Current version v1.4.3
see release post
Clippers OXP by Smivs
This OXP replaces the Boa Clipper OXP. It includes two 'Clipper' variants, the Boa and Python, with the Boa Clipper being essentially the same as the one in the original OXP.
Both ships have a new feature - supplementary external fuel tanks which are primeable equipment. These hold 4LY of fuel, and can be activated when the main tank volume falls below 3LY. Users of the original Boa Clipper OXP should find the move to this OXP seemless and will be able to upgrade to the external tanks.
The Python Clipper has two Drive units with a reduction in cargo capacity of 25TC over the original Python, leaving a hold of 75TC capacity. The original Python was also noted for its lack of modern equipment options and poor armaments and these issues have been addressed in the Clipper. The Python Clipper has one less energy bank than the original Python (six rather than seven) and no cargo expansion option, but the space freed-up has allowed much more powerful rechargers to be fitted and also allows for four missile pylons, double that of the Python. Military Shield Boosters can also be fitted to the Clipper. Performance, handling and top speed are all noticeably better than a standard Python.
The Boa Clipper has three Stardrives and a cargo capacity of 150TC. Top speed and handling is improved over the Boa 2 but all other specifications are the same. With a full range of equipment options available and eight energy banks with efficient rechargers already included, there was not a lot of room for improvement over the standard Boa 2.
In keeping with their role as long distance express transports, both Clipper models are equiped as standard with Fuel Scoops and Heat Shielding, and with the introduction of the Python variant external secondary fuel tanks were introduced across the range. These hold 4LY of fuel and this can be moved into the main tanks when their level falls below 3LY. These External Fuel Tanks are primeable equipment. To prime the tanks, press 'shift-n' and to transfer the fuel to your main tanks, press 'n'.
These ships also feature an adaptation of the standard HUD, which is a bit easier on the eye and re-positions the console and comms messages.
==Existing Boa Clipper users==
I have tried to make the transition to the new OXP seemless and the upgrade to External Fuel Tanks as easy as possible. If you already have the Boa Clipper OXP installed, simply remove it and replace it with Clippers OXP.
Owners of Series One Boa Clippers are offered a cost-price retro-fit of the External Fuel Tanks. If your player ship is a Boa Clipper go to the F3 screen (outfitters) once this new OXP is installed and you will see 'External Fuel Tanks - Full' listed at a cost of 500Cr. Click on this and your Clipper will be upgraded with External Fuel Tanks. Once used these can be refilled for 40Cr.
This OXP is compatible with ExtraFuelTanks OXP
. Both OXPs can be installed together. If you fly a Boa or Python Clipper with External Fuel Tanks you will not see ExtraFuelTanks offered, but if you have other Commanders flying various ships and use ExtraFuelTanks these will continue to work normally.
More information can be found on the Wiki page
, or Smivsonline
Many thanks to Griff for allowing me to 'borrow' the engine model from his 'Boa', and to Okti for advice and help scripting the external fuel tanks.
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Downloads are from Smivsonline and are available here
Unzip the download and place the .oxp folder in your Oolite AddOns folder.
Original versions (now replaced but left here for reference.
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