Howard Day has finished the final texture map for his Bengal class carrier, and it's come in at a trim 2048x2048 resolution. That's just a quarter of what his initial projections were for all the detail included. This should improve handling of the ship in WC Pioneer. Here's a shot of the basically complete mesh and wearing the final map. These are some screenshots of the final textures and everything coming together in Howard's modeling program.
I did a final texture test to see what scale texture this thing will need in game. I was worried that we'd need a 4096x4096 for all the detail to show though - but lucky me! There's just enough resolution for the the goodies to show up. Add in a detail texture for those really close-up situations, and I think we're golden. Here are some in-MAX shots of the mesh with the combined map on it.