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 Post subject: Re: Battlestar Hecate
PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:21 pm 
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Here are two general transport ships for the Colonials.

Not every transport operated by the Colonial Fleet had to be armed and armored to force a zero-day beachhead or stand in the line of battle if necessary, and so designs were evaluated shortly after the end of the Cylon Uprising to see what might be available "off the shelf" and usable with minimal modification.

A Scorpian design was selected and after evaluation by both the Bureau of Ships (BuShips) and the design's naval architects, it was decided to proceed with the Village class general transport. Beyond the simple task of navalizing the design, in additional to its cargo ramp and several overhead hatches, it was given several underbody hatches for container handling. This would allow containers to be lifted off trucks and directly into the cargo hold. While the hangar was large enough to handle an Orion class shuttle, the primary small craft used by the Village class was the stalwart Eagle transporter. This simple, rugged, and extremely reliable design was capable of transporting one or two containers to their destination. A standard UNREP boom was fitted to allow direct transfer of stores and personnel to another ship while underway.

The first Village was commissioned into the Fleet in 1970, with the design still in service and being produced. A recent SLEP program upgraded the engines, electronics, and improved the cargo handling systems. The ship shown below, Coventry Village, was produced in 1985 and has served in the Fleet Reserves ever since.

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In 1988, the Fleet began looking at a next generation transport; even though they were completely satisfied with the Village class, after almost twenty years of active service some deficiencies had come to light. First and foremost was that for the task they were designed for, they had excess thrust. Second, while the rear ramp was nice, it was also slow and given its height, a fall would often result in critical injuries. Third, there was a desire driven by the "Fast Patrol Ship Ha'la'tha", to develop a ground assault/cargo transport version of the Argo that was currently being trialed, and assign one to the new transport.

Rather than reinvent the wheel, the Fleet turned to the Village class' original designers and gave them the new requirements. Six months later, Scorpion Iron Works returned a proposal for what would become the Town class transport. Perhaps the first thing that the shipspotter notices is that the Town is longer than the Village and uses a different landing gear system to support it once it is groundside. The second visual difference is that the primary landing bay is greatly enlarged from the original, and a second, smaller landing bay, has been added just forward of the engines as well as additional personnel quarters. The new landing bay is capable of handing the Skidbladnir fast patrol ship and load it directly from the flight deck. If the Skidbladnir isn't going to be supported, a extended flight deck may be erected to give the main landing bay two decks, with the protective doors able to selectively close so that one, both, or neither may be pressurized.

The first Town class was commissioned in 1992, and since then, in addition to their own contracted purchases, the Fleet has converted many existing Village class contracts to the upgraded Towns.

The ship shown, Oracle Heights, was named after the town that was almost destroyed in a massive forest fire some years back.

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 Post subject: Re: Battlestar Hecate
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This does fill a gap between civilian and military transports. Well done..


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 Post subject: Re: Battlestar Hecate
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Thanks! I want to do a troop transport and maybe one or two others to round out the mix.

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 Post subject: Re: Battlestar Hecate
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Nicely done Kurt, yes these do help fill a gap, I’m planning something along these lines myself further down the line.


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Thanks! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

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Rounding out the Colonial Fleet's support ship classes is the County class modular transport. The Fleet wanted something larger and more versatile than the Village or Town classes, but didn't want a large, purpose built ship that would be locked into transporting one type of item - whether it was personnel, dry goods, or other goods. The answer was proposed by Far Horizons Line and was a modification of their very successful Point class modular transport, a design which itself was a little brother to their massive Valley class modular transport. Far Horizons pulled one of their Point class transports from service and managed to get a contract where the Fleet would pay for the proof of concept modifications once they were complete, but Far Horizons would have to foot costs up front.

The proof of concept showed two things; one that it would definitely work and provide the Fleet everything they wanted, and more, in a design that was very resistant to being rendered obsolete, and that the original modules sized for civilian transport needed to be widened. At the same time, the Far Horizons naval architects took the gamble that the new Skidbladnir fast patrol ship that was coming on line would see more widespread use both as an assault transport and general transport, and designed the new modules to accommodate them.

