I've tended to only make "gun" warships so I have been working on some missile based ships. I entered two into the contest, a cruiser and fighter. My MMM cruiser got through and will be up against and probably losing to Hamilmac's absolutely fantastic Bling freighter in a day's time. My fighter didn't make it so I'll share it here.
Sisko, thank you for the compliment. I wouldn't count your ship out. It's hard to see from the thumbnail, but your ship looks pretty darn impressive.
I've looked at some of your other designs and they are very good. When it comes to fighters, what I tried and failed at was to create a good looking fighter, save it as a part, then replicate it in a formation and save that as a "ship." That way, instead of one small fighter on the map, it would look like an entire squadron. However, trying to get the 3-D spacing right using the <CTRL> key turned out to be A LOT harder than it first appeared.