A catalogue of CGU combat aircraft, top view. Scale is six pixels : one meter.
These are the air-superiority, ground attack, and multirole fighters used by the various aeronautical branches of the Armed Forces of the Central Galactic Union, around the year 3300. Most jet aircraft are powered using nuclear aircraft engines.
The Sevengill and the Whitetip are among the oldest still in service, having been built in the early 3260s as strike fighters. Then by the late 3260s, design swung back towards specialization, and the F-122 "Mako" was placed into service as slender, fast interceptor. The Sevengill became refitted as a strictly ground-attack fighter with minimal defences against aerial attack. In the 3270s, the Mako's airframe was used as the basis of the VSTOL fighter, the VF-101 "Tilt Shark", strictly for Marine and Naval usage. In the mid 3280s, the pendulum swung back towards multirole aircraft after the combat data of the Great War and the rebellions were analysed. The F/A-178 Tigershark came into service just in time for the Magellanic War, and has served as the mainstay for the Central Galactic Air Force. A low-cost light fighter was also designed to supplement it, the F-163 "Blueshark". In response to the extremely fast combat craft utilized by the Zaaroft Empire, the Air Force rolled out the F-1G "Leopard Shark" in 3293, a hypersonic fighter-bomber capable of extreme speeds despite its reduced armament.
In addition, this category contains both jet and turboprop ground-attack aircraft, and unmanned combat and strike drones.
The PAS-05E Dingo-class Powered Assault Suit. The larger and more powerful counterpart to the Powered Combat Suit, the PAS is built more along the lines of older powered armours, with conventional electric motors and myomer bundles to enhance strength and speed rather than a reactive fluid layer. With layers of heavy armour integrated to the suit, that added strength is necessary. While more powerful than the PCS, the Dingo suit is bulkier, though not quite as bulky as vintage Imperial powered armours; this limits its tactical availability to open field engagements, space combat, or direct assaults of fortified positions. However, it is able to carry and use weapons normal soldiers in the PCS would not be able to- the example in the picture is an 18.1mm automatic rifle. Other weapons include a 13mm Gauss Rifle, a Free Electron Laser, a Linear Plasma Projector Rifle, a 7.92mm rotary machine-gun, or an 105mm Recoilless Rifle. In addition to standard infantry weapons. Even so, its bulkiness has prevented its mass adoption by the Army, and is used more for special forces and Waffen-SG troops.
- been a long stretch since I was able to sit down and do any carving, finally got this one done. I'm not sure why but this one has a very South Asian feel to me. Maybe the lil squiggly detail on the left(reminds me of Thailand) and the reverse reverse barb sort of reminds me of something you would see in Indian carving.
Carved from cow bone and lashed with wax coated linen cord. Will post the link to the etsy sale as soon as I get it online. 45 + 5 bucks shipping.
Depicted here is test pilot Catherine 'Charity' Castiglione with the Southern Cross industrial consortium's prototype heavy mobile suit, the SCV-25 'Orion,' prior to one of its in-house performance evaluation runs.
Lt. Castiglione wears a special hardsuit designed specifically for mobile suit testing. The suit is armoured and has a larger number of medical monitors and biometric sensors which measure and record the wearerís physiological conditions in real-time. The suit is fully EVA-rated, functions as a pilot's g-suit and can provide basic medical assistance during high-g maneuvers and other physically strenuous situations. The suit also carries a back-up recording unit for the mobile suit's testing, evaluation and diagnostics systems as a precaution against the loss of the mobile suit itself.
The subject of the image is the first of two prototypes constructed for testing & evaluation. This example is currently devoid of weaponry except for the head-mounted integrated rotary pulse lasers, which can be independently elevated from -10 to +80 degrees. Mounted on the headís left hardpoint is a 'dazzle' pod, designed to jam and overload targeted optronic systems with a low-powered laser rapidly strobing between multiple frequencies and wavelengths. In this case, the pod was being used to test for possible 'fratricide' effects with the mobile suitís own multi-frequency optronic systems. A larger pair of torso-mounted cooling systems, which restrict the mobile suitís waist articulation, have been temporarily fitted in lieu of the smaller, standard production units.