So, the type-9 is a mixed bag. You can equip it to carry an obscene amount of cargo, but the jump range sucks.
The class A frameshift drive costs 16m. Ouch. The 256 cargo internal costs 3.5m. I tried skirting it by getting a class B frameshift drive and fully upping the cargo space. I had about 460t of cargo. My jump range was only 10ly laden, though. Travelling to a nearby station which was only 13ly away, I had to do 4 jumps around to get to it.
And, then, the Imp Slave trade has totally dried up (probably my fault) so the trade only became valuable one way.
I have a truly weird setup now. I traded in my 256 cargo internal for a 128 to buy the class A frameshift drive. Now I'm fairly broke and was flying without insurance this weekend. I'm back above the "red" line, so to speak.
Mr. Tact will not approve of this setup, but here it is. I'm working up to the 256 cargo slot, but this tub cannot travel very far with it. And I have yet to find two stations within 10ly of each other not selling peanuts.Gimp Ship
With this, I can jump fairly decently. I found a bi-directional route that I get about $600k per round trip. Not great, but not bad considering my diminished cargo capacity. And I also make the rounds in half the time. The only threatening thing is that there is always a fucking stupid AI in the mailslot that won't get out of the way. I end up going full shields and ramming my way through. The scraping sound is not pleasant and I tend to lose one shield ring.
And before you pass judgement, the space cow's fuel cost is FUCKING STUPID. It has a huge tank, but takes forever to fill with a class 4 fuel scoop. Since I am fairly broke and can't afford the 460t of cargo cost anyway, much less the patience to fly in 9ly jumps, it seemed a fair trade. The fuel fills up pretty decently now.
I basically have slightly more cargo than a python with almost no combat capability. Oh... I got interdicted by a cobra. I had 3 missile banks and 2 (class 1) torpedoes. Fuck that was embarrassing. I killed him, but it took all my ammo. The torpedoes, I thought were a death sentence to people. They barely scraped the shield. Missiles were even worse. Eventually, I knocked out his shields and then launched three missiles. He detonated instantly.
Lesson learned. Now I have a beam laser and a turreted pulse laser to drain shields. This comment was edited on Feb 16, 2015, 19:33.