I like to think that Super Carriers are basically 2-3 heavy macs flanked by Archer Missle bays and Hangars with some minor space for the crew, pilots, and engines. Aside from that, 3-4 meter thick armor with AAA batteries for defense. Though, that's how I compare them anyways.
SMACs are too large to mounted on starships. Their power requirements are too great. However, it more than likely carries at least one heavy MAC. It is entirely possible that carriers do not field MAC guns, focusing instead on fighter and missile compliment. You don't see Nimitz-class aircraft carriers with 16-inch gun mounts, do you?
but it is stated that unsc super carriers are the only ship that can effectively engage covie ships so you never know and super carriers, by definition, are large vessels. the heavy mac comment is pointless, lore says there is only two types of ship based macs, normal macs(600 tons) and super macs(3000 tons)
i doubt the trafalgar looked anything like this...this is basically an amped up halcyon-class cruiser. it's a nice model rendition absolutely..but..no.
even though visually the only supercarrier we have to view is the infinity..i think personally..that we could take that image concept of the supercarrier..de-evolve it a lil bit with less foretunner tech..and you'd have somethign more close to the supercarrier that hung above reach.
The UNSC Infinity is one of a kind, designed as Humanity's last best hope in the event Earth fell to the covenant. Designated INF-01, the Infinity incorporated all of Humanity's latest technology in a desperate attempt to level the technological battlefield. Not designed to operate as a carrier,but more as a Battlefield Command and Control Post, the Infinity is more akin to the Mantle's Approach in terms of Combat application.
Supercarriers in the UNSC are vessels of great importance. Seeing as only one is ever mentioned throughout the series (Trafalgar), we can only assume that it was the largest vessel around. Due to construction methods and constraints during that era of the UNSC, chances are they were working with very rigid construction yards and techniques. This would act as a limiting factor to what designs they can utilize when designing vessels. In other words, they would've had to scale up the Marathon and Halcyon classes to make-do with what they had.
man I posted that forever ago..and I would absolutely agree with you..still..aesthetically..it wouldn't be an identically larger clone of another model. it's a different class. i'm sure there would be some constructive changes. even for application.
actually it could go either way- in the only reference to the UNSC supercarriers all it said was that the trafalgar was the POTF (pride of the fleet). and that it burned in orbit.
seeing as the UNSC doesn't stray too far from the tree with how the halcyon and marathon class cruisers look, it wouldn't at all be much of a surprise to see the carriers and supercarriers be a more suped-up version of the generic cruiser shape.
but there are huge distinct differences in classes of ship. corvettes are vastly different from any other design. frigates are vastly different from other ship designs..why would carriers NOT be different from cruisers and vice versa? they may all be large and long...but how exactly they take that shape can vary in many different ways.
but, that's because the corvettes and frigates are designed for their strengths and how they are in real life- corvettes are small, fast, fragile (in modern militaries corvettes are usually assigned to merchant escort) and generally try to avoid combat as much as possible due to their extreme insignifigance (unless their are acting as suicide bombers). but they are probably best against enemy ground armor and infantry if they have any PD weapons
while frigates are the jack of all trades (as far as the smallest of capital starships go), thier designs are perfect for the speciality- hangar tubes for fighters and bombers, bidge on top for best viewing and protection against enemy AAA (I still subscribe to the covenant methodology oi bridge being safe from all but a fatal blow), a ground hangar for troops, tanks, pelicans, etc along with a small bay of drop pods for ODST's/spartans/any marine with "A.J Johnson" in his name, a single MAC cannon due to ship size constraints which forces space-battle frigates to go with the mass assault methodology. and i won't go into anything else that i might of missed.
and destroyers like the iroquois and the heart of midlothian (i haven't seen much about the HOM's ship class other than pictures) are probably the most specificaly build ships ever made- heavy armor, double the firepower, exoatmosphereic only, yadda yadda blah blah.
haha. well..thanks for all that. i'm well understood in the UNSC ship purposes. i've read & watched about everything I can get my hands on...but even built for a specific purpose that just proves my point more. that carriers would be built for a specific purpose unique from cruisers. different ships. different purposes. still to each is their own as far as interpretation.
looks good but it looks a little short to be a UNSC super carrier I don't know it might just be the angel but yea it looks a little short looks as big a marathon class cruiser or it might be longer then it looks but it just way to wide.