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Rusalka Class Assault Frigate by Norsehound Rusalka Class Assault Frigate by Norsehound
Redux of the Rusalka-Class Assault Frigate.

Top is production version (So far). Bottom is the one-off prototype.

She was originally a frigate competitor to the Ranger, but she did not outshine the Ranger's longevity on patrol. When the Antareans attacked, the design was revisited, revised, and pressed into service as an assault frigate.

Unlike the Ranger (which was constructed between several major shipyards as a symbol of unity in the ULP), the Rusalka was made from USN R&D- the research and Development arm of the Navy. Traditionally armed, part of the appeal of the Rusalka was originally the fact that it carried a balanced, conservative armament and could be pressed into service as a radar picket (which is why she has the nose-dome similar to the Loki and Fenrir, and the under-nose radar array). Obviously the admiralty favored the casual carrier and longstanding patrol nature of the Ranger, as a ship like the Rusalka didn't seem to have a future in what seemed to be the peaceful era at the time.
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Marduk01 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008
Love ur designs for ships, keep up the amazing work!
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JavKiller Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008
May I inquire into how you place logos and insignia on your drawings? Just, the specifics, I'm trying to find the niftiest way to do it on one of mine and yours seem real pretty :)
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Norsehound Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008
I use illustrator and port them in that way.

To get the graphic as a badge on the prototype, I used a 3D rotate tool that came with my version of illustrator (CS2, but it was in as far back as CS1 at least)
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Zanslev Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
Isn't the term 'Assault Frigate' kind of an oxymoron? I though frigates were supposed to be more of an escort type by definition. Then again, I am not really in a position of authority on the topic.

its still pretty, though...
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Norsehound Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
Frigates in AFF seem to be jack-of-all-trades vessels. Of the USN, aside from the Rusalka the only frigate in USN inventory is the Ranger-class frigate. THAT ship is a standoff craft with a large hanger. I offered the Rusalka as an opposite to the Ranger, and allows commanders to have more flexibility for combat roles.

That said, the Rusalka makes an excellent screening and escort frigate. She has a higher coverage of kinetic weapons and two ions on either side for broadside coverage. The female variant has a minelayer in place of an under-the-tail turret, making it a good short-range patrol frigate. All in all, her durability is what wins favoritism with the USN fleet commanders.
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Zanslev Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
Cool, very informative.
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Buchi Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
nice one :-)
i think the "N" of USN reads like "A".... which is (imo) to be avoided... readability should not be compromised by aesthetics...
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Norsehound Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
While I'm not to wild about the font either, it was the ULA font adopted by the team.
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Buchi Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
yes, i know... i just wanted to give feedback... anyhow, found phifty's font submission, posted my crit there...
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outcastvalkyrie Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008
that's pretty sweet.

The physics of it seems weird to me, thou. Are there any engines towards the top of the ship? If there's only engines on the bottom, it'll tilt upwards.

Is the bridge retractable? It almost looks like it to me?
That would be sooo cool ^_^
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