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Old September 16th, 2010, 03:32 PM
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Default Refitted X-Boats - VW Beetles in Traveller

I've always had a liking for refitting stock design starships, those that have been decommissioned-mothballed after serving in naval or scout fleets or other services.

In particular the X-boat has shown the most potential for such treatment, given as is it's only a long-legged jump-4/maneuver-0 craft in it's factory delivered form, definitely such is not an impossible challenge to overcome.

The most expedient and cost-efficient solution to the maneuver-0 issue is mating 100 ton annular 'wing' service section to the existing hull, this 'wing' structure to contain the necessary m-drives and additional fuel tankage and other support systems in a fully streamlined package complete with integral fuel scoops.

A few changes made to the former X-boat itself to be reborn as a complete starship are a given, the most obvious is the lack of hardpoints which should be an easy enough task in itself to correct, more involved work would be the addition of deployable landing 'struts' and reallocating the space left from the now-vacant data banks of decks 3 and 4 to other needs.

Mind addition of said service section reduces the newly configured vessel to a jump-2 capacity.

Not a bad compromise in performance since the craft now can refuel by means of fuel-skimming gas giants or dipping into the oceans of water worlds.

The above all said, the newly packaged former X-boat could operate in may different capacities, personal yacht, safari ship, packet courier, etc. Applications generally limited to those of a typical starship of 200 tons and always exceptions to said 'rule' are possible.
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