New Equipment: Jetwing

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ChrisDonovan
January 5, 2016 - 10:38pm


Jetwing

Purchasing

Manufacturer:

SkyKnight Industries

Cost to Own:

6,000 Cr

Rental Cost:

30 Cr plus 30 Cr/day

Transmission

Propulsion Type:

Thrust/VTOL

Top Speed:

500m/t (300kph)

Turn Speed:

167m/t (100kph)

Acceleration Speed:

100m/t (60kph)

Deceleration Speed:

100m/t (60kph)

Power

Powerplant:

x1 Type 0 Parabattery (250 SEU)

Range:

250 km

Fuel Economy:

1 SEU/km

Capacity

Crew:

1

Passengers:

0

Cargo Limit:

No cargo

Armaments:

None or 1 laser pistol equivalent

Armor:

None

Other Equipment:

Power Beltpack equivalent (for laser)

SkyKnight Industries' Jetwing is a high-performance jetpack available throughout the Frontier. Capable of transporting one person at speeds up to 300 kph, the Jetwing can serve in the role of short-range scout, emergency transportation, etc.

The primary limitation as far as the Jetwing's utility is the limitation of its Type 0 parabattery, which limits its range to 250 km (approximately 50 minutes flight time). In addition, the jetwing cannot carry any cargo beyond what little its operator can wear on his/her belt. The jetwing itself weighs 20 kg, including the parabattery.

The only provision for additional systems is a mount for the equivalent of a standard laser pistol and power a 50 SEU (power beltpack equivalent) power source.

Comments:

Malcadon's picture
Malcadon
January 5, 2016 - 11:02pm
A Centurion jetpack... *yawn*

You should try Cobra; they have the best personal-flight devices and ultralight aircraft. Wink


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ChrisDonovan
January 5, 2016 - 11:06pm
Considered it.  May do it yet.  Have to see if I can find some performance specs first. :)

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Malcadon
January 6, 2016 - 8:19pm
Finding hard data is a crap-shoot with G.I.Joe hardware. But I know enough about the sets to give you a list of what they use to fly with, and what their capability. You can find a wide range of information at YoJoe.com or Joepedia. (...and knoming is half the battle!)

One of the first one-man aircraft used by Cobra, besides the F.A.N.G. attack chopper, was the "Viper" glider. Save for the fixed twin .30 cal machine guns, it was a mundane hang-glider. Viper gliders were used by Cobra airborne infantry to deploy and strike like paratroopers.

The Cobra F.A.N.G. (Fully Armed Negater Gyrocopter) is a light, one-man attack helicopter. This cheap, easy to maintain aircraft is used for hit-and-run air-strikes and provides close air support for ground forces. There are two sets of stats, the first is based on the blueprint that came with the toy, and the second is form the comic books:
  • It weighs 2200 lbs., moves up to 197 mph, with a range of 550 miles. It is armed with an 85mm rapid fire cannon on a remote nose-mounted "bubble" turret, and four landing strut-mounted heat-seeking air-to-air rockets.
  • It weighs 890 lbs., moves up to 175 mph, with a range of 320 miles. It is armed with an 20mm nose-mounted grenade launcher, and and four landing strut-mounted short-rang air-to-air missiles.
The Cobra C.L.A.W. (Covert Light Aerial Weapon) is one-man jet-powered hang-glider, with the ability to work as an unmanned drone. It was designed to fly under enemy radar and strike out of nowhere, proving airborne infantry deployment or close air support. The CLAW is armed with a 2000RPM 7.6mm machine gun and two unguided 10lb. HE-8 "Venom" missiles. As a unmanned drone, the pilot is replaced by a DES/28B 270lb. "Flashfire" bomb (a basic gravity bomb). It is powered by a pair of 2X DES/Mini-55 Turbojet Engines.

The Joes have their own rocket-pack called the J.U.M.P. (Jet Mobile Propulsion Unit) with a speed of 150mph and a range of 2 hours. It is used for aerial patrols/recon and airborne infantry deployment. It is armed with a rapid-fire laser blaster (range 100 yards) mounted on the control stick, with inferred targeting. This systems uses a special landing pad for refueling and recharging.

