It's funny, because most of my inspiration was actually a mix of modern warships and 80's anime. I suppose there's only so many ways these things can go together and be both aesthetically pleasing and visually comprehensible.
I need to go through this kinda process myself. I can't draw tech or spaceships, so of course I go and assign myself a webcomic with nothing but. Sigh, time to get back to the grindstone. Thanks for the inspiration.
It's smaller than a destroyer, and smaller than a frigate as well. Really, it sits on the bottom rung of what would be big enough to be a long-range vessel. Wikipedia has a pretty good entry about it: [link]