It was suggested that I post this in here as not so many people venture into the gaming area.
I'm building an explorable model of ED in the source engine, progress is slow but its getting there. Here's the original thread: http://trekbbs.com/showthread.php?t=148646&page=3
I'm also running a blog that charts the progress at www.1701dproject.blogspot.com
Feedback and suggestions are very welcome.