Phase 1: Get cruiser, set to material 1
Phase 2: ???
Phase 3: Profit!
Why does everything have to be a meme with you people and why does every ship need to have a t5 variant? If you can get every ship as a t5 retrofit there's no meaningful progression to the game and you just take whatever ship you want and apply whatever costume you want. There are reasons the tier system is in place the way it is now. There's Star Trek lore, progression of tech and some simple game play reasons.
Hell, I'd like my new fighter to scale to a complete tier 5 ship but I see why it doesn't.
Kudos for you. I'm with you on this. I am getting so tired of seeing threads asking for every ship to be T5.