CLASS NAME: L-13 "Fat Man"
CLASS TYPE: Battleship
GOVERNMENT: Klingon Empire

Port
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IMAGE SOURCE: re-draw by Brad R. Torgersen, 2007

Dorsal
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IMAGE SOURCE: re-draw by Brad R. Torgersen, 2007

Bow
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IMAGE SOURCE: re-draw by Brad R. Torgersen, 2007

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BRAD'S COMMENTS: This battlefield behemoth is as comical to play as it is to look at. At least when you use the A and C models. (The D model is fairly well off, but even then has some disadvantages.) Lumbering, underpowered, and lacking the punch of torpedoes, both A and C are a total joke. Which is why I think the L-13 is one of my favorites. Does this make sense? Let me explain...
        You see, one of the great mistakes most amateur fanship designers make is to create vessels that are invincible! Paying no attention to real naval history or naval construction pragmatics, they build these fantastic dreadnoughts with way too much power, way too many weapons, and way too much superstructure; and which are (supposedly) produced in fantastic numbers.
        Sure, such beasts are "fun" to fight with because you always win and you can clobber enemy ships at will.
        But in the history of the real military, it happens quite often that good intentions go awry, and lead to the designing and commissioning of what I like to call "lemons". The L-13 is one big giant lemon of a ship, and if you're any kind of real strategist or a gamer with a knack for being daring, you'll give the L-13 a couple of trial runs.
        There is nothing more challenging that trying to win a match using tools you know are sub-standard. It forces you to be creative, and not just cruise up and bash your opponent to death.
        As I stated above, any fool can build a superduperstarship that nobody can beat. But what's the fun in that???
        Yep. I like the L-13, as much for its clunky realism as for its unique challenges during game play.
        The L-13 is also one of the first ships from the old FASA Klingon Starship manual that sports what I call "The TOS Look". Basically, this means that the L-13 is fairly slab-sided, not terribly intricate in appearance, and lends itself to the angular, simplistic ship designs that were common back in the 60's-era production of ST:TOS. Nothing fancy here. In fact, the original FASA artist went out of his way to make sure that the L-13 was indeed an oafish and ridiculous-looking vessel.
        In summer of 2007 I re-drew this class, as part of an overall clean-up on graphics for the OLD&A, and discovered that the original size stats that FASA give are somewhat smaller than appropriate.  If the original stats could be believed, the Fat Man was not much larger than a D-7!  I thought this unlikely, so when I examined a 10-pixel-per meter scale rendering of the Klingon command pot bridge, superimposed over the original L-13 artwork, I learned that the FASA stats were, indeed, undersized.  I scaled up the body of the ship so that the command pod was in correct proportion, and the new dimensions are much better now, approaching those of the L-24, and far in excess of the D-7 K'tinga.

From the FASA Star Trek KLINGON SHIP RECOGNITION MANUAL, circa 1985
L-13 (Fat Man) Class IX-XI Battleship
Known Sphere Of Operation: Federation and Romulan Borders
Data Reliability: C
Major Data Source: Klingon Sector Intelligence
A bloated L-13 battleship cruises in formation with a smaller, sleeker D-10 cruiser; artwork scanned and submitted by Ed McCarthy.       The L-13 was the first attempt by Klingon ship designers to construct a battleship. After the completion of four ships, with four more in various stages of production, it was discovered that the vessels were no better in combat than some of the existing cruisers and frigates.
       On Stardate 2/1502, the first successful modification was commissioned, with the L-13C models superior in every respect. Their warp capabilities increased by 50%, allowing them to travel at Warp6. The KWE-2 gave them more efficient power for maneuvering and additional power for the weapons systems. The old KD-7 and KD-10 disruptors were replaced with the more effective KD-9, and the shields were improved and superstructure strengthened.
       As the Federation and Romulans continued to upgrade their vessels, the Klingons did likewise. The L-13D, introduced on Stardate 2/2009 with the commissioning of two vessels, is equipped with the KWE-3 warp engine and KIF-2 impulse drive, highly efficient engines that give the ships even more power for maneuvering and weapons. Though the disruptor arrangement remains the same as the C model, the KP-6 torpedo has been added in both the fore and aft positions. This model also mounts more efficient shields and has an increased superstructure strength. The KCD cloaking device is reported to have been mounted on two of the four ships produced to date.
       On Stardate 2/1403, an L-13A escorted by six D-11D’s attacked a group of Romulan ships near the Triangle. The Romulan force consisted of a Type I V-6 (Gallant Wing) class cruiser and three Type 7 T-2 (Death Talon) class destroyers. The Klingon commander, confident with his new ship, pressed the attack, only to find the Romulan cruiser his equal. After several exchanges of fire, the Klingon force had suffered the loss of 3 D-11’s, and serious damage had been done to the L-13. The Romulan cruiser had received moderate damage and one destroyer had been eliminated. The Klingons, fearing the loss of the battleship, began to withdraw from the battle. The Romulan commander decided to counterattack the retreating Klingons. The huge battleship still had plenty of fight left and was able to disable another of the Romulan destroyers. At this point, both sides disengaged; the Klingon ships withdrew to Klingon space while the RomuIan commander returned to the area of the battle and salvaged what he could of his ships, taking in tow a disabled D-11. This skirmish proved to the Klingon Imperial Command that the L-13 needed improvements. The B model was not successful during its tests and was therefore never put into production.
       Of the 21 L-13’s built, 20 remain in active service, and one A model is missing and presumed lost. The facilities for constructing the L- 13 are located at Taamar and are estimated to produce up to two per year.
       The class, named for the Klingon "k’el ri’anda", translates to "the dangerous fat man". The brunt of many jokes about being more dangerous to their Klingon crews than the enemy, the L-13 is known to Star Fleet officers as 'the fat man" and as "the turtle".

