I have now somewhat D-class Trading Python with 216t cargo + docking computer. <<snipped>> There's plenty of juicy outpost to outpost loops and with docking computer the money grinding is somewhat pleasant
Oh God yes! I love an outpost to outpost trading loop while using the docking computer!
Fast approach to the outpost (no need to line up on the planet side of the station to find the mail slot), super fast docking with the docking computer, and minimal mass lock on departure. You know what they say.... 'time is money'.
I want to thank all of the guys that have posted their Python load outs in this thread! And... a huge thank you to uvelius for starting it! It has been a huge help to me over the last 6 weeks. I bought my Python on June 12th (thanks INARA for tracking that), just about the time this thread started. At first I thought the Python was a slug and that it would take forever before I'd have it upgraded enough to be a decent fighter. I had been grinding trade runs (Frostbite carries 224 tons when I have her configured for trade runs), and using my class A Vulture for combat. I continued to upgrade the Python every chance I had, frequently flying to Diaguandri to buy modules at the 15% discounted rate. As I get her combat worthy, I started learning how to turn using FA off. Boy.... that's a game changer! It helps a LOT! About that same time, I was able to afford class A thrusters. That's when my Python started to really feel like a ship that I could take into combat in a RES, Crime Sweep, or anywhere, and feel confident that I can come out on top. Prior to learning how to use FA off and having A thrusters, it felt like the small ships could (and did) run circles around me and hammer the crap out of my shields. It was VERY frustrating!
Anyway....here's my current combat loadout
I tried 3 beams, but the capacitor drained in 6 seconds. For me, the 2 beams are pretty quick at taking down a ship's shields, and it gives me choices for the other hardpoints. BTW, 2 beams gives me 12 seconds of firing time before the capacitor drains. I know that several guys use 5 pulse lazers, and I can see why. Lot's of combined damage per second, and minimal heat. I just really like having a variety of weaponry on board, to use in different situations. When in a RES and during that moment of calm after I've KWS'ed a python who doesn't know I'm going to attack him, I fire up the Plasma Accelerator and rock his world right out of the gate.
God I love that !
When I'm doing short trade runs, I remove the SCB's and discovery scanner which gives me 224 tons of cargo space.
Now that I've gotten my Python upgraded and I'm getting better at FA off combat.... she's an awesome ship!
I haven't flown my Vulture in about a 10 days.