I have the Vulture, but it does not feel the same. I don’t know, Vulture feels far more agile, but I find the Viper easier to fly. Could it be the lateral thrusters of the Viper make the flight model feel different?The Vulture handles better, and hits harder than a Viper IV.
If combat is your thing, its hard to beat it when it comes to small ships.
You may want to give the FDL a shot anyway. It has the strongest vertical/lateral thrust of any medium ship and while being both more drifty and turning better than the the Viper Mk IV, is probably the closest you'll get to feel in something that has real offensive power.Gotcha.
Damn shame, in my opinion. Would love a ship with the same flight model with just a bit more kill.
I'll second the suggestion of a DBX - like the Viper IV it has strong but fairly drifty laterals, and feels generally similar in the turning department. Plus a much better view from the cockpit. I haven't touched a Viper IV in a while, but I've been clearing Med CZs in a moderately engineered DBX lately and can speak for its firepower feeling reasonably punchy.You could try a DBX. The DBS is super nimble, but I don’t gave much hands on with the Explorer. I know it has two mediums and a large, so it hurts a little more.
I’d recommend slapping some plasmas on your Viper and engineering it to high heaven. You get to keep your ship, it hurts more, everybody wins.
Short range blaster on mediums will bring the damage up to large PA base levels.
G5 dirty drag drives.Quick question... Are you talking modified or stock thrusters?
Modified the Asp-S has a very similar flight model and while it has the same 2M + 2S hardpoints it has a class 4 Power distro that allow for more energy intense weapons (Rails, PA's, Beams etc) and can fire more sustainably than the Viper IV.
It's neat idea combining pretty excellent pitch rate, above average DPS for hardpoint arrangement, plenty of spare power in a ship that doesn't catch a cold as so much get chased down by influenza. It's also got a giant hit box for its canopy relative to the rest of the ship and shields are, well, very bad. Also kinda hamstrung in the utility mount department like the Viper IV, and slower to boot.G5 dirty drag drives.
I have never even looked at Asp Scout. Seems I might need to.