I have searched high and low for information on this, but I seem to be the only person on the Internets with this bug.
The "show ship" flag has been behaving very oddly for me. It only renders the ship when I use one of the View commands (e.g. View Up, Free Look View, etc.). As soon as I release the View button, the ship disappears. This flag last worked properly with version 3.7.4, but of course, Free Look doesn't seem to work on that build. Ever since upgrading to 3.7.5 and more recently to 3.8, Free Look works properly, but my ship has turned into a ghost.
I thought it might be a problem with conflicting mods, but after disabling everything except a single table file with "show ship" enabled, the bug was still there. Can anyone shed some light on this? I've been using some ships with very rearward eyepoints, and seeing muzzle flash coming out of the aether where my ship SHOULD be is getting annoying.