Now that the Federation Faction has a carrier, I would suggest that the Star Cruiser be given semi-carrier status that the Orion cruisers have. I have noticed that under the saucer, there are two obvious doors on the side. This would seem to suggest to me that there are either HUGE cargo bays, or shuttlebay hangars. Anyone else agree with me?
You understand they will not make it that and put it back as one of the 'free' ships right? If they make a flight deck cruiser for feds it will go right to the Cstore since anyone with any of the Flight deck cruisers on the KDF had to pay for theirs.
Carriers are better because you have 2 flight decks rather than a stepped-down Cruiser with only 2 tac consoles & a single flight deck.
If you really want to do the flight deck cruisers, you could also join the KDF. The Federation IMO should have gotten a flight-deck cruiser, not the full Carrier first... but whatever.
If you want fighters, it's better to run the Carrier. If I had a pile of c-points, I'd get the Atrox long before I got a cruiser with 1 flight deck. It's already a tough beastie, and adding 1 fore & 1 aft weapon slot on the cruiser doesn't make up the loss of a flight deck.
I have been using the SC as a 'command battlecruiser' for quite a long time now. A carrier retrofit would make it a bit more useful. As it is I rarely use the starcruiser now as the assault cruiser's extra tactical ensign is necessary for my ESTF tactics.
If you look at the ventral side you'll see some pretty large hangar-like bays too.
Oddesy has a massive door on the back of the saucer too.
*dreams of detatching saucer to run as escort carrier*
Fed Side should have three flavors of carriers: 2-hangar true carrier, one hanger cruisers (for so many debateable reasons), and a "photonic figher" carrier (science ship of course).
This would do two things: Make science ships more unique and make carriers for the fed side divergent from KDF side. aka one of the butt hurt reasons why the KDF didn't want Feds to have them.
-Photonic fighters would have drasticly less Hp
-Replentish much faster than regular hangar units
-Not require hanger DoFF's could use Photonic Scientists instead
-Zero loss of life for Fed fighters
-Rather than copying another KDF ship class like "BattleCarrier" create a unique class For Fed
-Gives a ture "Fed built" carrier