I'm a big fan of every EV game - I started playing when Escape Velocity first came out, so I've been around for a while...
Anyway, I'm making a mod for CNC3 and wanted to use a few of the EV starships as background objects in some of the maps as a tribute. For example in a map set in a spaceport, there might be a landed Freight-Courier being unloaded. We wouldn't be using any actual artwork from the games as everything would have to be 3d - just a few of the ships would look very similar.
Would the creaters have any objection to this, or would there be any copyright problems with this?