Late last week my Director Max came to me and said he found someone in the alliance who was looking to offload their Wyvern and preferred to keep it in the alliance. "Hey!" I said, "I'm in the alliance!"
So I contacted the fellow and we negotiated and agreed to a price that I felt was a steal considering it came fitted with faction and deadspace modules.
My payment for E-ON #19's Testflight article came in and I had the required ISK. I logged in last night to fire some evemails off to arrange things and he was online. "Want to do the exchange now?"
"Sure," I answered, "Why not?"
Even though we had no reason to not trust each other, we agreed to ask a member of Paxton Federation's High Council to act as a third party to hold the ISK in escrow during the exchange. Its best to be prudent in Eve. We searched around for a member of the High Council that was online and not on a roam, and realized Max was the only one. I thought it was weird to suggest my own director but the Wyvern owner was fine with that, rationalizing that getting scammed by two people in a respected corp like M3 was unlikely.
As we prepared for the exchange, a report of a fleet of 20 hostiles roaming went out and we stood down, not interested in having a mishap in the exchange (and my counterpart perhaps wondering if I was a plant). The reds moved on, local was alliance only, and we met at a friendly POS.
As I approached the ship, I was in awe at how big it was and how easily seen from a distance.
He exited the supercarrier, I boarded it, and Max transferred the ISK. Deal done. Here is the camera looking at the front of the ship, examining the flight decks.
Side note: if you board a ship fitted with modules you do not have the skills to use, they simply go offline. I wasn't sure before last night.
Surprisingly agile for a big ship. Compared to a freighter it feels nimble.
In warp to a deep safe spot. Never log off at a POS! You don't know if it will be bubbled to hell and besieged when you come back.
Standing watch over the system.
This is not the end of Project Wyvern of course. I need to do a lot of skilling up for Fighter Bombers, the Remote ECM Burst, and Caldari Carrier V for 20 drones/fighters of doom. I need to rebuild the wallet so I can afford some fighter-bombers and some more drones, and some fancy implants.
NOTE: For anyone ready to say "you shouldn't get the ship until everything is ready for you to fly it" I can only respond with: this is how I like to play my game, start with something tangible and improve it over time. Besides, the purchase was a steal at current supercarrier prices.
For the curious, here is the current setup. This is not taking into account any implant effects.
Question for the masses: I've heard that rigs you do not have the skills for still work if someone else installed them. Is this true? I'm going to train Jury Rigging IV anyways but would like to know if the CCC II rigs are doing any good already.