This model is scaled to be appropriate with fleet scale miniatures games such as full thrust
EA's first carriers, introduced in the late 2100's and a veteran of the Dilgar and Minbari Wars. These older carriers can deploy up to 48 fighters to any battlefield.
The Avenger Heavy Carrier's history will always be tied to the fighters it carried. Designed in conjunction with, andexpressly to carry, the first of the Starfury fighter line, the original Avengers were also meant to follow their fighters intocombat. For that roll, the Avenger relied on a combination of light lasers and medium/light plasma cannons, backed bythe new interceptors and the state of the art energy web. War games with the new carrier and a few actual battles wouldquickly show the folly of risking large, jump capable carriers in direct combat. This realization resulted in the Betaversion which de-emphasized direct combat by reducing the anti-ship firepower in favor of increased numbers of lighterdefensive weapons and more interceptors. However, the primary plasma weapon suite was retained to allow the Avengerto close and finish off targets worn down by fighter strikes. It would be the Beta version that would successfully shoulderthe burden of fighter support during the Dilgar war.
It was also the Dilgar war that finally pressed home the foolishness of using a dedicated carrier in any form of attack roll.As a result the Avenger carrier was upgraded with the new light pulse cannon and enhanced thruster performance whichwould allow the venerable carrier design to keep up with the newest ships of the line and, more importantly, avoid theenemy while slipping in to recover its fighters which were, by far, its most important attack element. However, theresulting Gamma model, in a cost cutting move, retained its medium plasma cannons instead of having them upgraded tomedium pulse cannons. In fact, EarthGovfuture planned improvements and upgrades untilit was to late.To late was the beginning of the Earth Minbari War, during which, the Avenger carriers conducted numerous hit and runraids on Minbari forces that usually resulted in little more than the sacrifice of the fighter wings and often timesthe carrier itself. By the wars sudden end there were but a handful of Avengers left.would continually be defer allIn years immediately following thewar, these vessels became the cores of ragtag squadrons whose primary roll was to present the illusion of continuedmilitary strength. Operated continuously while the next generation of ships-of-the-line where assembled, the remainingAvengers were quickly worn down with no Earthforce budget tagged for their refurbishment. Destined for the breakers, apair were saved when, in a surprise move, President Clark ordered two refurbished and slightly updated for a specialmission. The update replaced the medium plasma cannons with medium pulse cannon and updated the interceptors toMk-II standard. These two carriers would see action during the Earth Civil War, and in a surprise attack, scored the onlyreal victory Clark’s forces would see against the forces of John Sheridan. Following the end of the Civil War, the two carriers would see service for several more years as Earthforce once again rebuilt before finally being scrapped. Thoughno more, the Avenger legacy lives on in the fighters it carried. What was once the Aries is now the Thunderbolt but allare Starfury's and owe their lineage to the first carriers that took them to war.