Thanks for the report, casebolt.
As I recall, the Klingon and Romulan carriers in Alpha Quadrant were among the ship designs that went through several modifications during our local beta-tests of Alpha Quadrant. Both carrier designs were originally more massive - somewhere around 300. As a result, I modified both carrier designs (particulary the Romulan AERIE) as a game balance issue.
Also - a humorous aside - the original design was somewhat bulkier looking. Like Tim Wisseman, I tried to use ship designs based on the old FASA Star Trek designs. The original graphic I used was based on FASA's D-9, which in one of my players opinion made it look like " a pregnant duck". It didn't take long for the players to start cursing the "Klingon Duck of Destruction". The final D'KA graphic is a custom design based off several FASA Klingon models - and of course was more "streamlined".
>> For reference, FASA's Klingon D-9 model: http://home.comcast.net/~ststcsolda/kli ... 9/D-9.html
I was really gratified with your final assessment; "The D'ka is still a great ship and cheap to build just a warning to those that want to bring it into a Glory device mission or running mine fields." That's exactly what I was aiming for.