Captain Robert April wrote:
It should be noted that TMoST also asserts that the main filming miniature of the Enterprise is fourteen feet long with a ten foot diameter saucer.
It's a valuable resource asset, but it's not even close to infallible.
Exactly correct. It's a great reference material, but we don't have to treat it like a Muslim must treat the Koran, and we don't have to treat Gene Roddenberry like Mohammed.
Doesn't mean we dismiss things, just that we're allowed to question them, and when and where necessary, let bits that don't reconcile with other bits "deprecate" a bit.
The hangar deck on the Enterprise couldn't even hold "an entire fleet" of anything larger than a Piper Cub. And that would still be a fairly small fleet (four or so...)