Hulls are divided into two types; RTS and Battle Print. RTS Ships are the games initial researchable ships. They are of the style as currently used in the Battle Arena. Only two are offered in Supply Store, the Battlecruiser and the Battleship (Ship 5 and 6). Players purchasing either of these hulls get the Hull Print ONLY and must construct their Base buildings to a level that allows them to construct and launch vessels of this size.
Battle Print Ships are based on real life ships and normally require players to gain or win 7 separate Battle Prints to complete the set. Missions may provide single Battle Prints and Campaigns will on occasion yield the plans to a complete ship. FYI they will not be easily come by and not planned to be available as part of normal game play until around early 2016. Players purchasing these ships (Ships 1, 2, 3 and 4) will have them available in 2015. These ships have better statistics than RTS ships, have “Specials” slots, will be permanent and be part of the modifiable hulls system that allows changes to the design.
Note: (1) Battle Print Hulls will only be available for purchase during Alpha and Beta. After that they will not be available again until after public release in early 2016. (2) The purchase of these types of ships include the full set of Battle Prints and one Pre-Built hull. (3) A Dock of the level to launch a vessel of their size is required.