One of the most popular manufacturers in the Verse, Anvil Aerodynamics, is known for it's great designs. Ships like F7C-M Hornet, Carrack or Terrapin are extremally popular and discussed both on Spectrum and Reddit. I love those designs as well, but there is one Anvil ship that is in my opinion much more interesting, and underrated (or even forgotten) - the Crucible.
Anvil Crucible was first announced on November 19th 2015 along an extensive documentation about the repair gameplay. This ship, similarly to other vessels like Orion, Carrack or Reclaimer, is supposed to be one of the top tier repair tools in the verse.
Here is the original description of this ship:
A so-called “flying toolbox,” the Crucible is Anvil Aerospace’s first dedicated repair ship. Featuring a rotating control bridge and a detachable pressurized workspace, the Crucible is a versatile mobile garage equipped with repair arms, an operations center and all the equipment needed to overhaul a damaged craft back into fighting shape.
So knowing the basics, let's get into the details that make this ship so exciting.
So far, every ship in Star Citizen had quite straight forward cockpit/bridge set-up - a simple space for you to control the ship with one or more seats depending on the size and role of the vessel.
Crucible is different - it's bridge is a marvel of engineering that can rotate around in order to accommodate to it's current functionality. A single captain can operate both flight and repair control systems by rotating the bridge. By facing forward, the ship can operate as a normal spacecraft. In reverse, the commander can look out over the repair bay and interact with the manipulator arms and other systems. A larger crew can divide these tasks for maximum efficiency. This is very important as it's on of the very few, larger ships that can be operated by a single person from a single seat.
Other than the bridge, the Crucible’s cab section includes storage, living quarters and dedicated EVA lockers intended to allow a multi-person crew to prepare to function in zero gravity, which will be necessary for larger repair and salvage operations.
You can see those sections in the picture below.
Crucible is a repair ship, and in order to fulfill it's function it requires specialized tools.
This is where the workshop comes into place - it has everything you need to repair and fix any type of ship.
Two internal arms allow work repair work to be conducted remotely, while direct access to the cab module (when attached) lets crews get up close and personal with their charges.
External clamshell doors can be opened in depressurized mode, allowing the crew access to repair larger ships… making the Crucible capable of servicing everything from a Constellation to a Bengal!
The Scarab can also be ‘dropped’ in space and can remain a fully functional temporary station while the cab performs other duties.
Like the Endeavor or the Hull-series, the Crucible is designed for future expansion so we can expect that there might be other modules that will replace the standard Scarab in the future.
In my opinion this ship will be one of the most important ships in the verse - especially that it can repair any size of ship.
You can find more in-depth information about the interior of this ship here:
Here is the 3D model of the Anvil Crucible in case you want to inspect it more closely: