Yeah, that’s a reasonable ask. My first thought is to go to the game that I preferred playing to Star Control, which would be Starflight. Unfortunately I couldn’t find many images of different ships, mainly the one that you spent the game flying about it.
I love it because it looks functional but also pretty sleek. In the game, you can add cargo pods that basically line the outer edge of the hull along either side. Here’s more of a schematic view:
And I have to add the cover of the sequel, which had one of those immediate, I-need-to-play-this-game images. And the subtitle, Trade Routes of the Cloud Nebula? This thing pushed all my buttons, exploring new worlds, opening trade routes? Hell yes. But it never released on C64, and I never played it.
Before you tell me it’s on GOG, I know it, I own it. Just haven’t played it yet. Kind of nervous to.