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YT-1300 Deckplan Variations

By Reiko-Foxx
One of the great things about most ships produced by the Correllian Engineering Corporation is how easy it is to customize them to suit the needs or desires of the user. Not only are after market modifications generally simple to implement, potential buyers have a variety of options available even just purchasing factory stock variations!

Freight and Passenger layouts are the most common stock model YT-1300 produced, with the freight variant having a slight lead in sales.

Courier variants tend to be a compromise between the cargo capacity of a light freighter and the extra accommodations of a small passenger ship, only typically more comfortable than either of the other two.

Transport variants sacrifice comfort for even more passenger capacity, and either have regular short routes with only a few days at the most between stops, or serve as cutters for system militia forces or small mercenary companies.

Please note that the actual position of the cockpit is irrelevant to the purpose of the variant, and whether it is located port, starboard, or foreword is more a matter of the preference of the original buyer.
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Earth-742's avatar
Seeing variations like this with such attention to detail is both very good and IMHO, very long overdue.  Admittedly most of my own deckplans are/were done for gaming in my local group, but a few designs i want to revisit and clean up, maybe redraw with a few gaps and spaces as appropriate to be more realistic.  It is in my hindsight i realize i was greedy for 'action space' for characters and stuff to be in, and didn't leave room for much else.

I have to remember that Star Wars is very much a 'lived in' universe, and that means other stuff.  Even if it's crammed into a few inches inside a 'wall' or bulhead.
Ah, the freighter layout. Which shows just how messed up one of the Falcon's previous owners was when you realize that the forward cargo loading area was replaced with a concealed concussion missile launcher. How this was missed by so many customs inspectors almost defies explanation.

<meaningless_fanboy_gripe>But thanks to that, we have had to deal with deck plan after deck plan of freighters with the most awkward cargo hold arrangements out there.</meaningless_fanboy_gripe>
Reiko-Foxx's avatar
If you have a copy of the three dimensional plan of the Millenium Falcon, it turns out that the concussion missile launcher you are talking about  is concealed within the upper smaller mandible between the two larger port and starboard mandibles. That airlock is still there - it just has a major safety violation right ahead of and above it...

The deck plan after deck plan of awkward cargo arrangements has more to do with trying to work arround the odd interior layout Industrial Lights and Magic saw fit to design into the set.
Oh, I agree entirely as to the initial cause of awkward layouts. But we continue to see them crop up in designs that had nothing to do with the movies. It is unfortunate that the Ghtroc ships had that unfortunate split-engineering layout. Swap the locations of the Hyperdrive modules and the Escape pods and the entire line becomes a thing of beauty.
The mandibles are where the tractor beams are, and are meant to hold cargo pots.……
Reiko-Foxx's avatar
Well, yes, I was aware of those functions. They are also where an optional single pilot cargo loader can hook up to the ship. I may not have included the side views, but the center cockpit variants does not sit level with the rest of the deck and instead has the access corridor ramp upwards so it rests above the forward cargo airlock.
PaiRho's avatar
Goofie ass cockpit places is what's annoyed me most about SW ships.  There's a couple neat designs here tho
Reiko-Foxx's avatar
I much prefer the foreword-central cockpit position myself, but that's mostly because I am not a fan of asymmetrical ship design.

From what I'm given to understand, one of the proposed explanations for having the cockpit off to one side or the other is so that either the pilot or copilot can keep an eye on any cargo being loaded through the hatch between the foreword mandibles. Which makes NO sense to me because the mandible between the cockpit and the hatch would STILL block the view!

And the YT-2400 is even worse! It sticks the cockpit all the way out on starboard outrider struts! That design is both an inefficient use of available space and needlessly hazardous!

I'll take a YT-1300 of ANY configuration before I'd take a YT-2400 with it's extra-vulnerable outrider deathtrap cockpit!
AdenSkirata's avatar
I agree, the central cockpit is much better, but probably for different reasons. The variants of the YT-1300 that have the cockpit between the two mandibles actually has a much more efficient shield system, mostly be cause it doesn't have a funny blurb that sticks out asymmetrically, so the shield is a nice, fairly compact oval shape. I forget what the exact difference is, but the shield on a YT-1300 with a central cockpit is something like twice as strong using the stock shields.
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