Yes, they're powerful. Yes, they're easily the most flexible 'escorts' going (although they blur the line with science vessels/light cruisers a little). And yes, I've got plenty of reservations . Enjoy and please comment - either on the video page or in this thread.
Oh yes, does someone at Cryptic have a Thunderhawk Gunship? Those wing braces on the Peghqu' look like a nod...
I don't disagrre with your opinions on the Chimera transformation. What if a crewman was in a turbolift when it transformed, is he stuck there til the end of the fight? lol
The Lotus Power:
Anything that gives you a damage bonus will improve the damage of this power.
The Attack patterns
Emergengy Power to Weapons 5sec boost
The 5 second boost from Decloaking (per the Peghqu' only)
the 10sec buff from Tac team (trickle down from skill)
BUT the strongest of all, Go Down Fighting III.
Just sitting in Qo'noS space, I got damage to spike up to 5,950.
Now using the EPtW and Decloak buffs are iffy, since the have a 5sec buff and the Lotus has a 4sec powerup.
I'll play around with this in a "safe fight" and report what I can get the damage up to with low Hull points and the Go Down Fighting III.