All is ready! Caldari starship engineering skill training reaches level IV and the other engineering disciplines are also at level IV. My Lai Dai R&D agent has accumulated quite a few datacores for me, whilst I have spent a few weeks in w-space, which I happily collect on my way to the research facility. I don't have time to scan for archaeological sites, so instead buy a couple of user manuals from the market. The Badger BPCs are sitting in my hangar, ready to be turned in to Crane BPCs. There is an esoteric ship interface in the hangar next door, which I can borrow. And luck is in my favour, thanks to Varakkys for draining some of the failure from the system. It's time to invent my Crane transport ship.
I grab some mechanical engineering datacores that I have stored and put them with the Caldari starship engineering datacores I picked up, transfer the Badger BPCs to the same hangar, and dump the user manuals and esoteric interface along with them. Calling up the science and industry interface I start the invention process on the Badger blueprints, the output being a Crane BPC. If I'm lucky, that is. And I'm feeling lucky. I may only have enough datacores to start two invention processes but I think that two Crane BPCs should be plenty, particularly with the user manuals allowing extra production runs. The only problem is that the waiting is becoming untenable, the invention process per job taking a day to complete. But I'll soon be rolling in sexy transport ships!
Unfortunately, I haven't accounted for jealous corporation colleagues. I'm still brimming with positivity a day later when I come to deliver my new Tech II BPCs to my hangar only to discover that both jobs are failures. 'Yeah, that was me', he says. What? 'I stole your datacores from the laboratory after you'd left the system, to guarantee your failure.' But why? You know I really want a Crane! 'Um, because it would be funny.' Damn him. I am not entirely sure I believe him, as I didn't think it was possible to take datacores from an initiated invention job, but there is no denying that both jobs were failures. He is only envious of superior Caldari technology, which is only natural when stuck flying Gallente ships.
But apparently my whining and his gloating is too much to bear for some corporation members, as a little while in to our exchange my wallet starts blinking at me. I open it to find an ISK donation from another colleague, enough to buy myself a Crane from the market. As much as I feel cannot accept such a generous offer I don't want to be rude and decline, so I hit the market and buy my long-desired Crane. Oh yes! Maybe I need to whine less. Or more. I don't really understand how it works. I'll consider it as I whizz across the void in my pod to pick up Tigress, my new transport ship.