Ensign universal was deemed fit for the Negh'var that already turns better, can mount cannons and can cloak. It should be the same for the Galaxy R as well. It'd add flexibility to it, and it *is* one of the most iconic ships to exist in the game. Adding a tactical console instead of an engineering one would be nice too.
Giving saucer sep to Galaxy-X, will make Galaxy-R even more undesirable, even in its fleet variant. It would simply lack "something".
The difference would be 4k hps, +1 engineering console, +1 science console, -1 tactical console and the swapped ensign spot. The actual difference in tanking is somewhat minimal, while the G-X improvement in offensive capabilities is substantial. That will be even greater with saucer sep.
Even with universal ensign and another tac console instead the engineering one, the fleet Galaxy-R would be weaker.
That reminds me to a no win scenario.
Maybe what Galaxy-R needs is a new console - something like "enhanced phaser arrays" a console that gives you beefed up FAW3 and BO3 options on some moderate cooldown, like 1 min. Like something you could see in the movies/series.
actually i want the end game ships to be s at the same level, but slightly different. each having its own minor strength in an area or 2. the galaxy R in every area has nothing but weakness, and no advantages. giving it a 5th eng console, not changing at least its ensign station and 10% more hull and shield hitpoints does not correct any of its weaknesses. no stupid gimmick is going to correct any of its weaknesses ether, something needs to change in its core stats. NEEDS to change.