responding again. I just wanted to say something if I haven't said it before.Worst case, could CIG simply spawn different variants of a ship we think has 'modules', carrying over equipment we have applied, causing us to believe that a module (not ship) was swapped?
As for swaps being easy, I hope that is right but I'm not counting on that. Star Citizen seems to aim for realistic in other areas, and this easily could be another one of them.
@Sky Captain, you have asked some very interesting questions, this was not an exception!