Your logic works both ways. What's to say that the Concordia and Bengal calsses didn't take desings aspect from this class? [...] It works if you just use a little imagination.
Well, sure, but then again, anything works if we use a little imagination
. My problem with this goes a little deeper than just the question of which design inspired which - see below in my reply to Brad.
Ah, I gotcha now Qaurto. I dunno, I don't really remember why to be honest, I just know I told mark what I had in mind, he took the 'Old Carrier Class' as the inspiration, and as it progressed and morphed, became that. I can't really pin down a definate logical reason behind it, just that when the design series was going, thats what it became. I remember saying 'throw bengal wings on it, and see how it turns out', this is what was born.
The thing is, I recall disliking most of the Pioneer ship designs for these exact same reasons (although IIRC, I didn't publically complain about them, because you guys had made it clear that you wouldn't making any fundamental changes to any of them): they all looked so great, but... they were all just so darned in-bred (i.e., they were all mixtures of WC1 ships, even when it made no sense at all).
Heck, my problem isn't even with the idea of crossing two ships to come up with a new (or, in this case, old) design. It's fine if you do it once or twice, and if you use ship combinations that don't require too much thought to explain. But this kind of cannibalistic design approach gets old pretty quickly - I liked your McAuliffe fighters much better than your Pioneer fighters, because they didn't try so hard to recycle existing elements... and this is in spite of the fact that the Pioneer ships look great.