From: My Own Private Hell
Yeah, this is a tough one to really figure out. At this point I'm starting to think this has to do with the image resize issue we now have with planets and overlays. I am gonna keep messing with it and see what I can come up with. The behavior of the engine thrusts really don't just "follow the blue line" like it says.
There does seem to be something amiss, the shot below is from 126.96.36.199, the engine plumes are in the right position there, custom shipset, I have 188.8.131.52 in at present but have not really taken any shots as I have not played for a few days due to trying to get Darkverse up to date, I will fire it up tonight and see if there is any difference with the same race as 184.108.40.206 is where the scaling was changed.
These were very early Ion engines I think, start of a PreWarp game, do different engines all have the same offset GFX effect? I shall try that out as well methinks, shouldn't make any difference but the tester in me says check it out