Interesting! In that case, I'm not sure the model really fits the idea of 'so hopelessly broken that all we can do is get a few scraps of useful info from it'; on the contrary, it looks so sleek and fancy that it seems it would be better used as something that provides a more permanent benefit, like maybe a power derelict.
It actually looks like it would make a good starship design, with the forked end being the opening of some weapon (railcannon, maybe?). If you upsized it, it may even be a good interplanetary weapon ...
Of course, you guys probably don't have a bunch of spare models laying around, so thoughts like that can be filed away for later.
Also, would it be possible to have the derelicts change appearance somewhat as they get repaired? Just something simple (at least to a non-graphic designer
) like all the lights being off initially and blinking on one by one as it's repaired, and/or the moving parts being initially stationary and only moving once repaired?