The God Thing wrote:
If I may ask, was an actual "roof" designed for ST:TMP
's dry dock miniature or did Richard Taylor ask you to leave the internal framework exposed so it could be more easily suspended
from the ceiling of the motion-control stage?
I drew it,... they built it. The people at 'Magicam' decided how it would be best supportable, considering how fragile the components were in the real (film) world of a one-g environment. As I recall, the top was left open to cool the lighting components and, yes, help suspend it. Besides, no high camera angles were envisioned so no top was necessary.