Who flies a shield less Cutter ? Who flies a Cutter with filled Cargo racks in a CZ?So armed with MC’s, you’re taking a shieldless Cutter filled with cargo racks into CZs and HZs and engaging enemies? You’re the greatest Cutter pilot ever.
Now, if it has shields, some armor and a shield battery or two, yeah, it’s a decent combat ship. It’s not particularly nimble and has a big blind spot, but it gets the job done.
I haven’t CZd or HZd in close to a year, but when I did I usually flew a Python or a Beluga. I know they’ve changed a good bit since last I went war-profiteering, and it will be a while until I can check them out, but combat has never been a big focus for me. I like my cargo, quiet and noisy (freight and passengers), exploring and xenoarchaeology.
I have 3 Cutters on my main account, A Multi-Cannon, A Pulse and Beam weaponised, all have max G5 shielding. One is an armoured freight carrier (Opals) and the other 2 are combat platforms. I also have 2 x Vettes beams and MCs again, both weapon platforms, but as the Vette has a really bad JR I rarely use them. Add to that multiple Condas, Pythons and a range of smaller ships all go to make up my maxed out fleet.
For PvE a fully engineered Cutter is next to invincible and can go anywhere in a respectable timeframe. The Corvette, while being more agile loses out on shielding and jump range making it only really useful close to home.
Obviously there are exceptions to all rules. Some players are happy to travel 400ly at jumps of sub 20lys.. That's fine and entirely their choice. In the old days of Community Goals, I always brought a Cutter. Now since they changed them, I ignore them as they've becone a grind-athon in my opinion.
Then there's the Anaconda. Again, properly engineered, is just as useful as the big 2, but can't compete in the longevity shield stakes, but can sure dish out some hurt. Offset to this is it's amazing utility, go anywhere fast ability, and can be in one in under a few hours, the other 2 being hidden behind grind walls.
I had a beluga. That is I bought it in SD, and A-Rated it. Took it for a test spin and sold it back. Just not for me
The Pyhton with G5 engineering and Mirror Composites is a thing og beauty in the HazRez, but just can hold it against wings. Especially the Federal wings of GS (+slfs) and FAS. Against anything else, it is pretty good fun.
The T-10 might be more your style I feel. Though in my playstyle, it is just too heavy and lacks shielding. It lays down the hurt for sure, but also takes it. It's a more a stand-off weapons platform. I don't play in wings, so I fly just because I like it as a 'flying machine'