would it be possible to make fighter bays so that you could put a certain number of say x-wings into a cruiser like the star defender?
I don't think you can.
But you could make them merge together to form one ship called "full carrier", unfortunetly thats a "one way trip" as NOBODY has managed to work out a good way to split one ship into two or more. Note: The Galaxy doesn't count as it's a "hard coded thing"
You could try making the fighters buildable from their carrier.
I take what n0e says way too seriously
28th November 2004
What about using something along the lines of the stock Cardassian Brinok's special weapon? Drones, or something like that?
I did something similar a while back with a Klingon carrier, download and have a look at that if you like, and compare it to the Brinok to see what I did.