Sorry, I cannot in any way believe you're halfway serious about this. 1. Thrusters, aesthetically are ugly. (beacuse you use the big ones, because they're the only ones that are functional, and as such, two to four provide all the thrust you need) As such, for aesthetics of design, they're placed internally to avoid looking at them. 2. Thrusters have annoying shapes, and can only be placed in certain spots in the correct orientation, and that may be a collection of internal thrusters. 3. Thrusters are crimainally weak. 500 hp for a 2x2 larger thruster, that gets targeted by players and ai?! No. that's getting some combat armour slapped over it, just for single player. Now there's 8000hp of blocks instead of 500 in that area. Look at my creation, where are the thrusters? They're in the rear pods, tucked away, and the ship has lovely clean profiles, and no 2x2x4 thrusters cluttering up the main hull or generating mismatched and ugly holes in the pods. Yes, there are 12 large thrusters internal to those two pods. Sure, I have the rear thrusters uncovered, but that's because the aesthetics of that area are easy. This isn't even a PVP ship, this is purely what is needed to survive SP. Look at most designs on the workshop, they're planar or rotationally symmetrical, and thrusters make maintaining this hard. Especially when people want to use the most effective thrusters. If you force us to use external thrusters, you need to rework thrust / power ratios, so that more smaller thrusters are more efficent than larger ones, and so we can have both reasonable 20m/s+ accelerations without resorting to a ball of thrusters or singular points of failure. Asthetically, thrusters are best when they're small, easy to place, and there are enough of them to place in nice locations. That's why the Polaris looks good, despite having absolutely trash performance. If this change goes through, I'm going to have to build a core of a ship first, then provide exhaust ports and weak channels, and then the actual shape of the ship instead of the much nicer building of a general frame and adding in devices as part two.