Yes, it's the moment some of you might have been waiting for, the unveilment of..... VTOL troop transport Assipiter!
but first, a warm up. this is a tactical strike pod, still very much in development. It was designed to be extremely cheap, and is, as a result, pretty much a hunk of metal with some advanced heat-shielding technology, and explosive bolts attached to a pressure gauge.
the pressure gauge works on a double-measuring standard, measuring the pressure of the atmosphere around it until there are two similar readings. then it blows the bolts, allowing the single trooper inside to disembark. the pressure technology is a cheap alternative to having controls and gadgets inside the pod, and therefore cuts down on both cost and bulk.
and here it is crashed, and with the bolts blown. through recent tests, it seems that this method is highly effective, and yields good results.
and now that you're all warmed up, it's time for the main course.
and here's the rest of it:
built to bring almost a full tactical squad into the battlefield at short notice, the Assipiter dropship is the newest creation of the Paladin Corp.
sporting two heavy repeater laser cannons and two chin-mounted dual-linked miniguns, this bird can take care of itself against most major ground threats implemented by the PLA.
The troop bay can support around twenty troops, in semi-comfortable arrangements.
As you can see, the Assipiter has a working bay door for aerial drops.
Currently, as the Paladin Corp is being refitted to be more suited for the rigors of space warfare, and battles outside of their planet, the internal affairs off ice has redirected some funds to retrain the heavy troops for parachute drops, and are being armed as fast attack troops.
now, let's talk about pilots. the new airborne division of the pilots are specially trained, and are given the latest in self-defense - the coil pistol! it is a cheaper (albeit less dangerous) alternative to the Duskpistols the Shadowguard carry.
to operate this machine, you need a pilot and a gunner.
as you can see, the cockpit is slightly cramped, but... it isn't made for comfort! here you can see the gun rack, and the overhead control panels for the pilot.
Here is an aerial view to the Assipiter, and the pilot showing the warning lights on the spine of the craft
these are meant to show when one of the turbines is malfunctioning, and the light will turn red if this occurs (then again, you'll probably already know because you've crashed, but it's a nice feature)
well, that wraps it up for the Assipiter! it's about forty two studs long, and took roughly six or seven hors (though several of those were spent digging around in boxes to find the right piece I wanted...)
the cockpit deasign was not mine, but everything else was. the cockpit was from Sean Flynn's Thunder bird