Greetings Mickster, I like the your idea about custom colors being added to the ships. A nice compromise with IGG would be the ability to use any hull (level 1, 2, or 3 hull color) because more often than not the lower level hull looks better than the level 3 model yet never even get used which is a terrible waste of bandwidth (~LoL~). The way I see it is: if one has learned the hull then he or she should be able to use it.
For example, if one researches a BP to level 3 then if he or she decides to use the level one hull, it will have the same stats as the level 3 hull. Since the Special Hull ships do not have different levels, your suggestion for primary/secondary coloring would be fantastic.
@ the discussion about corp ships: I think that would be crappy mall ships, no? :p
My actual addition to that subject is the following:
Each corp leader could designate its very own 1-3 color(s) and if the individual member wished to use corp ship colors, then the ships hull would be painted in that fashion. I don’t see the point in having each corp ship with its own individual advantages because everyone would choose the most O.P. ship as the corp ship, and then you are back to the same boring battles again.