I totally understand. I think you guys do incredible work given your resources. I'm just tossing ideas around. I had some more time to play over lunch (damn game is addicting) and the red grid isn't quite as strong as I was picturing in my head. It's more the X's that cause some feelings of clutter on the grid.
All in all - the ability to use the skin packs on starting ships or change their color would be a nice addition, but I wouldn't consider it a high priority (personally).
I'm all for cosmetic options, as Cory and fallen are probably aware of, so an option to modify color schemes of existing ships (even if it's just alternating between the three or so options) would be AMAZING! You could make little fleets, with the flagship being a different color from the rest and such. So many roleplaying possibilities!