Having watched how this thread has progressed, I had a change of heart. I powerleveled (at least, for me lol) my Engineer from the mid 30s to 50 this weekend, and plan on getting him the Vesta pack very soon.
If anything, the handicap in space content has lead me to want to excel. I picked up a refit esocrt with my free LTS mark, and am loving the fact that I can dish out the damage by also be saved by Miracle Worker.
Thanks everyone for lending their opinions!
Also, if anyone has used the 1000 Day ship (Chimera) and has some advise or builds for it, please post them here! I've been really enjoying working with it.