Granitehewer wrote:Is it canon that the Vor'Cha incorporates UFP tech?
Not to my knowledge, the designer - Andrew Probert - however made a mention that he made the concience decision to incooperate similar elements (like the warp nacelles) to show that there indeed have been cooperation and joint developments.
As for a 1on1 comparision I think the King Tiger vs Sherman comparison was very apt, however it goes a bit beyond that insofer the King Tiger was made for battle and nothing else wheras the GCS had tons of non-battle-related equipment on board.
As for the cheapness of the vorcha....who knows it seems a fair assumption but then what do "we" know about the costs of building a 24th century spaceship? Maybe size is a mayor factor, maybe the equipment like the nacelles, warpcore and impulse-engine are the cost drivers wheras the simple hull is cheap as shit since it can more easily replicated.
Since it is also semi-canonical that they build 6 - I believe - complete GCS and for 6 GCS only the hulls - to be completed at a later date IF needed I would assume that only the hullstructure without equipment is actually easy and cheap as shit to built (also explaining how they could built a spacedock without ruining their economy for years) wheras the real costs are warpcores, nacelles etc. .
If so, a Vorcha should still be cheaper to build, but not so much as we might assume. Let's just say that a Vorcha and a GCS-Battle-Section are pretty much on par cost/sizewise and the added bonus/cost of the GCS is mainly in the saucer-section which is probalby -altough much bigger - less expensive than the battle-section since it is mostly living space aka a hotel with labs.
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