But to effectively buy a Tier 3 skin for your tier 4 ship.
Without changing class. So your standard tactical escort ship (defiant) would LOOK like an Akira.
Or if you love thetactical escort ... you buy a tactical escort skin for your fleet escort ship.
There would be ZERO balancing needed because these are off the shelf ships. They are no better or worse than the ship they are replacing. You would simply be paying for a skin of a lower class ship. (all staying within the same class of course ...so escort for escort .... cruiser for cruiser.)
Yeah, and we would be back again with the ridiculous "I wanna fly my Conny at endgame" discussion.
Your idea sounds good at first, but it basically invalidates everything that makes ships even remotely interesting thus fun to play.
Cryptic already is partly on your side with this stupid ship costume concept. Introduced solely to make money with "advanced" ship looks.
Itīs really not a good idea to encourage them even further on this.
The game doesnīt need even more effinīcostumes, but actual diversity in ship design and thus game-play.