Oh yeah, this isn't meant to be any kind of warship, or even durable enough to run away well. It was more of an experiment in making something a little low-rent looking without sticking to the obvious choices.
Very cool spaceship, Mike!! I like the idea of the FTL drive being an external quick-change unit. I guess the FTL drive isn't radioactive or powered by unusually unstable power sources, as it is located right next to the crew habitat. The cargo modules fit into the ship, I take it? I always liked the obsolete tramp freighter/DY series spaceship from Star Trek- it had modular cargo containers that latched onto the outer hull. There are some design sketches here: [link].
People always like the warships, but it is the common working-class freighters that are the backbone of an interstellar civilization. XD No trade and travel, no interstellar civilization. It is always fun to see this sort of ship...
Yeah, it's the regular working vessels that really tell you the most about a civilization. The FTL here is basically not thought out at all, though I figured that since it's not classically kinetic that there's some sort of field or effect that engulfs the entire ship. I saw fit to place the drive where I thought it would be convenient from an engineering and maintenance standpoint, based on this. The remember that Star Trek design, and thought that it made an abnormally large amount of sense for that universe.
I love the gritty practicality of the ship. Plus, its nice to see someone using fusion as their theoretical power source (its the only thing that seems to make sense to me for practical power generation).