I begin by noting the description of a couple of super galactic dreadnoughts in the Observer's Directory & Identification Manual. The Aquarian Typhoon-class SGDN carries "Twenty attack craft [fighters], one positioned in a ready launch in the bow at all times." Likewise, the entry for the Entomalian Swarm-class super galactic dreadnought notes "Fifteen 'Mosquito' attack craft are carried ..., one in the ready position on the 'Balist' apparatus in the bow." There you have it: official word that a couple of the largest ships in this series carry fighters attached to their exteriors.
Sure enough, the manual's illustration of the Typhoon depicts a Pike fighter at the back of what resembles an aircraft carrier's launch catapult, although the drawing of the Swarm does not. Although I don't own a Typhoon model, a look at the underside of my Swarm confirms the ODIM: there's a Mosquito fighter affixed to the front of the starship, as the photos below indicate:
Can you see it now?
How about now?
Here's the problem (which someone pointed out on the Galactic Knights mailing list some time ago): at 1:9600 scale, a model of the 22-meter Mosquito star fighter would be just a hair over 2 millimeters big. As is obvious in the photos, the attack craft sculpted as part of the super galactic dreadnought is as large as a regular fighter miniature. So either the SGDN is really at 1:1200 scale, or the fighter is really at 1:9600 scale. So which is it????
Scale discrepancies always bothered me as a kid; I wouldn't play with my army men and my Hot Wheels at the same time because it was obvious the plastic green guy was too big to fit into the car that came up to his knees. So how do we resolve this one? It's one thing to have fighters on separate stands at a larger scale than the capital ships; that can be handwaved as an artifact of the game's representational system. But a fighter that's a part of the mini is more difficult to explain. After all, if an actual Swarm is 1400 meters long, at 1:9600, the fighter sculpted into it would be 172 meters in length!