Mark III Cobbie Appreciation Thread!

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Mark III Cobbie Appreciation Thread!

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In this thread, we honor the humble Mark III Cobra. Ever reliable and versatile, just about every combateer has flown one at some time or another. Sure there are other ships that are faster or bigger, but no other ship has managed to combine all the vital elements in such a perfect, well-rounded package nor done it with such grace and elegance. So all you Cobbie owners both past and present, here's your chance to share with everyone your wild adventures and close calls with the venerable old girl. Pictures are, as always, ever welcome.

Let me get the ball rolling.

I remember this one time back when I was still a Jameson and a pretty foolish one at that. I was on a milk run in a some corporate state system in an effort to drum up some cash for my new Cobbie fresh from the shipyards. We made quite the pair my Cobbie and me. I had just graduated from the Academy wetter behind the ears than a salmon going up a waterfall and my own ship was nary without an upgrade being the basic consumer model and all.

So there I was with a cargo hold full of food and a peashooter to keep away any enterprising pirates when suddenly three contacts enter my scanner range. Now, being an idiot and all, I get to thinking that maybe these three were traders too on their way to the station. After all, I was in cop territory. Pirates? In the lane? Ridiculous! So I thought to myself. Well sir, no sooner had I even got the thought in my head when the closest one started firing! I must've froze there for a like fool while the laser fire ate away my forward shields. It wasn't until I heard the shots strike the hull that I realized I had to hightail it out of there. I turned my Cobbie around and pushed those engines for all they were worth. All three of them were in range and firing now. A Python and two Sidewinders. All the while I was jinking and twisting and rolling, trying to make every second count.

All those years in the Academy came rushing back to me. The lectures, the simulators; things I wished I paid more attention to back when I had the chance. One little tidbit of information came back to me clear as a bell like I heard it yesterday. My old flight instructor, a tight-assed old veteran so straight you'd think he had a yardstick jammed up his backside, once mentioned that the old Cobbie was fast for her size. There were few ships that could beat her speed when it came right down to it. Unfortunately, Sidewinders were one of the few that did outclass her in this regard. Still, as I watched the Python slowly fall behind, I thought that two against one were better odds at least.

My rear shields were completely gone now and their shots were directly hitting my aft hull plating and oh Lord! The noise was just scary! The last thing you want to hear in space is groaning metal that's about to give in under the strain. Some of their shots had actually fried a few of the TCs of food I kept in the cargo bay. They were mostly potatoes. I thought to myself that it wasn't so bad. Maybe I can charge extra for french fries. I guess I was getting a bit hysterical at that point. I noticed my front shields were back up so I decided I might as well go down fighting.

I turned her nose around and targeted one of the damn Sidewinders. It broke off when it realized my old girl still had plenty of fight left in her and tried to lose me. Well, me and my Cobbie weren't having any of that! I kept her pointed straight and true and surprise, surprise! That puny little ship blew up after a few shots from my peashooter! Unlike my girl here, they could dish it out but couldn't take it. Still left one of them bastards though and boy was pissed off that I just killed his buddy! He was taking potshots at me the whole time I was tailing and gunning his partner and had me down to my last energy bank. I thought that was the end of me for sure when who should come screaming out of the void than no less than four Vipers! I guess some trader had seen me in trouble and sent a distress call to the station. Took them long enough to scramble and get their asses here! Heh, you should have seen that last Sidewinder skedaddle out of there like a bat out of hell when the odds weren't with him anymore.

Anyway, those Vipers escorted me all the way back to the station and I was able to coax her into limping inside. In the hangar, I tried to count how many holes there were in the hull. I had to stop at around six hundred when I lost count. Didn't even have to walk around the ship. These Cobbies, they take a whole lot of killing.
-Michael Gray, Freelance Trader and Courier

*Edited to avoid WTS (Wall of Text Syndrome) :oops:

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Hmmm, have you considered expanding on this and putting it in the fiction section.
Oh, I don't mind a "wall of text" good story, so keep it up.
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I concur - that this is a brilliant idea and should be expanded on the fiction section.

