Its has some nice features, but both the Armitage and the Thunderchild say to me that the artists don't get what makes the Akira so cool. The Thunderchild has its nacels up to high, making it feel out of balance, and the Armitage has the front edge of its sleek saucer belly blunted off, with the deflector moved forward into a more clunky design, totally ruining the visual flow. Maybe they can be bashed together into something that works, as the skins are pretty sweet, or maybe type 6 skins will be made to work on the standard Akira model. Maybe they will show up on Redshirt and/or Tribble so we can check them out.
Personally, I think it's great. The monster got a lot of extra love in the early design phase, and I think it shows, the end result is pretty fantastic. LCDR Miller did a wonderful job on the art.
The extra love shows... Personally, as someone who WANTS this ship (I love it, and my complaint is actually WHY I want it), I think it's... well, a LOT OP. It's got a Torpedo PDS (Hella damage), a wing of fighters (as if it needed the support), and stats that come REALLY close to the Defiant Retrofit (superb turn rate with a BOFff slotting that looks like a a DPS/Tank hybrid's DREAM). It's got the capacity to be really HELLA damaging as an Escort alone, but then it has all the extra HELP. This is NOT a ship whose guns you stare down in a one-on-one, unless you're freakin' INDESTRUCTIBLE. Did anyone, even ONCE, look at this and say, "shouldn't this be toned down? Isn't this just a LITTLE overpowered?"
So i got this ship this morning and i have got to say i love it. I have never played a carrier before because i am not a fan of slow moving ships (honestly my only engineer ship is the dreadnaught) but this ship has everything i wanted in one. Yes i could not take it in to an STF run and could not equip it with the scorpion fighters but this ship handled like a beast in the fed mirror universe event! Agile with support craft and great crowed control with both PDS on it. By far one of my favorite ships that i have purchased.cant wait to use her in an stf tomorrow