I know I for one, after all this time, would break down and pay that leech of a C-Store $20 just for a top tier Akira.
I love my Defiant, and I know ppl love their Fleet and Advanced Escorts.........but its no Akira.
How can you take all the top canon ships (Galaxy, Defiant, Intrepid, Sovereign, even the Nebula and the beautiful but outdated Excelsior) and make them ALL TOP TIER ships, but leave out the beautiful Akira, which after just a movie appearance and few episode appearances gathers such a HUGE fan base?
I think that the Akira should get 2 optional abilities to put in a console slot. You can only choose one but it would give the person the option to go from Tactical-carrier role or escort-bomber or normal tuff escort.
One should be a fighter wing option, something like 6 peregrine fighters are released, recharge based on aux level (will have a slightly slower recharger than carrier counterparts and a max of 18 fighters.
Peregrine fighter vs ToíDuj fighters- peregrine fighter will be slightly weaker, but peregrine fighters will get a bonus to defense with more peregrine fighters are out , special abilities is called wing-man. The peregrine fighter will have 1 phaser turret and 1 quantum torp.
The other abilities you can sub out for a console is Torpedo Arsenal. It will allow Torp to fire in all direction for 30 sec and double the damage and visuals of torpedoes from High yield. It will be a 2min recharger power that last 30 sec
I already see the layout of the Akira as a Engineering escort so if it has a Lt C Eng BO this will be a well balance ship in any role.
I am not a fan of the Akira, (this, of course, from someone in love with the Connie Refit :p) but I wouldn't mind another T5 ship and I look forward to its (hopefully) eventual inclusion in the game.
Also, it has been noted in the Engineering Report the Skira will be getting a "variant"-- which judging by the new Rhode Island for the Nova, will be the same ship with cosmetic differences and a fancy console slapped on. Ah well.
the through carrier concept did not make the final cut, it is not cannon and not possible. Regardless of what you have read about it online, you can see in pictures of the actual computer model they used for filming that there are not forward doors on the front of the saucer, just a few big windows. itís the same with the STO akira model. The federation fighter craft that we have seen are twice as tall as the space allotted for doors too, the akira is not nearly large enough to accommodate them, even if it had front doors and a through shuttle bay. The only shuttle bay that could have held them and brought them to the front lines, assuming they didnít warp there themselves, is the main shuttle bays of the galaxy class.
The whole torpedo gunboat concept is canon though, that same computer model they used for filming that, again, does not show front doors, does show about 15 torpedo launchers. But do you guys really want to trade a 3rd engineering console for a special ability? The cryptic trend points to the top torpedo pod detaching and being a torpedo spewing pet. Watch, it will happen. NO THANK YOU.
the man that made the Akira model stated that the Akira has a full fly through hanger. the big windows as you call them where designed to be hanger doors and another two door in the back.
In June 2009 Jaeger commented about the overall design of the Akira-class on the web blog of Doug Drexler:
"Set nestled between the catamaran split secondary hulls the bridge is nicely protected. Just on either side of the bridge in a notch on top of the secondary hulls are the shield generators. This further protects the command unit of the ship since one of its duties is launching smaller craft, communication protection is a must. At the back of the bridge there are emissary docking hatches and just below that the circular hatch is the captain's lifeboat. The rear view at the back of the saucer is the main shuttle bay and shuttle control center. This area is also well protected tucked down between the hulls and below the weapons pod flanked by the Nacelles. This serves as a safe haven for the smaller craft in a fire fight and a calm entry point. Also in this protected center region are most of the sensor arrays for the transporters and communications with the remainder of the sensors atop the weapons pod. Moving forward the notch in the front of the saucer is the forward launch bay doors(3). This is for the fast exit of small craft into battle. There are extra shield generators on either side of this notch as this would be a target for enemy ships. Surrounding most of the saucer section is the phaser array strip. Also on the saucer there are flanking torpedo launchers. At the rear of the saucer are the impulse engines. Underneath is the deflector dish, 2 flanking phaser arrays and a forward facing torpedo launcher. You'll also notice that the Akira class utilizes the escape pods from the Sovereign Class, but the panel details more like the Galaxy class. That's because I imagined this ship was commissioned right before the "E" and served as a testbed for the new escape pods. At the rear is the weapon's pod with spreads of both photon and quantum torpedo launchers. And of course the warp nacelles. This overall design makes for a much more narrow side profile and a more friendly crew environment as the engineering folks are no longer in 'the bowels' of the ship Also the crew get a better view of their own ship as the split hull allows for more windows and a view of the bridge, something that's not very common in the previous ship designs."
I am all for an Akiira Refit. There are some ships that I think are just plain crazy to consider refitting... for example a ship as old and as small as the connie should never be in the same class as the Sovereign. But, the Akira is a whole different story. It's bigger by far than the Defiant, therefore it has the room to make upgrades. It is not nearly as old as the Connie is either.
And... I agree it is a great looking ship... although its huge for an escort.
the akira should have a refit by now. its appalling it doesn't. its a beautiful ship and should naturally be a higher tier i think. actually once you hit va you should be allowed to refit any ship you want to match the stats of one of the pre-existing t5 ships. so essentially you get no bonus but the nice visuals of whatever ship you want apart from lets say t1 and t2 ships simply because saber suck and miranda is old as hell. it would solve a lot of problems. some people love the galaxy, some people love sovereign. two ships that both should be t5.