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Battletech - Liberator Class Cruiser.

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Published: June 1, 2016
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Length - 855 meters
Displacement - 830,000 tonnes
Crew Compliment - 420

The Liberator class cruiser is actually based on the older Avatar class (www.sarna.net/wiki/Avatar_%28W…) When the Avatar's were replaced by the newer and more powerful Luxor Class they went into reserve fleets, training commands or mothballs.  Six of the class survived the Amaris Civil War and went into exile alongside the vast majority of the Star League Defence Force.  Over a century later these six ships were refitted, rebuilt and rearmed and called the Liberator Class in Clan service.

Here you can see the CSJ Korat charging her jump drives with her solar sail deployed in an unknown binary system before she jumped to her final battle in the space around Huntress.

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shadowzero20's avatar
always loved unique ship designs that in BattleTech series. Shame they didn't have shields on them or improve there jump drives to where perform multiple jumps before charging them or even increasing jump range or charging time. Anyways great model btw
sharlin's avatar
The Lithium fusion battery allowed for multiple jumps (two to be precise) but then it had the slow ass recharge problem of all jump drives.  As for sheilds and the like, Battletech is kinda hard sci-fi, their ships are laid out like those in The Expanse, IE a building laid on its side with the floors as we'd see them in our houses etc being the walls as thrust pushes you towards the floor,
shadowzero20's avatar
You would think someone from innerpshere or clan would created shields or much better drive systems to try to get advantage over  there foes.
sharlin's avatar
The drive system works fine, if anything it works too fine, some folks who are far far smarter than I did the math for the Battletech fusion engines and their thrust ratios and they are INSANELY efficient, like nearly 100% efficient, which, as far as we know, is near impossible :D  Shields though, i'm glad they ain't in it because they are like generic sci-fi fare and its nice to actually not see them.
shadowzero20's avatar
I heard the fusion reactors are much more compact than what you see in most other sci-fi genre where fusion reactors are rather bulky. While I do wish they had shields one thing I do like is that despire not shields there ships can take a beating with just the armor alone
sharlin's avatar
Well BSG did fine without shields :)  And yeah the fusion reactors in Battletech are tiny in some cases but still absurdly efficient.
shadowzero20's avatar
If you had to see any advances in BattleTech technology what would you like to see in BattleTech? Also just how small can these reactors get and just how efficient can they be? And third and final question is it true the computers in BattleTech are big and weigh in the ton range? I heard that they are but seems rather ridiculous to have computers that large/
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One thing to remember is that Battletech is 'the future of the 1980s' and I've always kind of viewed their tech as being more like we see in Alien and Aliens and that's a general asthetic that's been kept to throughout the years.  Yes they added more things like mobile phones, the internet etc but they've always retained this kind of 80's 'future' vibe.  Basically their tech went down a very different route to ours.  They have computers and the like that could be decades or even centuries old, yet they still work perfectly fine.  Whereas we have stuff that breaks if you mention water near it :)  As for things like targetting computers weighing lots, its not just the computer that you take into account, its the equipment to help with aiming weapons etc and to dramatically harden the computers against damage and making them ECM, anti-hacking resistant etc.

The smallest engine we know of is the Omni Series 25, and all together, it weighs a ton, which isn't much heavier than a truck's engine and considering that's including all the equipment to keep a sustained fusion reaction going, so the magnetic bottle, the coolant, the power conduits etc, thats HELLA small.  That's literally star in the palm of your hand small.

As for what i'd like to see, I'd just like them to continue how they are going :)
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Very nice model.
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