Not everyone in the Shattered States is a millionaire-playboy or a national hero.
Most guys who fly the Crimson Skies are just workin' stiffs trying to get by.
And, let's face it, planes are expensive- whether you pay the bills using Imperial Pounds Sterling, Arixian Pesetas, Louisianan Livre or even one of the half-dozen 'Dollars' circulating on the North American continent. Even if you land that lucrative security contract with a national government, capture a major prize while doing some privateering, or have a good heist without too many ways to split... you're going to have to buy a new bird sooner or later, and it ain't gonna come cheap.
So, in the interests of monetarily-challenged pilots everywhere, the Pench-Penny Pilot's Press is here to showcase the best and... ok, even we can't say that with a straight face. Boys, we're here to point out the biggest bargains in the skies, bar none. Now, we all know that the dames that wind up being cheap dates always have issues. Some of those issues are little, quirky things that might come off as endearing if you are around long enough to get used to 'em; some of those issues might have your tea tasting funny and your mom going out to buy a new black dress. And the thing with dames is you don't know which it's gonna be till you take her for a spin.
Well, these planes are a lot like those dames. Yes, sir, youbetcha. These are gonna hurt your pocketbook a lot less than those fancy birds that you see in that big-name rag that Weekly talks about all kinds of Action in the Air.* But like that spicy little number your wingman says can only handle a couple of drinks before she's thinking about 'hitting the silk,' you've got no idea whether the quirks these machines have will land them a cutesie nickname and some a few affectionate pats after a rough day... or if they'll land you somewhere in enemy territory, or even in a pine box!
So, everything that follows is strictly for information purposes only. None of the views, opinions, or claims expressed in the aircraft reviews on these pages are representative of the publishers of Pench-Penny Pilot's Press. If it lands you in hot water- or lands hot lead in you- it ain't our fault, gents. So, open it up and take a look- but remember, Caveat Emptor!!!
Present a design worthy of the Pench-Penny Pilot's Press! There will be two categories:
1.) Light Fighter
2.) Heavy Fighter
The aircraft in question have to be as cheap as possible and still retain playability. They should not have a cost of over $8,000 US (Colombian) dollars. Designs to consider as inspiration would include: Marquette YV-1 Stalwart ($6687), McKinley FB-99 Phalanx ($6679), Curtiss-Wright J2 Fury ($7838), TNCA Cazadore ($6222), Grumman E1-C Avenger ($7978) and De Havilland F9 Hornet ($8022).
It will, of course, be harder to build a high-TN number fighter to fit into this challenge... but the fewer in the field, the greater the share of honor!
So, let's see those entries.
I'm a bit out of practice, so I'll open with one of my older designs: