does the beam laser work for you? it does for me at long or short ranges. the ion beam doesn't work at long range though, but it will if you shorten it. got some new stuff i've made too. a sort of electron gun thingy, and a new missile. used the confed drone mesh that wasn't used in the game to make a sort of kamikaze drone type thing. searches out slower moving enemy ships and blows 'em up.
killerwave, i've made 3 meshes in autocadd, then tried to attatch mats to them only to find out that they weren't counting as 3d objects, so i have to go back and remake them. one of them is done other than texturizing it, which if you know a good way to do that, i'd be very happy to hear it.