Introducing the Fer-de-Lance 3G 'Delux-o-Tank' Variant
At five times the cost of the 3G+(t) model, you get: an extra energy bank; increased energy recharge; more missile slots; slightly beefier turrets; and . . slightly reduced manoeuvrability and slightly reduced cargo capacity (but with no change in ship external size, because I am lazy). And taking out one of these tanks is indeed very hard - yet fear not, for it is (at present anyway) available only to the player (though it would be interesting to see how one of these fares against the top-end, NPC-only 3Gs . .).
The ship is available in the latest (viz., 6.3) version of the expansion pack, which is now available in the in-game manager. Finding one of these tanks to purchase, though, is a difficult proposition (even if you have the cash).
I'm afraid that I have not changed the external views. (See post above.) Should anyone want to do this or help me to do this, please drop me a line. In the meantime, I am working on making the game even easier by making missiles blow up when the player cloaks. You know, like they used to . .