I think it’s time to face facts: I suck at combat. While I’m OK 1v1 vs a Sidewinder1, I usually end up running from all other fights. That’s OK, it’ll come with practice. While I could just go jump into my own Sidewinder with the freebie weapons and get shot up with gay abandon, I’d rather prefer to have something a little more beefy while I practice. Perhaps some better lasers. Maybe some gimballed weapons while I’m getting my eye in. This is going to cost money.
Money, however, is not an issue. In the current Beta, trading is a very easy way to rake in thousands of credits with the only limit being the size of your cargo hold. Enter the Lakon Type 6.
With all the upgrades my Cobra MkIII had I actually got over 35,000 credits back when I traded it in. This gave me a nice, healthy balance to start trading with again. The only upgrade I’ve given it is a Docking Computer, the theory being it’s a big ship and may be hard to dock. It’s not. I’ll be selling that soon.
I was expecting the Type 6 to be an absolute barge. With a 100 ton cargo bay its the largest ship I’ve flown so far, and yet it handles surprisingly well. Top speed under boost is fine for something that size, and it seems to have less inertia than the Cobra. I’ll admit my takeoffs and landings have become a lot more sedate given the cost of the ship, cost of the cargo, and the fact there’s less margin for error in the access tunnel, but it’s certainly not hard to dock.
One touch I do like is that I’m now limited to large landing pads in the station. One size does not fit all. It remains to be seen if that will cause me more delays when docking. I’m plying a fairly quiet route so hopefully it won’t be an issue.
Sadly I think the Type 6, like the Hauler, is going to end up being a bit of a boring ship. It’s job is to shift large quantities of goods, large distances (my reaction when I saw how far it could jump is amusing) which is does well. But that’s it. I got the Hauler purely to get the Cobra so it was little more than a means to an end. I’ve got the Type 6 to get the Type 9. There’s a little fun to be had jumping insane distances for shiggles, and perhaps I can broaden my trading route to take in more of the available galaxy given my extended range, but that’s it. It’s a grinding ship, little more.
1 Provided it’s not too heavily armed