Missles.
Frosty said:I don't know about that. Given pilots of equal skill, a Dragon would assrape any Kilrathi or Confed fighter designed before it came on the scene.
I suppose most post-Dragon fighters of any substantial combat capability, though, would be able to go after one without any special trouble, or even with ease in the case of the really badass ones. Didn't the Dragon obsolete itself by also introducing cloak-defeating optics along with its perfect cloak?
Anyway, as much as I love the Raptor, I wouldn't want to take one against a fighter that could come out of nowhere and dominate me in only a handful of shots. Or just plain nuke my carrier with a single weapon before I ever launched.