Thursday, October 31, 2013

Zoe - RPG (45) Pickup (SUV) (Galaxy)

Type: Pickup 1 Space Ext Cab,  Chassis: Xtra-Heavy, Suspension: Heavy, Engine: Sport (no mods), Tires: 6 Solids, Crew: Driver & 3 Passengers (see below); Weaponry: HMG (20/HD) in 1 sp. UM turret, FOJ (25/reg) back, Weighted Accessories: IFE, active suspension, 4 safety seats, Unweighted Accessories: SWC, HD-antilock brakes, HTM, Overdrive (linked), no-paint windshield, Dischargers: 10 total = 4 oil (FBRL) 6 smoke (2T, 2U, 1R 1L); Defenses: smoke linked to 5 laser reactive webs (F, B, R, L, T; covering tires of those sides as well) and 4 bumper triggers (to oil & also linked to that side's weapons); [5 total links], Wheel Armor: 40 pts total WG/WH (you choose where), Component Armor: 9 pts LRFP each around (a) PP and (b) driver, (c) 3 passenger spaces (in cargo); Cargo: 10 cargo spaces are used as follows: 3 passenger spaces, 1 space for CA around passengers, 6 for uncovered (?) cargo; 162 pts Composite Armor (2 Metal/160 Plastic): F (0/30) B(0/30) R(0/35) L(0/35) T(0/20) U(2/10); HC: 4, Acc. 5 (HTM 10/Overdrive 2.5), Top Speed 92.5 (77.5/112.5), Pwr/MPG 2000, Weight: 7267.8 lbs. (532.2 lbs for passengers/cargo = max 7800), $44,442.50
  • Cheapest Option - regular solid tires, remove HD-Antilock brakes, active suspension, HTM, overdrive, UM for turret, no-paint windshield: 7077.8 lbs (722.2 for cargo/passengers), $31,142.50

Design Notes -  This is an "SUV" version of the Logos, which was meant to be a 2063 "minivan."  However, I wondered if a pickup needed to be a camper to actually count as an SUV - mainly because of the uncovered luggage issue (is there another option?).

Also, in terms of adding to a pickup's HC, spoiler/airdams are $550, 110lbs; radialing 6 solid tires adds $4500 and 90lbs ($3000/450 vs $7500/540), and active suspension is $4000, 100 lbs.  So spoilers are cheaper and heavier, yet only work at over 60 mph; radial tires are more expensive than active sus., weigh 10 lbs left and take 1dp off each tire.  Active suspension, in a pickup, seems like the best option because not only does it add HC, it also helps with other handling issues.

Originally, I had a Super plant with PC & SC to allow for better towing (to be honest, I still don't know how towing works).  But then I saw the price and realized that a Super PP with PC & SC costs $5100, weighs 1100 lbs., and has 2900 power factors while an unmodified Sport PP costs $6000, weighs 1000 lbs, and has 3000 power factors!  That's just wrong, but I will exploit it; 100 lbs is really valuable.

I tried making this a camper not only did I lose cargo weight, it was 100+ lbs overweight.  And that's just to get protected luggage.  Note, I chose the pic of a covered pickup because... I dunno, it looks more like what I wanted.

Name Notes -  Zoe is the companion to Logos, Zoe is the satellite to Logos' asteroid.  As I said with Logos, this is a cool name - rather than go for Greek (pagan) mythology, scientists used Gnostic philosophy. According to the Wiki: "58534 Logos is a small Kuiper-belt object, more specifically a cubewano, notable for having a comparatively large satellite named Zoe.... In the Gnostic tradition, Logos and Zoe are a paired emanation of the deity, and part of its creation myth.

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