I don't know if you'd want to do this, but I have implemented an OLC ship prototype creation system. Haven't throughly tested it. But it's in, and you can build the prototype like working on an area, and see the finished product as doing it. If you want I Can give you a builder on my game and let you make all the proto's you want, I'll give you the proto files to release, the only catch is that I get to keep using them as well *smirk*. Anywho, I don't have any real pbase, so it wouldn't bother me if you'd wanna do that. I think it would make it easier for you to do, as well as give me someone to talk to for a bit.
Anyhow, just throwing that out there.