The Cobra "Trouble Bubble" VTOL Flight Pod was used for area patrols and close air support. Just like the CLAW, the Flight Pod can operate as a one-man ultralight aircraft, or as unmanned drone. It weighs 720 lbs., moves at 80mph, with a range of 120 miles. It is armed with a turret-mounted 1XM-97 .30 cal machine gun and two long-range "Warlock" LR-3.8 laser-guided anti-tank missiles. In place of a pilot, the Fight Pod is armed with a solid propellant SNK-7 areal mine (From what I can tell, is is ether a bomb that renders the pod into a fling suicide-bomber, or the mine lunches itself out of the seat to blast aircraft above it.)

The Cobra Jet Pack are a pair of jet-engines with a stubby set of wings and a pilot with balls bigger that Texas! I cant help but to think that this thing is launched form a catapult system — it is insane! It is armed with four fixed "Quad Blast" 25mm axial firing machine guns, and two "Neutralizer" AIM-44 air-to-air missiles. It is powered by a pair of "Double Pack" 5M/LB. Trust Turbofan Engines.

Another oddity is the Cobra "Pogo" Ballistic Battle Ball. This is a fight pod with vertical thrusters and three landing struts. Basically, this thing flies for a short time, land, than take-off again to repeat the cycle over. It is armed with a pair of twin-linked machine guns (no details given) and three "HoBo" (Homing Bomb System) KM4-560 Infrared Guidance Bombs. (Based on the fact that they are facing upwards, it is safe to assume that they might be anti-aircraft missiles.)

Yeah, much of it was gimmicky, but kinda neat. I hope you find this info useful.

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TerlObar
January 6, 2016 - 8:48pm
You should write these all up and submit them to the Frontier Explorer.
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ChrisDonovan
January 7, 2016 - 12:14am
I tinker when I have time between doing other, more important things.  Did Explorer take over for Frontiersman?  Or do they both still publish?

I would have to find someone to do the line art 'cause I can't draw worth crap.

I would at some point try to do the FANG, CLAW, Trubble Bubble, and the Skyhawk when I can find time.  I used to have the Vehicle spec issues of the Comic, but I lost them a long time ago.

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Malcadon
January 7, 2016 - 5:15am
You can find info at YoJoe.com and Joepedia. YoJoe.com lists blueprints and pages form the comics called Order of Battle.

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jedion357
January 7, 2016 - 5:58am
ChrisDonovan wrote:
I tinker when I have time between doing other, more important things.  Did Explorer take over for Frontiersman?  Or do they both still publish?

I would have to find someone to do the line art 'cause I can't draw worth crap.

I would at some point try to do the FANG, CLAW, Trubble Bubble, and the Skyhawk when I can find time.  I used to have the Vehicle spec issues of the Comic, but I lost them a long time ago.

There has been a consolidation of the magazines Tom S (Terl obar) holds both fan licenses. Officially SFman is still active though it doesn't publish very often. Due to differences is the wording of the licenses its important to have both as one allows thing the other does not. For example : FE is barred from publishing a module while SFman is not. FE remains the flagship publication. But material submitted to either zine ends up in the same submission cue. If you do the write up the editorial staff will find some way to illustrate the article. 
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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ChrisDonovan
January 7, 2016 - 8:56am
Ok, what all would a full write up involve? And who would I need to contact?

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jedion357
January 7, 2016 - 11:44am
ChrisDonovan wrote:
Ok, what all would a full write up involve? And who would I need to contact?
Look at the equipment descriptions in the rules or even in the zines and more or less copy those. Any stats necessary for play should be part of the submisdion. You can also write up a little fluff: Bermax corporation, in response to PNG developed these new weapon systems as a lower cost alternative for corporate conflict. My In the Minzii Marketplace series includes a short bit of fiction. That's possible as well. If its equipment for an alternative system like Savage Worlds or Starships and Spacemen then specify that. In this case you might want to write a note to the editors specifying what equipment inspired your individual submissions so that we have a better chance at getting illustrations together. 

Finally to submit it you go to the FE site and there is a large gold button that says Submit New Content. That takes you to a page with fields to fill in; be sure to fill in any marked mandatory with a red asterisks. The field for attachments will let you upload multiple files one at a time such that your submission could be 2 word files and 3 pictures and maybe a map then you hit Submit. If you register with FE and log in before doing a submission the fields should remember your previous entries if you end up doing multiple submissions.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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ChrisDonovan
January 8, 2016 - 8:07am
Might be a bit, but I'll seriously consider it.

Thanks for the info!