Inside turning is a ship maneuver where instead of moving along the "outside" of the maneuver tool, which is fairly common, a ship moves along the "inside" of the maneuver tool. To be more precise, in most maneuvers, the maneuver tool is notched into the left or right notch on the ship and then the maneuver tool is oriented towards that direction (so for example notched in the right side then clicked going right, basically, with some wobbliness involved of course). Inside turns notch the maneuver tool on one side and click the maneuver tool in the opposite direction.
Pictures help. So for example, this is a Raider at speed 2 making a "regular" outside turn:
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Same starting position, same speed, maneuver tool notched in the same place, very different end positions.
It's very important to note that a maneuver is illegal if your ship would overlap the maneuver tool at its final destination. That means for small ships, a "true" inside turn where you are hugging the maneuver tool requires the last joint be straight. For medium or large ships, it requires the last two joints be straight. Otherwise your ship base will overlap the tool.
Jerjerrod-aided ISD trying to do a speed 3 inside turn but the second joint has been clicked in once to the left and it results in the ISD landing on the maneuver tool. This is an illegal maneuver.
Inside turns can be extremely helpful for changing direction without moving forward as much as you would when doing a conventional outside turn. For example:
MC30 going speed 4 (one click each at joints 2 and 3, otherwise nothing). The topmost MC30 is its destination when the maneuver tool is placed on the left and it does an outside turn. The bottom-most MC30 is its destination when the maneuver tool is placed on the right and it does an inside turn. The outside turn covers more ground and moves the MC30 to the left the most. The inside turn covers less ground and moves the MC30 to the left more tightly relative to the space moved. Either option works great depending on what you need your MC30 to do.
We can see from the above example that in terms of space moved, the inside turn allows the Raider to fake being "speed 1½ ," but it also allows the Raider to turn a bit more tightly to the left. In the right circumstances this can make a substantial difference and it doesn't require a speed change.
There are some other maneuvers that use elements of the inside turn to decrease distance moved while remaining the same speed or to turn more sharply within the space provided. The only one that to my knowledge has a name is the Tokyo drift:
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From the same starting point with a speed 2 Raider...
- Raider A was Tokyo drifted to the left (maneuver tool notched on the right, clicked twice to the left, then twice to the right).
- Raider B was moved speed 2 straight ahead.
- Raider C was Tokyo drifted to the right (maneuver tool notched on the left, clicked twice to the right, then twice to the left).
Otherwise, inside-turning- and Tokyo-drifting-style tricks can be handy for tighter turns, but no names exist for the specific movements. The final example I will give you is something Imperial players can pull off with Moff Jerry and an ISD or Rebel players can do with Madine and an LMC80 or MC75. Both cases need navigate commands, of course.
This concludes our first tips and tricks article. If you had any questions or recommendations for subjects to cover in future installments, please let me know!