Ag thank you for creating this thread, I was on the verge of doing it myself, but got distracted by work
My story of rags to riches is a long and unfinished story. In ED, you start off with the Sidewinder, and while it is a capable little ship, it is severely limited. I started out with some easy bounty hunting, some delivery missions, some light trading, and ground my way out to owning an Eagle. The Eagle was an awesome little ship, and I equipped it for bounty hunting. After a few rounds of combat and missions, the allure of riches called me to trading. So I bought a Hauler and started doing that. The Hauler, later on, made way for the Cobra, and then the Type 6. With the Type 6, I managed to find some really lucrative trade routes and made a good bit of change. I finally made enough to buy the Asp Explorer which I still have, and have been travelling vast distances and exploring the galaxy.
Then I learned about passenger missions, and I was intrigued. So I bought myself the Dolphin and boy, did I make a boatload of credits with that thing. The passenger missions are seriously good for making a crap ton of money in a short amount of time.
So now I’m sitting with a few million credits, and the call to combat is beckoning me back. I am thinking of buying a Viper MKIV and outfitting it for combat only, and going on some more bounty hunting missions. I currently still own the Type 6, the Asp and the Dolphin. Perhaps now is the time to add a combat unit to my fleet.