Being a fan (and Patron) of Chris Jarvis' amazing radio drama "Escape Velocity", I thought I would have a go at drawing a blueprint of some ships from Elite's earlier incarnations that have not made it into the latest game. Ships like the Krait, Moray Starboat, Osprey and from Frontier 2 and featured in the series, the Merlin fighter.
The thing is, the Merlin was very simplistic and there hasn't been much in the way of updated screen shots of late.
The first thing I need to do is draw some basic elevations. A rough and ready update on the design.
From there, get started on a 3D model. Here we go.
Put the wings on more to match original ship configuration and added thrusters and heat vents. Drives and hardpoints next.
I have now completed both the model and the blueprint.
Where would the Merlin fit into Elite: Dangerous? Well, it would be a comparable ship to the Imperial Courier. Probably an Alliance ship. Not massive cargo space, but a good turn of speed and low radar image. A good light trader/fighter with excellent range and agility. The perfect smuggling ship.