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The Tiger Trader

Tiger Picture courtesy of 'Commander Schwempa'

Hull Mass: 80t
Mass (Fully Laden): 400t
Internal Capacity (No Drive): 320t
Retro Thruster Acceleration: 5 Earth G
Main Thruster Acceleration: 12 Earth G
Crew: 5
Gun Mountings: 3
Fuel Scoop: YES
Missile Pylons: 1
Hyperspace Ranges: Class 2: 3.00 Class 3: 6.75 Class 4: 12.00 Class 5: 18.75 Class 6: 27.00
Standard Drive: Class 4
Internal Capacity (With Class 4 Drive): 240t
Typical Cost: 472,000
Designer: Core Industrial Corporation
Manufacturer: Core Industrial Corporation
Inservice Date: 3166
Allegiance: Federation

Let's face it, when it comes to the stats for the ships, the manual is useless! They got the number of lasers wrong, even though you can actually see the top turret on the picture!

Rumour has it that the Federation held a competition to design the most boring and unimaginative ship possible, and the winning entry was the Tiger Trader. Historians tell us that during the late 20th century there was a motor car called the Volvo Estate, which had been designed with just a ruler and a set square, so as to resemble a brick. While not quite that bad, the Tiger isn't exactly a design classic.

The Tiger is an entry level trading ship, with a good amount of space for moving cargo around. In common with most trading ships, the Tiger has quite a bit of flexibility in terms of weapons layout, with three laser mountings. There is just enough room to fit a 100MW Beam Laser, but a 20MW one is a much more practical solution. Two missile pylons aren't much, but in practice this doesn't pose much of a problem as your front laser will be used most of the time.

This ship is a good entry into serious trading, and with a well thought out equipment configuration is a good buy until you can afford a more specialised ship.

Rating: ***

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