I've been watching the newer TV Series recently so I decided to save up my Dilithium and get the NX Replica.
I just want to get other peoples opinion on it, don't get me wrong I've got it outfitted with Mk XI gear and its fun to fly around, but it feels underpowered to me.
In the show, it had forward and rear torpedo tubes in addition to 2 fore phase cannons and a rear phase cannon. That makes it a Lt. Cmdr. ship in my book if not higher. I just feel that it is a bit too limited by the Ensign rank officer slots and the low number of weapon bays.
If they added in a new one called like the NX Refit or something I wouldn't mind paying more for a slightly more... usable... ship
The NX is a T1 ship. Within the game it is as powerful as a TOS Connie, an Oberth, and a Miranda - all 3 of those ships are one to two generations past the NX. I have no problem with where it is at within the game hierarchy.
The NX Refit was supposed to look like THIS. I wouldn't mind that being in the game as a T2 choice, either.
I would imagine the limitations on the NX being a T1 ship have to do with CBS rather then Cryptic or Starfleet technology.
I think the main point of contention is that if the NX class can be made competitive with a new top of the line ship, then it begs the question as to why Starfleet bothered designing so many ships if the basic space-frame didn't actually have to change to get the benefit of newer technology.
The assumption implicit in the "200 year old" argument is that even a new NX hull right out of the fleet yards made with modern materials, will be limited in that it wouln't incorporate the advances to hull geometry that have been devised over the intervening years, and that modern systems may not fit (it is a pretty small ship).