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Construction Data:
     Model Numbers-
     Ship Class-
     Date Entering Service-
     Number Constructed

A
IX
1/1306
8

C
X
2/1502
9

D
XI
2/2009
4
Hull Data:
     Superstructure Points-
     Damage Chart-
     Size
         Length-
         Width-
         Height-
         Weight-
     Cargo
         Cargo Units-
         Cargo Capacity-
     Landing Capability-

30
C

302 meters
182.8 meters
140.8 meters
123,300 tons
  
240 units
12,000 tons
None

32
C

302 meters
182.8 meters
140.8 meters
158,800 tons
  
240 units
12,000 tons
None

34
C

302 meters
182.8 meters
140.8 meters
164,300 tons
  
250 units
12,500 tons
None
Equipment Data:
     Control Computer Type-
     Transporters-
         Standard 6-person-
         Combat 22-person-
         Emergency 18-person-
         cargo-
     Cloaking Device Type-
         Power Requirement-
  
ZD-7
  
4
8
2
2
None
None
  
ZD-7
  
6
8
2
3
None
None
  
ZD-7
  
6
8
2
3
KCD
48
Other Data:
     Crew-
     Troops-
     Shuttlecraft-
  
1,048
392
12
  
1,052
420
14
  
1,062
420
16
Engines and Power Data:
     Total Power Units Available-
     Movement Point Ratio-
     Warp Engine Type-
         Number-
         Power Units Available-
         Stress Charts-
         Maximum Safe Cruising Speed-
         Emergency Speed-
     Impulse Engine Type-
         Power Units Available-
    
41
6/1
KWD-2
2
12
L/N
Warp 4
Warp 6
KIF-1
17
    
53
5/1
KWE-2
2
18
J/M
Warp 6
Warp 8
KIF-1
17
    
63
4/1
KWE-3
2
20
J/M
Warp 7
Warp 8
KIF-2
23
Weapons and Firing Data:
     Beam Weapon Type-
         Number-
         Firing Arcs-
         Firing Chart-
         Maximum Power-
         Damage Modifiers
               +3
               +2
               +1
Beam Weapon Type-
         Number-
         Firing Arcs-
         Firing Chart-
         Maximum Power-
         Damage Modifiers
               +3
               +2
               +1
Beam Weapon Type-
         Number-
         Firing Arcs-
         Firing Chart-
         Maximum Power-
         Damage Modifiers
               +3
               +2
               +1
Missile Weapon Type-
         Number-
         Firing Arcs-
         Firing Chart-
         Power To Arm-
         Damage-

KD-8
4
2f/p, 2f/s
U
7

(1 - 7)
(8 - 15)
(16 - 20)
KD-7
3
2f, 1a
L
7

(1 - 7)
(1 - 6)
(7 - 12)
KD-10
4
1p/a, 2a, 1s/a
C
3

(1 - 7)
(1 - 6)
(1 - 6)






KD-8
6
2f/p, 2f, 2f/s
U
7

(1 - 7)
(8 - 15)
(16 - 20)
KD-9
5
1p/a, 3a, 1s/a
W
5

(1 - 7)
(8 - 15)
(16 - 20)
KD-10
4
1p/a, 2a, 1s/a
C
3


(1 - 7)
(1 - 6)
(1 - 6)






KD-8
6
2f/p, 2f, 2f/s
U
7

(1 - 7)
(8 - 15)
(16 - 20)
KD-9
5
1p/a, 3a, 1s/a
W
5

(1 - 7)
(8 - 15)
(16 - 20)
KD-10
4
1p/a, 2a, 1s/a
C
3


(1 - 7)
(1 - 6)
(1 - 6)
KP-6
4
2f, 2a
R
2
20
Shields Data:
     Deflector Shield Type-
         Shield Point Ratio-
         Maximum Shield Power-
  
KSH
1/3
11
  
KSL
1/3
14
  
KSH
1/3
15
Defense Factor-
Weapon Damage Factor-
86.3
38.6
110.2
51.6
135.6
85.2

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