If you venture there you will find Lazarus - my personal dedication to my love of the Cobra MkIII.
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Gimi wrote:Hmmm, have you considered expanding on this and putting it in the fiction section.
Ah, I apologize. I was a bit unsure of where to post this since the above really did happen to me. I just decided to relate it from my commander's point of view to get into the spirit of things and perhaps get others to share their wild escapades as well. :oops:
DaddyHoggy wrote:If you venture there you will find Lazarus - my personal dedication to my love of the Cobra MkIII.
Just finished reading it and I was laughing all throughout. I love it when Cobbies just refuse to cooperate. Great read!

Took me a while to find it though. I think the fiction section needs a stickied topic indexing all the stories along a short description by the author perhaps. The wiki has a fiction section but it's not very comprehensive.

What I love most about the Cobbie III is just how fleshed out it is in the fluff. The reference manual gives a lot of fuel for the imagination. I just wish the other ships had something similar.

Everything about the ship is cool.
A cockpit and ample living spaces for a pilot and co-pilot? Check.
One of the fastest ships out in the space lanes? Check.
Able to mount just about everything? Check.
Able to do just about everything? Check.

It's the perfect toy for the child in me because it can take me on all sorts of adventures. The co-pilot even lets me take a friend! :D

Right now I've fitted mine with four passenger berths to ferry around people throughout the galaxy. Add that to the combat upgrades to really make it formidable and it makes me realize that I'm piloting the Oolite counterpart to the Millennium Falcon! 8)

Now the only thing left is to fall into debt with the Black Monks and try to avoid being frozen in Quirium by enterprising bounty hunters. :twisted:

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All I can say is that I love my Cobby....

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Capt. Murphy wrote:All I can say is that I love my Cobby....

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Love the name! :)

I'm thinking of naming mine the Thunder Child.

Wonder if anyone'll get the reference?

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Sagasa wrote: I'm thinking of naming mine the Thunder Child.

Wonder if anyone'll get the reference?
HG Wells?
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Capt. Murphy wrote:HG Wells?
Got it in one. :D

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Hopefully it will last a little longer than the Wellsian namesake did too.

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What-ho chaps,
Sorry about the lack of recent reports, but I've been enjoying life too much to take the time to sit down and write!
Bulldog One is now very well kitted out and is rapidly becoming the scourge of all pirates and bandits here in Galaxy One.
Yes, the Cobby 3 is a masterpiece...good at eveything...and I'll be holding on to mine for a long time yet.
I'll write home with some of my exploits when I get some time....I promise :)
Bandits ahoy...Tally-ho!

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By the way, I did come across a Naval Exercise a few weeks ago. Very impressive ships indeed, particularly the fleet's flagship, the Thunder Child.

Thunder Child

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Thargoid wrote:Hopefully it will last a little longer than the Wellsian namesake did too.
Interesting tidbit of information: Sagasa is a word in my native language that means "Crash". I thought naming my ship Thunder Child would be appropriate. :D

Sadly, it seems someone has already beaten me to it...

Love the paint job on yours Sterling.

I just have to ask, do you wear that outfit while piloting your Cobbie? Please tell me you modified your cockpit to simulate the wind catching your scarf. :D

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Sagasa wrote: I just have to ask, do you wear that outfit while piloting your Cobbie? Please tell me you modified your cockpit to simulate the wind catching your scarf. :D
Oh joy - I love the idea of Smivs donning his Sterling outfit and getting into character with shouts of Tally-Ho echoing around the house and scaring the Smivlets. :lol:

edit to add - got a webcam Smivs/Sterling? Go on - do it and make us a vid....
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The Cowell & MgRath Cobra Mk III... an excellent starship, and my beloved Rolling Thunder is a particularly fine example:

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Capt. Murphy wrote: got a webcam Smivs/Sterling? Go on - do it and make us a vid....
Absolutely NO WAY! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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