Re: Shuttlecraft - curved edges on top?
. . . Why did AMT opt for such an intricate shape for, say, the lower part of the body, something the cameras would never be able to show? The shape was largely theirs to decide, after all - Jeffries in practice only provided general suggestions on what to build.
As you may know, Matt Jefferies originally designed a bullet-shaped, aircraft-like shuttle that would have been way too complex and costly to build full size. The shuttlecraft that ended up being built was the creation of Thomas Kellogg, who was also primarily responsible for the design of the Studebaker Avanti. Jefferies' contribution consisted of designing the interior and adding a pair of engine nacelles to visually connect the shuttle with its mothership.
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