Oh that splitting of XP sucks... bad enough that I have a crewmember, I would guess that the vast majority of the Combat rank I have comes from WING Bounty Hunting. When in a smaller ship, trying to SOLO big ELITE targets is a losing proposition....but I am going to have to try some SOLO hunting if I am ever going to get to ELITE.
By the way, the only reason I have an ANACONDA is because Frontier was giving away that GALNET paint job for free (with continued subscription to their newsletter). Once I had the Paint Job, I had to buy the SHIP to go with it. Otherwise, I was never interested in the Anaconda. I had planned to go up to a Corvette when credits allowed. I find that I like the Anaconda very much, though! Thanks to Void Opal Mining, I can afford a CORVETTE as well, but haven't been pushed to get one. Also not looking forward to all the re-engineering. I think a lot of the Anaconda modules will transfer to a CORVETTE, which would help some, but when I bought the Anaconda, I was going crazy getting all the needed materials and Engineer visits to bring it up to spec.