Very nice shape indeed. Organic. The red section looks like it could be from the surface of a planet, even if that wasn't your intention. I too have given up on old gray on Brick Link. After I built the terrain for my Blacktron Moonbase 2 layout, for Brickworld last year, I have vowed to never EVER order old gray again. Too dang expensive.
As for the SHIP builders, I think a lot of it was just that they got busier with real life, yes, but also, you build enough big MOCs and I'm sure you just get completely burned out. I don't know if I'll ever build a SHIP. I think I've got plenty to learn still about fighters and small ships of other types first.