Here's a stupid question: which equipment sets make your ship look different? I know the Borg, Jem-Hedar, and Aegis sets do, but are there others? And what equipment controls the look of what part of the looks of the ships? Looks like the shields change the hull, and at least the borg engines stick bits on the engines. Does the deflector also do the warp plasma color? I always forget what does what.
Honestly, that's the major factor in what equipment I put on my ship (heck, I would do Rainbow Skittles for my escort if it wouldn't kill my ability to actually destroy things).