Once the core control and propulsion module was modified, five different modules were initially developed, though in practice only three were extensively used. The first module was designed as for cargo transport and as a barracks, with the ability to land two Skidbladnir PFs on the roof in specially designed cradles. The cradles contain airlocks that match up with the forward and aft loading ramps and allow cargo, personnel, and vehicles to be transferred in a shirtsleeve atmosphere regardless of the conditions outside the module. The second module was a narrow version and even though it was wider than the civilian modules, it was designed to interface with the civilian modules to add some paramilitary capability should it be needed. The third module had four transverse bays for Argo or Skidbladnir PFs, as well as barracks and support and maintenance shops. Each bay was fully self contained and could perform any necessary maintenance or repairs up to and including engine replacement and damage repair. The fourth module was similar to the third except that it had six bays. The fifth and final module focused on airspace control and fire support. Eighty launch tubes, forty per side, support a normal deployment of four squadrons of Krait fighters and could launch any of the marks in inventory, though Vipers could be supported and launched as well. Three large landing bays support the small craft, though they also contain much of the equipment needed to service the Argo and Skidbladnir PFs.

The Marines liked the modules and the fact that they could deploy them, especially the airspace control and fire support module that allowed them to deploy ground support assets as well as giving them four dual 2m turrets at their call.

The ship shown, Wolverton County, is being deployed with two six bay PF support modules, two transport/assault modules, and one airspace control and fire support module, allowing support of up to four full flotillas of PFs, and if surge protocols are utilized, up to eight fighter squadrons. During the REFOR '99 exercises, General Stuart Garber used these five modules, deployed behind the FEBA, to good effect as his forces waged a campaign to retake Albion on Saga.

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These are the five modules originally developed for the County class transports

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 Post subject: Re: Battlestar Hecate
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I like these,


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 Post subject: Re: Battlestar Hecate
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Thanks! I made a couple more modules this evening; a heavy fire support module, a frame, and a liquid tank frame.

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 Post subject: Re: Battlestar Hecate
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Rounding out the transports for the Earth Union, we have the Giant class. While the Flower and Pixie class transports were more than adequate for the Union Fleet's transport needs, when moving large volumes of cargo or personnel to a single location, multiple hulls had to be used and from the bottom line view, multiple hulls meant multiple crews and increased cost to move a unit of goods from point A to point B. After evaluating several designs, the Fleet ultimately chose an evolved and much enlarged version of the Flower class; it was about 25% longer, almost three times as wide, and had an internal volume of close to 400% more than its parent. The Giant class, as it was soon christened, kept the booms, greatly expanded the passenger quarters, and added fifteen fighter launch tubes and six Roc launch tubes per side for self defense.

Within a year, the new mix of small, medium, and large transports was beginning to pay dividends. Admiral Leonard Steuben, in charge of Fleet Logistics Command, remarked, "We didn't know we needed it until we actually had it in service, and then we saw how we had to double up or triple up using a Flower to move large groups or large shipments to one location."

The ship shown below is Cloud Giant, a regular on the Earth-Electra-El Dorado-Troubadour delivery route.

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The Fleet was impressed with the design, despite Admiral Steuben's somewhat inane comments. They were so impressed, that they contracted for Hull 015 to be completed to a different specification; that of Presidential transport. The ship was named Libertas, or Liberty, and oddly followed a practice by the Erisians by naming the ships in the old tongue. The fighter and Roc launch spaces were converted to a large through deck park and large VIP suites in addition to the existing quarters. Sound stages, briefing rooms, video editing and production facilities, as well as spaces for a Marine escort force, Presidential security detail, command and control spaces, hospital grade medical center, and a greatly expanded communications suite rounded out the changes. When the press was given a tour, Tomas Hillerman of El Dorado World News remarked that the luxury, fittings, and appointments were more than equal to the finest mansions or hotels that he had ever seen and that it was the ultimate "home court" when the President visited the various worlds in the Union.

Libertas' usual escort group was Daphne, a Dynamene class battlestar, and Acallaris and Aethilla, both A-class gunstars.

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Nicely done Kurt


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 Post subject: Re: Battlestar Hecate
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Thank you! I've tried some Communion ships, but Canis was just too good with them; all the colors, lines, shapes, and curves are a real challenge!

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 Post subject: Re: Battlestar Hecate
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Great job on the drawings Kurt, and I definitely agree with you about Canis's work.


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 Post subject: Re: Battlestar Hecate
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Thanks, TCT!

Remember the old bit about the "rifle above the mantle"... ;-)

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 Post subject: Re: Battlestar Hecate
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Impressive ships.The Flower and Pixie class have colonial equivalents?


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 Post subject: Re: Battlestar Hecate
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The Colonial equivalent, mission wise, would be the Village and Town class ships posted above.

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