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Subsidized Merchant Deck Plans Available



I've created a set of deck plans for a 400 dTon Subsidized Merchant. The plans are available at:


The deck plans are inspired by the Subsidized Merchant plans that appear in
Supplement 7: Traders and Gunboats from GDW. These plans are based on
the general outline of the Supplement 7 plans, but are not a copy.

The plans come in 4 different versions:
- Small with text labels (JPEG)
- Small with numeric labels (JPEG)
- 15mm scale, 144 DPI with text labels (PDF)
- 15mm scale, 144 DPI with numeric labels (PDF)

The small versions are designed for on screen display.
The latter two versions are designed to be printed and are about 24" square.
The text label versions have minimal labels while the numeric labels version
has numeric labels for almost every area of interest.

I used Canvas from Deneba Software to create the deck plans.

Below is a portion of the description/guide available online.

Please let me know what you think. Next up probably will be small craft.


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Ship Description / Background

In 885, Ling Standard Products decided to revise their standard plans for
the TL-9, 400 dTon Subsidized Merchants produced across the
megacorporation. Subsidized merchants based on the original plans were
falling prey to hijackings with some frequency because the passenger lounge
was directly connected to the bridge. Ling Standard Products wanted to
correct this failing as well as make general improvements.

By 888, the first ship of the new class, the Pride of Hilo completed its
acceptance cruise, and the new Pride of Hilo class subsidized merchant
was officially being produced across the Imperium.

The design is based on TL-9 technology so that the ship can be constructed
on as many worlds as possible. Versions based on higher technology
technology are available, and most customers/crews fit in higher
technology if its available into the TL-9 design. A common change is to
use TL-13 power plant units if available. 6 TL-13 units will fit into the
space occupied by the 4 TL-9 units. Two additional tons of fuel are carried
in the cargo bay for the 2 additional power plant units.

Externally, the Pride of Hilo follows the same style as the previous class
of LSP subsidized merchants as essentially a fully streamlined, somewhat
flattened cylinder with wings and wingtips.

The lower deck contains the long main cargo bay, engineering, and fuel.
Cargo can be loaded up ramps through the rear, port, and starboard bay
doors and through the forward cargo lock with its classic clamshell doors.
Cargo ramps extend from the floor underneath all doors.

The upper deck is devoted towards passenger and crew areas. In a departure
from previous designs, the upper deck also includes a small, 4 ton cargo
bay for storing passenger or crew cargo.

The Pride of Hilo separates the passenger areas from the bridge by several
iris valves. An additional improvement over the initial design is that
two cabins are specifically designed to be "Swing Cabins" that can be
used by either paying passengers or the crew. If passengers occupy the
cabins, they do have to pass through the crew lounge, but they are still
separated from the bridge by multiple bulkheads.

The Pride of Hilo carries a 20 dTon LSP launch that is included in the
purchase price. The launch is a flattened cylinder that nestles in a
docking bay on the upper deck. A very short transfer tube automatically
extends to the launch's airlock when the launch is locked into place.
The launch normally comes with 8 passenger couches as 6.5 dTons of cargo,
but a 2 passenger couch, 9.5 dTon cargo version is available.

Given that all subsidized merchants generally work the mains, the Pride
of Hilo only has a 1 parsec jump capability, but like its predecessor, a
44 dTon fuel bladder is available to double its range. The fuel bladder
occupies most of the rear of the main cargo bay.

Unlike some designs from some competitors, the Pride of Hilo is fully
streamlined and carries fuel scoops and a fuel purification plant in
order to give operational flexibility.

The standard design includes built in fire control and hardpoints for
a dorsal and ventral 1 ton turret at the rear of the merchant, but no
turrets or weaponry are included as part of the standard price.
Sandcasters and lasers are the most common armaments. Missiles are
uncommon since no storage space is available for missiles.

In T20 terms, the Pride of Hilo adds fuel scoops, a TL-9 fuel processor, and
provision for 2 1 ton turrets at the expense of 11 tons of cargo (reducing
the total to 225.5 tons). The design in the Traveller's Handbook has 2
hardpoints, but no allocated space for turrets. The hull is fully

The launch is as the standard launch except the number of passenger
acceleration couches is increased to 8 and the cargo is reduced to 6.5 dTons.
This is awesome work. I would love to see you re-work the 400 ton Type T patrol cruiser.
Thank you for all your hard work. And go Mac!
hey - that ship is great Stuff, that will carry a REAL load of COFFEE JUICE and a few of TRADERS RAIDERS for protection.....thanx!!!
I agree with Liam, and (surprise!) with TJ. Would you consider reworking the type-T Patrol Cruiser?

Thanks for the kind words!

I'm currently working on some small craft, and I'll consider working on a Patrol Cruiser next. I hadn't planned on doing the Patrol Cruiser since Brook West has a version, but since I've had some requests, I'll consider doing a set.

Thanks again for the comments,