Hey sdrubble, in case you're still interested.... you've seen now (thanks phkb) what the towbar is supposed to be like; this is how it had appeared in my rear view:
Norby: Many many thanks. I am ecstatic to report that the update has fixed the issue completely. Was most helpful while trying to shake off the fierce Guards of The Curse in COTBS, as they chased me down with a Curse infected system, shields and fuel gone, 2/3 of my equipment knocked out, HUD malfunctioning... but my rear military laser keeping me alive by a hair's breadth.
Have a fab weekend folks.
Thx Commander Bumble ! Everything makes sense now !
I barely missed your post - yours was posted while I was 'embroidering' my own one, whilst at the same time working around a fiddly WiFi connection...
From the looks of it, it seems that Oolite has grown quite a lot, from a play mechanics + OXPs point of view, since the last time I played it.
Have fun everybody !