Just a question, or two.
The store says the blue phasers scale with your level, so how do they compare to the phasers you can buy at that level, and, about how far into the game does the consitution remain effective?
Here is what i have learned so far about the TOS blue phaser arrays.
I decided to test the theory that they would be good for leveling up with on a new engineer i made a while back. i am now comander lvl 9ish i think, and have to say that using these has been quite beneficial. it saves me a TON of credits each rank not having to keep equipping the new ship each rank. not to mention that they work with beam: fire at will, useful for clearing out fighters/mines/targetable torps. what i have done with this toon, is each rank, doing the breen/romulan missions over again to keep the breen and reman shield up to current equipment level. this further reduces my equipment costs. I also do the mission for the transphasic torpedo to keep that up as well. in the rear, i use the transphasic cluster torpedo, which i dont have to repeat each rank, since it levels just like the blue phasers.
there might be higher DPS/lower skill cost weapons to use in place of these, but for leveling, since you usually outlevel the gear rather quickly, it works out much better. once you hit VA level, then its time to upgrade to purples. since i have been doing crafting, my hope is to be able to craft my own purples. i have been crafting and saving up alot of anomalies on all my toons.
to get more than 2 TOS phaser beam arrays, simply unequip them from the TOS ship, discard the ship, claim again, rinse, repeat till you have enough fore and aft arrays to get you up to VA level (usually 6-8 is max for this, 6 if you use torps fore and aft, 8 for a full beam boat).