Modular Cutter

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Generic Modular Cutter
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A typical modular cutter design.
Type: U Auxiliary
Also see Smallcraft
Architect TBD
Blueprint Yes
Canon Yes. Published, canon starship design with a Keith illustration.
Cargo 30 Tons
Cost MCr28
Crew 2
Officers 2
Enlisted 0
Era 1105
Hardpoints 2
Hull Cylinder Hull
Illustration Yes
IOC TBD
Jump J-0
Maneuver 4 G
Marines 0
Model Model/1
Origin Third Imperium
Passengers 0 High/Med 0 Low
QSP TBD
Reference Book 2 Starships
Size 50 Tons
Size-cat {{{size-cat}}}
Streamlining Streamlined Hull
Tech Level TL–12
USP TBD
Starships are designed with the Classic Traveller format, using High Guard generation.

The Modular Cutter uses a 50-ton hull, is capable of 4-G, carries two tons of fuel, and has a crew of two. [1]

Description (Specifications)[edit]

It has 30 tons committed to special detachable modules; it has 2.5 tons of excess space available for weaponry, computer, and maybe a couch for a third crewmember. The cutter may mount up to two lasers; remaining weapons must be missile racks or sandcasters. The cutter, without any modules, typically costs MCr28. [1]

The Cutter displaces 50 tons, carries up to 12 passengers, and is capable of accelerations of up to 4-Gs. Cargo hold capacity and fuel tankage each equal 15.0 tons. Standard armament is one beam laser.

Image Repository[edit]

No information yet available.

Basic Ship Characteristics[edit]

Following the Imperial Navy and IISS Universal Ship Profile and data, additional information is presented in the format shown here. The small craft factor indicates the number of squadrons (of ten craft) carried on the ship. Tonnage on the universal ship profile is shown in kilotons (thousands of tons) where necessary. [3]

Basic Ship Characteristics [4]
No. Category Remarks
1. Tonnage 50 tons.
2. Crew x2 crew.
3. Performance Propulsion:
  • Jump-0 Boat Smallcraft
  • 4-G acceleration
  • Power Plant-TBD
  • TBD-EPs
  • Agility-TBD
4. Electronics Model/1 fib computer.
5. Hardpoints x1 hardpoints.
6. Armament The normal weapons fit-out for it is:
  • No weapons normally equipped.
7. Defenses No defensive equipment normally equipped.
8. Craft None.
9. Fuel Treatment None.
10. Cost MCr28.
11. Construction Time 6 months to build, 3 months in quantity.
12. Comments Standard cargo capacity amounts to 15.0 tons.

Selected Cutter Modules[edit]

Three modules are routinely available for the cutter:

  • The ATV Module, which includes either a wheeled or a tracked ATV, masses thirty tons. It can deposit an ATV on a world surface, as well as pick it up again later. The module can serve as an ATV storage location, if desired. It typically costs MCr1.8.
  • The Fuel Module, with 30 tons of fuel tankage, serves as a fuel skimming vehicle and can be used to ferry fuel from point to point. It costs MCr1.
  • The Open Module is a customizable frame with 30 tons of excess space which can be allocated to passenger couches, fuel, cargo, cabins or staterooms. It typically costs MCr2. [1]

Most Common Standardized Smallcraft Types[edit]

  1. Cutter (50-ton)
  2. Fighter (10-ton)
  3. Launch (20-ton)
  4. Pinnace (40-ton)
  5. Ship's Boat (30-ton)
  6. Shuttle (95-ton)
  7. Slow Boat (30-ton)
  8. Slow Pinnace (40-ton)

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The Cutter was one of the first smallcraft to be purposefully built with modular components. This makes them easily repairable with spare parts and components widely available. It is purposefully built to accommodate parts of higher or lower technologies. It has become one of the eight most popular and commonly encountered smallcraft designs found within Charted Space. [5]

The Modular Cutter is known more simply as the Cutter in many records. Before the First Civil War, most cutters lacked most of the modular features now inherent to the modular cutter. Naval architects on the Imperial Fringe had begun create innovations on the basic design, which later resulted in today's Modular Cutter. By 622 IC, the new "modular" cutter designs had spread throughout Imperial Space. [6]

Some believe that Ling-Standard Products originated the designs although there isn't a consensus to this assertion. Regardless. LSP Modular Cutter designs remain popular on the smallcraft market. [7]

Class Naming Practice/s & Peculiarities[edit]

No information yet available.

Selected Variant Types & Classes[edit]

Smallcraft - Cutter:

  1. Type U class Modular Cutter
    1. Aekguthand class Assault Cutter
    2. Bubble class Fuel Cutter
    3. Diamond class Modular Cutter
    4. Garrag class Modular Cutter
    5. GX class III Modular Cutter
    6. Lowalaa class Assault Cutter
    7. Lushina class Fast Cutter
    8. Mule class Modular Cutter
    9. Seragh class Cutter

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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This article was copied or excerpted from the following copyrighted sources and used under license from Far Future Enterprises or by permission of the author.

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Marc Miller. Starships (Game Designers Workshop, 1977), 18.
  2. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  3. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.
  4. Timothy B. Brown. Fighting Ships (Game Designers Workshop, 1981), 10.
  5. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  6. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  7. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak