Yes, the Gazelle design has quirks. Given that it was published by MWM I find it difficult to call it wrong...
It is still an interesting design, an attempt at a small ship that might actually survive combat, unlike the civilian designs in LBB2, e.g. the Type T.
Sigtrygg wrote: ↑
HG79 doesn't have particle barbettes...
Yes, the original Gazelle is a HG'79 ship with weapons from HG'80. Perhaps MWM used an intermediary version of HG?
Condottiere wrote: ↑
Didn't the Gazelle have other issues, like drop tanks and associated hardpoints?
To make the cost reasonable it has to be 400 Dt + drop tanks (~267 Dt), but the it would have lots of empty space. If it was 400 Dt including tanks it would be much cheaper.
And it has armour despite Close Configuration can't have armour in HG'79. I have no idea how armour is supposed to work in HG'79.
It has a m/3 computer and J-4 software, but is said to be capable of J-6 (dropping tanks).
In short I don't understand the design and can't recreate it...