Zohrath has been working on a recreation of the original Wing Commander 1 ships that are pretty accurate to the game's blueprints. The designs are built in Z's distinctive style, and he's experimented with a variety of metallic textures. His Rapier and Raptor are fairly well along and pictured below. The Hornet is in development next.
I've been experimenting with materials over several months, mostly failures and abandonments, but I think I'm getting close to ok with the latest tests. This is with the basic hull material, no painted strips yet. Would love some advice.