Merlin (Oolite)

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Size (W×H×L) 25 m×4 m×24 m
Cargo capacity 25 TC
Cargo bay extension N/A
Maximum speed 0.555 LM
Manoeuvrability Pitch: 1.4
Roll: 1.6
Yaw: 1.4
Thrust: 55
Energy banks 6
Energy recharge rate

Excellent (5.5)

Gun mounts Fore: 1x
Rear: 1x
Missile slots 3
Shield boosters available N/A
Military shields available N/A
Hyperspace capable Yes
OXP or standard OXP
Available to player Yes
Base price 675,000 Cr

The Merlin Advertisement, the first of many


An offspring of the Kestrel and same like that craft a synthesis between GalCop technology and the high tech from a mysterious Empire in the unknown regions. While nearly similar to the parent this craft offers a lot more space and therefore made it attractive to smugglers, couriers and pirates. Other careers preferred the Merlin as well, it felt good to be able to take a shower and sleep in a real bed while in space. A hyperjump only in the pilots chair could be exhausting.

Given the source, it didn't come as a surprise to many that the same stabilizer problems as with the Kestrel occurred, just more frequent. While Benulobiweed Inc. tried to downplay the issue GalCop Galactic Health and Safety Executive started their own investigation.


Overheard conversation in the Benulobiweed Inc. boardroom which was published by SPACE:

Q. "W.T.F. is that ?
A. "A customer said they wanted a Kestrel with more room for cargo."
Q. "Fat-F**ker looks like it's been on the chips !"
Q. "How much money is the R&D costing me ?"
A. "Nothing ..."
Q. "Nothing ?"
A. "Got one of the boys to take a lump-hammer & a welder to a Kestrel hull ..."
Q. "Those are expensive !"
A. "Not if you do it to a ship already sold to a customer moaning about the lack of space."
Q. "That's my boy. I see it now: 'Fat-f**ker by, hand-built by craftsmen'."
A. "Catchy ... There's more."
Q. "More ?"
A. "There's less metal and more room for parts in one of these; sooo, cheaper to make & fewer Tie-interceptor parts."
Q. "You know I come over all runny when you mention that !"
Q. "Slower ?"
A. "No."
Q. "Handles ok ?"
A. "Nearly as good as a Kestrel"
Q. "Cheaper to make ?"
A. "Cheaper ??"
Q. "What I said ..."
A. "Yes."
Q. "Anyone know ?"
A. "No."
Q. "Yes: 'Fat-f***ker, more space, more features, same price !'."
A. "Catchy... Boss ?"
Q. "Yes ?"
A. "Do you think it needs a better name ?"
Q. "No."
A. "I was thinking: 'Merlin'."
Q. "Merlin ?"
A. "A birdie a bit bigger than a Kestrel."
Q. "Ooo-yes & also that chap who did magic ! This could be the spell to get us out of the sh*t with GalCop - what ?"
A. "Very good Sir ..."
Q. "Benulobiweed ?"
A. "Don't mind if I do ..."

  • Source: readme.txt Merlin.OXP


Compatible equipment for this ship. Factory standard equipment is marked in bold, all other equipment can be added by the player.
Misc. Equipment Fuel ScoopsEscape CapsuleDocking ComputersWitch Fuel InjectorsScanner Targeting EnhancementMulti-Targeting SystemGalactic HyperdriveAdvanced Space Compass • {{{10}}} • {{{11}}} • {{{12}}} • {{{13}}} • {{{14}}} • {{{15}}} • {{{16}}} • {{{17}}} • {{{18}}} • {{{19}}} • {{{20}}} • {{{21}}}
Weaponry Pulse LaserBeam LaserMilitary LaserMining LaserEnergy Bomb • {{{7}}} • {{{8}}} • {{{9}}} • {{{10}}} • {{{11}}} • {{{12}}} • {{{13}}} • {{{14}}} • {{{15}}} • {{{16}}} • {{{17}}} • {{{18}}} • {{{19}}} • {{{20}}} • {{{21}}}
Defence E.C.M. SystemExtra Energy UnitNaval Energy UnitExternal Heat Shielding • {{{6}}} • {{{7}}} • {{{8}}} • {{{9}}} • {{{10}}} • {{{11}}} • {{{12}}} • {{{13}}} • {{{14}}} • {{{15}}} • {{{16}}} • {{{17}}} • {{{18}}} • {{{19}}} • {{{20}}} • {{{21}}}


This ship/ships belong to the category Ubership, flying it will make you superior to most core-ships, but some opponents will be much stronger as well.


  • Charlie (author)



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