Great design, and I agree that it looks better with the studs showing. I recently did a study in sphere building, and at the beginning I thought the sphere would look better covered with tiles, but after I built several spheres, I realized that they actully looked more round with the studs showing. it must be an optical illusion or something that when the mind sees all those round studs, the mind tihnks, "curved".
Anyway, it works, and it works well.
If only your ship was large enough for me to land my Raptor in, or if my Raptor was small enough to land in your ship.