A pair of Mk X's over Caprica.
Sporting four gun mounts backed by two missile launchers, this bad boy wears its feelings on the outside. Neutralizing a mark ten is part of a pilots training and if you can't get past one of these then you may need to step aside and let a better pilot through. The good news, we supply a viper - fully armed, you supply the attitude.
A bit of background.
The Mk IX drone first made an appearance during the BTRL period and was intended to cover a training gap for new pilots. The concept was initially inspired by DeSanto's version of the original raider. Modeling was taken care of by Meleardil with Starslayer providing additional concepts as needed. Texturing was covered by Turambar.
During the modeling process some interesting designs can evolve. Unfortunately they can also end up rejected for various reasons. Even at this earlier stage the intakes, wings and guns are virtually identical to both the Mk IX and X versions.
A needed change to the front required further concept development.
An underneath view of the MK nine
The Mk X as you would expect is a redevelopment of the Mk IX. A fair bit of the model is still Meleardil's work though, as most of the major structure was retained. Internal partitions were removed and the top central portion was redesigned to provide a more aggressive appearance.
A Mark X hunting.
This image shows some of the thrusters that populate many of the fighter class. Although I've moved many of them around on this model, FUBAR-BDHR managed the time consuming task of positioning and tabling each thruster on all the fighters - some people get all the fun jobs.
The final word I'll leave courtesy of Ace's shiny new tech description.
The Cylotron Mark X is an improvement upon earlier drone models with an enhanced slaved quasi-AI control system and thicker armor. Equipped with a multitude of sensors to judge pilot accuracy, ammo conservation, and flying capabilities, the Cylotron allows instructors to accurately gauge each pilot's capabilities. Frighteningly effective in live-fire exercises, the Cylotron Mk X is the closest thing to a Raider that Viper pilots have faced in the past thirty years. For some anti-AI activists demanding an end to the Cylotron program, the Mk X is too close to the real thing.