Re: exterior surface markings of Kirk's Enterprise
Robert Comsol wrote:
"Outside the TOS-R references, I'd think all ejection functions would be clustered near the shuttle facilities, save for things that can be fired from torpedo tubes. The TOS-R approach to the ion pod thus appeals to me a lot."
I'm surprised you don't find fault with the TOS-R approach to the ion pod.
It's not an ion pod, it's a running light of the TOS Enterprise!
(just another thing they screwed up because they didn't watch or really knew the old series).
The idea that the ion pod resides there dates back (at least) to 1978, published in StarFleet Assembly Manual Number 3
I dare say that consistency with a fan publication from 1978 shows a great familiarity with this issue and Trek publications.
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