Also, as for ships carrying non-faction type fighters, I was thinking that if you're using a ship of one faction type, but using fighters from another faction type, then you carry, say, half the normal amount.
So an Imperial ship, designed for use with 20 TIEs and equipped with TIE racks, would only be able to carry 10 Republic ships such as X-Wings or A-wings, etc.
Likewise, squeezing TIEs onto the deck of a Republic ship that does not have TIE racks, will cut you to 1/2 capacity as well. TIEs may not mass much, but they have a big footprint.
If you modify your ship (a 6-game-month down time for that ship) to accomodate the non-standard fighters (TIE racks in a MC80, for example), then you can carry the normal amount stated.
EDIT: This is just a proposal for discussion, not a decree.
Just half capacity for non-native fighter types? Another proposal I've seen suggests anywhere from 2/3 to 5/6 capacity for non-native fighter types, like so:
For an example of starting modifications, my idea is an Empire-type with Imperial shipping, but mostly Rebel fighters. For balance sake, however, I will stipulate that such designs do not carry as many fighters as normal. IE: an Imperial Star Destroyer won't be carrying 72 X-wings, A-wings and B-wings. Because Rebel fighter types tend to be larger than their Imperial counterparts, and they can't use the overhead launch racks, either. So as a result I'd have to fit them on the hanger decks where I also have to have shuttles and other stuff, so as a result I'll have fewer fighters than if I used an ISD with TIEs. Since I don't want to play Starship Engineer I'd say I could carry between 48 and 60 (ie: 4 - 5 squadrons) and call it a day. Although there will doubtless still be TIEs in service on several ships as well.
I'm playing a Republic faction that uses a fair amount of Imperial gear, namely the Venator
class Star Destroyer and the Strike
class cruiser. At the end of the Clone Wars, a Venator
carried 192 Eta-2 Actis
class interceptors, 192 V-wings, and 36 ARC-170s; a Strike
configured for space superiority could carry up to three squadrons of TIE fighters (36?). I could probably get away with cramming 144 X-wings, 144 E-wings, and 24 B-wings onto a Venator
, but the most X-wings I would hope to carry on a Strike
would be one squadron. Does that sound reasonable enough?