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Decided I didn’t like the existing module connector spars, so I deleted the old ones and rebuilt them. The new ones remain flush with the module hull until one “room” prior to the edge of the module. The outer edge now lines up with the proper thickness of a deck, too, and the dorsal and ventral flat surfaces also correctly coincide with decks.
The inset area has a different material than the rest of the phaser structure, so I can fool about with the shader and make it “light up” as it prepares to fire.