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102 Vehicles: Private Transport

Mallard Bush Plane (TL7)

Summary: 2.00 displacement ton cylinder airframe; 3.80 tonnes; kCr 236 Chassis: 28.0 kL cylinder airframe (7.5 m long x 2.2 m wide x 2.2 m high, wingspan 13 m); Structure: 245 kg of fiber laminate, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.13 cm thick, 1 armour rating Performance: 300 kW TL5 imp. internal combustion engine; Fuel: 562 L of high-grade hcarb (562 kg), 15 hours supply Propulsion System: 300 kW aircraft with STOL capability and floats Maximum Speed: 114 km/h loaded, 154 km/h unloaded; Take-Off Speed: 41 km/h loaded, 30 km/h unloaded; Runway Length: 33 m loaded, 12 m unloaded; Take-Off Time: 5 s loaded, 2 s unload km unloaded; Agility: +3DM (0.2G) Crew & Passengers: Crew roster: pilot; 1 crew station; 3 cramped passenger seats Communications: Subcontinental Radio (100 W, TL7, SmVcl); Range: 300 km Sensors: No sensors installed. Other: 2.00 kL of cargo space (1.00 tonnes) Range: 1703 km loaded, 2311

Before the invention of contragrav most transport is by ground vehicle over a prepared road network. In frontier areas where this network is not available small aircraft are used instead.

The Mallard, a lineal descendant of the Loon, is typical of these planes. It is cheap, durable, and requires only 33 metres to take-off and land. Floats give it the capacity to land on water, making any lake or calm river an instant airstrip. The Loon can transport three passengers and two cubic metres of cargo over 1700 km.

Sbarro Speedster (TL7)

Summary: 0.10 displacement ton open-topped open frame; 1.19 tonnes; kCr 14.7 Chassis: 1.40 kL open-topped open frame (4.9 m long x 69 cm wide x 69 cm high); Structure: 60.5 kg of fiber laminate, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.13 cm thick, 1 armour rating Performance: 225 kW TL5 imp. internal combustion engine; Fuel: 140 L of high-grade hcarb (140 kg), 5 hours supply Propulsion System: 225 kW wheels; Maximum Speed: 204 km/h loaded, 206 km/h unloaded; Range: 1019 km loaded, 1025 km unloaded; Agility: +1DM (0.2G); Crew: Crew roster: driver; 1 external crew station; Protection: front Communications: No communicators installed. Sensors: No sensors installed. Other: 15.7 L of cargo space (7.84 kg)

The ultimate in stylish speed, the Sbarro is a sleek street-legal bike. With no provision for passengers or cargo, this is the ultimate recreational vehicle for the dedicated urbanite.

© Robert Prior, 1998.

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