For some time now(years) ive always thought that its cool new ships come out..but it takes a LLOONNGGG time to build a ship in STO I imagine. all the weapons and stats coded in and whatnot. Today I was dropping a new visual for my impulse engines in and came to an idea. What if a ship appearance slot was added there for complete ship appearance changes. take my amarie freighter...never cared much for its appearance but I thought it would be kewl if I could get that tuffli appearance.
Well take its skin....make it into a visual slotted item...put it in the visual slot.then in game it looks like a tuffli instead of an amarie. all that would be needed is to have the ships weapons use the tuffli's nodes for firing and that's it. you could use all kinds of other ships ..keep em by faction of course and so on. It allows much more appearance diversity yet gameplay would be unaffected. It would also allow them(you guys) to make totally new looks for sale on the store. Heck id throw my money at you to be able to do that. Id love to be able to make my toons(who are all merchant and trader captains) ships look like freighters and such(they would be Q-ships actually).