Hey Cryptic, how about an option to just use the stardrive section of the galaxy class? It already exists as a standalone ship (with saucer pet via console) so I would imagine it wouldn't be horribly difficult (though obviously I don't work there so I don't *really* know) to allow it to just be a standalone ship. Could leave it with same stats as stardrive + saucer with maybe a larger crew, like 300 or so.
I don't know that tons of people would want to use it but I find it the most fun cruiser configuration to play (well, second to my Galor). Hope to see it added, maybe as part of a TNG bundle or something.
It could be fun that if our Saucer blew up we were stuck with only the Stardrive section until we paid a fee to get the Saucer back: possibly Dilithium or EC. That way people who only wanted the Stardrive could just leave the saucer off.
Simply set it so the Galaxy sections have the same penalties as in Armada 2- saucer has the majority of the crew (thus penalising the repair rate of the stardrive), but the stardrive is the only part that has the warp drive (thus affecting how things work out in sector mode)